By C. W. Leadbeater
WHAT THEOSOPHY IS "There is a faculty of philosophy nonetheless in life of which smooth tradition has misplaced sight." In those phrases Mr. A.P. Sinnett started his booklet, The Occult global, the 1st renowned exposition of Theosophy, released thirty years in the past. [Namely in 1881.] in the course of the years that experience handed seeing that then, many hundreds of thousands have discovered knowledge in that college, but to the bulk its teachings are nonetheless unknown, they usually can provide purely the vaguest of replies to the question, "What is Theosophy?" books exist already which solution that question: Mr. Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism and Dr. Besant's the traditional knowledge. i've got no considered moving into pageant with these common works; what I hope is to give a press release, as transparent and easy as i will be able to make it, that may be considered as introductory to them.
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During physical life the matter of the man’s astral body is in constant motion, and its particles pass among one another much as do those of boiling water. Consequently at any given moment it is practically certain that particles of all varieties will be represented on the surface of his astral body, and that therefore when he is using his astral body during sleep he will be able to “see” by its means any astral object which approaches him. After death, if he has allowed the rearrangement to be made (as from ignorance, all ordinary persons do) his condition in this respect will be different.
Self-centred thought of any kind hangs about the thinker, and most men surround their mental bodies with a shell of such thoughts. Such a shell obscures the mental vision and facilitates the formation of prejudice. Each thought-form is a temporary entity. It resembles a charged battery, awaiting an opportunity to discharge itself. Its tendency is always to reproduce its own rate of vibration in the mental body upon which it fastens itself, and so to arouse in it a like thought. If the person at whom it is aimed happens to be busy or already engaged in some deﬁnite train of thought, the particles of his mental body are already swinging at a certain determinate rate, and cannot for the moment be affected from without.
There is nothing to prevent a Christian from drifting into the heaven of the Hindu or the Muhammadan, but he is little likely to do so, because his interests and attractions are all in the heaven of his own faith, along with friends who have shared that faith with him. W. LEADBEATER A TEXTBOOK OF THEOSOPHY and material misrepresentation of it; the real thing will be found when we come to consider the mental world. The dead man who has not permitted the rearrangement of the matter of his astral body is free of the entire world, and can wander all over it at will, seeing the whole of whatever he examines, instead of only a part of it as the others do.
A Textbook of Theosophy by C. W. Leadbeater