ABOUT THE BOOK
The essence of Theosophical teachings, 'sufficiently plain to serve the elementary student
and sufficiently full to lay a sound foundation for further knowledge', is how Annie Besant
describes this work. It is an introduction to that Universal Wisdom which has been called
Theosophy, Brahmavidya, the perennial philosophy, and so on, and provides an all-
embracing religion and ethic, as well as a philosophy that is conducive to right
understanding and right living.
Even those who have a little knowledge of the Ancient Wisdom can experience the
illumination, peace, joy and strength it brings into one's life. For more than one century
Annie Besant's exposition has brought light to thousands of seekers.