10 Popular Annie Besant Quotes on Life and Religion

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Popular Annie Besant Quotes

I am taking you to the 10 popular Annie Besant quotes. Before that let us have a look at her early life and her life in India.

Annie Besant (1847 –1933) was a British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer and an outstanding orator. Further she was the supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule. In 1867 Annie married to a clergyman, Frank Besant. But their married life lasted only for six years because of her growing anti-religious views. The couple had two children, a son, Arthur Digby, and a daughter, Mabel.

Annie then became a prominent figure for the NSS, a campaigning organisation in Britain that promote secularism. She became involved in the 1887 Bloody Sunday march against unemployment and coercion in Ireland and the release of MP William O’Brien. Also she involved in the London matchgirls’ strike of 1888 against the poor working condition of women and teenage girls in Bryant and May Factory in Bow.

In 1889 Annie was elected to the London School Board for Tower Hamlets. Gradually her interest in theosophy grew and secular matters waned. She became a member of the Theosophical Society and a prominent lecturer on the subject and travelled to India in 1893.

Annie Besant in India

In India Annie founded the Central Hindu School and College in Benares (now Varanasi). A few years later she started the Central Hindu School for Girls.

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In 1907 Annie became the second president of the Theosophical Society, whose international headquarters were in Adyar, Madras, (Chennai). Her involvement in politics in India led her to become the electoral president of Indian National Congress (INC). It was in 1917 and also she was the first woman presided of INC. Though Annie Besant was the president of Indian National Congress, she was more than a political figure in India.

Popular Annie Besant Quotes on Life

“There is no life without consciousness; there is no consciousness without life.” – Annie Besant

“A myth is far truer than a history, for a history only gives a story of the shadows, whereas a myth gives a story of the substances that cast the shadows.” – Annie Besant

“No soul that aspires can ever fail to rise; no heart that loves can ever be abandoned. Difficulties exist only that in overcoming them we may grow strong, and they who have suffered are able to save.” – Annie Besant

“Never forget that life can only be nobly inspired and rightly lived if you take it bravely and gallantly.” – Annie Besant

“Death cannot touch the higher consciousness of man… it can only separate those who love each other so far as their lower vehicles are concerned; the man living on earth, blinded by matter, feels separated from those who have passed onward, but… there is no such thing as Death at all.” – Annie Besant

Popular Annie Besant Quotes on Religion

“India is the mother of religion. In her are combined science and religion in perfect harmony, and that is the Hindu religion, and it is India that shall be again the spiritual mother of the world.” – Annie Besant

“The highest Hindu intellectual training was based on the practice of yoga, and produced, as its fruit, those marvellous philosophical systems, the six Darshanas and the Brahma Sutras, which are still the delight of scholars and the inspiration of occultists and mystics.” – Annie Besant

“The man of meditation is the man who wastes no time, scatters no energy, misses no opportunity.” – Annie Besant

“Meditation means this opening out of the soul to the Divine and letting the Divine shine in without obstruction from the personal self. Therefore it means renunciation. It means throwing away everything that one has, and waiting empty for the light to come in.” – Annie Besant

“Refusal to believe until proof is given is a rational position; denial of all outside of our own limited experience is absurd.” – Annie Besant

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