In ordinary people it is not yet fully active, only that matter which belongs to the third subdivision being vivified. Later on it learns of itself to generate these rates of undulation, and so becomes a being possessed of spiritual powers. They may seize upon a baby body, ousting the feeble personality for whom it was intended, or sometimes they grasp even the body of an animal. Another obstacle is the lack of perseverance. We have here, then, a scheme of evolution in which the divine Life involves itself more and more deeply in matter, in order that through that matter it may receive vibrations which could not otherwise affect it Page 33 — impacts from without, which by degrees arouse within it rates of undulation corresponding to their own, so that it learns to respond to them. The seventh world, composed of the type of matter which we see all around us, is called the physical. The size and shape of the mental body are determined by those of the causal vehicle.
Take first the feeling of affection. The object of the whole previous evolution has been to produce the ego as a manifestation of the Monad. It is in reality filled with higher mental matter, but as this is not yet brought into activity it remains colorless and transparent. Wherefore we see that selfishness is the one great wrong, and that perfect unselfishness is the crown of all virtue. The President has now decided upon a set of names for the planes, so for the future these will be used instead of those previously employed.
She warned us clearly that the way was difficult to tread, that we should be misunderstood and reviled by those who still lived in the world, and that we had nothing to look forward to but the hardest of hard work; and though the result was sure, no one could foretell how long it would take to arrive at it. When the man experiences a rush of any particular feeling, the rate of vibration which expresses that feeling dominates for a time the entire astral body. Page 58 So far, we have described vehicles which are the expression of the ego in their respective worlds — vehicles which he provides for himself; in the physical world we come to a vehicle which is provided for him by nature under laws which will be explained later — which , though also in some sense an expression of him, is by no means a perfect manifestation. It is a terrible struggle to them to maintain their position in this miserable condition, and yet they will not relax their hold upon the etheric double, feeling that that is at least some sort of link with the only world that they know. They cannot change by one feather weight the amount of the result which follows upon any given thought or act, but they can within certain limits expedite or delay its action, and decide what form it shall take.
The same scheme of color significance applies to the bodies which are built of denser matter, but as we approach the physical world the hues are in every case by comparison grosser — not only less delicate but also less living. Every one of these thought-forms is such a window, through which response may come to him from the forces without. These, like the rest, are reducible to vibrations, but they are in all cases vibrations of the lower subdivisions of their respective worlds, and therefore they cannot reproduce themselves in the casual body, which is built exclusively of the matter of the three higher subdivisions of its world. The astral world has also a great number of non-human inhabitants, some of them far below the level of man, and some considerably above him. In the matter of the physical world the seven subdivisions are represented by seven degrees of density of matter, to which, beginning from below upwards, we give the names solid liquid, gaseous, etheric, super-etheric, subatomic and atomic.
For the sake of helping man he must make himself something more than man. All these people are perfectly happy. These little groupings of bubbles so formed are the atoms of the second of the interpenetrating worlds. All action springs from thought, for even when it is done as we say without thought, it is the instinctive expression of the thoughts, desires and feelings which the man has allowed to grow luxuriantly within himself in earlier days. Man has learnt to appreciate a mechanical result in the physical world, because the reaction is usually almost immediate and can be seen by him.
It can be done, however, for it has been done; and those who have done it agree that it far more than repays the trouble. A shell so occupied can communicate at a séance and masquerade as its original owner, since some of his characteristics and certain portions of his memory can be evoked by the nature spirit from his astral corpse. We have then practically two buckets, and when this stage is reached in a group-soul it splits into two, as a cell separates by fission. Because that Will wisely arrange all things, to infringe its laws means to disturb the smooth working of the scheme, to hold back for a moment that fragment or tiny part of evolution, and consequently to bring discomfort upon others and ourselves. Just as certain in its working as the mechanical law in the physical world is the higher law, according to which the man who sends out a good thought or does a good action receives good in return, while the man who sends out an evil thought or does an evil action receives evil in return with equal accuracy — once more, not in the least as a reward or punishment administered by some external will, but simply as the definite and mechanical result of his own activity. The application of heat increases the size of the molecules and also quickens and amplifies their undulation, so that they cover more ground, and the object as a whole expands, until the point is reached where the aggregation of molecules breaks up, and the latter passes from one condition to that next above it. Among those who came into contact with her in those early days was Mr.
It may not be exactly the same thought as that sent out, but it is of the same nature. If the thought is sufficiently strong, distance makes absolutely no difference to it; but the thought of an ordinary person is usually weak and diffused, and is therefore not effective outside a limited area. Every thought builds a form; if the thought be directed to another person it travels to him; if it be distinctly selfish it remains in the immediate neighbourhood of the thinker; if it belongs to neither of these categories it floats for awhile in space and then slowly disintegrates. Book Condition: A copy that has been read, but remains in excellent condition. He is still able to perceive his house, his room, his furniture, his relations, his friends. He became a high-ranking officer of the society, but resigned in 1906 amid a scandal. Summary: We often speak of Theosophy as not in itself a religion, but the truth which lies behind all religions alike.
It cannot be too often repeated that its statements on all these matters are not vague guesses or tenets of faith, but are based upon direct and oft-repeated observation of what happens. The earliest level upon which its vehicles can be scientifically observed is the mental — the fifth counting from the finer to the grosser, the first on which there are separated globes. Page 49 This is why some people have a head for mathematics and others are unable to add correctly — why some people instinctively understand, appreciate and enjoy music, while others do not know one tune from another. Recommended Sequence of Reading For good understanding of Theosophy each book should be read minimum seven times. Man, as a soul, can manifest through only one body at a time in the physical world, whereas one animal soul manifests simultaneously through a number of animal bodies, one plant-soul through, a number of separate plants. These cluster round him, and make a sort of shell about him, through the medium of which he is able to respond to certain types of vibrations in this refined matter.
Originally a priest of the Church of England, his interest in spiritualism caused him to end his affiliation with Anglicanism in favour of the Theosophical Society, where he became an associate of Annie Besant. His capacity for every kind of enjoyment is greatly enhanced, if only that enjoyment does not need a physical body for expression. It is his duty to govern his thought, lest it should be allowed to run riot and to do evil to himself and to others; it is his duty also to develop his thought power, because by means of it a vast amount of actual and active good can be done. The man who lags behind in the race of life finds its steady pressure constantly constraining him — a pressure which, if resisted, rapidly becomes painful. If there is prolonged thought upon a subject this increase becomes permanent, and it is thus open to any man to increase the size of his mental body either along desirable or undesirable lines.
The dust jacket is missing. The life of a physical body is one of perpetual change and in order that it shall live, it needs constantly to be supplied from three distinct sources. The exact opposite of this is what is needed for progress. But it means a determined effort. The activities of this fourth stage are varied. This image floats in the upper part of that body, usually in front of the face of the man and at about the level of the eyes. If in the vegetable kingdom a certain group-soul has ensouled forest trees, when it passes on into the animal kingdom it will omit all Page 37 the lower stages — that is, it will never inhabit insects or reptiles, but will begin at once at the level of the lower mammals.