Dialogue On The Mysteries Of The After Life

On The Constitution Of The Inner Man M.     Of course it is most difficult, and, as you say, “puzzling” to understand correctly and distinguish between the various aspects, called by us the “principles” of the real EGO. It is the more so as there exists a notable difference in the numbering of those principles by various Eastern schools, though at the bottom there is the same identical substratum of teaching in all of them. X.     Are you thinking of the Vedantins. They divide our seven “principles” into five only, I believe? M.     They do; but though I would not presume to dispute the point with a learned Vedantin, I may yet state as my private opinion that they have an obvious reason for it. With them it is only that compound spiritual aggregate which consists of various mental aspects that is called Man at all, the physical body being […] Read More

Dialogues Between The Two Editors

On Astral Bodies, Or Doppelgangers     M.C. Great confusion exists in the minds of people about the various kinds of apparitions, wraiths, ghosts or spirits. Ought we not to explain once for all the meaning of these terms? You say there are various kinds of “doubles” – what are they?     H.P.B. Our occult philosophy teaches us that there are three kinds of “doubles,” to use the word in its widest sense. (I) Man has his “double” or shadow, properly so called, around which the physical body of the fœtus – the future man – is built. The imagination of the mother, or an accident which affects the child, will affect also the astral body. The astral and the physical both exist before the mind is developed into action, and before the Atma awakes. This occurs when the child is seven years old, and with it comes the responsibility attaching to […] Read More

Seeming “Discrepancies”

TO THE EDITOR OF THE “THEOSOPHIST“     I have lately been engaged in devoting a few evenings’ study to your admirable article, “FRAGMENTS OF OCCULT TRUTH,” which deserves far more attention than a mere casual reading. It is therein stated that the translated Ego cannot span the abyss separating its state from ours, or that it cannot descend into our atmosphere and reach us; that it attracts but cannot be attracted, or, in short, that no departed SPIRIT can visit us.     In Vol. I., page 67, of “Isis,” I find it said that many of the spirits, subjectively controlling mediums, are human disembodied spirits, that their being benevolent or wicked in quality largely depends upon the medium’s private morality, that “they cannot materialise, but only project their ætherial reflections on the atmospheric waves.” On page 69: “Not every one can attract human spirits, who likes. One of the most powerful […] Read More

1881: The Bright Spot Of Light

Madame, – In the last issue of your valuable journal, a member of the New York Theosophical Society seeks to be enlightened as to the cause of a bright spot of light which he has often seen. I also am equally curious to have an explanation. I attribute it to the highest concentration of the soul. As soon as I place myself in that prescribed attitude, suddenly a bright spot appears before me which fills my heart with delight, this being regarded as a special sign by the Indian devotee that he is in the right path, leading to ultimate success in the Yoga practice, that he is blessed by the special grace of the Almighty. One evening, sitting on the ground cross-legged, in that state of concentration when the soul soars into high regions, I was blessed with a shower of flowers – a most brilliant sight, which […] Read More

The Fall of Ideals

Alas, whether we turn East, West, North or South, it is but a contrast of externals; whether one observes life among Christians or Pagans, worldly or religious men, everywhere one finds oneself dealing with man, masked man – only MAN. Though centuries lapse and decades of ages drop out of the lap of time, great reforms take place, empires rise and fall and rise again, and even whole races disappear before the triumphant march of civilization, in his terrific selfishness the “man” that was is the “man” that is – judged by its representative element the public, and especially society. But have we the right to judge man by the utterly artificial standard of the latter? A century ago we would have answered in the negative. Today, owing to the rapid strides of mankind toward civilization, generating selfishness and making it (mankind) keep pace with it, we answer decidedly, […] Read More

What Is Truth?

Truth is the Voice of Nature and of Time – Truth is the startling monitor within us – Naught is without it, it comes from the stars, The golden sun, and every breeze that blows. . . . – W. THOMPSON BACON . . . Fair Truth’s immortal sun Is sometimes hid in clouds; not that her light Is in itself defective, but obscured By my weak prejudice, imperfect faith And all the thousand causes which obstruct The growth of goodness. . . . – HANNAH MORE “What is Truth?” asked Pilate of one who, if the claims of the Christian Church are even approximately correct, must have known it. But He kept silent. And the truth which He did not divulge, remained unrevealed, for his later followers as much as for the Roman Governor. The silence of Jesus, however, on this and other occasions, does not prevent his […] Read More

What is Time?

‘TIME’ – AS GIVEN TO ME FROM OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN. By N Molloy This was given to me after I was shown an event which was on another timeline operating on their Jan 4 2005. It ended as an Armageddon type scenario. But it didn’t show in our timeframe for that date. However something of that nature may still happen to bring the two realities into alignment. I’m still working on the relationship of one timeline to another. I’ve seen supposedly extinct timelines re-animate when hope was revived for their remanifestation. It’s obviously complicated and all I can do is write what happened and learn from hindsight or more information as it happens. Time proceeds from a central spot within the universe. Forward time emanates from the mind and thoughts of God, as He thinks and creates and it pushes all events forward as He creates them – […] Read More

Time Lines

How They Operate by Nicki INTRODUCTORY NOTE This idea of ‘selves’ positioned in the future apparently isn’t new, others have experienced them. I’ve not had a variation in perception of the events described below to date, though have from time to time had brief experiences of other possible future times that had the potential to manifest, if other factors reinforced it e.g. decisions by others. But they only appeared in lucid dreams. There appears to be a place in the inner worlds that will produce and transmit to us an instant ‘outcome’ of various decisions, rather like a computer would process causative data and give a result. Though it is probably a good thing to anticipate the events which ARE preordained and aren’t subjected to other’s influences. Sometimes in a very hypersensitive mood, I have thought about a possibility and instantly the results of it have manifested in my […] Read More

1995: Concepts Underlying The New Age Culture Shift – From A Christian Perspective

– By Willy Peterson These are among the multitudes of concepts that are important in the development of a New Age culture shift. Here is an explanation (or an excuse for such) of some of the post-modernist spin-offs of New Age philosophy. First understand that New Age is far too extensive in a comprehensive undertaking to do it justice in under a few thousand pages. So we are left with crass generalizations. Hopefully we do it adequately so as not to incorrectly characterize any particular facets of the movement. If you are already familiar with the terms, you can save time by glossing over the definitions. I like to think of new agers in two camps; social new agers who simply go along with the drift of social change, and true disciples of “light”, the New Age Proper, or students of the “Ageless Wisdom” taught by Alice Bailey. Yes, […] Read More