REMARKS by THE PUBLISHERS
ENCOURAGED by the reception which has been given by British readers to
his great work The Master Key,
the gifted author, Charles F. Haanel,
now permits us to reveal to readers through the present volume, The
Amazing Secrets of the Yogi.
This work comes from the pen that
wrote The Master Key
secret knowledge communicated to Charles F.
Haanel by V. S. Perera of Ceylon, who is the leading Asiatic authority
on the teachings of the Yogi.
The information conveyed by this collaboration may,
deemed to be as reliable as the text is eloquent and clear.
Those students of The
who peruse the present work will
recognise some of the Eastern elements that enter into The Master Key
guidance. Also they
will note those elements which have
from that major and companion volume as being too theoretical or too
recondite to act as practical guidance for other than those mystics who
are able to extract subjective guidance from any preferred phase of the
occultism that has been taught by practising or speculative
metaphysicians throughout the ages.
It is because of this subjective influence that mystical
doctrines have a positive virtue whether they happen to be true or not
from the absolute viewpoint.
While the revelations here given have been absolute
"secrets" to most
inhabitants of Europe and of countries peopled from Europe, millions of
Indians know that these secrets exist, and this knowledge is an
accepted factor which more or less strongly influences their normal
mental life, according to the exact knowledge or the imaginative
surmise of each individual. It is well, therefore, for Western people
to know what thoughts and practices influence the daily lives of so
many millions of Asiatics. If nations who think dissimilarly understand
better what are the thoughts which guide the counterpart of each
individual in another Continent, we may gradually work to a better
understanding of, and to a greater degree of harmony between, the
thoughts of the East and those of the West.
Hence this Volume is a definite step towards the freer
European and Asiatic ideas and the establishment of a basis upon which
the intrinsically best ideas of each Continent can establish themselves
by their own inherent virtues, instead of being opposed or shunned as
being weird or incomprehensible.
It here becomes evident that so-called occult practices
have a rational
basis and we can all now view them with more understanding whether we
want to use them or not. We may certainly benefit from the use of those
we are able to practise.
We are not ourselves mystics, nor are we fond of the
occult or the
merely theoretical. We publish this work because it conveys
knowledge that the Wise Men of the East
believe; and which, to most men of the West, will come as something
new, curious and of gripping interest. We furthermore publish it
because it will awaken most readers to realize how greatly the practice
of scientific breathing can improve the quality of human life. And,
last but not least, we issue it because many of those who have put its
teachings into practice report that, whether the Yoga doctrines are
based on scientific fact or not, the truth is that empirically they do
work and produce the results claimed for them.
The Amazing Secrets
of the Yogi
is not an exhaustive treatise on
aspects of Yoga philosophy, but it is sufficiently comprehensive to
satisfy those who desire a knowledge of the main trend of Yogi
thinking. The knowledge here given is sufficient for all who desire to
become adepts. It is therefore an adequate groundwork upon which those
may build who desire further to advance to the stage of seership.
Most readers will decide to add to the knowledge they
cull from this
Volume the more easily assimilable teachings of its more fundamental
companion Volume, The Master Key,
which is in constant demand today
and is steadily finding its way into more and more British homes to the
consequent benefit of those who inhabit them.
This Master Key
key to the
understanding and operation by psychological means of the Law of
i.e., The Law of Cause and Effect. Every thing that can be thought or
done is the effect of all prior cause and becomes in its turn the cause
of all subsequent effect. Hence a familiarity with this Natural Law of
Causation and power to use it consciously for the benefit of one's own
self and of others is supremely valuable knowledge to add to an
understanding of the more intriguing ways which the Yogi use to
co-operate with the spiritual laws of the natural world.
The Master Key
to be a new religion, nor is it
antagonistic, or contrary, to any creed. Its realm is the realm of
secular life where it stands supreme as a practical guide to the art
and science of getting life's advantages by conscious collaboration
with the Law of Causation along definite lines which the inspired
We close by reminding the reader that pure learning is of
whatever, even to the possessor, unless it is backed by action.
Therefore the exercises set must be actually practised, otherwise the
new knowledge would tend to create dreamers rather than men and women
of purposeful achievement, useful alike to themselves and to all those
with whom they come into contact.
FREDERICK H. BURGESS
for THE MASTER KEY PUBLISHING COMPANY
London, August, 1937.
by the Joint
Author CHARLES F. HAANEL, D.Psy.
In this volume I have embodied many valuable secrets,
which have been
collected with great care from the treasured wisdom of Ancient India.
These secrets if put into daily practice will bring you
greater success and unbounded happiness.
They will prove to be a "guide, philosopher and friend "
serve you well in times of trouble, difficulty or disease. In fact you
will soon come to regard them as the greatest boon that has ever come
into your life.
They will invest you with courage, hope, health, success,
of days, a radiant countenance and a magnetic personality.
You will now probably want to know something concerning
Perera who has collaborated with me in penning this work.
He was born February 21st, 1897, at Matara, on the Island
He was born of Cingalese parents, and was brought up as a
His early education was in Cingalese, his mother-tongue, but he was
later educated in English and attended an English College.
His health was delicate, which made him quiet and
reserved, but he had
a marvellous memory, which soon placed him at the head of his
classmates in every subject. Because of continued ill-health, he left
college in 1915, passing out as an undergraduate of Cambridge
He had intended to study medicine, but ill-health
prevented and in 1917
he became a teacher.
He contributed articles to the Indian Recorder
(1923—1924) on "The
Operation of the Law of Karma," which gave the highest teachings which
have been long lost to the world, concerning the operation of the Law
of Cause and Effect on the mental plane. The article received the
The important facts contained in this volume, will place
a sceptre of
power in your hands with which you can open a pathway to health,
success and the life abundant.
You will find that they contain a priceless message which
solace to your mental wounds in times of distress. You will come to
feel that you have realized a lifelong dream, and will often regret
that this information did not come to you much earlier.
And, what is best of all, you will find nothing in these
will in any way conflict with any religious principles which you may
On the other hand your spiritual convictions will be
because you will find that Truth is the same, in all lands, and in all
times, regardless of the name it may take or the manner of its
May the message which has been penned for you by myself
and by my
collaborator in Ceylon, the "Pearl upon the brow of India," the "Eden
on the Western Wave," linger long with you and bring you a world of
light and life, and beauty, radiant with joy and youth.
CHARLES F. HAANEL,
University City, U.S.A.
IDA, PlNGALA AND
THIS part tells you of a strange discovery made by the
Scientists—how and why certain practices make one positive, courageous,
daring and passionate, while others make one timid, humble, obedient
and spiritual. This is one of the amazing secrets of the Yogi and is
worth many times the price of the entire course.
1. If we divide a human body into two halves along the
median line, we
should observe that most of the organs which are intended to carry out
some function of the body, consist of two symmetrical parts, one
located on the right half of the body, the other on the left half.
2. Thus, the brain, the eyes, the ears, the nose, the
arms, the lungs,
the kidneys, the testicles or ovaries, and the legs are all double
organs or parts, one of which is situated on the right side of the body
and the other on the left.
3. This is because man is a magnet having two poles, the
same as all
other bodies which manifest magnetic properties.
4. The right side of his body represents the positive
pole, while the
left side represents the negative pole.
5. Spirit, Mind Substance, Astral Substance, Ether and
manifest two poles—the positive and the negative. This is an inherent
law of the Cosmos. Male, and female, heat and cold, north and south,
east and west, light and darkness, day and night, represent the two
poles of each continuous whole.
6. The positive pole manifests characteristics
those of the negative.
The functions of one similarly differ from the other.
7. Each pole of a body having magnetic properties, is so
that it absorbs (inhales) stores up (retains) and radiates (exhales), a
subtle form of energy, from and to the surrounding space.
8. The energy absorbed and radiated by the positive pole
the energy absorbed and radiated by the negative pole. But at the spot
which divides the positive pole from the negative pole, the body
possesses the characteristics of neither the positive nor the negative,
but a combination of both.
9. Now this is true of the human organism. The right side
of the body
forms the positive pole and the left side the negative pole of the
10. As energy is fluidic and kinetic, it has control over
11. Ether is static energy, it fills all space and
solids, all gases.
12. Ether consists of positive and negative electrons.
13. When any body having magnetic properties ceases to
radiate energy, from and to the surrounding space, its magnetic
14. It is then dead.
15. Each human being from birth to death performs the act
inhaling, retaining and exhaling.
16. With each inhalation he absorbs not only air, but
also ether or
Pranic energy, which interpenetrates the air.
17. Air is inhaled through the nostrils—the right nostril
and the left
18. The air inhaled passes through the interior of the
pharynx, the larynx, the windpipe and the bronchial tubes and enters
19. The lungs receive the air inhaled and absorb the
oxygen in the air,
which mixes with the blood.
20. When the oxygen comes in contact with the blood, a
combustion takes place and the blood takes up the oxygen and releases
the carbonic acid gas which is ejected from the lungs at each
21. The Hindu Scientists discovered that the breath does
flow at the same time from both nostrils. They found that the breath
flows through one nostril at a time, and from time to time during each
flows for short intervals from both nostrils.
22. Instead of finding irregularity or want of uniformity
in the flow
of breath in human beings—nay in all breathing things—they found law,
order and rhythm which governs all manifestations of the Universe—from
the most insignificant or trivial to the most stupendous.
23. They discovered that in persons of normal health, the
for nearly sixty minutes or one hour through one nostril and then
changes to the other to flow for a period of the same duration, i.e.,
24. Every hour the breath-flow changes from one nostril
to the other,
thus for each day of twenty-four hours, the breath flows for twelve
alternate hours through the left nostril and the other twelve alternate
hours through the right nostril.
25. When one nostril is in flow there will be no flow
from the other,
till the time comes for the breath flow to change to the other.
26. There are two nerve currents in the spinal column
hollow canal called Sushumana
27. Every time we breathe, air as well as ether
either Ida nerve or Pingala Nerve and after circulating up and down
passes out through the nostrils.
28. The Ida nerve begins in the left nostril, at the root
of the nose
just where the left nostril converges into the right, passes through
the cerebellum and medulla oblongata, runs along the left side of the
spinal cord, and ends at the lower end of the spine.
29. Similarly the Pingala nerve begins from the right
through the cerebellum and medulla oblongata, runs through the right
side of the spine and ends at its base.
30. The Sushumana nerve or canal, though not directly
either of the nostrils, begins from the base of the brain or the
medulla oblongata, runs down the central cavity of the spinal column
and ends at the coccyx, where Pingala, Ida, and Sushumana are connected.
31. Within the root of the nose, where the two nostrils
where Ida and Pingala nerves begin, is one of the most vital spots in
the body. This spot is very sensitive and manifests a peculiar kind of
32. The roots of the Ida and Pingala nerves are located
sensitiveness and intelligence are displayed in selecting etheric
electrons from each breath of
air, which passes through the nostrils.
33. Within the interior chamber of each nostril there is
a gate or
shutter of cartilaginous formation. These gates are controlled from
this vital centre. When the breath flows through one nostril, its gates
stand open, while that of the other remains closed. This spot is a
vital centre, because health or disease, success or failure, gain or
loss, life or death are the results which accrue from the way this
34. The planetary rays also converge at this spot and
functions, and at this spot is located the Helm which controls human
life. Therefore a Yogi must learn to control this vital centre and
change the flow of breath as required for securing desired results.
35. When the Pingala nerve or the right nostril is in
flow, the Ida
nerve lies inactive or dormant, and the gate of the left nostril
remains obstructed. Similarly, when the Ida nerve or the left nostril
is in flow, the Pingala nerve lies dormant, and the gate of the right
nostril remains shut. But when the Sushumana nerve or both nostrils are
in flow, the gates of both of them lie ajar and both Pingala and Ida
nerves are fully active.
36. When the right nostril is in flow, from each
inhalation of air, the
Pingala Nerve selects the positive electrons
contained in the ether which interpenetrates the air, and carries a
current of positive electro-magnetism down the right side of the spine.
37. Because the right side is positive, people in whom
nostril flow is predominant, evince positive characteristics, such as
martial spirit and sometimes unusual aggressiveness.
38. In certain males, unbridled sexual passion is the
result of an
excessive flow of the right nostril.
39. Similarly, when the left nostril is in flow, the Ida
currents of negative electrons down the left side of the spine.
40. When the left nostril flow is predominant in man, he
negative characteristics, such as fear, timidity, submission,
humbleness, obedience, etc., and also virtues such as truthfulness,
kindness, benevolence, reverence, and spirituality.
41. The positive electro-magnetic currents and the
electro-magnetic currents which run alternately down Pingala and Ida
nerves respectively, meet at the Solar Plexus and other Plexi of the
Sympathetic Nervous System, which lie along the spinal column, and
supply PRANA, for the conduct of the human machine.
42. As the numerous branches which Pingala and Ida nerves
connect all of the Plexi of the Sympathetic System with the
Cerebro-Spinal System, much of the etheric energy which is conveyed
along Pingala and Ida is stored up in the different plexi, the chief of
which is the Solar Plexus.
43. When Sushumana or both nostrils are equally in flow,
and Ida nerves carry their respective currents down the spine at the
same time, and these currents as they go down the spine distributing
their wealth among the different plexi, carry what remains to the base
of the spine, where they meet and supply Prana to the Sushumana Canal.
44. The Sympathetic Nervous System has its centre in the
and is the channel of that mental action which unconsciously supports
the vital functions of the body.
45. The connection between the Cerebro-spinal and the
nervous system is made by the vagus nerve, which passes out of the
cerebral region as a portion of the voluntary system to the thorax,
sending out branches to the heart and lungs, and finally passing
through the diaphragm, it loses its outer coating and becomes
identified with the nerves of the Sympathetic System, so forming a
connecting link between the two and making man physically a single
46. The Cerebro-spinal System is the organ of the
conscious mind, and
the Sympathetic is the organ of the sub-conscious. The Cerebro-spinal
is the channel through which we receive conscious perception from the
physical senses and exercises control over the movements of the body.
This system of nerves has its centre in the brain.
47. When the Solar Plexus is in active operation, and is
and Energy and Vitality to every part of the body, and to every one
that you meet, the sensations are pleasant, the body is filled with
health, and all with whom you come in contact experience a pleasant
48. If then you wish to develop courage, power; if you
wish to become
less timid and more aggressive, practice breathing through the right
nostril. At first you may find it necessary to close the left nostril
with the forefinger, but you will gradually acquire control and will
eventually be able to close either nostril at will.
49. If you wish to cultivate any of the spiritual
qualities such as
benevolence, reverence, truthfulness, kindness, cheerfulness or
goodness, you will practice breathing through the left nostril.
50. The information contained in this Part is so
startling, so unique,
so useful, so surprisingly dependable that we feel that all students
who are so fortunate as to obtain this series of Amazing Secrets will
lose no time in breaking the fetters which have held them
in bondage to the misconceptions and traditions by which they have been
51. Part Two contains a secret of equal or greater
importance; it tells
how many attract to themselves evils and misfortunes; how others
attract happiness and fortune; it also tells how the mighty
wonder-workers of India project themselves to any desired location at
will. This is one of the Secrets which have heretofore been given by
word of mouth only. It has seldom, if ever before, been revealed in