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The Monad and Monadic Essence

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“It would be very misleading to imagine a Monad as a separate Entity trailing its slow way in a distinct path through the lower Kingdoms, and after an incalculable series of transformations flowering into a human being.” – H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

What is the Monad that is spoken of in the teachings of Theosophy and what is the real nature of the highermost part of our being to which we give that name?

The literal definition of the term “Monad” (which has its origins in the spiritual teachings of Pythagoras) is “primary unit” or “ultimate unit.” In my article “31 Important Differences between Original Theosophy and Neo-Theosophy” (http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/11/04/31-important-differences-between-theosophy-and-neo-theosophy/) I defined the Theosophical conception of the Monad in this way:

The Monad (meaning “ultimate unit” or “primary unit”) is a term used to describe the conjunction of Atma and Buddhi which are the two highest Principles of man’s constitution. There is nothing higher than Atma; Atma is the highermost and supreme part of man’s spiritual being. Because Atma is literally Divinity Itself, it has to have a vehicle through which to radiate its light to the individual soul. This vehicle is called Buddhi. The two in conjunction with each other are called the Monad.

Although the human being is comprised of seven parts – called the Seven Principles in Theosophy – we can also group these seven parts into three major parts and call them…
* The Monad
* The Ego
* The Personality

There is nothing individual or separate about the Monad. The true individuality in man is his Ego (literally his “I”) which is the Principle called Manas, the Mind Principle. This is the part of us which incarnates and reincarnates and is in fact the human soul. Manas, the Ego, can be thought of in terms of the “permanent Individuality” whereas each passing persona (name, form, and everything that goes along with it) in, through, and as which it incarnates on Earth can be described as the “present personality.”

The personality lasts only for one lifetime, the Ego is that permanent individual entity which experiences each lifetime, and the Monad is something above that…something which is eternal, non-individual, non-separate, and entirely changeless. We mentioned that the Monad is the conjunction of the Atma principle and Buddhi principle in the human being. In that article I gave the link to above, I briefly described Atma and Buddha as follows:

ATMA: Atma (also written “Atman”) is the highermost and supreme part of man’s spiritual being. It is pure eternal Spirit. It is the Higher Self, the Divine Self, the Real Self of the human being and it is literally one and the same in essence and identity as the Infinite Supreme Self. This is in accordance with the fundamental teaching of Hinduism; that our Self (the Atman) IS the Supreme Self (Brahman). Atman literally means Self. It is the only one of our Principles to which the unqualified term “the Self” may be applied. It is not an individual thing. There is no such thing as “my Atman” or “your Atman.” There is only THE Atman, the ONE Universal Self of all. It is here that all is truly one.

BUDDHI: Buddhi is the second highest Principle of man’s constitution and is referred to as the Spiritual Soul, the vehicle through which Atma (the highest Principle) radiates its light. There is nothing individual about the Buddhi principle. As with Atma, we cannot talk in terms of “my Buddhi” or “your Buddhi.” Buddhi is not the faculty or quality of intuition and has nothing to do Madame Blavatskywith this. It has nothing to do with anything except serving as the vehicle for Atma. To quote direct from HPB: “The mission of Buddhi is simply to shadow divine light [from the Atman] on Manas, otherwise Manas will be always falling into the Kamic principle, into the principle of matter; … The Buddhi per se, has nothing to do with any qualification of anything, it is simply the vehicle of Atman, of Spirit. … Buddhi can neither have intuition, nor non-intuition, nor anything; it is simply the cementing link, so to say, between the higher spirit and Manas. … Buddhi can have the apprehension of nothing … Atma and Buddhi cannot be predicated as having anything to do with a man, except that man is immersed in them. So long as he lives he is overshadowed by these two; but it is no more the property of that than of anything else.”

So the relation between Atma and Buddhi on the microcosmic scale corresponds to that between the Absolute and the Logos on the macrocosmic scale. The latter is the reflective radiation of the former. One is unthinkable without the other and the second is the necessary vehicle of the first. In fact, when viewed from the higher perspective, Atma and Buddhi are the Absolute and the Logos or, as we could say in Hindu terminology, Brahman and Narayana.

Many Theosophical books and teachings talk in terms of the evolution and development of the Monad and describe how the Monad (Atma-Buddhi) descends to the physical plane and progresses its way through the lower kingdoms of nature – such as the mineral, vegetable, and animal – until it finally becomes “individualised” by unfolding an individual soul or Ego (Manas) out of its inner nature. Then, it is often said, the Monad proceeds to evolve and progress through the human kingdom and beyond.

But in The Secret Doctrine, Madame Blavatsky states that “Metaphysically speaking, it is…an absurdity to talk of the ‘development’ of a Monad, or to say that it becomes ‘Man.’ … It stands to reason that a MONAD cannot either progress or develop, or even be affected by the changes or states it passes through. It is not of this world or plane, and may be compared only to an indestructible star of divine light and fire.”

This emphasises the fact that IT never comes down onto this plane, IT never manifests here, IT doesn’t belong here…IT is not a physical, material, or objective thing in any way. After all, since the Atman is Brahman – Absolute Infinite Existence Itself, the One Supreme Ultimate Eternal Reality – there would be no way in which It ITSELF could descend, evolve, progress, and develop, since It is the Divine Allness itself.

HPB herself sometimes speaks of “the evolving Monad” as she says it is often far simpler just to use this brief term than to repeatedly have to explain the whole extremely intricate matter as it really is. But in The Secret Doctrine, she along with the Master Koot Hoomi and the Master Morya (who even went to the extent of writing and signing certificates on a number of occasions to officially assert that they were co-authors in the work with their “brother HPB” – see the article “Morya and Kuthumi: Fact not Fiction” at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/morya-and-kuthumi-fact-not-fiction/) explain the issue of the Monad as it really is.

There it is written that the personalities and individualities on Earth must raise themselves up towards the Monad – towards the highermost, Divine part of their own being, which is a RAY of the ONE Monad (the Absolute) – “and thus partaking of its divine nature, obtain immortality.”

In “The Mahatma Letters” the Master K.H. writes that “The sixth [Buddhic] and seventh [Atmic] principles apart from the rest constitute the eternal, imperishable, but also unconscious Monad.” He also goes on to talk of “that perfectly subjective condition of pure spirituality from which the Monad emerged to descend into matter and to which at the completion of the grand cycle it must return.”

Here he is describing things in the simplest way possible, for ease of understanding. But if in fact the Monad “cannot either progress or develop” and “may be compared only to an indestructible star of divine light and fire,” then what is it really which descends into matter and evolves and advances its way up to the point of acquiring individual self-consciousness or self-conscious individuality (Manas), and beyond?

What it actually is is described in The Secret Doctrine as MONADIC ESSENCE. In a way which is barely possibly to explain or illustrate, the essence of Divinity Itself is sent forth into objectivity when the Universe comes into being. Some “waves” of the Divine or Monadic Essence progress and evolve at a swifter pace than others, although all evolution is necessarily extremely slow, gradual, and almost imperceptible, spreading over an incredibly lengthy period of time. This is not the Monad itself (Atma-Buddhi) which is evolving, since neither Atma nor Buddhi have any need or even ability to evolve, since they are universal divine perfection itself. It is the ESSENCE of this “ultimate unit” which works its way, downward at first through the shadowy arc of involution, descending into matter, and then finally upward through the luminous arc of evolution, reascending to “that perfectly subjective condition of pure spirituality.” In one of the Mahatma Letters, the Master Morya calls this “the downward and upward cyclic rotation” of the Monad.

In The Secret Doctrine, a quotation from the Esoteric Catechism of the Trans-Himalayan Esoteric School (to which the Masters M. and K.H. and HPB belong) states that, “…once attracted into the sphere of terrestrial activity, the Monadic Essence, passing through the mineral, vegetable, and animal kingdoms, becomes man.”

In regard to our Earth, the “tidal wave of spiritual evolution” of Monadic Essence, as HPB puts it, consists of seven different stages of progression or development. These are called the 7 Classes of Monads or 7 Hierarchies of Monads which “cycle round the planetary chain of seven globes.” For an explanation of what is meant by chains, globes, and rounds in Theosophy, please see the article I wrote titled “Chains, Globes, Rounds and Root Races” at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/chains-globes-rounds-and-root-races/. For the purpose of making the next part of the present article more comprehensible, I will briefly quote a few paragraphs from the article just mentioned:

Our Earth evolution is to consist of 7 Chains in total, as all manifestation is of a septenary nature. Each of these 7 Chains is a chain of 7 Globes as shown in the diagram.

The chain which is in evolution now (and which we call the “Earth Chain”) is the 4th of these 7 Chains. The preceding 3 Chains of our evolutionary scheme have already run their course, completed their evolution, and ceased to be. The future 3 Chains have not yet come into existence but they will do so in the future, successively, as each chain is the product of its predecessor.

The 3rd of these 7 Chains is known as the “Lunar Chain” or “Moon Chain” because the dead planet called the Moon, which is the satellite of our current Earth, was the 4th Globe of the 3rd Chain. In other words, the sphere which is now our Moon was at one time the former living “Planet Earth,” on which we ourselves were evolving in much lower kingdoms of nature. This was of course untold billions of years ago and is virtually incomprehensible to us.

The evolutionary Life Wave passes through each of the chains 7 times and these are referred to as the 7 Rounds. Each Round sees humanity reaching a significantly higher level of evolution, both inward and outward, but the inward being the most important.

Thus the 7 Classes of Monads – or to be more precise, the 7 Classes of Monadic Essence – connected with our Earth Chain (the 4th Chain) were previously evolving on the preceding chain, the 3rd, referred to as the Moon Chain or Lunar Chain, prior to the coming into existence of this current 4th Chain.

The Secret Doctrine teaches that during the 1st Round of this Earth Chain, it was only the 1st Class of Monads from the preceding Moon Chain which attained the human state of development.

During the 2nd Round, the 2nd Class of Monads reached the human stage. The 2nd Round human stage is of course far inferior to our current human stage in this 4th Round in terms of physical form and development, etc., but obviously any Monad which was progressed enough to reach the human stage in the 2nd Round was, and is, far in advance of us.

During the 3rd Round, it was the 3rd Class of Monads that attained the human state of development.

In the 4th Round, which is this current Round, it was the 4th Class of Monads that reached the human state and it is in this Round that “the human stage will be fully developed.” At the mid-point of the 4th Round (which was the exact mid-point of the Atlantean Root Race) “the ‘Door’ into the human kingdom closed” and those Monads which had not yet reached the human stage of evolution by that point – i.e. the 5th, 6th, and 7th classes of Monads – “will reach the human stage only at the close of the 7th and last Round.”

That 1st Class of Monads is referred to in The Secret Doctrine under various names such as the Lunar Gods, Lunar Pitris (meaning “Fathers” in Sanskrit), Lunar Spirits, Lords of the Moon, Barhishad Pitris, etc. They are described as being the very highest “humanity” from the Moon Chain when it came to its end. This 1st Class, having reached the human stage on our Earth Chain in the 1st Round of the Earth Chain, became the leaders and guides to the humanity of the 2nd Round (the 2nd Class of Monads) and the humanity of the 3rd Round (the 3rd Class of Monads).

In the 4th Round, this 1st Class of Monads from the Lunar Chain “project their shadows” at the beginning of that Round, for “those who come behind them,” namely the 4th Class of Monads which includes ourselves. The Lunar Pitris provided 4th Round Humanity with that humanity’s original rudimentary astral form which was then covered over in time by the physical material body that developed.

— Stanza III from The Book of Dzyan in Vol. 2 (Anthropogenesis) of The Secret Doctrine

[See “The Secret Book of Dzyan” at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/the-secret-book-of-dzyan/
for interesting details of how The Book of Dzyan, long believed to be nonexistent by sceptics and even by some Theosophists, has recently been identified as the Mula Kalachakra Tantra of Tibetan Buddhism.]

This is called “the doctrine that the first Race of mankind [i.e. the 1st Root Race, called the Polarian Root Race, on our planet during this 4th Round] was formed out of the chhayas (astral images) of the Pitris.” This took place at the North Pole and the region surrounding it, described by Blavatsky and the Masters as the seven zones of the “Imperishable Sacred Land,” for at the beginning of the 4th Round on this 4th Globe the whole earth was covered with tepid water, apart from the North Pole.

A Commentary from the esoteric records, referred to in The Secret Doctrine, says, “There man was born on the seven zones of the immortal, the indestructible of the Manvantara [this “Imperishable Sacred Land” or “the eternal central land”]. There was eternal spring in darkness. (But) that which is darkness to the man of today, was light to the man of his dawn.”

HPB writes, “It is averred in Occultism that the land or island, which crowns the North Pole like a skull-cap, is the only one which prevails during the whole Manvantara of our ‘Round.’ All the central continents and lands will emerge from the sea bottom many times in turn, but this land will never change.”

“The first race of men [on our Earth in this 4th Round] were, then, simply the images, the astral doubles, of their Fathers [the Lunar Pitris], who were the pioneers, or the most progressed Entities from a preceding though lower sphere, the shell of which is now our Moon.”

“Evolutionary Law compelled the lunar ‘Fathers’ to pass, in their monadic condition, through all the forms of life and being on this globe; but at the end of the Third Round, they were already human in their divine nature, and were thus called upon to become the creators of the forms destined to fashion the tabernacles of the less progressed Monads, whose turn it was to incarnate.”

More than one Theosophical teacher and writer has stated that the Lunar Pitris are none other than ourselves, seeing as the initial astral form of the men of the 1st Root Race was projected from them. “They ‘ooze out’ their astral doubles from the ‘ape-like’ forms which they had evolved in Round III,” says The Secret Doctrine. But it makes no sense to conclude that WE are the Lunar Pitris just because of their providing the first mankind with their astral bodies. This idea is also contradicted by The Secret Doctrine itself. The question of “What do the Lunar Pitris do once they have provided 4th Round humanity with its initial astral form?” is answered by a Commentary quoted in The Secret Doctrine which tells us, “Having projected their shadows and made men of one element (ether), the progenitors re-ascend to Maha-loka” and “The subtle bodies remain without understanding (Manas) until the advent of the” Agnishvattas, also called the Manasaputras or Solar Angels. If the Lunar Pitris were ourselves, then we would be the 1st Class of Monads but we are not; we belong to the 4th Class.

The 1st Class of Monads, the Lunar or Barhishad Pitris, have to do their job of contributing to and helping evolution on this Earth Chain “in order that their ‘Monads’ may reach a higher plane of activity and self-consciousness, i.e. the plane of the Manasa-Putras, those who endow the ‘senseless’ shells, created and informed by the [Lunar] Pitris, with ‘mind’ in the latter part of the Third Root Race.”

This first of the Seven Classes of Monads, called the Lunar Pitris, the progenitors of mankind at the beginning of the 4th Round, are – collectively and symbolically – the Root Manu of the 4th Round, called elsewhere Vaivasvata Manu. In the “31 Important Differences between Original Theosophy and Neo-Theosophy” article, I wrote the following in the section on The Manu:

The nature and functions of the Root Manu can only be properly understood if we clearly understand the nature and functions of the Lunar Pitris, the very highest class of Monads from the Moon Chain, the planetary chain which preceded our own. It is the Lunar Pitris who are the progenitors of mankind at the beginning of the 4th Round on our globe and these Lunar Pitris – collectively and symbolically – are the Root Manu of the 4th Round, also known as Vaivasvata Manu. This is clarified even further by HPB in her “Secret Doctrine Commentaries” where she says, “Manu is not individuality. It is not one. It is the whole of mankind. … Certainly, it is not an individual. … these Manus are simply figures of speech – they are symbols, the beginning of humanity [the Root Manu] and the end [the Seed Manu], and the Manus are simply synonymous with the Pitris, the fathers, the progenitors of mankind, the Lunar ancestors. These are Manus.”

We human beings belong to the 4th Class of Monads, meaning that the human kingdom on our earth consists of the 4th Class of Monadic Essence, which was the last of the Classes or Hierarchies to achieve individualisation into separate and distinct inward entities on this Earth Chain.

For the mass of humanity, this began to occur during the 3rd Root Race, called the Lemurian Root Race, when the Manas Principle in man – or rather, animal-man as he then was – was “called to life,” aroused, awakened, and unfolded by the aid of those Beings mentioned above as the Agnishvattas, Manasaputras, or Solar Angels. This mysterious hierarchy of spiritual entities, “the mysterious beings that preside over the constellation Capricornus” and some of whom were “Adepts and Yogis of long past preceding Manvantaras; another mystery,” are described in The Secret Doctrine under a variety of names other than the three just mentioned, including Solar Pitris, Manasadevas, Fire Dhyanis, Dhyanis, Dhyan Chohans, Kumaras, and the Sons of Wisdom.

This enabled “the connecting of the Monad with this Earth” and was the Monad emerging “from its state of spiritual and intellectual unconsciousness” by means of getting “direct into the plane of Mentality.”

Monads do not become separated, individual “things” until “the sweep of the life-impulse reaches the evolutionary stage of man-birth. The tendency towards segregation into individual Monads is gradual, and in the higher animals comes almost to the point.” But until that point we cannot say that it is an individual, particular Monad which is working its way – as a specific unit, alongside many other specific units – through the various forms of the various lower kingdoms. In other words, there is no such thing as “individual Monads” in the mineral kingdom, vegetable kingdom, or animal kingdom.

Again – “It would be very misleading,” writes H.P. Blavatsky, “to imagine a Monad as a separate Entity trailing its slow way in a distinct path through the lower Kingdoms, and after an incalculable series of transformations flowering into a human being.”

The 5th, 6th, and 7th Classes of Monads are the waves of Monadic Essence gradually evolving their way towards individualisation as the Animal Kingdom, Vegetable Kingdom, and Mineral Kingdom respectively. As we saw earlier, the possibility of entrance into the Human Kingdom on this planetary chain came to an end during the middle of the Atlantean Root Race. From that point on, the numbers of the Human Kingdom were “fixed” for the remainder of not only this 4th Round but also the entirety of the 5th Round, 6th Round, and 7th Round, i.e. the immensely long remainder of this current chain period.

Here we touch upon a possibly sensitive point as regards animals in general and our pets in particular, since we would all like to believe that our beloved dog or cat is a fully individual entity in its inner nature rather than a non-individual, non-separate expression of a class of Monadic Essence. Some of us would also like to believe that our pet will be reborn into the Human Kingdom sometime soon, maybe even after the close of its current lifetime, and that we may meet it as a human being in one of our next few incarnations. As nice as these ideas might be, they are not the case according to the Esoteric Philosophy.

To quote again from The Secret Doctrine…

* “On this Fourth Round in which the human stage will be fully developed – the ‘Door’ into the human kingdom closes; and henceforward the number of ‘human’ Monads, i.e. Monads in the human stage of development, is complete. For the Monads which had not reached the human stage by this point will, owing to the evolution of humanity itself, find themselves so far behind that they will reach the human stage only at the close of the seventh and last Round. They will, therefore, not be men on this chain, but will form the humanity of a future Manvantara and be rewarded by becoming ‘Men’ on a higher chain altogether [as the 5th Chain will be], thus receiving their Karmic compensation. To this there is but one solitary exception [referring to the apes, who are in fact descended from human beings of Lemurian times rather than humans being descended from the apes, some of whom will become humans of a very low and undeveloped type during the 5th Round of this 4th Chain], for very good reasons, of which we shall speak farther on.”

* “After the middle point in the Fourth Race in the Fourth Round on our Globe – no more Monads can enter the human kingdom.”

* “Karma…, whose bond-maid is Nature, adjusted everything in the most harmonious manner; and that, therefore, the fresh pouring-in, or arrival of new Monads, had ceased as soon as Humanity had reached its full physical development. No fresh Monads have incarnated since the middle-point of the Atlanteans.”

* “The fourth member of a series occupies a unique position. Unlike the others, the fourth has no ‘sister’ Globe on the same plane as itself, and it thus forms the fulcrum of the ‘balance’ represented by the whole chain. It is the sphere of final evolutionary adjustments, the world of Karmic scales, the Hall of Justice, where the balance is struck which determines the future course of the Monad during the remainder of its incarnations in the cycle. And therefore it is, that, after this central turning point has been passed in the Great Cycle, – i.e. after the middle point of the Fourth Race in the Fourth Round on our Globe – no more Monads can enter the human kingdom. The door is closed for this Cycle and the balance struck.”

* “In the middle of the fourth revolution, which is our present ‘Round’: ‘Evolution has reached its acme of physical development, crowned its work with the perfect physical man, and from this point, begins its work spirit-ward’.”

* “Those still occupying animal forms after the middle turning-point of the Fourth Round – will not become men at all during this Manvantara. They will reach to the verge of humanity only at the close of the Seventh Round to be, in their turn, ushered into a new chain after pralaya.”

It will be noticed that this teaching also authoritatively quashes the theory, currently popular in some New Age circles, that souls from other planets are coming and taking incarnation on this Earth. They are not…and any human being on this Earth today has been a part of the Human Kingdom on this planet since at least the mid-point of the Atlantis epoch. This was when “the door [was] closed for this Cycle and the balance struck.”

The Masters and HPB tell us that the animal monads, or rather that class of Monadic Essence evolving itself as the Animal Kingdom, will “reach the human stage only at the close of the seventh and last Round… They will reach to the verge of humanity only at the close of the Seventh Round to be, in their turn, ushered into a new chain after pralaya.” What this tells us is that each lower, or subhuman, class of Monads, gains its individualisation, its “humanisation,” TOGETHER – as a CLASS, as a GROUP, as the MONADIC HIERARCHY that it is.

Whenever we see groups of seven mentioned in Theosophical teachings, such as the Seven Principles, Seven Planes, Seven Root Races, Seven Rays, etc., we should always remember that each one of the sevens is itself sevenfold. Thus each of the seven classes of Monads is comprised of seven sub-classes. Each of the lower classes of Monads (the 5th, 6th, and 7th) contains Monads in very different stages of development from each other – think of the fly and the dog for example – but nonetheless each lower class is still an “evolutionary wave” of non-separate, non-individual Monadic Essence. It might be pleasant to think that our favourite pet is already on the verge of individualisation and that this will be its last lifetime in an animal form or to think that there are animals which are attaining to the human stage all the time but how can separate individual parts of the Animal Kingdom become individualised, humanised, at separate, different times from each other? They cannot, for there is nothing truly separate or individual yet about that class of Monadic Essence.

Since that class is, by its inherent nature, non-separate and non-individual, – in other words, possesses no truly individual PARTS as yet – it can only become individualised, humanised, all as one class, all as one group. It is only one group, one class of Monadic Essence, and that one class, as a whole, will reach and enter the human stage together, as a WHOLE. Then the individualisation, the humanisation, occurs for the Animal Kingdom which is the “Animal” class of Monadic Essence.

And this is only at the close of the 7th (the last and final) Round of this Earth Chain. By then, animal forms will be infinitely higher and superior to what they are now – the Master Morya says in one of the Mahatma Letters that even the lowest animal form will then be higher than the highest human form was prior to the mid-point of the cycle – and we who are now humans will then be equivalent to “gods.” Although it is generally so gradual as to be virtually imperceptible, all life is moving ever onward, ever upward, ever Godward and a glorious and divine future awaits those who will go with the flow of the inner evolution rather than fighting against it and insisting on living below their par.

You are not an animal so don’t ever allow yourself to think or live like one. You are not a physical being. You are pure eternal Spirit. In your Real Self, your essential nature, you are the Atman, the Supreme Reality. Keep your consciousness ever uplifted, raised, and elevated towards the highermost part of your being, towards THAT which you truly and really are. That is the Monad and it “may be compared only to an indestructible star of divine light and fire.” Tat tvam asi…thou art That.

By MW, December 2012
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I, at last, have reached the Goal,
And solved the mystery of my Soul;
I am That to which I prayed,
That to which I looked for aid;
I am That which I did seek,
I am my own mountain peak;

I upon creation look
As a leaf in my own book;
For I, THE ONE, “the many” make
Of substance which from me I take;
For all is me, there are no two;
Creation is myself, all through;

What I grant unto myself,
I take down from my own shelf,
And give to me – THE ONLY ONE –
For I’M the Father and the Son.
When I want, I do but see,
My wishes coming forth in me;

For I’m the Knower, and the Known,
Ruler, Subject, and The Throne;
The “Three in One” is what I am,
Hell itself is but my dam,
which I did put in my own stream,
When in a nightmare I did dream
“That I was not, THE ONLY ONE.”

Thus by me was pain begun,
which ran its course till I awoke,
And found that I with me did joke,
So now that I do stand awake,
I, my throne, do wisely take,
And rule my kingdom, which is me,
A Master through Eternity.

(by Retsama aka Earl. G Barr)

NOTE: The topic of the Monad is a very lengthy and extremely intricate one.

Artwork portraying Madame Blavatsky carrying precious truths into the world from the Masters of the Wisdom.

Artwork portraying Madame Blavatsky carrying precious truths into the world from the Masters of the Wisdom.

Not only is it impossible to say everything about it in a single article but in some aspects it is also a subject which defies adequate expression and explanation in language. I hope that everything I’ve included here will be beneficial, informative, and clarifying to the reader but I must stress that this article barely touches the surface. For example, I haven’t even mentioned anything here about the Monad’s connection with the Seven Rays or Seven Hierarchies of the Seven Sacred Planets. For those who want to know and understand more, I can but point you in the direction of “The Secret Doctrine” and other works by that great Teacher, Helena Petrovna Blavatsky. It was in this regard that I wrote my article “An Invitation to The Secret Doctrine” at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/an-invitation-to-the-secret-doctrine/.

* For further details about Atlantis and the Atlantean Root Race, from the letters of the Master Koot Hoomi, please see the article “Insights from the Mahatma Letters” at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2013/01/01/insights-from-the-mahatma-letters/.


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31 Important Differences between Theosophy and Neo-Theosophy


A comparison between the teachings of H.P. Blavatsky & The Masters and the teachings of Alice Bailey, C.W. Leadbeater, and Annie Besant


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When We Die


The question of “What happens when we die?” is one which the vast majority of people have and especially so as their own life begins to draw to an end or when a family member or loved one dies.

There are of course many different and contradictory ideas, theories, opinions, beliefs, and teachings about what happens to a person after the death of their physical body. I have encountered some spiritual people who insist that nobody really knows what happens and that everything that is taught in this regard is merely conjecture and theory. I personally take issue with this opinion because if it is true that literally no-one really knows for definite what happens to us when we die then humanity is in a very poor, dreadfully ignorant, and basically hopeless state.

But thankfully this is not the case. There ARE those who know the Truth and this truth of the matter can be found in the esoteric Teaching which underlies all of the world’s religions. The “Knowers” of the human race are the spiritual Masters who serve as the guardians and keepers of the Esoteric Teaching in its purity and entirety. A relatively large portion of this ancient and ageless Wisdom was permitted to be given out to the world at large through the work of Madame Blavatsky and the Theosophical Movement, Blavatsky being the direct agent and representative of that hidden esoteric Brotherhood which guides and watches over the spiritual evolution and advancement of humanity.

Without further ado, here is a brief summary of what happens to the individual between death and rebirth, from the teachings of Theosophy. In Tibet, this period between two lifetimes is called the Bardo, which means “between the two.” I have tried here to keep things as simple as possible but I have inevitably had to relate some somewhat complex ideas. Some people claim that true spiritual teaching should be perfectly simple but this is ludicrous…since natural, material, exoteric science is highly complex, complicated, and detailed, it stands to reason that spiritual, esoteric science must be equally as complex and detailed, if not more so, because it is dealing with the inner processes of the working of the Universe. At the end I mention a few books which can provide further detailed teaching about the things discussed here.

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#1. The transition which is commonly known as “death” occurs but the only thing that really dies at so-called death is the physical body, which is nothing more than our outer shell. At the moment of death the individual sees every detail of the life he has just lived and now understands the events and circumstances of his life so much more clearly as the whole karmic chain of cause and effect which has been at work during his life is revealed to him.

The departing individual leaves behind his physical body (which is now dead), his astral body (the subtle “double” which was the unseen mould, blueprint, and framework upon and around which his physical body had been constructed and existed) which stays near the deceased physical body and decays and disintegrates at the same rate as it, eventually disintegrating completely, and his Prana principle which was the “life force” energy that kept him alive during the incarnation just ended; this Prana returning to the Universal Prana. Cremation is always far more advisable, due to numerous spiritual reasons, than burial.

#2. The individual now enters into the Kama Loka which is the subjective plane of existence just beyond our physical material plane of existence. It is the unseen atmosphere and attraction of our Earth. The departed individual now consists of four Principles or four parts. During physical incarnation he consisted of seven Principles but the three lowest separated at the moment of physical death (see above). These surviving four parts consist of a lower two and a higher two…

* KAMA – the desire/passional principle also referred to symbolically as the “animal soul” because of it being the animalistic and sensually oriented part of man’s nature.
* MANAS – the mind/consciousness principle which is itself the human soul, the part of us which incarnates and reincarnates each time.

* BUDDHI – the Spiritual Soul, which is entirely impersonal and is simply the direct vehicle for Atma and is the connecting link between Atma and Manas.
* ATMA – pure eternal Spirit, the individual’s real Self also referred to as the Higher Self or Divine Self. Atma (also written Atman) is also entirely impersonal because it is literally one and the same in essence and identity as the Supreme Self or Brahman, that Absolute Infinite Existence which is the Divine Allness and which some people call “God.” This is the highermost part of every being and is the One Reality. The conjunction of Atma+Buddhi is known as the Monad, meaning the primary or ultimate unit.

There is now a “struggle” of sorts between the lower two aspects and the higher two aspects but this occurs automatically and unconsciously and the individual has no awareness or discomfort during this process. He is more or less entirely unconscious during his period in the Kama Loka. This period can last anywhere from a few minutes to a number of years and its duration is determined by how sensual or how spiritual the individual was during the lifetime just ended.

The “struggle” eventually comes to an end when the Monad has succeeded in absorbing and attracting to itself the best, the higher, the noblest, the purest, and the spiritual aspects and attributes of the soul based on that lifetime. The lower two (Kama-Manas) now split and separate from the Monad (Atma-Buddhi) and this separation is referred to symbolically as “the second death.” The Monad is now imbued with the higher Manas, the spiritual and reincarnating part of the soul.

#3. Kama-Manas now remains as an empty shell (known as the Kama Rupa, the “desire form”) which is just the basic remnants of the personal memory and the more animalistic instincts and this subjective senseless form roams mindlessly and unconsciously around in the Kama Loka, the atmosphere and attraction of our earth, until it eventually just disintegrates and disappears completely. The length of time taken for its dissolution again depends on how strong the desire/passional nature was during the recently ended lifetime. When every last bit of passional vitality has been expended by the Kama Rupa, it ceases to be. It never survives more than 200-300 years at the very most and is usually disintegrated long before then. The Kama Rupa does no harm and causes no damage to anything and is entirely imperceptible to human beings, if left alone, but unfortunately some of these shells are contacted and connected with by mediums, spiritualists, psychics, channellers, etc. who – generally being ignorant of these things as well as delusional by nature – are deceived into believing that they have actually come in contact with the full departed soul itself or with an angel or so-called “spirit guide.” Without being able to go into detail here, it will suffice to say that mediumship, spiritualism, and channelling are always harmful activities (for both parties) and should be avoided in every way.

#4. While the Kama Rupa is beginning its senseless roaming around, the manasically imbued Monad has entered into what is referred to as the Gestation State. This state is a sort of unconscious and purifying sleep and very little is said about it by the Masters, other than to say that this period is usually a long one, “longer sometimes than you may even imagine,” and that it prepares the individual for his entrance into the state of Devachan.

#5. Consciousness returns at the threshold of Devachan. “Devachan” is a Tibetan term for this state – not a place or locality but a spiritual state of consciousness – which equates to what many people refer to as Heaven. It is the Heaven of the individual’s dreams, created unwittingly out of their own consciousness and corresponds exactly to how they had hoped, believed, or expected the afterlife to be. As we are beginning to realise, everything is a matter of consciousness. It is really a dream world, a perfect, blissful, paradise of the individual’s own making but to the individual it seems perfectly real and tangible.

This is a higher and much purer state altogether than the Kama Loka and every remaining impurity has been left behind in the form of the Kama Rupa. Devachan is a pure land of bliss but in a sense it is a state of “exalted selfishness” because it is such a personally oriented state. No trace of sorrow, pain, evil, or anything negative reaches to Devachan and there is a complete separation between it and our Earth. Those in the Devachan are not aware and cannot become aware of what is happening on Earth…it would certainly not be a state of perfect bliss if this could or did happen! They also cannot be contacted by mediums or channels as they are entirely beyond the reach and grasp of such people, who at best can only come in contact with the Kamarupic shell of the deceased individual. Earth life is totally forgotten by the individual in the Devachanic state, who is now totally absorbed in his compensative bliss.

The Devachani is surrounded by the scenery, incidents, dreams, aspirations, and people he had loved and cherished while on Earth, regardless of whether those people are already themselves deceased or not. How can this be? It is because it is all illusion, a blissful dream, but anything other than this would not be a truly heavenly state for the individual. For example, the deceased mother’s children are not really there with her in the Devachan, because they are still alive on Earth, but it is just as if they are really there and to her they are really there…and every moment is perfect joy, love, and bliss. There are occasions where, using such an example again as an illustration, the mother’s love and care which she directs towards her “devachanic children” may even be felt and perceived by the children on Earth.

If the individual had believed and expected that they would walk and talk on streets of gold hand in hand with Jesus in “Heaven” when they died then this too is a part of their Devachanic experience. If the individual had believed that the afterlife would consist of their blissful worship and adoration of Krishna, face to face with him, then this is what they experience, and so on. It is ultimately illusory but it is the joy and reward which he or she had entitled themselves to and created for themselves. As said, it is “the Heaven of the individual’s dreams, created unwittingly out of their own consciousness and corresponds exactly to how they had hoped, believed, or expected the afterlife to be.” Nothing and no-one is missing that they had expected to be there. But the Devachani never has any genuine and actual one-on-one interaction with other Devachanis although it may seem to him that he does. The Masters tell us that “each is dissociated from the other as regards actual mutual intercourse.” Devachan is the individual’s own state of Heaven and is his alone. In one sense it is the reward for the sufferings of Earth life.

Many cases of people who have been medically revived from death in recent times confirm the above teaching…Christians who die briefly on the operating table but who are brought back to life, for example, describe a distinctly Christian Heaven whilst Hindus in the same situation describe seeing a distinctly Hindu Heaven and so on. It is always of the individual’s own creation and nothing could be more fair or just than this.

The Devachanic state lasts in accordance with the amount of good or positive Karma accrued during the preceding lifetime. It may last a few years, a few decades, a few centuries, even a few millenniums. There are no hard or fast rules; it always proceeds according to Karma, as does everything else in this universe. The negative Karma accrued during the preceding lifetime has been laid aside until reincarnation eventually takes place. It is almost always the case that the younger the person is when they die, the shorter the duration in Devachan since this stay in Devachan is determined by the strength and amount of positive Karma accrued in the lifetime just ended and it is obvious that an 18 year old will have had nowhere near the time and opportunities for creating good Karma that an 80 year old will have had. Children who die before the age of seven are said to reincarnate almost immediately, since they have passed away before the complete connection of the soul with the physical body which takes place at 7 years of age. In the case of young children or babies who die, there is nothing within them (from that lifetime, due to its tragic brevity) to create any Devachan for them and so reincarnation must be immediate, since there is no intermediate state available for the soul to enter into.

When the Devachanic state finally begins to draw to a close, the consciousness of that state gradually and increasingly begins to fade out until the Monad-Ego falls again into a state of unconsciousness which precedes rebirth. This is the final “closing out” of that particular persona and personality, as the soul is soon due to take upon itself a brand new personality for a new lifetime.

The Devachani’s increasing unconsciousness towards the end of the Devachanic period is due to the fact that it is now gradually involving itself in the formation of its new body and form, the form which will be its physical home during its next incarnation. The soul is in a certain way overshadowing the foetus right from the moment of conception and the first seven months of pregnancy are spent in the preparation and preliminary building of the astral body and the physical (its outer shell) in the womb in preparation for the first “ensouling” of this growing astral-physical form at the completion of its seventh month in the womb, at which point the lower and more material part of the soul – that portion whose job it is to animate the new personality– consciously separates itself from the Higher Manas and connects itself into the brain and senses of the foetus. As said above, the Higher Manas, which is the higher part of the soul, does not fully and completely connect itself with the new body and personality until seven years of age.

There are seven states of Devachan, divided into the lower Devachanic state and the higher Devachanic state. The more spiritual and refined the individual’s consciousness (in other words, the more highly evolved and developed the soul is), the higher, the more abstract, and more spiritual the state they will gravitate towards. Everyone finds themselves in their perfect state and everything there is always as it should be.


Q. In light of this teaching, what happens to atheists when they die?

A. As Madame Blavatsky wrote in The Key to Theosophy: “In order to live in the world to come a conscious life, one has to believe first of all in that life during the terrestrial existence.” As we have said and as we have seen, everything is a matter of consciousness. Those who are atheists and materialists (i.e. who believe only in matter and believe that there is nothing beyond physical material existence) will also unwittingly create their afterlife state for themselves out of their own consciousness and thus they will experience exactly what they believed in: NOTHING. It will just be like a blank and dreamless sleep. H.P. Blavatsky continued, “According to the afterlife a man has believed in and expected, such is the life he will have. He who expected no life to come will have an absolute blank, amounting to annihilation, in the interval between the two re-births.”

Q. What happens to people who commit suicide?

A. Because suicide is not natural death but a highly unnatural form of death – self-induced death which, although very tragic and in many cases understandable and worthy of all our compassion, is still spiritually unlawful – the process is different than what we have already talked about. The individual who commits suicide does not enter a state of initial unconsciousness after death but remains fully conscious, trapped in the Kama Loka, able to see and witness everything that’s going on on Earth, and having to remain there for the destined duration of what would have been their life had they not killed themselves. For example, if the person was destined by Karma to have lived for 90 years in that lifetime but killed themselves at the age of 20, they will have to remain within the atmosphere and attraction of the Earth for 70 years and cannot progress any further until then. In this regard the Master Koot Hoomi said, “That particular wave of life-evolution must run on to its shore.” They are well and truly trapped and the suffering caused by being in that state is far worse than the suffering they tried to escape from on Earth.

In committing the spiritual crime of self-murder, the individual temporarily loses and separates himself from his Monad (Atma-Buddhi) but he can regain it later. However, the worst thing that can happen to the suicide victim is if he is seized upon by mediums and psychics who try to drag him back into direct connection with Earth life. It is only through a living human proxy that a suicide victim can gratify his earthly desires but to do so spells certain death, in the fullest sense of the word, since “by so doing, at the expiration of the natural term, they generally lose their Monad forever.” If only people would leave departed souls in peace and allow them to progress on their eventual upward way! After describing some of these things in The Mahatma Letters, the Master Koot Hoomi poignantly wrote, “And now you may understand why we oppose so strongly Spiritualism and mediumship.” Some people have wondered just why Theosophy is so against spiritualism and mediumship…having read this article you now have some idea why.

Q. What does it mean to lose our Monad forever?

A. This is the true meaning of a “lost soul.” It is fortunately an extremely rare occurrence and usually only applies to the most extremely and indescribably evil and beastly of people but sometimes also to those who engage in spiritually unlawful activity, such as hinted at above. In cases such as that, the medium/psychic is almost as much to blame as the disembodied individual and will have to face extremely heavy and dark Karma in days to come. A person loses his Monad when, for whatever reason, he severs the link with his own Divine Self, although he most likely never intended to do so. In these cases the Monad has to start its incarnational journey all over again and go right back to the mineral kingdom and work its way up again, over billions of years, through the vegetable kingdom and animal kingdom until it is finally able to build up a new human soul for itself. The soul and everything already achieved and attained throughout the long cycles of evolution is truly lost and doomed to destruction and the Monad has to start all over again.

Q. What is the “Dweller on the Threshold”?

A. This is a term used in Theosophy to describe an occasion where the Kama Rupa survives in Kama Loka beyond the soul’s Devachanic period and thus continues to exist even after the soul’s reincarnation. This can only usually occur if the individual was highly sensually oriented in their preceding lifetime and/or if they reincarnate very quickly, before the “desire form” – the Kamarupic shell – has had chance to disintegrate. The “Dweller” is drawn by affinity towards the reincarnated soul to whom it once belonged and many problems ensue, sometimes of a highly serious nature. The less said about this the better but this is yet one more good reason to choose a life of spirituality over sensuality! The two can never mix.

Q. Is there an afterlife state higher than Devachan?

A. There is. The Master Koot Hoomi states that “not even the most exalted experience of a monad in the highest devachanic state in Arupa-Loka (the last of the seven states) – is comparable to that perfectly subjective condition of pure spirituality from which the monad emerged to ‘descend into matter,’ and to which at the completion of the grand cycle it must return.” He is referring to Nirvana. The individual who has truly and fully freed himself from all illusion, from all desire, and attained to the highermost state of spiritual advancement and divine realisation…he alone is qualified for Nirvana and Nirvana means the annihilation of everything material and objective and the reabsorption and re-merging of the Monad into the Absolute, into Brahman, Parabrahm, call It what you will. The Master K.H. writes, “It is a State of absolute Rest and assimilation with Parabrahm – it is Parabrahm itself.”

It’s important to realise that even though everything objective and material is lost and obliterated upon entering into Nirvana, the spiritual Individuality is not lost or annihilated but instead “sleeps” and lies latent and dormant within “the bosom of the Monad” during the Nirvanic state. Eventually, after what amounts in human reckoning to billions, even trillions, of years, “the same monad will re-emerge therefrom, as a still higher being, on a far higher plane, to recommence its cycle of perfected activity.” (H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine) And so we see that it is essential that the Individuality survives and endures in some way, although it remains unmanifest – “non-existent,” for all intents and purposes – while in Nirvana.

Once the individual has reached Nirvana, he remains in that state until the end of the Maha-Pralaya (the Universal Pralaya), that Maha-Pralaya commencing when the Maha-Manvantara comes to an end with the dissolution and disappearance of the Universe and its reabsorption into Parabrahm. The duration of Maha-Pralaya is given in the ancient teachings as 311,040,000,000,000 years so the individual’s Nirvanic state will last that length of time plus however many years prior to the end of the Maha-Manvantara that they reached Nirvana. Due to being so immense and unimaginable a period of time, it is, as Madame Blavatsky says, “long enough to be regarded as eternal, if not endless.”

“For it is said in the Sacred Slokas: ‘The thread of radiance which is imperishable and dissolves only in Nirvana, re-emerges from it in its integrity on the day when the Great Law calls all things back into action.’ ”

- H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine

Although Nirvana is a state infinitely higher than Devachan, yet there is something even higher than Nirvana and that is to RENOUNCE Nirvana…to turn back at the very threshold of Nirvana and to choose to be consciously reincarnated again and again in order to remain on Earth to help and serve humanity. This is the Bodhisattva path, the way of the Bodhisattva, and it is without doubt the highest, greatest, noblest, loftiest ideal known to man. Shalt thou be saved and enter into Nirvana while the whole world cries with pain? One day you will be faced with this question and you must decide whether you love yourself more than you love humanity or whether you are willing and prepared to sacrifice the little personal self and its wishes and yearnings for eternal bliss, for the sake of the One Self. Compassion or selfishness – which? One day you must make the choice and you can begin making the right choice even today.

By MW, September 2012

* For much more detailed and in-depth information about the topics discussed in this article, I highly recommend The Key to Theosophy by H.P. Blavatsky, The Mahatma Letters, and (about the Bodhisattva path) The Voice of The Silence translated and annotated by H.P. Blavatsky, all of which are published by Theosophical University Press. For information about how the Theosophical teachings about the process of death and the afterlife are being increasingly confirmed and validated in recent times by scientific and medical research and discoveries, please see HPB: The Extraordinary Life and Influence of Helena Blavatsky by Sylvia Cranston.

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The Inner Evolution

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The SPIRITUAL Monad (the conjunction of Atma + Buddhi) descends into matter and – as unseparated, non-individual “monadic essence” – slowly progresses its way through the lower kingdoms, evolving by manifesting in the Mineral Kingdom first of all (when we can say that it is a “mineral monad”)…then through the Vegetable Kingdom (“vegetable monad”)…then through the Animal Kingdom (“animal monad”).

This is “the passage of the impersonal Monad” through many and various forms of matter and gradually and slowly, throughout millions and millions of years, leads the Divine Spark (the Monad; “monad” meaning “primary unit” or “ultimate unit”) to the state of individual self-consciousness or self-conscious individuality. This occurs at the very end of its life cycle in the Animal Kingdom when the evolved and advanced Monad becomes “individualised,” meaning that its instinct is transmuted into real intellect and it earns and acquires for itself an individual soul, a henceforth permanent individuality, an Ego in the true and original sense of the word, which will now embark on its long journey of many lifetimes as a human being.

Any animal monads who have achieved or will achieve individualisation after the middle point of the Atlantean epoch (the root race preceding ours) will not appear as human beings until the next chain of globes – the Fifth Chain – an extremely, extremely long time from now. We who are working our way through the human stage on this planet were in animal bodies on the previous chain of globes. The fourth globe and central point of that previous chain was the dead planet – then a living planet, as alive as our own planet is – which we now call the Moon.

When the “Divine Life Wave” passes into the next chain, this planet of ours will itself have become a dead planet and will be the Moon of the fourth globe of the Fifth Chain, just as the fourth globe of the Third Chain is now the Moon of the fourth globe of the Fourth Chain. The Moon is in a sense the mother of the Earth, both in terms of the planet itself and the people and beings upon the planet.

In his book “Studies in Occult Philosophy,” G. de Purucker – a former president of the Theosophical Society – wrote “Every monad is in essence divine, and therefore contains all within itself. So when we speak of an animal monad, this is but a fashion of speaking. What we mean is a monad, in itself a divine thing, which because it has as yet not unwrapped from itself more than the animal, is evolving in the animal kingdom. That is as simple as can be. A monad of a flower is in essence a divinity, as divine as my monad is or yours, or the monad of the highest god. But the monad has as yet unwrapped only the flower part of itself. It has thrown forth from itself only the flower part, the plant part. As that same monad advances and grows and unwraps from within itself, it will leave the plant kingdom and enter the animal kingdom at the lowest range thereof, and slowly progress up through the animal kingdom towards the very highest therein; and only when it reaches the top of the animal kingdom is it on the verge of manifesting forth from within itself the human part locked up within itself. It then leaves the animal kingdom which can teach it nothing more and enters the very lowest range of the human kingdom.”

There is so much within our spiritual essence that we ourselves have not yet unwrapped and unfolded but the speed at which we do so is in part down to us and to the level of our commitment to spiritual progress and advancement.

Matter and material forms undeniably do evolve but the true evolution is the evolution of the inner “Life Entity” or “Soul” through matter, as opposed to the purposeless evolution of soulless matter as claimed by Darwin and later disproven by Madame Blavatsky in “The Secret Doctrine.” All evolution is leading towards a goal, a finale, a consummation, too glorious and too magnificent to even begin to comprehend. The old esoteric axiom, said to be a favourite of the real Kabbalists, sums it up concisely: “God becomes a stone, a stone becomes a plant, a plant becomes an animal, an animal becomes a man, a man becomes a god, the god re-becomes GOD.”

All life is sacred, all life is precious, all life is divine. All life is the ONE Life. Every entity, whether in, below, or above the human kingdom, is a Spark of the Divine Fire, an individualised Ray of the Central Spiritual Sun. This Central Spiritual Sun IS and PERVADES the entire universe for It is the Universal Heart, the Universal Logos, That which is the first to radiate forth from the Unknown Darkness at the beginning of every manvantara or cycle of universal life. With the famous words “Tat tvam asi,” the Upanishads remind us that “YOU are THAT.”

“The ONLY One breathed breathless by Itself; other than It there nothing since has been.” – the Hymn of Creation from the Rig Veda

“Every molecule is part of the Universal Life… Every Spiritual Individuality has a gigantic evolutionary journey to perform, a tremendous gyratory process to accomplish.” – Master Koot Hoomi, “The Mahatma Letters”

“Just as milliards of bright sparks dance on the waters of an ocean above which one and the same moon is shining, so our evanescent personalities – the illusive envelopes of the immortal MONAD-EGO – twinkle and dance on the waves of Maya. They last and appear, as the thousands of sparks produced by the moon-beams, only so long as the Queen of the Night radiates her lustre on the running waters of life: the period of a Manvantara; and then they disappear, the beams – symbols of our eternal Spiritual Egos – alone surviving, re-merged in, and being, as they were before, one with the Mother-Source.” – Madame Blavatsky, “The Secret Doctrine”
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What Happens When We Die?

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UPDATE (October 2012): A new and more expanded article on this topic – titled “When We Die” – can now be found on this site at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/when-we-die/. Please enjoy both articles!

From the Teachings of the Master Kuthumi & Madame Blavatsky

“At the solemn moment of death every man, even when death is sudden, sees the whole of his past life [the one just lived] marshalled before him, in its minutest details. For one short instant the PERSONAL becomes one with the INDIVIDUAL and all-knowing EGO. But this instant is enough to show to him the whole chain of causes which have been at work during his life. He sees and now understands himself as he is, unadorned by flattery or self-deception. He reads his life, remaining as a spectator looking down into the arena he is quitting; he feels and knows the justice of all the suffering that has overtaken him.” – HPB

This happens to everyone without any exception.

“Very good and holy men see, we are taught, not only the life they are leaving, but even several preceding lives in which were produced the causes that made them what they were in the life just closing. They recognise the law of Karma in all its majesty and justice.” – HPB

The “Bardo” – a Tibetan term meaning the period between death and rebirth – is described by the Masters and HPB as consisting of three sub-periods…

HPB (Helena Petrovna Blavatsky) spent several years near Shigatse, Tibet receiving direct teaching and training from the Master Morya and Master Koot Hoomi (the true founders of the Theosophical Society), in preparation for her monumental work as a direct agent of the Trans-Himalayan Brotherhood of the Great White Lodge.

#1. When the individual passes away, their 2nd (Linga Sharira) and 3rd (Prana) Principles die along with their physical body and what then remains is a “surviving quaternary” of the 4th (Kama), 5th (Manas), 6th (Buddhi), and 7th (Atma) Principles. [For more information about the 7 Principles, please see “The Seven Principles” – http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/the-seven-principles/] This quaternary consists of a lower duality and an upper duality. It enters into Kama Loka, which is the subjective atmosphere and attraction of our planet, and remains there from anywhere between a few minutes to a number of years, during which time a “struggle” or “battle”, a type of purification and purging process, is going on. The Masters seem to imply that all this occurs unconsciously for the individual. In 99% of cases it is the upper duality which wins and the lower duality is therefore defeated.

#2. The Monad (the conjunction of Atma-Buddhi), having attracted to itself “the quintessence of good from the 5th – its nobler affections, its saintly (though they be earthly) aspirations, and the most Spiritualised portions of its mind” then enters into the Gestation State. This period is usually a long one, “longer sometimes than you may even imagine, yet proportionate to the Ego’s spiritual stamina.” Meanwhile, the now empty shell of the 4th and 5th Principles (Kama-Manas) remains to float around or roam around in Kama Loka with half the personal memory gone and the more animalistic instincts fully alive for a certain period. These shells, which eventually fade out and disintegrate altogether, are the so-called “spirit guides”, “angels”, “departed souls” etc. which the average medium or channel comes in contact with.

#3. The manasically imbued Monad is then “reborn in the Rupa-Loka of Deva-Chan.” Deva Chan is a term meaning “abode of the gods” and is a state rather than a place. It is the Heaven of the individual’s dreams, unwittingly created out of their own consciousness, and is the pure state of heavenly paradise that corresponds exactly to the conception of Heaven that they had held during their physical lifetime. The time spent in Deva Chan lasts in proportion to the good karma previously accrued by the individual, after which the Monad is again reincarnated. “Every effect must be proportionate to the cause.” The Devachanic state can last for “years, decades, centuries, and millenniums, oftentimes multiplied by something more…an Ego is born thither then begins fading out and finally ‘dies’, i.e. falls into that unconscious condition which precedes rebirth…they leave a world of bliss to be reborn in a world of causes.”

“Who goes to Deva Chan? The personal Ego of course, but beatified, purified, holy. Every Ego – the combination of the 6th and 7th principles – which, after the period of unconscious gestation is reborn into the Deva-Chan, is of necessity as innocent and pure as a new-born babe.” – K.H.

“The Karma (of evil) steps aside for the time being to follow him in his future earth-reincarnation, he brings along with him but the Karma of his good deeds, words, and thoughts into this Deva-Chan.” – K.H.

“The new Ego once that it is reborn [into the Deva Chan], retains for a certain time – proportionate to its Earth-life, a ‘complete recollection of his life on earth.’ But it can NEVER return on earth [while not in physical incarnation], from the Deva Chan, nor has the latter any resemblance to the paradise or heaven of any religion.” – K.H.

“All those who have not slipped down into the mire of unredeemable sin and bestiality – go to the Deva Chan. They will have to pay for their sins, voluntary and involuntary, later on. Meanwhile, they are rewarded; receive the effects of the causes produced by them.” – K.H.

“Of course it is a state, one, so to say, of INTENSE SELFISHNESS, during which an Ego reaps the reward of his UNSELFISHNESS on earth. He is completely engrossed in the bliss of all his personal earthly affections, preferences and thoughts, and gathers in the fruit of his meritorious actions. No pain, no grief nor even the shadow of a sorrow comes to darken the bright horizon of his unalloyed happiness: for, IT IS A STATE OF PERPETUAL ‘MAYA’ [illusion].” – K.H.

Deva Chan is really an ILLUSION OF OUR CONSCIOUSNESS, a happy dream, and only those who have lost entirely every desire for, or possibility of being entangled with, the world’s illusions may pass on to NIRVANA after physical death.

“That sense will be equally that of a dream in the Deva-Chan – only a hundred fold intensified. So much so, indeed, that the happy Ego is unable to see through the veil the evils, sorrows and woes to which those it loved on earth may be subjected to. It lives in that sweet dream with its loved ones – whether gone before, or yet remaining on earth; it has them near itself, as happy, as blissful and as innocent as the disembodied dreamer himself.” – K.H.

Our loved ones do not come down to us on earth, for they CANNOT but our own souls are raised at times towards those in the Deva Chan.

“There are great varieties in the Deva-Chan states…It is an ideated paradise, in each case of the Ego’s own making, and by him filled with the scenery, crowded with the incidents, and thronged with the people he would expect to find in such a sphere of compensative bliss” … “Everything is so harmoniously adjusted in nature – especially in the subjective world, that no mistake can be ever committed by the Tathagatas – or Dhyan Chohans – who guide the impulses.” … “Say – it is but a dream, but after all what is objective life itself but a panorama of vivid unrealities?” – K.H.

All our links with departed loved ones are not truly fully severed, for “love beyond the grave, illusion though you may call it, has a magic and divine potency which reacts on the living. A mother’s Ego filled with love for the imaginary children it sees near itself, living a life of happiness, as real to it as when on earth – that love will always be felt by the children in the flesh. It will manifest in their dreams, and often in various events – in PROVIDENTIAL protections and escapes, for love is a strong shield, and is not limited by space or time. As with this Devachanic ‘mother,’ so with the rest of human relationships and attachments, save the purely selfish or material.” – HPB

“Every one but that ego which, attracted by its gross magnetism, falls into the current that will draw it into the ‘planet of Death’ – the mental as well as physical satellite of our earth – is fitted to pass into a relative ‘spiritual’ condition adjusted to his previous condition in life and mode of thought.” – K.H.

“All that which constituted during life the SPIRITUAL bundle of experiences, the noblest aspirations, undying affections, and UNSELFISH nature of Mr A or Mrs B clings for the time of the Devachanic period to the Ego, which is identified with the spiritual portion of that terrestrial Entity, now passed away out of sight. The ACTOR is so imbued with the role just played by him that he dreams of it [having not realised that he is in fact a spiritual Individuality behind that material Personality] during the whole Devachanic night, which VISION continues till the hour strikes for him to return to the stage of life to enact another part.” – HPB

“As soon as it has stepped outside the KAMA-LOKA, and crossed the ‘Golden Bridge’ leading to the ‘Seven Golden Mountains’ the Ego can confabulate no more, with easy-going mediums.” – K.H.

Those who have committed suicide and those killed by accident can however be contacted BY and THROUGH mediums but to the eventual extreme detriment of both.

Suicides and those killed by accident “have to remain within the earth’s attraction, and in its atmosphere – the KAMA-LOKA – till the very last moment of what would have been the natural duration of their lives. In other words, that particular wave of life-evolution must run on to its shore.” – K.H.

“But it is a sin and cruelty to revive their memory and intensify their suffering by giving them a chance of living an artificial life; a chance to OVERLOAD THEIR KARMA, by tempting them into open doors, viz., mediums and sensitives, for they will have to pay roundly for every such pleasure. I will explain. The suicides, who, foolishly hoping to escape life, found themselves still alive, – have suffering enough in store for them from that very life. Their punishment is in the intensity of the latter. Having lost by the rash act their 7th and 6th principles, though not for ever, as they can regain both – instead of accepting their punishment, and taking their chances of redemption, they are often made to regret life and tempted to regain a hold upon it by sinful means. In the Kama-Loka, the land of intense desires, they can gratify their earthly yearnings but through a LIVING proxy; and by so doing, at the expiration of the natural term, they generally lose their MONAD for ever.” … “And now, you may understand why we oppose so strongly Spiritualism and mediumship.” – K.H.

“The rule is, that a person who dies a natural death, will remain from ‘a few hours to several short years,’ within the earth’s attraction, i.e., in the KAMA-LOKA. But exceptions are, in the cases of suicides and those who die a violent death in general. Hence, one of such Egos, for instance, who was destined to live – say 80 or 90 years, but who either killed himself or was killed by some accident, let us suppose at the age of 20 – would have to pass in the KAMA LOKA not ‘a few years,’ but in his case 60 or 70 years, as an Elementary, or rather an ‘earth-walker’; since he is not, unfortunately for him, even a ‘shell.’” – K.H.

Victims of Accidents

* If truly good and pure – they are drawn immediately within the AKASHIC SAMADHI, i.e. they “fall into a state of quiet slumber, a sleep full of rosy dreams, during which, they have no recollection of the accident, but move and live among their familiar friends and scenes, until their natural life term is finished, when they find themselves born in the Deva Chan.”

* If sinful and sensual – “a gloomy fate is theirs. Unhappy shades, if sinful and sensual they wander about – (not SHELLS, for their connection with their two higher principles is not quite broken) – until their death-hour comes. Cut off in the full flesh of earthly passions which bind them to familiar scenes, they are enticed by the opportunities which mediums afford, to gratify them vicariously.” – K.H.

Atheists and materialists very often fail to have a self-conscious survival after death. “The interval between the two lives will be like the unbroken and placid sleep of a child, either entirely dreamless, or filled with pictures of which he will have no definite perception; while for the average mortal it will be a dream as vivid as life and full of realistic bliss and visions.” – HPB

“In order to live in the world to come a conscious life, one has to believe first of all in that life during the terrestrial existence.” EVERYTHING is a matter of CONSCIOUSNESS. “According to the afterlife a man has believed in and expected, such is the life he will have. He who expected no life to come will have an absolute blank, amounting to annihilation, in the interval between the two re-births.” – HPB

In closing – a note on the nonsense and danger of Spiritualism

Deva Chan or the Heaven World (call it what you will) is a place – or rather a state – of supreme and perfect bliss and paradise. And as such, logic tells us that no sorrow or even a shade of pain can be experienced therein. But if departed souls are able to “look down” or “return in spirit” and see all that’s going on on Earth and especially in their homes, what kind of bliss or paradise can that be? The problem is that people don’t stop and THINK about these things.

According to the doctrine of the Spiritualists, we unfortunate human beings are not liberated from the sorrows of this life even by death! Imagine a departed mother looking down upon, or invisibly visiting, or automatically being attuned with, her former home, in the days, weeks, months, and years after her passing and observing and feeling – completely helplessly – the sorrows, the sadness, the suffering, the mistakes etc. of her dear loved ones, from whom she is now severed by death and unable to help, comfort, or contact. Can this be bliss?!? That would be even more hellish than life on earth. And yet all the “spirits” or “departed souls” involved in spiritualism and mediumship claim to be perfectly happy and at peace. This should at once raise our suspicions about the validity of spiritualism and mediumship.

By MW, May 2012

NOTE: The above quotes attributed to “HPB” are from Madame Blavatsky, mainly from her excellent book “The Key to Theosophy”, which I highly recommend and those attributed to “K.H.” are from the Master Koot Hoomi (also written Kuthumi) and excerpted from a number of his letters as published in “The Mahatma Letters”, another highly recommended book from Theosophical University Press. For further inform

ation about some of the topics discussed in this article, please see “An Invitation to The Secret Doctrine” (http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/an-invitat

ion-to-the-secret-doctrine/) and “The Seven Principles” (http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/the-seven-principles/). Those statements above which are in square brackets or in paragraphs without quotation marks are written by myself where I have felt it necessary to offer further explanation.

UPDATE (October 2012): A new and more expanded article on this topic – titled “When We Die” – can now be found on this site at http://secretdoctrine.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/when-we-die/. Please enjoy both articles!


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