ERNEST EGERTON WOOD
year of birth : 1883 | place of birth : Manchester, ENGLAND
nationality : English | occupation : Theosophist.. Sanskrit Scholar.. Indologist
education : Manchester Municipal College of Technology
“ The contraction is concentration;
the expansion is meditation.
The movement is thought. ”
BOOKS BY THE MASTER
" The Ten Original Systems of Yoga " ... " The Seven Rays: A Theosophical Handbook " ...
" A Study of Pleasure and Pain " ... " Great Systems of Yoga " ... " Yoga Wisdom (Castle Books) " ...
" Practical yoga, ancient and modern " ..." The occult training of the Hindus " ... " Yoga (A Pelican Original) " ...
" Is This Theosophy? " ... " The Garuda Purana " ... " Zen Dictionary " ...
" The Song of Praise to the Dancing Shiva " ... " Mind and Memory Training " ... " The Glorius Presence " ...
" The Bhagavad Gita Explained, With a New and Literal Translation " ... " Vedanta Dictionary " ...
" Come Unto Me and Other Writings " ... " Pinnacle of Indian Thought " ... " Questions on Occultism " ...
" Taking Charge of Your Life " ... " Character Building a Practical Course "
Ernest Egerton Wood was a noted English yogi, theosophist, Sanskrit scholar, and author of numerous books, including Concentration - An Approach to Meditation, Yoga and The Pinnacle of Indian Thought (1967). Because of his interest in Buddhism and Yoga, he began studying Sanskrit during his late teen years. He became president of his local Theosophist chapter in 1907 at age 24, then embraced the larger world by moving in 1908 to Adyar, India, the Society’s world headquarters.
As a young man, Wood became interested in Theosophy after listening to lectures by the theosophist Annie Besant, whose personality impressed him greatly. Wood became one of her assistants, working with Besant and Charles Webster Leadbeater, who had arrived in Adyar in 1909. At Besant's suggestion, Wood became involved in education, and after 1910, he served as headmaster of several schools and colleges founded by the Theosophical Society. Wood became Professor of Physics, Principal and President of the Sind National College and the Madanapalle College, both teaching colleges of the Bombay and Madras Universities. Wood promoted theosophical ideas, conducting lecturing tours and publishing numerous articles, essays and books on a variety of theosophical subjects, among them a digest of Helena P. Blavatsky's Secret Doctrine. He lectured throughout India and travelled to many countries in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. He continued to reside in India until the close of World War II, when he relocated to the United States.
In India, Wood had encountered many yogis and Hindu pundits. As a practising yogi, vegetarian and teetotaller, having adopted this lifestyle after reading Sir Edwin Arnold's The Light of Asia in his boyhood, he was warmly received by Indian yogis, many of whom became Wood's friends and advisers. During his early years in Adyar, the Head of the Vedantic Monastery Shri Shringeri Shivaganga Samasthanam in Mysore Province, Sri Jagat Guru Shankara Charya Swami, bestowed upon Wood the title of "Shri Sattwikagraganya" in recognition of his efforts to introduce Indian pupils to Sanskrit.
Wood spent his remaining years writing and publishing on yoga. He moved to the United States, where he served for a short time as president and dean of the American Academy of Asian Studies in San Francisco, and later moved to Houston, Texas, working for the University of Houston. Shortly after his arrival in India, Wood had begun translating the Indian classics, such as the Garuda Purana. In the late 1920s, he began a thorough study of the Yoga classics with the assistance of several Hindu scholars, leading to the publication of numerous translations of famous yoga texts such as the Bhagavad Gita, Patañjali's Yoga Sutras, Shankara's Viveka Chudamani. In his commentaries to these translations, Wood tried to make these texts' philosophical ideas applicable to modern life. His writings contain many references to his own practical experiences in these matters. Together with his concise treatises of yoga, such as the volume Yoga, Penguin Books,1959/62, and his earlier writings on concentration and memory training, Wood's works contain a complete introduction to the classic texts of Raja Yoga, or the yoga of the mind, with a sparing use of Sanskrit expressions.