By C. W. Leadbeater
WHAT THEOSOPHY IS "There is a college of philosophy nonetheless in life of which smooth tradition has misplaced sight." In those phrases Mr. A.P. Sinnett started his publication, The Occult international, the 1st well known exposition of Theosophy, released thirty years in the past. [Namely in 1881.] throughout the years that experience handed given that then, many hundreds of thousands have discovered knowledge in that college, but to the bulk its teachings are nonetheless unknown, and so they may give purely the vaguest of replies to the question, "What is Theosophy?" books exist already which solution that query: Mr. Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism and Dr. Besant's the traditional knowledge. i've got no considered moving into festival with these average works; what I wish is to provide an announcement, as transparent and straightforward as i will be able to make it, that may be considered as introductory to them.
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Even his friends seem not at all what they used to be, because he is now incapable of appreciating any of their better qualities. Under these circumstances it is little wonder that he considers the astral world a hell; yet the fault is in no way with the astral world, but with himself—ﬁrst, for allowing within himself so much of that cruder type of matter, and, secondly, for letting that vague astral consciousness dominate him and dispose it in that particular way. The man who has studied these matters declines absolutely to yield to the pressure during life or to permit the rearrangement after death, and consequently he retains his power of seeing the astral world as a whole, and not merely the cruder and baser part of it.
More often his recollections are hopelessly entangled with vague memories of waking life, and with impressions made from without upon the etheric part of his brain. Thus we arrive at the confused and often absurd dreams of ordinary life. The developed man becomes as fully conscious and active in the astral world as in the physical, and brings through into the latter full remembrance of what he has been doing in the former—that is, he has a continuous life without any loss of consciousness throughout the whole twenty-four hours, and thus throughout the whole of his physical life, and even through death itself.
For him the astral world is a place of weariness; the only thing for which he craves are no longer possible for him, for in the astral world there is no business to be done, and, though he may have as much companionship as he wishes, society is now for him a very different matter, because all the pretences upon which it is usually based in this world are no longer possible. These cases, however, are only the few, and for most people the state after death is much happier than life upon earth. The ﬁrst feeling of which the dead man is usually conscious is one of the most wonderful and delightful freedom.
A Textbook of Theosophy by C. W. Leadbeater