This is very readable book, written towards the end of the author’s long life , gives the quintessence of her experience and insight in the form of a sample expositions of theosophical teachings . Many of the chapters contain answer to questions, which have always fascinated and puzzled human being s, such as: who are we? Why are we here? What would we do? What happens after death?
Its scope is wide. It deals with problems arising in everyday life and world events as well deeply spiritual matters.
Clara M. Codd was born in England in 1876 and early in life rejected conventional mores . Rebelling against all oppression and injustice the plunged into the suffragette movement .But her meeting Col. H. S. Olcott , President founder of the Theosophical Society Proved a turning point in her life. Forgoing her active role in the women’s social and political union she joined the Theosophical society. As an International Lecturer for the Society , she had an undrilled opportunity to observe human nature , which enabled her to speak and write lucidly on various aspects of life.
During a long life , continually moving dwelling amongst many nations , in myriads of hospitable homes , I have had an unrivalled opportunity of observing human nature and learning of life. That first - hand experience was enormously clarified and explained by the deep wisdom and truth brought to us by theosophy. Now, looking back over a long life, the great principles and laws of our divine and glorious existence stand out clearly. It took seventy –seven years of living to discover them, but ah! How worth while. May I never forget them in all future lives , through probably the files of youth will obscure them at first.
That is one of the Compensations of growing old, the wisdom that comes to one. When we are young, how we suffer , how we rush blindly into all sorts of mistaken action, and then pay for it with bitter pain. But when life is drawing to its close, peace comes and understanding and fulfilment.
What I have learnt of life let me try to tell you, my brother –men who read these words, and let me offer you at the same time my affectionate and enduring goo d wishes.
|I||This knowledge is the Thing which Matters||1|
|II||Who are we? The body||5|
|III||who are we? The soul||17|
|IV||Who are We? The Spirit||27|
|V||God and life||36|
|VI||Why are We here?||42|
|VII||How We Create Our Destinies||65|
|VIII||thought - the Creator||86|
|IX||Love - the Healer||104|
|X||Life the teacher||112|
|XI||What Should We do?||120|
|XII||Where are We after death ? The Process of dying||127|
|XIII||Where are We after Death? The Psychic world||137|
|XIV||Where are we after death? The heaven world||147|
|XV||Sleep an dreams||156|
|XVI||The Return to incarnation||167|
|XVII||Education in the Light of occultism||173|
|XVIII||Sex- Relations in the Light of Occultism||181|
|XIX||The Hosts of the Invisible||188|
|XX||The Evolution of animals||200|
|XXI||The great types in Evolution||208|
|XXII||The adepts - the Master of the wisdom||216|
|XXIII||The way to the Master of the Wisdom||224|
|XXIV||Yoga what is it ?||232|
|XXV||Prayer and meditation||242|
|XXVI||World Events in the Light of occultism||248|