Good book. Available for free download off ProjectGutenberg. This is another book that says what other sages say. I am always looking for deeper information but it is always impossible to get. I guess one has to go to India and find a Guru. There is so much to this stuff, especially for the Occidental. This era - 1900-1910 or so is interesting to read from. It is like there was a spiritual awakening as eastern influences permeated the West. Then the world wars came and washed it all away. We need this information now more than ever and I am glad these books are still available. I wish everyone would read books like this - Autobiography of a Yogi.
This quite instructive book should be very useful to any seeker. Its major features center on seven gradated principles of Man including instinctive mind; intellect; spiritual-mind; and Spirit. These are explained, and their interrelations noted in clear terms. The author’s immediate audience for these lessons is his close Yogi students at the time, but the book has long gone beyond immediate students to the wider reading public. The author’s ‘modern’ man is evaluated as approaching the intellectual stage (conscious mind). Because life is evolution, he notes that some ‘modern’ men are still at the instinctual stage, but offers hope that man (all man?) is evolving and in time will get to Spirit. Given the state of the world today, one wonders how far so-called ‘civilized’ man has gone past living at the instinctual level. I gave the book 3 stars because of references to ‘savage races’ (e.g. ‘Australian Bushmen’), comparing them to so-called ‘civilized’ races as being mainly on the physical level with mainly instinctual animal desires. This comparison probably backfires in today’s world (2016) exposing ‘civilized’ man as operating at a higher level of savagery, perhaps “civilized” savagery. All men, including Bushmen and so-called ‘uncivilized races’ have the elements and the Spirit within them, and they operate across a spectrum reflecting their environment and level of evolution. Examination would show that the Bushmen had to be mostly physical and instinctual for survival, but at the same time they combined this with functioning societies, were close to and understood Nature; they had religion and art, and exercised intellect. And I have little reason to think that they were not spirit minded in their own on-going process of evolution. This issue - a very small part of the book -- does not negate the overall usefulness of the whole book, but it questions vertical thinking as against horizontal thinking where evolution might be seen to be operating across a spectrum of states.
This book will take you far beyond your Sunday school religion. The author (William Walker Atkinson) writes under the name of Yogi Ramacharaka, and offer a ton of information about living and dying,the astral body, and astral travel. I'm mentioning just a few topics. It's fascinating reading, and will strengthen your faith as a Christian. He does not discuss the Atman (Self), which is a key to Self realization. This is something Christians rarely understand.
This book has concepts that are ancient wisdom that is Universal Wisdom that reaches around the whole world and now is the major concept of the new age, the time of oneness when we awaken. One of the best books ever written. This has more spirituality wisdom in it than any other book I have ever read.
Fourteen Lessons is a book about man's essential nature. Ramacharaka's major contention is that man is a spirit, a spark of God, who is composed of seven principles. The spirit of man is his "Real Self", is the first principle of man and is followed by six other principles. These six other principles are surrounding sheaths that are in descending order as follows: The Spiritual Man, The Intellect, The Instinctive Mind, The Life Force or Prana, and the Astral and Physical Selves. In conjunction with the foregoing, the author also discusses clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, healing, the human aura and other related topics. The author's book is a general overview of the mystical nature of man and his relationship to the world. I don't believe that there is a better book that presents this material in such a simple and cogent manner. I believe this is an excellent resource book that can be referred to often and I highly recommend it.
This is a worthwhile book for those who are acquainted with yoga, Eastern style. It can't be read quickly, must be studied and contemplated. I enjoyed the friendly, open, style. I've been practicing yoga for decades so understood many of the concepts the author wrote about. He was able to present many of them in a new way so it was always interesting. It's good to have our spiritual understanding refreshed from time to time. This book did that for me.
By now, I've read a lot of spiritual books. I don't know much about this author but I kept feeling attracted to this book. On reading his words, I was floored by his sharp, all encompassing awareness of what he's talking about. I love this book!