|ELISABETH HAICH (March 20, 1897 – July 1, 1994) was the second of four children born into an upper middle class family in Budapest, Hungary. Even as a young child, her unique gifts were expressed as a pianist, painter and sculptress. Her sculptures are exhibited in Hungary, as monuments and in plazas.
She was married and had one son who later joined her in teaching Yoga in Switzerland. In close connection with Selvarajan Yesudian, she began giving Yoga lectures in 1939.
At the end of World War II she was forced to leave Hungary. With Selvarajan Yesudian, she resettled in Switzerland where she lived until the end of her life. In cooperation with Yesudian, she founded the oldest and largest Yoga school in Europe.
In 1953 Elisabeth Haich wrote her best known book, Initiation which has been translated into seventeen languages with millions of copies sold worldwide.
Her other books include The Day With Yoga, Self Healing, Yoga & Destiny, Sexual Energy and Yoga and Wisdom of the Tarot, all published by Aurora Press in English after the publisher, Barbara Somerfield visited with Elisabeth Haich and Selvarajan Yesudian in Switzerland in 1973. Until the end of her life, she lectured and counseled seekers.
Books by Elisabeth Haich:
“IN THE LAST GREAT EPOCH in human history, people in the West forgot completely that it isn’t enough to knew the secrets of physics, mathematics, and chemistry, and that on the contrary the very first object of man’s study, research and understanding should be man himself, the discoverer of all these secrets. While his attention was directed to things outside himself, he neglected to look inside and ask the question, Who am I? This omission had serious consequences: while technological developments became ever more perfect, man himself became more and more imperfect. At the very time that engineering and technology were enhancing man’s personal comfort, his soul was sinking deeper and deeper into dissatisfaction and misery. A person who has lost himself is plagued by burning unrest, and the result of inner dissatisfaction, tragedy within the man, is always war, destruction, cosmic catastrophe. Humanity plunges into misery for the same reason that people seek happiness outside themselves, instead of in the one and only place where it can be found, within! But the sufferings that often seem to grow and compound themselves finally force us to turn our attention away from things and toward the person who is suffering—ourself! Sooner or later we must learn that the true reason for our sufferings our abysmal lack of self-understanding and self-control. Man simply does not know his own soul and the principles and forces at work deep within it. He does not know the source of his thoughts or the tree of his wishes, and chained dawn by this ignorance of his own being, cannot control either himself or his destiny. In the same blind way in which he follows his animal instincts and urges, fate buffets him to and fro like a rudderless ship in a storm. On the other hand, when one has learned recognize the various levels at which life goes on within his self, and learn to control himself, he is also able to control his fate. The power which guides our fate did not create man for misery but for happiness. Only blindness pushes him into suffering.”