Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Annie led the first successful women's strike in history--the strike of the London match-girls who were being poisoned by the chemicals in the factories and who were the most underpaid group of women at that time. She also wrote and published a book on birth control in 1869 which caused such controversy that her husband brought her to court and took custody of her children; declaring that publishing such an "obscene" pamphlet made her an unfit mother. After losing her children she became a great advocate and speaker for women's causes, and her close friend, George Bernard Shaw called her "the greatest orator of the century."
After many years as a secularist and socialist struggling for human rights, and on the London School Board, Annie became the target of public abuse again as she became a devoted supporter of Madame Blavatsky and Theosophy. Her deep desire for spiritual growth and learning led her to become the president of the Theosophical Society--a group who are seen today as "the old guard of the New Age" bringing many Eastern concepts, such as karma and reincarnation, into awareness.
While Annie Besant was president of this spiritual organization she found and raised a young Indian boy, J. Krishnamurti, to become a great spiritual teacher. Although he later rejected his role as as a Theosophical Guru, he did grow up to be a great spiritual teacher, as was predicted.
Annie lived both in India and England, and was an educator and promoter of India's "home rule" just before Gandhi, and in 1917 she became President of the Indian National Congress. She died in India in 1933.
Monday, March 2, 2015
A taste of "Sweet Synchronicity: Finding Annie Besant, Discovering Krishnamurti"
Table of Contents
Chapter One:Finding Annie
Chapter Two:Instant Therapy & A Tree-house to Dream In
Chapter Three:From Treehouse to the Great Hall and Back Again
Chapter Four:The Cure for Procrastination
Chapter Five:Mothers, Husbands, and Other Impossibilities
Chapter Six:Speaking for Herself
Chapter Seven:Of Match Girls, Eleanor Marx, and George Bernard Shaw
Chapter Eight:Ascended Masters
Chapter Nine:You Can Do What You Think You Can’t Do
Chapter Ten:The Screenplay Visualized
Chapter Eleven:Madame Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Sweet Synchronicity; Finding Annie Besant, Discovering Krishnamurti: The book is being so well received here in Ojai C...
Sweet Synchronicity; Finding Annie Besant, Discovering Krishnamurti: The book is being so well received here in Ojai C...: The book is being so well received here in Ojai California where I am now! I'm speaking about it at places like the Ojai Retreat,...
The book is being so well received here in Ojai California where I am now! I'm speaking about it at places like the Ojai Retreat, selling it to shops, giving it to friends....it's wonderful to be in the place Annie Besant and Krishnamurti lived, and to have people familiar with their lives and stories. Here's a message I received yesterday:
"I finished the book tonight with much pleasure. I STRONGLY agree this must be a film—there is greatness and daring and a good story of the 19th century socio-political history of gender and imperialism in Britain---- as well as the spiritual and political evolution of a Great Lady.
Actually, I think it should be a series, like Downton Abbey!"
Thursday, January 29, 2015
There will be an informal talk and discussion on the book and on the lives of Annie Besant and Krishnamurti this coming Monday evening at 7:00 pm at the Ojai Retreat, on Besant Road in Ojai, California. The retreat is a lovely place to get away to "retreat and renew" and all are welcome to come for this small gathering.