Annie Besant explores the Truth

I’ve been reading a few books by Annie Besant, and was very pleased to find this documentary on youtube. Watch here or save the mp4 version. Besant was an important figure in the mystical Theosophy movement of the late 1800s/early 1900s, which believes all humanity (all existence, even) is one family, and that there is an underlying Truth to all the major world religions and mystic traditions.

I did not know before watching this video that the theosophists “discovered” Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Annie Besant trained him to be a “gentleman” and spiritual teacher (many saw him as a messiah figure; he officially separated from the Theosophical Society in 1929). I also did not know that Annie Besant was an activist for social reform, workers’ rights and women’s rights, creating scandal with her endorsement of birth control. She is probably best known for her explorations into spirituality and religion, and her campaign for democratic independence in India.

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