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The Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science

Thomas Troward

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Thomas Troward was a divisional Judge in British-administered India. His avocation was the study of comparative religion. Influences on his thinking, as well as his later writing, included the teachings of Christ, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. After his retirement from the judiciary in 1896, Troward set out to apply logic and a judicial weighing of evidence in the study of matters of cause and effect.

The philosopher William James characterized Troward’s Edinburgh Lectures on Mental Science as "far and away the ablest statement of philosophy I have met, beautiful in its sustained clearness of thought and style, a really classic statement."
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. . .Now it is a mathematical truth that the infinite must be a unity. You cannot have two infinites, for then neither would be infinite, each would be limited by the other, nor can you split the infinite up into fractions. The infinite is mathematically essential unity. This is a point on which too much stress cannot be laid, for there follow from it the most important consequences. Unity, as such, can be neither multiplied nor divided, for either operation destroys the unity. By multiplying, we produce a plurality of units of the same scale as the original; and by dividing, we produce a plurality of units of a smaller scale; and a plurality of units is not unity but multiplicity. Therefore if we would penetrate below the outward nature of the individual to that innermost principle of his being from which his individuality takes its rise, we can do so only by passing beyond the conception of individual existence into that of the unity of universal being. This may appear to be. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not only was Judge Troward ahead of his Tim, time still hasn't caught up with him. Hard to read but perseverance will yield truths beyond compare.

Difficult and tedious to get through but definitely worth it. Great groundwork for grokking new thought ideas.

Every sentence ..blooms the mind.

i was introduced to "mental science" through Troward, only later reading Holmes and others. He remains a favorite for many reasons, many of which are exemplified in this collection of essays. While Troward's writing was definitely connected with the philosophical and scientific understanding of h...more

I found this the clearest explanation of spiritual principles i had ever read. It is hard going but wrapping the mind around this stuff is not easy.

One of the most life changing books I've read.

The first time I read this metaphysical classic I hated whacking my way through the Victorian language and page-long paragraphs (or even page-long sentences!). I survived having to read it for a class by retyping the entire book, with paragraph breaks and punctuation where I felt there needed. I...more

Very tough to get through as it is written almost like a medical dictionary, but very fascinating perspective on mental sciences. Thomas Troward was an amazing person that spent most his life in India as a Judge. Only to retire in the country of his origin , England. Amazing stuff...more

There is no book in existence that I have ever read that can compare to this book/// but i suggest of course the entire six books ( THE POWER IN YOU ) - creative process in the individual where he makes a fatal flaw in his premise.
His other books the Hidden Power ( also excellent ) and Bible Myst...more

This man was brilliant and understood things as not many men have since.

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