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No record exists in India of a Yogi Ramacharaka, nor is there evidence in America of the immigration of a Baba Bharata. Furthermore, although Atkinson may have travelled to Chicago to visit the - World's Columbian Exposition , where the authentic Indian yogi Swami Vivekananda attracted enthusiastic audiences, he is only known to have taken up residence in Chicago around and to have passed the Illinois Bar Examination in Atkinson's claim to have an Indian co-author was actually not unusual among the New Thought and New Age writers of his era.

As Carl T. Jackson made clear in his article The New Thought Movement and the Nineteenth Century Discovery of Oriental Philosophy , [5] Atkinson was not alone in embracing a vaguely exotic "orientalism" as a running theme in his writing, nor in crediting Hindus, Buddhists, or Sikhs with the possession of special knowledge and secret techniques of clairvoyance, spiritual development, sexual energy, health, or longevity.

The way had been paved in the mid to late 19th century by Paschal Beverly Randolph , who wrote in his books Eulis and Seership that he had been taught the mysteries of mirror scrying by the deposed Indian Maharajah Dalip Singh. Randolph was known for embroidering the truth when it came to his own autobiography he claimed that his mother Flora Randolph, an African American woman from Virginia, who died when he was eleven years old, had been a foreign princess but he was actually telling the truth—or something very close to it, according to his biographer John Patrick Deveney—when he said that he had met the Maharajah in Europe and had learned from him the proper way to use both polished gemstones and Indian "bhattah mirrors" in divination.

In , the year of Randolph's death, the Ukrainian-born Helena Petrovna Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society , by means of which she spread the teachings of mysterious Himalayan enlightened yogis, the Masters of the Ancient Wisdom , and the doctrines of the Eastern philosophy in general. After this pioneer work, some representatives from known lineages of Indian and Asian spiritual and philosophical tradition like Vivekananda , Anagarika Dharmapala , Paramahansa Yogananda , and others, started coming to the West.

In any case, with or without a co-author, Atkinson started writing a series of books under the name Yogi Ramacharaka in , ultimately releasing more than a dozen titles under this pseudonym. In fact, all of his books on yoga are still in print today. Atkinson apparently enjoyed the idea of writing as a Hindu so much that he created two more Indian personas, Swami Bhakta Vishita and Swami Panchadasi.

Strangely, neither of these identities wrote on Hinduism.

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Their material was for the most part concerned with the arts of divination and mediumship , including "oriental" forms of clairvoyance and seership. Of the two, Swami Bhakta Vishita was by far the more popular, and with more than 30 titles to his credit, he eventually outsold even Yogi Ramacharaka.

During the s, Atkinson put his attention into another pseudonym, that of Theron Q. This entity was supposed to be French, and his works, written in English and published in Chicago, combined an interest in New Thought with ideas about the training of the will, memory enhancement, and personal magnetism. In , the same year that he began his writing career as Yogi Ramacharaka, Atkinson was admitted to the Bar of Illinois.

Perhaps it was a desire to protect his ongoing career as a lawyer that led him to adopt so many pseudonyms—but if so, he left no written account documenting such a motivation. How much time Atkinson devoted to his law practice after moving to Chicago is unknown, but it is unlikely to have been a full-time career, given his amazing output during the next 15 years as a writer, editor, and publisher in the fields of New Thought, yoga, occultism, mediumship, divination, and personal success.

The high point of his prodigious capacity for production was reached in the late s. In addition to writing and publishing a steady stream of books and pamphlets, Atkinson started writing articles for Elizabeth Towne 's New Thought magazine Nautilus , as early as November , while from to , he simultaneously edited his own journal Advanced Thought. During this same period he also found time to assume the role of the honorary president of the International New Thought Alliance. Among the last collaborators with whom Atkinson may have been associated was the mentalist C.

Alexander , "The Crystal Seer," whose New Thought booklet of affirmative prayer , "Personal Lessons, Codes, and Instructions for Members of the Crystal Silence League", published in Los Angeles during the s, contained on its last page an advertisement for an extensive list of books by Atkinson, Dumont, Ramacharaka, Vishita, and Atkinson's collaborator, the occultist L. Atkinson died November 22, in Los Angeles , California at the age of Atkinson was a prolific writer, and his many books achieved wide circulation among New Thought devotees and occult practitioners.

He is also popularly held to be one if not all of the Three Initiates who anonymously authored The Kybalion , which certainly resembles Atkinson's other writings in style and subject matter. Atkinson's two co-authors in the latter venture, if they even existed, are unknown, but speculation often includes names like Mabel Collins , Michael Whitty, Paul Foster Case , and Harriett Case. According to this group, Atkinson has been identified as the author or co-author with individuals such as Edward E. Beals and Lauron William de Laurence of separate titles.

These can be broken down roughly into the following groups: [7]. These works treat themes related to the mental world, occultism , divination , psychic reality, and mankind's nature. One such title, for which Atkinson is credited as the author, with the copyright internally assigned to Towne, is The Psychology of Salesmanship, published in The probable reason that Atkinson made an assignment of copyright to Towne is that his "New Psychology" books had initially been serialized in Towne's magazine, where he was a freelance writer from at least through These include Atkinson's teachings on Yoga and Oriental philosophy, as well as New Thought and occult titles.

They were written in such a way as to form a course of practical instruction. When Atkinson wrote under the pseudonym Yogi Ramacharaka, he claimed to be a Hindu. As Ramacharaka, he helped to popularize Eastern concepts in America, with Yoga and a broadly-interpreted Hinduism being particular areas of focus. The works of Yogi Ramacharaka were published over the course of nearly ten years beginning in Some were originally issued as a series of lectures delivered at the frequency of one lesson per month. Additional material was issued at each interval in the form of supplementary text books.

According to Atkinson's publisher, the Yogi Publication Society, some of these titles were inspired by a student of the "real" Yogi Ramacharaka, Baba Bharata , although there is no historical record that either of these individuals ever existed. In reply to inquiries about Yogi Ramacharaka, this official information was provided by the Yogi Publication Society:.

Note that in at least one point, this "official" account is false: William Walker Atkinson was an American, not "an English author" and L. Fowler, an occult publishing house, was the British publisher of books that Atkinson had published under various of his own imprints in Chicago. The Absolute Law must not only be Self-Governed and Uncontrolled, but must also be Self-Existent and Causeless, for if there were aught else to have created It, or to have caused It to exist, then that other would be the Absolute.

The very meaning of the term precludes any outside Cause affecting It—It is Causeless; and It exists of, and because of, Itself. To speak of aught causing, governing, or binding the Absolute, is to utter words that have no meaning. And even if we postulate a Supreme Being, governed by the laws of His own inner nature, then these inner laws, rather than the Supreme Being are the Absolute.

So, you see that at the last the Law and the Absolute must be the one and the same. The words: Is, hath, ever been, and ever shall be, denotes the Eternality of The Law," for a Self-Existent, Causeless, Absolute, must be Eternal—for naught could have caused it, nor could aught ever terminate it. Transcending, means, of course: surpassing; surmounting; being above ; being beyond ; etc. As the Three Principles are aspects of the Cosmos; and the Seven Laws are caused by The Absolute Law, it follows that the latter is superior and over them.

Ever Unique; Unconditioned; Immutable; Self-Existent; Self-Sufficient; Independent; and Abstract —let us consider the meaning of each of the words composing this remarkable sentence:. Unconditioned: Not subject to conditions or limitations; hence, inconceivable; incognitable. Independent: Not dependent; not subject to control; not relying on aught; not subordinate or coordinate. Abstract: Apart from aught else; separate from aught else; existing apart and in Itself ; etc.

The above definitions need no further explanation or comment—they tell their own tale, and convey the meaning of the Aphorism clearly, when thus defined. These three words have the following meaning:. Unknowable: That which cannot be known, being too difficult or subtle for the human intellect ; etc. Unthinkable: That which cannot be made an object of thought; incapable of being thought; incognitable; eluding the understanding ; etc. The combined idea of the three terms is well expressed by Herbert Spencer in his famous sentence; By continually seeking to know, and being continually thrown back with a deepened conviction of the impossibility of knowing, we may keep alive the consciousness that it is alike our highest wisdom and our highest duty to regard that through which all things exist as The Unknowable.

But, it may be asked: If The Law is Unknowable, Unthinkable, and Ineffable, then why do you attempt to inform us regarding It; why do you attempt to teach us about It? The answer, O Neophyte, is this: We seek not to explain the unexplainable Law to you—we strive not to describe its nature to you, for that would be impossible, there being no words to express It, and no minds capable of understanding It were It explained.

The Aphorism expresses this truth fully and emphatically. But we do desire to impress upon your minds and understanding, the fact that It is. Not only do we ask you to believe this because the Arcane Teaching is the repository of the reports of the highest minds of the race—the illumined of all ages—but also because the intellect and intuition of every advanced man reports to him this truth, and informs him that back of, beyond, over and under, and in All, there is the Supreme Law. No matter what may be his religion, ancient or modern; or his lack of religion—no matter what may be his philosophy, metaphysics or theology, named or unnamed—no matter upon what lines he may have thought, if he has thought at all—Man must ever recognize the report of his reason, and his intuition, which informs him of the existence of a Supreme and Universal Law, governing all things.

To deny this, is to deny reason. Faith is not required—reason suffices and fully informs that The Law is. And with that is-ness, the report ceases—the knowledge is then known, to low and high alike. While advanced beings on higher planes have reported great knowledge regarding the Cosmos, they state positively that they know no more regarding the nature of The Law than does the humble thinker on our own plane.

But from the highest comes the same report as that which informs the mind of the lowest—The Law is. Therefore in asking you to accept this report of the illumined, the highest of the race, including those whom we call the Elder Brethren, we ask you to accept only that which your own reason informs you to be a basic truth—The Law is. It is true that the race has built around the conception of the Absolute Law, the varying conceptions of personal deities, and pantheistic beings, but analyze them all and you will find that the reason for the activities of these deities, personal or pantheistic, has been the desire; will; want; inclination or inner-laws which are supposed to actuate their manifestations, or incite their activities, either consciously, unconsciously; or according to some of the Hindu schools, because of ignorance, illusion, or self-deception.

In short, all of these conceptions of deity are Beings who are actuated by motives, feelings, desires of inner-laws, just as are men, and other manifested or created things. The anthropomorphic idea is evidenced not only in the crude conceptions of deity held by the savages, but also in the higher concepts; and even in the conceptions of a Pantheistic Being, or Absolute Being held by some of the philosophers and religious teachers of East and West.

The pantheistic conception is utterly illogical, for as Schopenhauer says: When we think of Nature as God, we show God to the door.


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And as the Arcane Teachers point out, even admitting any of these conceptions of Being, the mind must see that in the inner law that moves Being to activity—the Law of Itself— there alone is to be found the Absolute. In such case the Law not the Being, is the Absolute, for it is the causer, and controller, and mover, and reason of the universe. It is true that some of the philosophers and teachers try to explain away this fact, by saying that Being and Law are One.


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  • But this is no solution, for even if that be admitted, then the Law within the Being is the Efficient Reason and Causer of Action, and the rest of the Being is controlled, acted upon and moved by the Law within it. The whole idea of Being must be discarded in considering the Absolute.

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    The Absolute is, and can be, only Law. For in all conceptions, The Law is, and must be, seen to be the Ultimate Cause of all activity. The advocates of Absolute Being, object that they are unable to conceive of Law without a Lawgiving Being. But, considering this answer, we soon see that in order for the Lawgiving Being to proceed to give or promulgate Law, it must be moved by some inner law, desire, want, or will of its own nature—and that simply pushes back the question one step further. Try as we may, we cannot escape the conviction. This action might not be possible to undo.

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    Lesson II. Absolute Law. Lesson III. Infinity of Nothingness. Lesson I. These Seven Cosmic Laws are as follows: I. Ever Unique; Unconditioned; Immutable; Self-Existent; Self-Sufficient; Independent; and Abstract —let us consider the meaning of each of the words composing this remarkable sentence: Ever: Always; forever; continually; without cessation.

    Unique: Without a like or equal; unmatched; Unparalleled; sole. Immutable: Unchangeable; invariable; changeless. Self-Existent: Free from Cause; existing independent of aught else. Self-Sufficient: Sufficient for self, without aid or co-operation. These three words have the following meaning: Unknowable: That which cannot be known, being too difficult or subtle for the human intellect ; etc. Ineffable: Incapable of being expressed in words; inexpressible; indescribable ; etc.

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