When Was “The Holy Science” Published?

Question

When did The Holy Science hit the streets? I see that is was "written" in 1894. What is the date the first copies were printed? I first read Autobiography of a Yogi in 1974 and am still studying yoga. Who was the publisher? Have you ever seen an original copy?

—Toby, United States

Answer

Dear Toby,

I believe (though I’m not certain) that the book was published first in Bengali with the title Kaivalya Darsanam. Sri Yukteswar says it was printed by one of his disciples in Kidderpore (in Kolkata).

The earliest English edition I’m aware of is 1920, published by Sri Yukteswar’s organization. Here is a link to the 1920 edition, now in the public domain.

Joy to you,
Nayaswami Dharmarajan