Author: Annie Besant
Publisher: Theosophical Publishing
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170594650
This little book, sent out with reverence for all religions that purify man’s life elevate his emotions, and comfort him in sorrow, be a message of pace, and not a stirrer-up of strife; for I have striven to sketch each religion in its best, its purest, and mot occult form, and each as though I belonged to it and were preaching it as my own.
To the theosophist nothing that is human is foreign, and he has only reverent sympathy for every expression of man’s longing after god. He seeks to understand all, to convert none, and in offering to share the knowledge with which he ahs been entrusted, he hopes to deepen every man’s faith by adding to his faith knowledge, and by unveiling the common foundation which supports all religions.
In 1896, Dr Annie Besant gave four Convention Lectures on Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, and Christianity at Adyar, Madras, on the twenty-first anniversary of the Theosophical Society, the President-Founder, Colonel H S Olcutt, being in the Chair. In 1901, she continued the series with another four lectures on Islam, Jainism, Sikhism, and theosophy or Divine Wisdom as the common source of all religions at the twenty sixth anniversary, Colonel Olcott again presiding.
Each of the lectures on the seven religions has been published as a separate booklet with the exception of the lecture on Divine Wisdom, and whole series as a single volume under the title Seven Great Religions.