Occult recognize the existence of the three worlds , or three planes of existence : the spiritual world , the world of the astral and the physical world . Representatives of the first ( spiritual) is the spirit , the second ( astral ) – energy or force , the third (physical) – matter . Second world ( astral ) serves as a conduit between the first and the third. However, all worlds penetrate each other of them.
Astral world – it’s the world through which a person enters the external radiation . It is home to residents and members of nightmares or unusual dreams , energy clots – a copy of the dead and the unborn , they respond to seances . In the same astral go to work and all kinds of psychics .
The astral world is conventionally divided into “higher” and “lower”. To the lower astral include the fact that the common people called unclean, that the inhabitants of the lower Astral can be seen as hell drunk or stoned, crazy frequently communicate with them also. Supreme astral associated with stellar vault on the surface of the world. If you dream of flying to the stars – it’s an unconscious access to higher astral. The most difficult thing in this case – to understand what you are asleep, that your physical body is left at the bottom, and the astral body, slipping to freedom, decided to walk through the astral.
Under the astral plane is also to be understood one of the parallel worlds .
The human population of the astral plane naturally splits into two groups – the living and the dead, or, to speak more accurately , to those who still have a physical body , and those who haven’t.
People are manifested on the astral plane during physical life can be divided into four classes:
1. Adepts and their Students:
In the early stages of its development, the student can act in his astral body , like any other , but entered the astral plane under the guidance of a competent teacher always has the most complete consciousness there and can quite easily act on all its divisions. In fact, he himself , just as his friends know on earth, but without a physical body and with additional powers and abilities of this higher state , allowing it to continue during sleep more easily and efficiently the Theosophical work which takes as his thoughts during the waking hours .
Will it be on the physical plane fully and accurately remember what he did or what I learned on the astral , largely depends on whether he can carry without interruption his consciousness from one state to another.
The researcher may accidentally meet in the astral world of the occult students from all parts of the world , and in many cases they are – the most serious and dedicated seekers of.
2. The Mental Development of People that are not under the Guidance of the Masters
These people may or may not be a true story developed spiritually , because the two forms of development is not necessarily achieved together. When a person is born with psychic powers , it is the result of efforts made by them in the last incarnation – an effort that may be the most noble and selfless , or even in front of ignorant and totally unworthy .
Such a person is usually completely conscious when it is outside the body, but the lack of proper training often causes him to be deceived in what he sees. Often it is able to penetrate through the different divisions of the astral plane is almost as complete as a person belonging to the previous category, but sometimes it is particularly attracted to any one branch, and rarely goes beyond its influences. Memories of people about what he has seen can vary widely according to their degree of development – from perfect clarity to complete distortion or even oblivion.
People without mental development . During sleep, they float in their astral bodies , often in a more or less unconscious.
All cultured people belonging to the higher races of the world, now have already fully developed astral senses, so that if they are awake enough to explore the reality surrounding them during sleep, they could make observations and many of them find out. But in the vast majority of cases they are not awake enough and spend most of their nights on the deep and often somber meditation on the theme of the idea that prevailed in their mind during sleep. They have astral abilities, but they are unlikely to use them, and though they are, of course, do not sleep on the astral plane, they still did not awake to it, and therefore only dimly aware of the surroundings, if not conscious.
In most backward races and individuals astral body almost formless and uncertainty in the outlines , but as a person develops the intellect and spirituality , his floating astral body becomes more clearly delineated and begins to resemble a closer physical shell .
4. The Black Magicians or their Disciples
This class is somewhat corresponds to the first , except that the motives are of evil rather than good , and purchased power used for purely selfish purposes , and not to help humanity. Among the lower ranks of his primitive races there are people who have horrific rituals , as well as healers of many wild.
First of all, the very word “dead” is absurdly erroneous definition as most creatures , so classified , as alive as we are – and certainly more often . So that this term should be understood to mean simply those who are temporarily not bound to the physical body . They can be divided into the following classes :
That is, those who have earned eternal joy of nirvana , renounced her to devote himself to work for the benefit of mankind. They are mentioned here for completeness classification as rarely as high beings appear at such a low level, as the astral . When , for any reason related to their sublime work, they consider it desirable , it is likely create for this purpose temporary astral body.
2. Students awaiting incarnation
In theosophical literature is often claimed that when the student reaches a certain stage , it is with the help of the teacher can avoid the law of nature, which in ordinary cases at the end of the astral life kills man in the heavenly world . In the ordinary course of events in this world , he would have received in full the result of all the spiritual forces that their highest aspirations , he launched a movement , being that can be described to be Dead classes.
As a disciple is a person presumably clean life and elevated thoughts, probably in his case, these spiritual forces are extraordinary, and therefore, if it enters into the life of heaven, it will be too long. But if, instead of having to take it, he will come to the path of renunciation, he can use this power supply in a completely different direction – to help mankind. By adopting such a course of action, he is undoubtedly the greatest sacrifices for centuries bliss, but on the other hand, acquires an extraordinary advantage to continue without interruption life works and progress.
When the student who decides to do so, dies, he goes out of his body , as is often done in the past, and looks forward to the astral plane suitable transformation , which can pick up his teacher .
Students awaiting incarnation, does not strictly part of the phenomenon of the astral plane , but still they can sometimes come across . Undoubtedly, with the advancement of human evolution , and everything growing number embarked on the path of holiness , this class will become more numerous.
3. Ordinary people after death
Needless to say, this class is a million times more numerous than that which we have just mentioned , and the nature and status of its members vary in a wide range . Equally may vary widely and the duration of their life on the astral plane , as there are those who spend a few days or hours , while others remain at this level for many years and even centuries .
The man who led a good and clean life , whose strongest feelings and aspirations have been unselfish and spiritual , will not be attracted to this plan, but because there is little to hold it there . His tenure will be brief, and most likely he will have no more than a sleepy semi-conscious existence until put to sleep , during which its supreme began to finally be freed from the astral wrapper and will be included in a blissful life of the heavenly world .
The average person before his death is not yet free from all lower desires, to allow them begotten forces generated and the release of his “I” need a long period of more or less conscious life on the astral plane.
People who have gross and bestial desires – drunkards, fornicators, and the like, are in the astral world for a period proportional to the strength of their desires, often experiencing terrible suffering from the fact that while their earthly desires is still as strong as ever , they now can not be met, except in cases where they are able to capture the obsession by any such person to them.
The poetic idea of death that equalizes all – it’s just nonsense generated by ignorance, because in fact the vast majority of cases the loss of the physical body does not make any change in the nature or human intelligence , but because among those we usually call the dead , there is the same variety in reasonableness , as well as among the living.
Popular Western religious teachings on human postmortem adventures have long been so wildly inaccurate that even intelligent people after death are terribly puzzled when the astral world to them regains consciousness. The conditions in which the new arrivals is so radically different from that to which they declined waiting, that there are cases when they initially refuse to believe that passed through the gates of death. In fact, our vaunted belief in the immortality of the soul has such a small practical value that most people, the fact that they are still conscious, considered absolute proof that they did not die.
Terrible doctrine of eternal punishment is also responsible for a huge number of the most miserable and totally groundless fears of these newcomers to the higher life . In many cases, they spend a long time in the acute mental suffering before they can free themselves from the disastrous effects of this abominable blasphemy and realize that the world is governed not by the whim of some demon rejoicing human suffering, and supportive and amazingly patient law of evolution .
Many of those who belong to the class , and does not reach a reasonable understanding of the evolution of this fact , and swim through its intermediate astral existence as aimlessly as they have spent and the physical part of their lives . Therefore, after death, exactly as it was before it, only a few understand something in its position and know how to best use it.
When a person’s life and astral ends , it goes on the mental plane . But just as dying on the physical plane , he leaves behind a physical body , and dying on the astral plane , he leaves decaying astral body .
Even in the case of a man whose life was a little less than perfect, can be achieved almost the same result as if the forces of lower desires will be allowed without interference exhausted on the astral plane . But efforts by most of humanity to get rid of less lofty motives of his nature are minor and superficial, and because they doom themselves not only on a very long stay in the intermediate world , but also the loss of the lower mind .
It breaks up the astral body is composed of particles of astral matter of which the lower mind could not get out , left her prisoner – in fact the transition person in the heavenly world , these clinging fragments stuck to the side of his mind, and, as it.
Thus, there is a class of entities, referred to as ” shadows .” Note that the shadow – a creature that in no sense is not a real personality , since the latter had already gone to the heavenly world, but nevertheless, this shadow outwardly looks like a person, even has her memory and all the tiny character traits from -this what it can mistakenly be easily mistaken for the man himself, as often happens at seances .
The longevity of the shadow varies according to the amount of the lower mind, which animates her, but her mind is constantly decreasing, although it may have a certain animal cunning. By its nature, it is very susceptible to all kinds of evil influences. Because it readily lends itself to the use of black magicians to perform errands most vile sort. Gradually mother, whom she had decays and returns to his own plan, without joining any mind, and thus the shadow fades, almost imperceptibly move to the next class before us.
This is simply the astral bodies of which are in the last stages of decay, which leave the last particles of mind. They do not have any consciousness or intelligence and passively floating in the astral currents , like clouds that can inspire in any direction zipping breeze.
6. Suicide and victims of sudden death
Like the post before this explained of ghost, extended from information, It is understood that the man hastily torn from physical life accident or suicide when he was still in good health and full of energy , will be on the astral plane in conditions that differ significantly from those that surround died of old age or illness. In the latter case, the grip earthly desires more or less weakened , while the coarse particles probably already been removed , and because the shock is not so simetries.
In the case of sudden death or suicide , none of these preparations has not taken place , and the withdrawal of their physical case it is appropriate to compare to haul the stone from the unripe fruit .
Victims of sudden death , earthly life was pure and noble – during their stay there goes in the ” Blissful ignorance and complete oblivion , or in a state of quiet slumber .”
On the other hand, if the earthly life of the people was low and rough , sensual and selfish , they can be terribly evil creatures .
Those whose mental vision is disclosed, can often see these unfortunate creatures crowd around butcher shops, pubs and other places with even lower reputation – that is, wherever you can find them pleasing rough influence, and where they meet those embodied people similar to them thinking.
It should be noted that representatives of this class, like shadows, can be called a small vampires, since when they have neither the opportunity, they prolong their existence, pulling the vitality of human beings in which they are able to influence.
7. Anmplër in common like Vampires and Werewolves
It remains to mention two even more disgusting , but fortunately more rare opportunities .
Readers theosophical literature it is known that a person can live such a low and selfish life, be as evil and cruel that the entire lower mind will become inextricably linked with the desires and finally separated from its spiritual source . Some learners believe that such cases are quite common , and we can meet on the street every set of such ” heartless people ,” but this , fortunately, is not true. To achieve this evil, involving a complete loss of identity , a person must strangle every glimmer of unselfishness or spirituality and not have to think of anything that could save him ; Do you remember how often , even in the worst of villains , you can find some good hand, we realize that the person left must always be a small minority . Yet, as it is relatively small in number they are, they exist , and that from them a series nominated even more rare vampires .
Is being lost after death very soon discovers that he can not remain in the astral world , and must be fully conscious irresistibly drawn into the ” own place ” where slowly disintegrate , having gone through an experience that it is better not to describe . However, if the death occurred suddenly or was the result of suicide , it may in some circumstances , especially if he knows something of black magic , to refrain from this terrible fate by mortal life is hardly less terrifying – disgusting existence of vampires :
It is stored in a state similar to trance with the help of a terrible trick – it transfusion of blood drawn from other human beings by means of semi materialized astral body, thus delaying the final fulfillment of his destiny through many killings. Folk “superstition” again quite rightly suggests that the most easy and effective remedy in this case – to dig up and burn the vampire’s body, so depriving him of his strong point. When the tomb excavated, the body usually has a completely fresh and healthy, and the coffin is often full of blood. In countries where the custom of cremation, vampirism of this type, of course, impossible.
Werewolves , although being as disgusting , are the product of several different karma.
When a person is absolutely brutal and bestial , his astral body in some circumstances can be captured by other astral entities and materialized in the form of a wild animal , usually the wolf. In this state, he will scour the neighborhood, killing other animals and even humans , not only to satisfy their own thirst for blood , but those demons that pushed him to it .
In this case, as often happens when ordinary materialization every wound inflicted by the animal , will be played on the physical body.
In this age fashionable to scoff at what is called the silly superstition illiterate peasants , but the occult student finds it that at first glance seemed to simply nonsense , undiscovered or forgotten truths of nature, and so learn to be cautious in denying the same way as in acceptance.
Researchers astral plane should not be afraid to meet very unpleasant creatures described in this paragraph , since , as already mentioned , they are now extremely rare , and fortunately , over time their number will steadily decrease. In any case, the region of such manifestations limited to neighborhoods near their physical bodies, as one might suppose , given their highly material nature .