Advanced Course in Yogi Philosophyis a continuation of the classic, Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy. It should be read after one has read the Fourteen Lessons since many concepts are introduced in the first book. Both books were written 120 years ago yet they remain the best introduction to yogi philosophy for a Western audience.
The Advanced Course delves deeper into Indian philosophy and explores some of humanity's perennial questions. The lessons of the course are written in a simple, charming, and straightforward style. Some of the subjects explored in the book:
- The three main paths of yoga: Karma, Gnani, and Bhakti
- Spiritual consciousness
- Yogi Ethics (Dharma)
- The relationship between Matter, Energy, Mind, and Spirit
- The Absolute and Man
- The Riddle of the Universe
Republished by Bamboo Leaf Press, this new modern edition includes a foreword by Richard Rosen, the renowned yoga teacher and writer. The printing is of the highest quality and has a stitch-binding that allows you to open the book flat on a desk without the pages falling out while reading.
"The Universe is not a dead thing - it is alive, pulsating with life, energy and intelligence. It is a living thing, and YOU are part of it all. You are not The Absolute, but you are an atom comprising one of its rays - its life force is playing through you. You are in touch with the Centre, and the Centre is conscious of YOU and of its relation to you."
Yogi Ramacharaka is the pen name of spiritualist author William Walker Atkinson (1862-1932) and probably a mystery collaborator well versed in Indian philosophy (to whom Atkinson himself actually attributed the books). The two of them published a series of books at the beginning of the 20th century with the purpose of demystifying Eastern philosophy for a Western audience. The first book, Fourteen Lessons in Yogi Philosophy and Oriental Occultism, became an instant success and has been in print ever since. Atkinson was an attorney, author, publisher, businessman, and a leading figure in the New Thought Movement that studied ancient wisdom and Eastern philosophy. He wrote over a hundred books during the last thirty years of his life. In the foreword of this new edition from Bamboo Leaf Press, yoga teacher and writer Richard Rosen discusses the extraordinary work of Atkinson and explores the mystery and identity of his alleged collaborator.