About teacher, lecturer, secularist and theosophist... Annie Besant
The Many lives of Annie Besant Wood
Annie Besant, who was a succesful lecturer and socialist activist had also spent a lot of time campaining for atheism. Late in her life H.P. Blavatsky wrote her classic 'The Secret Doctrine'. Annie Besant wrote a favorable review of it, met the author and ...
The whole of England was in shock: Besant became a theosophist. It turned out she had been having private trouble with atheism, but only on finding theosophy and Blavatsky did she find a viable alternative.
After Blavatsky's death Besant turned into one of the main speakers for the Theosophical Society. When Olcott passed to, she became the president of the Theosophical Society Adyar. She moved to India and helped the Indian people gain self-confidence and fight for independence. She did this while also fighting for increasing the educational level of the Indian people and promoting Hindu ideals.
Articles by Annie Besant
Quotes by Annie Besant
What is true Religion?
There is no division between true religion and noble living; a religion that does not express itself in nobility of living is an empty shell; a noble life without religion is show of its fairest grace.
From 'The Place of Religion in National Life' (1918), found in 'Annie Besant on the Brotherhood of Religions'.
Service - Annie Besant Quotes
Service is that which is done for love's sake for another. It is not true service which is paid with wages.
From 'The Duties of the Theosophist', quoted in 'Daily Meditations on the Path and Its qualifications', p. 9
What are we here for, save to help each other, to love each other, to uplift each other?
From 'The Laws of the Higher Life', quoted in 'Daily Meditations on the Path and its Qualifications', p.10
Control of the Tongue! - an Annie Besant quote
Control of the tongue! Vital for the man who would try to tread the Path, for no harsh or unkind word, no hasty impatient phrase, may escape from the tongue which is consecrated to service, and which must not injure even an enemy; for that which wounds has no place in the Kingdom of Love.
From 'The Masters and the Way to Them', quoted in 'Daily Meditations on the Path and Its qualifications', p.8
The value of Devotion - an Annie Besant quote
When a man feels devotion to the Supreme, he has turned his back on evil and has turned his face to the goal; he may stumble, stray, even fall, but his face is turned in the right direction, he is going homewards; he must needs become dutiful by the force of his devotion.
From 'The Value of Devotion', quoted in 'Daily Meditations on the Path and its Qualifications', p.4
Men suffer from themselves... - an Annie Besant quote
Men suffer from themselves; they are not bound; and in understanding that ... all the difficulties of the Path will also change their aspect.
From 'In the Outer Court', quoted in 'Daily Meditations on the Path and its Qualifications', p. 3