A Textbook of Theosophy by C. W. Leadbeater

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 started his ebook, The Occult international, the 1st renowned exposition of Theosophy, released thirty years in the past. [Namely in 1881.] through the years that experience handed considering the fact that then, many hundreds of thousands have realized knowledge in that faculty, 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 resolution that question: Mr. Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism and Dr. Besant's the traditional knowledge. i've got no considered stepping into pageant with these common works; what I hope is to provide an announcement, as transparent and straightforward as i will make it, that could be considered as introductory to them.

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Men who inhabit these levels lose sight of the earth and its belongings; they are usually deeply self-absorbed, and to a large extent create their own surroundings, though these are sufficiently objective to be perceptible to other men of their level, and also to clairvoyant vision. This region is the summerland of which we hear in spiritualistic circles—the world in which, by the exercise of their thought, the dead call into temporary existence their houses and schools and cities. These surroundings, though fanciful from our point of view, are to the dead as real as houses, temples or churches built of stone are to us, and many people live very contentedly there for a number of years in the midst of all these thought-creations.

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.

The nature-spirits form an enormous kingdom, some of whose members exist in the astral world, and make a large part of its population. This vast kingdom exists in the physical world also, for many of its orders wear etheric bodies and are only just beyond the range of ordinary physical sight. Indeed, circumstances not infrequently occur under which they can be seen, and in many lonely mountain districts these appearances are traditional among the peasants, by whom they are commonly spoken of as fairies, good people, pixies or brownies.

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