This is the first edition of this fascinating book about life after death and reincarnation, written by Yogi Ramacharaka. Later editions of this title were issued by the Yogi Publication Society in 1937 and 1940. This 1912 First Edition is quite rare.
As interesting as the book itself, the author, “Yogi Ramachakara”, turns out to be a pseudonym used by William Walker Atkinson. Atkinson (1862-1932) was not an Indian swami, but rather an American born in Baltimore. He became an attorney and though successful suffered a mental and physical breakdown and the ruin of his career. He sought healing for himself and found it in the New Thought movement popular in the 1880s, which he claimed restored his mental and physical health. Whether he had had a breakdown or breakthrough, he began writing in the field of mental science as it was then called. Chicago had become a center for the New Thought movement and Atkinson moved there and became an active promoter of the movement. He published several magazines in the field and began writing books on mental science and other metaphysical subjects. He also developed an interest in Hindu subjects. For whatever reasons, perhaps to confer a greater authenticity to his works, he began using the pseudonym of Yogi Ramachakara and wrote some dozen books under the name. Apparently he used three additional names in his writing career, Swami Bhakta Vishita, Swami Panchadasi, and Theron Q. Dumont. He wrote an amazing 100 books and countless magazine articles, all in the last 30 years of his life.
Book Publisher: Yogi Publication Society, Chicago
Book copyright: 1912
Book edition: First Edition
Pages: 192 (196 bound pages)
Size: 5-1/4″ x 7-7/8″
Dust jacket: No
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