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If you are here, I don’t believe it is by accident.

Please enjoy the final lesson in the elementary (introductory course)

“THE FOURTEENTH LESSON”

The Yogi’s Path of Attainment—The Threefold Path (Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Gnani Yoga) —Methods—Directions—Plans—Exercises, etc.—Advice and words of Encouragement to the Neophyte.……………………………………… (December, 1904).

These Lessons have changed my life ~ and have led me to a further and structured study of the Ageless Wisdom of Theosophy. I feel these writings are some of the most important texts of our time ~ and of time itself.

I give a bit of their history and have mentioned the way I discovered these priceless books below and also in previously the published Lessons. I just don’t feel that the “how” is as important as the “What.” ~ so I wish to just get these up and published.

I voice, record and produce these monthly lessons as they were published (well, I believe ~”channelled” for lack of a better word) 110 years ago and I upload them to Youtube as I feel their value and significance… I think they need to be available for free and available to ALL.

Titles of Lessons in the Yogi Class Course of 1904

The Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism”

• Lesson i…………………………………………. (November, 1903).

On the Threshold—The Constitution of Man—The Seven Principles of Man—The Physical Body—The Astral Body—Prana or Vital Force.

• Lesson ii. ……………………………………… (December, 1903).

The Fourth and Fifth Principles—The Instinctive Mind—The Intellect.

• Lesson iii. ………………………………………… (January, 1904).

The Sixth and Seventh Principles—The Spiritual Mind—Spirit—Illumination, or Spiritual Consciousness.

• Lesson iv. ………………………………………… (February, 1904).

The Human Aura—Health Aura—Pranic Aura—Aura of the three Mental Principles—Spirit Aura—Auric Colors, Phenomena, etc..

• Lesson v. …………………………………………… (March, 1904).

Thought Dynamics—The nature, quality and power of Thought—Thought Forms—Thought Influences—The Occult Teachings on this great subject.

• Lesson vi. ………………………………………………(April, 1904).

Clairvoyance, Clairaudience, Psychometry, Telepathy, etc.—How to develop Psychic Powers.

• Lesson vii. ……………………………………………… (May, 1904).

Human Magnetism—Pranic Energy—Uses and properties—Directions for development and use.

• Lesson viii. …………………………………………… (June, 1904).

Occult Therapeutics—Spiritual Healing—Mental Healing—Pranic Healing—Theory and Practice.

• Lesson ix. ……………………………………………… (July, 1904).

Psychic Influence—Personal Magnetism—Mesmerism, etc., explained, with instructions regarding self‐protection and warnings against misuse of the power—A timely lesson upon an important subject.

• Lesson x. ………………………………………… (August, 1904).

The Astral World; Its Phenomena—The Astral Body—Astral Helpers, etc.

• Lesson xi. ……………………………………… (September, 1904).

Beyond the Border—The survival of the Ego after passing out of the physical body—Where it goes and what it does after the change called Death.

• Lesson xii. ………………………………………… (October, 1904).

Spiritual Evolution, The Growth of the Soul, Its travels, purpose and goal.

• Lesson xiii. …………………………………… (November, 1904).

Spiritual Cause and Effect—The Yogi teachings regarding the puzzling questions of Human Life, Conduct—The Sowing and the Reaping Explained.

• Lesson xiv. …………………………………… (December, 1904).

The Yogi’s Path of Attainment—The Threefold Path—Methods—Directions—Plans—Exercises, etc.—Advice and words of Encouragement to the Neophyte.

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I began with “The First Lesson,” in January of 2014, there are fourteen total  (you can all previous lessons/chapters here and the menu top and to the left)

My aim is to publish one a month as they were distributed 110 years ago. I will be reading this incredibly important spiritual text as an audio book for publication on Youtube to make it easier to study and available to all, all over the globe.

Originally written for publication in 1903 but released in January 1904 as a monthly correspondence course, I believe these lessons contain invaluable and essential ancient wisdom. (It’s important to remember that many words are of the period ~ “Occult,” “Occultism,” “Ego” etc… mean very different things to society today. )

In 2003, I stumbled across an original of the book that was written after this one, published in 1905 called “Advance Course in Yogi Philosophy” ~ by Yogi Ramacharaka. I managed to find it in West Hollywood, California at “The Bodhi Tree,” a massive and mystical but sadly now defunct, eclectic spiritual bookstore. I had no idea what the title meant, but that book seemed to literally “jump” off the shelf and into my hands. After thumbing through it a bit, I had to take it home.

It sat unread for several years but during my international move from America to the U.K. in 2009, I felt somehow that it should make the final cut of just the most precious things to come with me to my new home in the English countryside, so in it went, with just a few other belongings. It was a difficult choice having to condense my entire life into just 6 small boxes for shipping.

“Advanced Course” made its way from California to our Totnes home library bookshelf ~ and in 2011, I finally began to read it. <gasp> It was ABSOLUTELY incredible! Its words and teachings made so much sense, paragraph after paragraph they resonated ~ joy and truth. I then began to study it diligently and daily.

Many days I walked miles along the river, alongside lush country meadows and farmland fields and I would read this book over and over and OVER again on my Kindle. I would then go home and delve in deeper and blog on it some more. It seemed almost unreal how the teachings seemed to morph and change. If I revisited the same writings at later dates, FURTHER teachings could be understood and the words revealed deeper and different meanings the more I read and researched it. I have spent cherished time with “Advanced Course in Yogi Philosophy” every week for since the spring of 2011.

I then did some investigating on these powerful teachings. I had many questions. Who was the writer? Where did they come from? HOW COME NO ONE IS STUDYING/APPLYING THESE teachings on a global level? At first, the Yogi Publication Society was a bit mysterious. I did find a few leads here, and discovered others interested in these works. That’s where I found Roger. Roger Cole has lovingly transcribed many of these books and made them available in e-book form, his company is YogeBooks.

Apparently it was not time for these teachings to reach the masses when they were first published back in the early 20th century. These works are non-denominational, have no religious exclusivity and they do not condemn ANY religion. They teach of the Source, the Absolute, they teach of love, unity, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, gratitude, escape from suffering ~ all of it.

I discovered that author William Walker Atkinson wrote the books (along with several other titles) under the pseudonym “Yogi Ramacharaka” ~ Inspired by Mabel Collins’ powerful and near magically compelling book from 1885 “Light on the Path”. In my heart of hearts, I believe these were channeled works. Channeled meaning however you have come to understand it.

I went on to delve further into the wisdom of Collins’ “Light on the Path” and last year, I found the original “Correspondence Course in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism” (Fourteen Lessons). This one preceded the “Advance Course” <~ The original one that had captivated and touched me so deeply. It is this first book that I believe we should begin with, that’s why the audio of “The First Lesson” was published January 31st, 2014, one hundred and ten years from the beginning of the original mail-correspondence course.

Inspired by Collins’ and Atkinson’s Theosophical links, I have also begun to study Theosophical teachings and the works of Helena Blavatsky and many other authors of similar (but surprisingly obscure teachings,) many of them Theosophists. I have since come to find that these ancient wisdoms ARE being taught through the Universal Lodge of Theosophists (ULT)

I have always felt that there should be a study group of some sort based around these books. “Light on the Path,” the “Correspondence Course in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism” and “Advanced Course in Yogi Philosophy”. There are other books that are worthy as well: “Deity, Cosmos and Man” ~ Geoffrey Farthing, “THE KYBALION,” “Hatha Yoga,” “Science of Breath” etc…

Also ~ The United Lodge of Theosophists and the work of Carlos Cardoso Aveline has become core to my studies… “The Fire and Light of Theosophical Literature” ~ and their online publications shining light on countless ancient wisdoms as well: www.ULT.org

There is so much more to say and I could go on and on, but that’s where you come in. I invite you to study and discover along with me these precious teachings. Grab a copy of the book online or listen as I read the lessons aloud. These writings literally changed my life in indescribably wonderful ways when I applied their Ancient Wisdoms, I still do and the learning continues every day!

Feel free to comment and contact me. Please remember that I am no expert, just simply sharing my experience. I have much to learn as I go along.

In Love and Light,

~ Anne