Author: I K TaimniPublisher: Theosophical PublishingYear: 2016Language: EnglishPages: 304ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788170592808
The book has been divided into three parts. Part I deals in a general way with the theoretical basis of the Science of Self-Culture which has as its ultimate aim the discovery of the Reality hidden within the heart of every human being. Without at least a general knowledge of he relation of man to God in Whom he is rooted and to the universe in which he evolves, he cannot tackle the various problems of Self-Culture intelligently and systematically.Part II deals with the problems of self-discipline and Self-Culture which are involved in making the vehicles of the aspirant efficient instruments for the expression of the divine Life and consciousness on the different planes.Part III deals with the problems of Self-discovery and Self-Realization and the techniques which are involved in them. It does not seek to give a detailed knowledge of these techniques which has to be acquired from technical treatises or other sources. Its purpose is merely to give the aspirant a general idea of these problems and to prepare his mind for the more intensive study and practice of these techniques.Chapters in Parts I and II are mostly a reproduction of those which appeared in the first edition of the book. Part III contains new chapters which have been added to make the book more comprehensive in scope and to serve as a sort of introduction to The Science of Yoga. Some of the Chapters in part III have appeared in The Theosophist in the form of articles.
PREFACEPART I: THEOSOPHICAL BASIS OF SELF-CULTURECHAPTEREvolution in the Light of OccultismThe Total Constitution of ManSelf-Culture-A SciencePART IISELF-DISCIPLINE AND SELF-CULTUREThe Functions of the Physical BodyThe Control, Purification and Sensitization of the Physical bodyThe Functions of the Astral BodyThe Control, Purification and Culture of the EmotionsThe Functions of the Lower Mental BodyThe Control, Purification and Culture of the Lower MindThe functions of the Causal bodyThe Development of the higher MindThe role of Buddhi in Our LifeThe Development of BuddhiIntellect and IntuitionThe Role of Atma in Our LifeThe Development of Spiritual Will PowerPART IIISELF-DISCOVERY AND SELF-REALIZATIONCHAPTERSelf-Discovery-The Unreal world We Live InSelf-Discovery-The Real World Waiting for UsThe Stages of Knowledge, Wisdom and Realization The Nature of DevotionThe Means of Developing DevotionSamadhi-the Essential Technique of YogaPreparation for YogaThe Eight Sub-Divisions of Yogic TechniqueSelf-Realization and the Quest for HappinessThe Question of Guidance