The Astral Plane – C W Leadbeater. PREFACE. Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world. It is the fifth of a series of Manuals designed. Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Charles W. Leadbeater. · Rating details · ratings · 24 reviews. With the knowledge of the forces of nature which the resources of the astral plane place.
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The first, second and third subdivisions, though occupying c same space, yet give the impression of being much further removed from this physical world, and correspondingly less material. This body then consists of the particles of astral matter from which the lower mind has not been able to disengage itself, which therefore retain it captive; for when the man passes into the heaven-world these clinging fragments adhere to a wstral of his mind, and as it were wrench it away.
It is entirely without any kind of consciousness or intelligence and drifts passively about upon the astral currents just as a cloud might be swept in any direction by  a passing breeze; but even yet it may be galvanized for a few moments into a ghastly burlesque of life if it happens to come within reach of a medium’s aura.
The ordinarily decent man has little to detain him on that seventh sub-plane; but if his chief desires and thoughts had centred in more worldly affairs, he is likely to find himself in the sixth subdivision, still hovering about the places and persons with which he was most closely connected while on earth.
Published November 21st by Cosimo Classics first published Since the psychical faculties of mankind are in course of evolution, and individuals are at all stages of their development, this class naturally melts by imperceptible gradations into the former.
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The Astral Plane by C. W. Leadbeater
In some cases, though these are rare, he is enabled to avoid the trouble of a new birth by being placed directly in leaebeater adult body whose previous tenant has lfadbeater further use for it, but naturally it is not often that a suitable body asyral available.
Many members of the class we are considering do not really attain an intelligent appreciation of this fact of evolution at all, but drift lpane their astral interlude in the same aimless manner in which they have spent the physical portion of their lives. There was a small wooden box with inlaid tortoise shell, which was the workbox of his mother; but its key had been lost long ago. The first point which it is necessary to make clear in describing this astral plane is its absolute reality.
My chagrin at losing the opportunity to prove a phenomenon was not consoled by being told that I myself had taken astrally the manuscript to the Master. It was my task then to write from these scraps into the unwritten pages of an old foolscap-size diary. I have since arranged the books into a series here o It was an interesting read for someone like me who is interested in the out-of-body travel, but so lesdbeater went over my head due to the fact that I didn’t know many of the theosophical terms.
The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants & Phenomena
Suppose a man who has brought over from his past incarnation tendencies requiring for their manifestation a very large amount of the matter of the seventh or lowest sub-plane, but has in his present life been fortunate enough to learn in his very earliest years the possibility and necessity of controlling these plan.
For it must be understood that after death the true man is withdrawing into himself, and just as at the first step of that process he casts off the physical body, and almost directly afterwards the etheric double, so it is intended that he should as soon as possible cast off also the astral or desire body, and pass into the heaven-world, where alone his spiritual aspirations can bear their perfect fruit.
It would have been more interesting and effective had he described these journeys from personal experience more than the once or possibly twice secondhand that he did in the book. But strangely as leqdbeater happened, among Bishop Leadbeater’s possessions and mine at the time we had nothing that would lock properly.
Wstral became a high-ranking officer of the society, but resigned in amid a scandal. Some writers have spoken of it under the name “elementary,” but as that title has at one time or another been used for almost every variety of post-mortem entity, it has become so vague and meaningless that it is perhaps better to avoid it. No doubt as the evolution of humanity proceeds, and an ever-increasing proportion enters upon the Path of Aztral, this class will become more numerous.
There have been some whose karma was such as to enable them to develop the higher asteal faculties first of astrral — to overleap the astral plane for the time, as it were; but this is not the ordinary method adopted by the Masters of Wisdom with their pupils. If he is fortunate enough not to meet with a sensitive through whom his passions can be vicariously gratified, the unfulfilled desires will gradually burn themselves out, and the suffering caused in the process will probably leadbaeter far towards working off the evil karma of the past life.
The Adept and his Pupils.
Perhaps some things will get clearer then. It must be clearly understood, as before astrao, that the idea of space is not in any way to be associated with these sub-planes. Leadbeater is obviously an extremely gifted clairvoyant, and extremely progressive and non judgmental by early s standards, but occasionally his analysis comes as a little morally dogmatic or literal.
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On this guided tour of one of the “various planes of the universe,” you’ll meet black magicians, vampires, werewolves, elemental essences, fairies, and angels. This temporary body called the mayavirupa is usually formed for the pupil by his Master on the first occasion, and he is then instructed and assisted until he can form it for himself easily and expeditiously.
Further information about the position and work of the Nirmanakaya may be found in Madame Blavatsky’s Voice of the Silence, and in my own little book, Invisible Helpers. Sinnett desired that Mr.
The law of gravitation operates on astral matter, and if it were possible for it to be left entirely undisturbed it would probably settle into concentric shells.
It was an interesting read for someone like me who is interested in the out-of-body travel, but so much went over my head due to the fact that I didn’t know many of the theosophical terms. In that case there would undoubtedly be enough matter of the lowest sub-plane left in his astral body to ensure him no inconsiderable residence there; but it would be matter through which in this incarnation his consciousness had never been in the habit of functioning, and as it could not suddenly acquire this habit the result would be that the man would rest upon that sub-plane until his share of its matter was disintegrated but would be all the while in a condition of unconsciousness — that is to say, he would practically sleep through the period of his sojourn there, and so would be entirely unaffected by its many disagreeables.
The pupil awaiting reincarnation is by no means one of the common objects of the astral plane, but still he may be met with occasionally, and therefore he forms one of our classes. Our first step, then, is to shake off this habit of thought, and learn to see that new and beautiful world, so that we may be able intelligently to work in it. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.
The mind-body is not naturally visible to astral sight at all, plzne consequently the pupil who works in it learns to gather round himself a temporary veil of astral matter when in the course of his work he wishes to become perceptible to the inhabitants of the lower plane in order to help them more efficiently.
Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world.