New PDF release: A Textbook of Theosophy

By C. W. Leadbeater

WHAT THEOSOPHY IS "There is a college of philosophy nonetheless in life of which sleek tradition has misplaced sight." In those phrases Mr. A.P. Sinnett all started his booklet, The Occult global, the 1st well known exposition of Theosophy, released thirty years in the past. [Namely in 1881.] throughout the years that experience handed due to the fact then, many hundreds of thousands have discovered knowledge in that faculty, but to the bulk its teachings are nonetheless unknown, and so they can provide merely the vaguest of replies to the question, "What is Theosophy?" books exist already which solution that query: Mr. Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism and Dr. Besant's the traditional knowledge. i've got no considered moving into festival with these commonplace works; what I hope is to offer an announcement, as transparent and easy as i will make it, that may be considered as introductory to them.

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But even the astral solid is less dense than the finest of the physical ethers. The man who finds himself in the astral world after death, if he has not submitted to the rearrangement of the matter of his body, will notice but little difference from physical life. He can float about in any direction at will, but in actual fact he usually stays in the neighbourhood to which he is accustomed. He is still able to perceive his house, his room, his furniture, his relations, his friends. The living, when ignorant of the higher worlds, suppose themselves to have “lost” those who have laid aside their physical bodies; but the dead are never for a moment under the impression that they have lost the living.

If the man yields himself to them, such promptings grow stronger and stronger until at last he feels as though he could not resist them, and identifies himself with them—which is exactly what this curious half-life in the particles of the astral body wants him to do. At the death of the physical body this vague astral consciousness is alarmed. It realizes that its existence as a separated mass is menaced, and it takes instinctive steps to defend itself and to maintain its position as long as possible.

Since astral matter is the vehicle of desire and mental matter is the vehicle of thought, this instinct, when translated into our language, means that if the astral body can induce us to think that we want what it wants, it is much more likely to get it. Thus it exercises a slow steady pressure upon the man—a kind of hunger on its side, but for him a temptation to what is coarse and undesirable. If he be a passionate man there is a gentle but ceaseless pressure in the direction of irritability; if he be a sensual man, an equally steady pressure in the direction of impurity.

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