Annie Besant


Birthdate: October 1, 1847 - September 20, 1933

Annie Besant was a socialist and woman’s rights activist, as well as a writer. She was a wife and mother, a university graduate, and the second president of the Theosophical Society. She did most of her writing after meeting HP Blavatsky and becoming a theosophist.

She later worked with Mahatma Gandhi while she lived in India.

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Watch a YouTube Documentary on Annie Besant in three parts

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The Theosophical Society International Headquarters website

Located in Adyar, India. Features International events, information and publications and the Theosophical Publishing House.

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The Theosophical Society in America website

The Theosophical Society in America is a membership organization, branch the International Theosophical Society with headquarters in Adyar, Chennai, India.

This website offers online programs, membership, national and regional events, and study group materials.

Canadian Theosophical Association website

Formerly known as the Canadian Federation of the Theosophical Society, the Canadian Theosophical Association works in conjunction with the International Society and offers documents in both English and French on their website.

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The Ancient Wisdom – Annie Besant 2010

Amazon Synopsis: For those intimidated by Madame Blavatsky's massive and complex tome, The Secret Doctrine, Annie Besant presents the basic tenets of Theosophical thought in a concise, easy to digest format. While a much easier read, this book still delivers the full spectrum and depth of the Theosophical philosophy. Free PDF

An Introduction to Yoga – Annie Besant 1907 2011

From Foreward: These lectures[FN#1: Delivered at the 32nd Anniversary of the Theosophical Society held at Benares, on Dec. 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th, 1907.] are intended to give an outline of Yoga, in order to prepare the student to take up, for practical purposes, the Yoga sutras of Patanjali, the chief treatise on Yoga. I have on hand, with my friend Bhagavan Das as collaborateur, a translation of these Sutras, with Vyasa's commentary, and a further commentary and elucidation written in the light of Theosophy.[FN#2: These have never been finished or printed.] To prepare the student for the mastering of that more difficult task, these lectures were designed; hence the many references to Patanjali. They may, however, also serve to give to the ordinary lay reader some idea of the Science of sciences, and perhaps to allure a few towards its study. Read online or download

Annie Besant: An Autobiography – Annie Besant 2007

Amazon Synopsis: Annie Wood Besant (1847-1933) was a prominent Theosophist, women's rights activist, writer and orator. She was born in 1847 in London into a middle-class family of Irish origin. She fought for the causes she thought were right, starting with freedom of thought, women's rights, secularism (she was a leading member of the National Secular Society), birth control, Fabian socialism and workers' rights. Soon she was earning a small weekly wage by writing a column for the National Reformer, the newspaper of the National Secular Society. She was one of the leading figures in Theosophy. Soon after becoming a member of the Theosophical Society she went to India for the first time (in 1893). She devoted much of her energy not only to the Society, but also to India's freedom and progress.

A Study in Consciousness - Annie Besant 2010

1915. Partial Contents: Origination of Monad; Formation of the Atom; Spirit Matter; Sub Planes; Consciousness; Peopling of the Field; Permanent Atom; Group Souls; Unity of consciousness; Mechanism of Consciousness; First Human Steps; Consciousness, Self-Consciousness, Human Consciousness; Monad at Work; Nature of Memory.

Autobiographical Sketches – Annie Besant 1885

Foreward: I am so often asked for references to some pamphlet or journal in which may be found some outline of my life, and the enquiries are so often

couched in terms of such real kindness, that I have resolved to pen a few brief autobiographical sketches, which may avail to satisfy friendly questioners, and to serve, in some measure, as defence against unfair attack. Free download

Avataras – Annie Besant

Four lectures delivered at the Twenty-fourth Anniversay Meeting of the Theosophical Society at Adyar Madras in 1899. Free PDF

The Basis of Morality – Annie Besant 1915

In this small book First published in 1915, Annie Besant covers Revelation, Intuition, Utility, Evolution and Mysticism. Read online or download

The Bhagavad Gîtâ, Or, the Lord'S Song - Annie Wood Besant 2011

Publishers Note: This book was originally published prior to 1923, and represents a reproduction of an important historical work, maintaining the same format as the original work. We believe this work is culturally important in its original archival form. While we strive to adequately clean and digitally enhance the original work, there are occasionally instances where imperfections such as blurred or missing pages, poor pictures or errant marks may have been introduced due to either the quality of the original work or the scanning process itself. Despite these occasional imperfections, we have brought it back into print as part of our ongoing global book preservation commitment, providing customers with access to the best possible historical reprints. We appreciate your understanding of these occasional imperfections, and sincerely hope you enjoy seeing the book in a format as close as possible to that intended by the original publisher.

Death--and After? – Annie Besant 1906

A theopsophist’s view on death and the afterlife. Free download

Evolution of Life and Form - Annie Besant

Four Lectures delivered at the Twenty-third Anniversary Meeting of the Theosophical Society at Adyar, Madras, 1898. Read online or download free

Esoteric Christianity or the Lesser Mysteries – Annie Besant 2011

From Foreward: If true knowledge, the Gnosis, is again to form a part of Christian teachings, it can only be under the old restrictions, and the idea of levelling down to the capacities of the least developed must be definitely surrendered. Only by teaching above the grasp of the little evolved can the way be opened up for a restoration of arcane knowledge, and the study of the Lesser Mysteries must precede that of the Greater. The Greater will never be published through the printing-press; they can only be given by Teacher to pupil, "from mouth to ear." But the Lesser Mysteries, the partial unveiling of deep truths, can even now be restored, and such a volume as the present is intended to outline these, and to show the nature of the teachings which have to be mastered. Free PDF

Karma – Annie Besant

Contents: Invariabilty of Law, The Planes of Nature, The Generation of Thought-forms, Activity of Thought-forms, The Making of Karma in Principle, The Minking of Karma in Detail, The Working out of Karma, Facing Karmic Results, Building the Future, Moulding Karma, The Cleansing of Karma, Collective Karma, Conclusion. Free PDF

London Lectures of 1907 - Annie Besant

Contents: Part I, Psychism and Spirituality, The Place of Masters in Religions, Theosophy and the Theosophical Society, Part II, The Place of Phenomena in the Theosophical Society, Spiritual and Temporal Authority, The Relation of the Masters to the Theosophical Society,The Future of the Theosophical Society, Part III, The Value of Theosophy in the World of Thought, Part IV, The Field of Work of the Theosophical Society. Read online or download free

The Noble Eightfold Path - Annie Besant

A lecture delivered at the Ananda College, Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in 1907

From the Book: Now, what is this Noble Eightfold Path? It consists of eight precepts, or as we may call them, eight great truths, each one of which applies to human life, each one of which is intended to shape human destiny; and taken one by one, and understood and practised, human evolution would be rapid and secure. The first of these great truths is Right Knowledge; the second, Right Thought; then the third and fourth, that grow out of Right Thought - Right Speech and Right Activity; then, with regard to the outer world, Right Means of Livelihood; then, Right Exertion; then Right Memory; and, lastly, that highest achievement, Right Concentration.

Occult Chemistry – Annie Besant & C.W. Leadbeater 2007

Amazon Synopsis: Clairvoyant Observations on the Chemical Elements. This is an excursion into a hitherto unoccupied field, and is offered merely as a series of careful observations, subject to correction by fuller and repeated investigations. The articles are reprinted from the Theosophist (magazine). Read online or download free

The Spiritual Life - Annie Wood Besant 2010

1923. This book is another in the series Essays and Addresses. Found within are the essays entitled: spiritual life for the man of the world; some difficulties of the inner life; place of peace; devotion and the spiritual life; ceasing of sorrow; value of devotion; spiritual darkness; meaning and method of the spiritual life; theosophy and ethics; supreme duty; use of evil; man's quest for God; discipleship; perfect man; and the future that awaits us.

Thought-Forms – Annie Besant & C.W. Leadbeater 2011

Amazon Synopsis: Besant and Leadbeater believed that thoughts are forms in mental matter, that they have energy, shape and colour and that some people can perceive these properties and draw and analyse them. Although written over a century ago, this ground-breaking work is still fascinating to all followers of theosophy and anyone interested in auras and the extra-ordinary life of the mind. This handsome new edition from Benediction Classics comes complete with all the original mesmerising colour illustrations. Read online or download free

Thought Power: Its control and culture - Annie Besant

Amazon Synopsis: The human mind has a hidden power that can do amazing things. The key is for one to learn how to activate this power and control it. That is what this book is about. Subjects include training the mind, improving concentration, strengthening thought power, meditation, improving memory, thought transference, building the mental body, combining thoughts with others and achieving peace of mind. This is an easy to read instruction manual for the mind that includes practical exercises. Read Online

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