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This tells the *true* story of a meeting and working relationship between, essentially, three different parties: The author, [Maud MacCarthy] 'The Boy' –[William (Bill) Coote] and The Brothers, who are and were, (I would say, after some 40 years research in this field) the 'real thing', ie: those authentic beings who are known variously as The Elders, The Elder Brothers, The Masters, The Mahatmas, and etc.
These beings are often misrepresented by certain feeble, ersatz little 'cult' groups, [eg: 'E.C.P.' and 'S.L.' in the USA, and 'B.C.', in the UK] but thankfully these Teachers now have well-established, *authentic* outlets for their (unadulterated!) teachings as well; these include the works of Madame Blavatsky (who started the Theosophical Society), Helen Roerich (of Agni Yoga) and Alice A. Bailey, (who worked with 'The Tibetan' master, and founded the Lucis Trust).
The Masters, or 'Brothers' as they are called in this book, chose numerous ways to bring 'The Ancient Wisdom Teachings' to the world, – partly as a way to help off-set and defeat the darkness (ie: evil) which was very much to the fore at the time of their writing, the surging evil which resulted in the two World Wars.
Certain receptive individuals were *very* carefully selected; as mentioned above, some of these co-workers are are now very well-known, and some less so. In the latter category we might class 'The Boy' and his mentor and helpmate, Ms Maud MacCarthy who, later in life, (when she'd moved from London to India), gave up a 'material' life, and changed her name to Swami Omananda Puri, after her husband died.
She later married 'The Boy', – but the marriage was never consummated, it was just a way of ensuring that she kept a certain 'decorum and decency' about her, whilst she worked in public, and thus her relationship with The Boy would not be seen to be at all 'suspect' in the eyes of the very conventional society of that day. Thus, a good deal of gossip was obviated from the start!
'The Boy and The Brothers', (London: Gollancz, 1959) and its companion tome, 'Towards the Mysteries' (London: Neville Spearman, 1968) in essence tells of the actual and truly extraordinary life and times, wherein a barely literate working-class lad from London's dismal East End district became the channel through which some of the most advanced spiritual teachers were able to work, and through him, – over a period of some 26 years or so, gave the world many pearls from the Ancient Wisdom teachings, (as well as better-known, exoteric tracts).
From this student's point-of-view, this book and its companion do not at all contradict teachings from the other main A.W. sources, – such as The Roerichs, Blavatsky, and A.A. Bailey.
There are too many beautiful and truly uplifting, phenomenal, awe-inspiring tales and happenings to relate from these books in this short review, but I can wholeheartedly recommend it to any who wish to learn about teachers and topics which have the power to radically alter and improve the fate of mankind.
Such a service as theirs is, (as we can see from the mess and muddle the world is in at the moment!) is a necessary and much needed antidote to the widespread confusion, selfishness, gross materialism and muddle-headedness, in most nations, and most classes of humanity at present.
If you'd like a very accessible introduction to the Ancient Wisdom teachings, then you could do worse than to start here. Then, if it all makes sense to you, (and your intellect is not too narrowed and warped with many another religious or philosophical brainwashing!) you could then move on to the deeper stuff in Agni Yoga and AAB's works, – and don't forget 'The Secret Doctrine' by HPB!
The first and the last of these, are available on-line, and all are readily available in printed format.
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