The world is in a state of constant upheaval and the pressuresof our daily life cause us constant stress and strain. We find itdifficult to control our thoughts, to still our minds, and toachieve an inner calm. This book, which has run into manyeditions, is a popular and practical guide explaining in a lucidmanner the method of practicing the art of concentration andmind control. This is, however, only the first step leading to thedeeper experience of meditation, the awareness of one's owncenter of quietude. The practice is actually a simple approach tothe ancient science of yoga and one that is very helpful for theWestern mind.The author, Professor Ernest Wood, was born in England andeducated in the field of science. As a young man he went toIndia where he spent many years as an educationist, serving asprincipal of various schools, colleges and universities, and alsoas a worker for the world-wide Theosophical Society. ProfessorWood became deeply interested in the Yoga and Vedanta philos-ophies of India and has written many books on these subjects,as well as on education and psychology. After leaving India hewas for some time President and Dean of the American Academyof Asian Studies, a graduate school in San Francisco.