Guide to the Benedicion Santa Ana de Branconière : Lecture notes taken by Josephine Robinson, 1906-1910

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Guide to the Benedicion Santa Ana de Branconière : Lecture notes taken by Josephine Robinson, 1906-1910

Collection number: M1112

Department of Special Collections and University Archives

Stanford University Libraries

Stanford, California

Contact Information

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Green Library
  • Stanford University Libraries
  • Stanford, CA 94305-6004
  • Phone: (650) 725-1022
  • Email: speccoll@sulmail.stanford.edu
  • URL: http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/
Processed by:
Special Collections staff
Date Completed:
2000 May 18
Encoded by:
Steven Mandeville-Gamble
© 2001 The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Branconière, Benedicion Santa Ana de. Lecture notes taken by Josephine Robinson,
Date (inclusive): 1906-1910
Collection number: M1112
Creator: Branconière, Benedicion Santa Ana de.
Extent: 8 linear ft.
Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

None.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation:

Benedicion Santa Ana de Branconière : Lecture notes taken by Josephine Robinson. M1112. Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

Biography

Miss Benedicion Santa Ana de Branconiere was born the daughter of a British nobleman during the 18th century. Her father was a well-read and educated man, and at the time was the owner of one of the finest private libraries in the world. At a fairly young age, Miss de Branconiere was found to suffer from tuberculosis of the bone. After English medical science failed to cure her, Miss de Branconiere set out with her father to search the world for treatment. They finally found help in India, from spiritual healer and great religious figure Swami Vivekananda. To display her gratification for his assistance, Miss de Branconiere began to study under Swami Vivekananda in the hope of one day helping to spread his word to the western world. His doctrine was one of bringing together people of all religions to recognize that the God they worshiped was one. At the conference of World Religions held in Chicago in 1893, he said "People born in different religions finally reach the same God, as rivers born in different places finally reach the sea." To carry out her promise, Miss de Branconiere studied at the School of Illumination in Paris (Brotherhood of Light), where she later taught. After her tenure there, Swami Vivekananda sent her to spread the word, as he had briefly, in still-developing America. Miss de Branconiere acquiring a position at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching religion, philosophy, and literature. She also instructed evening classes to a private study group in Alameda. Through her teachings, Miss de Branconiere examined the sacred books of the world's four great religions, as well as the classic literary works of the time, seeking what common truths they held that could assist the plight of man. The central point of her teachings, as is any serious pursuit of the truth, was the discovery and salvation of the individual human soul.

Scope and Content

This collection contains transcripts of the lectures Miss de Branconiere gave from 1906 through 1910. Josephine Robinson, then employed by the Bank of Alameda, attended her evening sessions, took notes in shorthand, and typed them later. The collection fills sixteen manuscript boxes and is organized chronologically. The collection includes two indexes: one that provides dates for lectures in which certain topics were discussed, and a second, which exclusively pertains to Biblical references. The lectures given by Miss de Branconiere cover a wide variety of religious and philosophical issues, while citing sources that range from classic Greek myths to Shakespeare to major religious texts. Miss de Branconiere quotes Swami Vivekananda extensively in her teachings, and students of the Swami should find great interest in the lectures of his disciple and protégée, Miss de Branconiere.

Access Terms

Vivekananda, Swami, 1863-1902.
Robinson, Josephine.
Hinduism.
Hindus--India.
Philosophy.
Religion.
Vedanta.
Lecture notes.


Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1

St. John7/11/1906-8/15/1906

Box 1, Folder 2

St. John8/19/1906-9/21/1906

Box 1, Folder 3

Science9/16/1906-10/2/1906

Box 1, Folder 4

Science10/5/1906-10/24/1906

Box 1, Folder 5

Exodus10/24/1906-12/5/1906

Box 1, Folder 6

Exodus10/2/1906-10/28/1906

Box 1, Folder 7

Exodus11/4/1906-12/16/1906

Box 1, Folder 8

Exodus2/10/1907-2/26/1907

Box 1, Folder 9

Genesis11/21/1906-12/29/1906

Box 1, Folder 10

Genesis1/31/1907-2/28/1907

Box 1, Folder 11

Virtue12/12/1906-2/17/1907

Box 1, Folder 12

Virtue2/13/1907-2/27/1907

Box 1, Folder 13

Psalms1/7/1907-1/29/1907

Box 1, Folder 14

Psalms2/6/1907-4/8/1907

Box 1, Folder 15

David3/1/1907-4/12/1907

Box 1, Folder 16

David3/3/1907-3/20/1907

Box 2, Folder 1

Virtue II3/24/1907-4/14/1907

Box 2, Folder 2

Virtue II4/17/1907-4/28/1907

Box 2, Folder 3

Virtue II5/1/1907-6/5/1907

Box 2, Folder 4

Virtue II6/2/1907-6/9/1907

Box 2, Folder 5

Exodus3/5/1907-3/19/1907

Box 2, Folder 6

Exodus3/26/1907-4/16/1907

Box 2, Folder 7

Exodus4/23/1907-4/30/1907

Box 2, Folder 8

Genesis (Hand Written)11/21/1906-5/2/1907

Box 2, Folder 9

Genesis3/7/1907-3/28/1907

Box 2, Folder 10

Genesis4/4/1907-5/2/1907

Box 2, Folder 11

Genesis5/9/1907-5/23/1907

Box 2, Folder 12

Exodus5/10/1907-5/28/1907

Box 2, Folder 13

Exodus6/4/1907-6/18/1907

Box 2, Folder 14

Exodus6/25/1907-9/3/1907

Box 2, Folder 15

Exodus9/17/1907-12/16/1907

Box 3, Folder 1

Genesis II6/3/1907-6/13/1907

Box 3, Folder 2

Genesis II6/20/1907-8/23/1907

Box 3, Folder 3

Genesis II9/1/1907-9/19/1907

Box 3, Folder 4

Evasion: Volitive Latency 6/2/1907-6/19/1907

Box 3, Folder 5

Evasion: Volitive Latency6/23/1907-8/25/1907

Box 3, Folder 6

Evasion: Volitive Latency9/4/1907-9/15/1907

Box 3, Folder 7

Evasion: Volitive Latency9/18/1907-10/2/1907

Box 3, Folder 8

Evasion: Volitive Latency10/9/1907-10/29/1907

Box 3, Folder 9

Omar8/25/1907-9/8/1907

Box 3, Folder 10

Omar9/15/1907-10/13/1907

Box 3, Folder 11

Omar10/13/1907-12/15/1907

Box 3, Folder 12

Omar12/15/1907-1/12/1908

Box 4, Folder 1

Meditation1/7/1908-1/12/1908

Box 4, Folder 2

Meditation1/13/1908-1/15/1908

Box 4, Folder 3

Meditation1/16/1908-1/19/1908

Box 4, Folder 4

Meditation1/20/1908-1/23/1908

Box 4, Folder 5

Hamlet1/26/1908

Box 4, Folder 6

Hamlet1/28/1908-1/30/1908

Box 4, Folder 7

Merchant of Venice & Othello2/23/1908-3/1/1908

Box 4, Folder 8

Macbeth3/22/1908

Box 4, Folder 9

Peacock Plume & Minerva2/9/1908-3/8/1908

Box 4, Folder 10

Bellerophon3/29/1908

Box 4, Folder 11

Aristaeus5/10/1908-5/17/1908

Box 4, Folder 12

Orpheus & Eurydice1/14/1909-1/24/1909

Box 4, Folder 13

Proserpine & Pluto2/16/1908

Box 4, Folder 14

Cupid & Psyche3/15/1908

Box 4, Folder 15

Hercules4/12/1908-5/3/1908

Box 4, Folder 16

Nemesis & Golden Fleece5/24/1908-6/7/1908

Box 4, Folder 17

Sister Helen, Medusa & Perseus6/19/1908-7/12/1908

Box 4, Folder 18

Meditation2/2/1908-2/4/1908

Box 5, Folder 1

Meditation2/5/1908-2/11/1908

Box 5, Folder 2

Meditation2/12/1908-2/18/1908

Box 5, Folder 3

Meditation2/19/1908-2/27/1908

Box 5, Folder 4

Meditation3/2/1908-3/10/1908

Box 5, Folder 5

Meditation3/11/1908-3/18/1908

Box 5, Folder 6

Meditation3/19/1908-3/31/1908

Box 5, Folder 7

Meditation4/1/1908-4/19/1908

Box 5, Folder 8

Meditation4/20/1908-4/22/1908

Box 5, Folder 9

Meditation4/27/1908-4/29/1908

Box 5, Folder 10

Meditation4/9/1908-4/23/1908

Box 5, Folder 11

Meditation5/7/1908-7/9/1908

Box 5, Folder 12

Exodus5/28/1908-6/2/1908

Box 5, Folder 13

Exodus6/4/1908-6/9/1908

Box 5, Folder 14

Meditation5/4/1908-5/12/1908

Box 5, Folder 15

Meditation5/13/1908-5/19/1908

Box 5, Folder 16

Meditation5/20/1908-5/27/1908

Box 6, Folder 1

Meditation6/1/1908-6/8/1908

Box 6, Folder 2

Background, Definitions7/13/1908-7/16/1908

Box 6, Folder 3

Background, Definitions7/19/1908-7/28/1908

Box 6, Folder 4

Background, Definitions7/29/1908-7/30/1908

Box 6, Folder 5

Exodus III7/14/1908-7/21/1908

Box 6, Folder 6

Exodus III7/23/1908-7/28/1908

Box 6, Folder 7

Exodus III7/30/1908-8/6/1908

Box 6, Folder 8

Exodus III8/11/1908-8/27/1908

Box 6, Folder 9

Preliminary Meditation7/24/1908-7/30/1908

Box 6, Folder 10

Preliminary Meditation7/31/1908-8/17/1908

Box 6, Folder 11

Ezekiel7/10/1908-7/12/1908

Box 6, Folder 12

Ezekiel7/17/1908-7/19/1908

Box 6, Folder 13

Ezekiel7/24/1908

Box 6, Folder 14

Ezekiel7/27/1908-7/31/1908

Box 6, Folder 15

Ezekiel II8/2/1908-8/9/1908

Box 6, Folder 16

Ezekiel II8/16/1908-8/26/1908

Box 6, Folder 17

Ezekiel II8/27/1908-8/30/1908

Box 6, Folder 18

Ezekiel II8/30/1908

Box 7, Folder 1

Biology of Creation8/2/1908-8/3/1908

Box 7, Folder 2

Biology of Creation8/4/1908-8/5/1908

Box 7, Folder 3

Biology of Creation8/6/1908-8/11/1908

Box 7, Folder 4

Biology of Creation8/2/1908-9/6/1908

Box 7, Folder 5

Nescience and Knowledge10/1/1908-10/4/1908

Box 7, Folder 6

Nescience and Knowledge10/15/1908-10/21/1908

Box 7, Folder 7

Nescience and Knowledge10/22/1908-10/27/1908

Box 7, Folder 8

Nescience and Knowledge10/28/1908-10/30/1908

Box 7, Folder 9

Hindu Classics10/20/1908

Box 7, Folder 10

Hindu Classics7/21/1909 & 3/1/1908

Box 7, Folder 11

Hindu Classics3/1/1908-3/7/1908

Box 7, Folder 12

Parisfal10/18/1908-10/25/1909

Box 7, Folder 13

Parisfal11/1/1908-11/15/1908

Box 7, Folder 14

Parisfal11/29/1908-12/13/1908

Box 7, Folder 15

Knowledge & Consciousness11/2/1908-11/3/1908

Box 8, Folder 1

Knowledge & Consciousness11/4/1908-11/10/1908

Box 8, Folder 2

Knowledge & Consciousness11/11/1908-11/18/1908

Box 8, Folder 3

Knowledge & Consciousness11/23/1908-11/30/1908

Box 8, Folder 4

Knowledge & Consciousness11/10/1908-11/24/1908

Box 8, Folder 5

Knowledge12/7/1908-12/14/1908

Box 8, Folder 6

Knowledge12/15/1908

Box 8, Folder 7

Knowledge12/15/1908-12/17/1908

Box 8, Folder 8

Knowledge12/17/1908-12/22/1908

Box 8, Folder 9

Memory1/7/1909-1/13/1909

Box 8, Folder 10

Memory1/19/1909-1/25/1909

Box 8, Folder 11

Memory1/26/1909-1/31/1909

Box 8, Folder 12

Entity of the Mind1/12/1909-1/21/1909

Box 8, Folder 13

Entity of the Mind1/26/1909-1/28/1909

Box 8, Folder 14

Body & Recognition2/1/1909-2/9/1909

Box 9, Folder 1

Body & Recognition2/10/1909-2/28/1909

Box 9, Folder 2

Body & Recognition3/2/1909-3/10/1909

Box 9, Folder 3

Le Grande Persone8/22/1909-8/24/1909

Box 9, Folder 4

Le Grande Persone8/25/1909-8/31/1909

Box 9, Folder 5

Truth9/1/1909-9/4/1909

Box 9, Folder 6

Truth9/5/1909-9/8/1909

Box 9, Folder 7

Truth9/8/1909-9/22/1909

Box 9, Folder 8

International Lectures9/1/1909-9/29/1909

Box 9, Folder 9

International Lectures10/2/1909-10/27/1909

Box 9, Folder 10

Classics9/11/1909-10/28/1909

Box 9, Folder 11

Classics11/11/1909-11/13/1909

Box 9, Folder 12

Miss Branconiere's Meditation9/15/1909-9/21/1909

Box 10, Folder 1

Miss Branconiere's Meditation9/22/1909-9/30/1909

Box 10, Folder 2

Consciousness & Creation 10/2/1909-10/4/1909

Box 10, Folder 3

Consciousness & Creation10/5/1909-10/7/1909

Box 10, Folder 4

Intelligence10/19/1909-10/24/1909

Box 10, Folder 5

Intelligence10/25/1909-10/31/1909

Box 10, Folder 6

Time and Space 11/1/1909-11/7/1909

Box 10, Folder 7

Time and Space11/9/1909-11/10/1909

Box 10, Folder 8

Time and Space11/11/1909-11/17/1909

Box 10, Folder 9

Lecture Summaries by Date

Box 10, Folder 10

A

Box 10, Folder 11

A

Box 10, Folder 12

A

Box 10, Folder 13

B

Box 11, Folder 1

B

Box 11, Folder 2

B

Box 11, Folder 3

C

Box 11, Folder 4

C

Box 11, Folder 5

C

Box 11, Folder 6

C

Box 11, Folder 7

C

Box 11, Folder 8

D

Box 11, Folder 9

D

Box 11, Folder 10

D

Box 11, Folder 11

E

Box 11, Folder 12

E

Box 12, Folder 1

E

Box 12, Folder 2

F

Box 12, Folder 3

F

Box 12, Folder 4

G

Box 12, Folder 5

G

Box 12, Folder 6

G

Box 12, Folder 7

H

Box 12, Folder 8

H

Box 12, Folder 9

I

Box 12, Folder 10

I

Box 12, Folder 11

I

Box 12, Folder 12

I

Box 13, Folder 1

I

Box 13, Folder 2

J

Box 13, Folder 3

K

Box 13, Folder 4

K

Box 13, Folder 5

L

Box 13, Folder 6

M

Box 13, Folder 7

M

Box 13, Folder 8

M

Box 13, Folder 9

M

Box 13, Folder 10

N

Box 13, Folder 11

N

Box 13, Folder 12

N

Box 13, Folder 13

N

Box 14, Folder 1

P

Box 14, Folder 2

P

Box 14, Folder 3

P

Box 14, Folder 4

Q

Box 14, Folder 5

R

Box 14, Folder 6

R

Box 14, Folder 7

S

Box 14, Folder 8

S

Box 14, Folder 9

S

Box 14, Folder 10

S

Box 14, Folder 11

S

Box 14, Folder 12

T

Box 15, Folder 1

U

Box 15, Folder 2

V

Box 15, Folder 3

V

Box 15, Folder 4

W

Box 15, Folder 5

Y

Box 15, Folder 6

A-B (The following are an index of Biblical References)

Box 15, Folder 7

C

Box 15, Folder 8

D

Box 15, Folder 9

E

Box 15, Folder 10

F

Box 15, Folder 11

G

Box 15, Folder 12

H

Box 15, Folder 13

I

Box 15, Folder 14

J

Box 15, Folder 15

K

Box 16, Folder 1

L

Box 16, Folder 2

M

Box 16, Folder 3

N-O

Box 16, Folder 4

P

Box 16, Folder 5

R

Box 16, Folder 6

S

Box 16, Folder 7

T-V

Box 16, Folder 8

W-Z