Mystic Experiences is a highly abbreviated version of the Yoga Vasishtha, with notes by Annie Besant elucidating some obscure portions in the book. It is structured in the form of stories and fables, with a philosophical foundation similar to those found in Advaita Vedanta, holding that the 'whole material world is the object of the mind'. The text is notable for expounding the principles of Maya. and Brahman, as well as the principles of non-duality, and its discussion of Yoga.
The other, less known, helpful at a later stage, is 135 called the Maha Ramayana, Greater Book, and it describes the inner life of Rama, telling how he triumphed over foes within himself, and so prepared to fight and conquer, for the helping of the world, the outer evil forces rampant at that time.
The story of this Greater Book is here essayed in brief.
The very highly abbreviated version, of about a sixth of the work, which is here presented to the public, originally appeafed in The Theosophical Review (of London, then edited by Ivirs Annie Besant and Mr G. R. S. Mead), in 1899-1901. Mrs Besant very kindly added some valuable notes which greatly elucidate some very obscure portions of the 'Story of Leela'.
Friends have, from time to time, wished that the tales were rescued from the oblivion of the pages of a periodical. The present General Secretary of the Indian Section of the Theosophical Society,
Pandit Iqbal Narain Gurtu, kindly expressed the desire to fulfil that wish, through the publishing department of the Section. Thus the tales are re-appearing after having slept for nearly thirty years.
I have revised them, but with scarcely any alterations. There has been no opportunity to submit her notes to Mrs Besant, for revision. They have been printed exactly as they first appeared.
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