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The Astral Plane Its Scenery, Inhabitants and Phenomena   By: (1854-1934)

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THEOSOPHICAL MANUALS. No. 5

THE ASTRAL PLANE

ITS SCENERY, INHABITANTS AND

PHENOMENA

C. W. LEADBEATER

London:

Theosophical Publishing Society

7 Duke Street, Adelphi, W.C.

BENARES: THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING SOCIETY,

MADRAS: The Theosophist OFFICE, ADYAR.

1895

PREFACE.

Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world. It is the fifth of a series of Manuals designed to meet the public demand for a simple exposition of Theosophical teachings. Some have complained that our literature is at once too abstruse, too technical, and too expensive for the ordinary reader, and it is our hope that the present series may succeed in supplying what is a very real want. Theosophy is not only for the learned; it is for all. Perhaps among those who in these little books catch their first glimpse of its teachings, there may be a few who will be led by them to penetrate more deeply into its philosophy, its science and its religion, facing its abstruser problems with the student's zeal and the neophyte's ardour. But these Manuals are not written for the eager student, whom no initial difficulties can daunt; they are written for the busy men and women of the work a day world, and seek to make plain some of the great truths that render life easier to bear and death easier to face. Written by servants of the Masters who are the Elder Brothers of our race, they can have no other object than to serve our fellow men.

CONTENTS.

Introduction.

Scenery. The Seven Subdivisions Degrees of Materiality Characteristics of Astral Vision The Aura The Etheric Double Power of Magnifying Minute Objects The "Summerland" Records of the Astral Light.

Inhabitants. I. Human. (1) Living : The Adept or Chela in Mâyâvirûpa The Psychically Developed Person The Ordinary Person in Astral Body The Black Magician. (2) Dead : The Nirmânakâya The Chela awaiting Reincarnation The Ordinary Person after Death The Shade The Shell The Vitalized Shell The Suicide The Victim of Sudden Death The Vampire The Werewolf The Black Magician after Death. II. Non human: The Elemental Essence The Kâmarûpas of Animals Various Classes of Nature Spirits, commonly called Fairies Kâmadevas Rûpadevas Arûpadevas The Devarâjahs. III. Artificial: Elementals formed Unconsciously Guardian Angels Elementals formed Consciously Human Artificials The True Origin of Spiritualism.

Phenomena. Churchyard Ghosts. Apparitions of the Dying Haunted Localities Family Ghosts Bell ringing, Stone throwing, etc. Fairies Communicating Entities Astral Resources Clairvoyance Prevision Second Sight Astral Forces Etheric Currents Etheric Pressure Latent Energy Sympathetic Vibration Mantras Disintegration Materialization Why Darkness is required at a Séance Spirit Photographs Reduplication Precipitation of Letters and Pictures Slate writing Levitation Spirit Lights Handling Fire Transmutation Repercussion.

Conclusion.

THE ASTRAL PLANE.

INTRODUCTION

Reference to the astral plane, or Kâmaloka as it is called in Sanskrit, has frequently been made by Theosophical writers, and a good deal of information on the subject of this realm of nature is to be found scattered here and there in our books; but there is not, so far as I am aware, any single volume to which one can turn for a complete summary of the facts at present known to us about this interesting region. The object of this manual is to collect and make some attempt to arrange this scattered information, and also to supplement it slightly in cases where new facts have come to our knowledge... Continue reading book >>




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