ABHEDÂNANDA, Swâmi. How to be a Yogi. New York: The Vedânta Society, 1902.
8vo. Original brown cloth with gilt-stamped insignia, pp. 188, [4, advertisements]; small closed tear p.171/172, otherwise in very good condition; Provenance half-title with previous ownership inscription.
First edition. One of the foremost figures in introducing Hindu philosophy to America in the early 1900s. As head of the Vedânta society in New York, Abhedânanda published several works in the field, of which this is an early example. The book itself focuses on two important questions, "What is Yoga?" and "Was Christ a Yogi?". In answering these questions, Abhedânanda attempts to weave Christianity and Hindu spirituality together in a coherent and concise manner.