Light On The Path by M. C.


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Theosophical Book Company,  Boston, c1885. First edition, early printing. 68 pages. Reprinted by 'special permission'. Small full-leather bound book, gilt decoration and title, gilded edges. Corners and spine rubbed, small markings to front-end papers, text clean. Rare copy. 

"A treatise for the personal use of those who are ignorant of the eastern wisdom, and who desire to enter within its influence. Written down by M.C.

The text provides rules that serve as rungs of a ladder in the progress of the spiritual life."

‘Light on the Path is a perennial favourite of Theosophical literature written by Mabel Collins in 1885, who was a British theosophist and author of over 46 books. She was born in St Peter Port, Guernsey, 1851.

"I ought further to state that "Light on the Path" was not to my knowledge inspired by any one; but that I saw it written on the walls of a place I visit spiritually, (which is described in the "Blossom and the Fruit") – there I read it and I wrote it down.”

In a 1922 article published in the London Occult Review, she went on to say "it is possible for the spirit of a disciple on earth to visit this higher state we call ethereal and enter the Hall of Learning, in full waking consciousness. It was in that way that I obtained the stanzas of Light on the Path." - M. C. 

"This little book—a true jewel—belongs to, and emanates from the same school of thought and learning as the teachings in The Secret Doctrine." -  H. P. Blavatsky. 

It is worth noting this interesting piece of folklore about Mabel Collins, in relation to the murders of Jack the Ripper;

Aleister Crowley claimed that Vittoria Cremers told him that Collins was at one time, being romantically pursued by both Cremers and Robert Donston Stephenson. Cremers claimed that during this time she found five blood-soaked ties in a trunk under Stephenson's bed, corresponding to the five murders committed in Whitechapel by Jack the Ripper.'

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