The Astral Plane – C W Leadbeater. PREFACE. Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world. It is the fifth of a series of Manuals designed. Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Charles W. Leadbeater. · Rating details · ratings · 24 reviews. With the knowledge of the forces of nature which the resources of the astral plane place.

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We had very few bags at the time, but all had defective locks, and absolutely there was nothing with a serviceable lock. I was excited, as here was a remarkable opportunity to get proof of a “phenomenon”. The Museum contains among other significant objects a piece of solid Mercury, which is an isotope. Lists with This Book. Few untrained persons on that plane, whether living or dead, see things as they really are until after long experience; even those who do see fully are often too dazed and confused to understand or remember; and among the small minority who both see and remember there are hardly any who can translate the recollection into language on our lower plane.

Difficult as she can be, I think ‘ll stay with Helena Blavatsky to read about Theosophy for the time being. It is well known that, in the early days of Spiritualism, many striking objects were transported from distances, showing that the spirits were able to use extraordinary powers.

But the majority of mankind make but trifling and perfunctory efforts while on earth to rid themselves of the less elevated impulses of their nature, and consequently doom themselves not only to a greatly prolonged sojourn in the intermediate world, but [67] also to what cannot be described otherwise than as a loss of a portion of the lower mind. Annie Besant in Most of us, then, are awake on the astral plane during the sleep of the physical body, and yet we are generally very little awake to the plane, and are consequently conscious of our surroundings there only vaguely, if at all.

The law of gravitation operates on astral matter, and if it were possible for it to be left entirely undisturbed it would probably settle into concentric shells. We recognize it first in the three elemental kingdoms; when it enters the mineral kingdom we call it the mineral monad; in the vegetable kingdom it is described as the vegetable monad, and so on.

The reason is that one state of matter can ordinarily act only upon the state next below it, and, as he has now no denser matter in his organism than that of which the astral body is composed, he finds it impossible to set up vibrations in the physical substance of the air or to move the physical pencil without borrowing living matter of the intermediate order contained in the etheric [65] double, by means of which an impulse can readily be transferred from the one plane to the other.

Most brilliant and most easily seen of all, perhaps, though belonging to a more refined order of matter — the astral — is that part of the aura which expresses by its vivid and ever-changing flashes of colour the different desires which sweep across the man’s mind from moment to moment. It must be clearly understood, as before explained, that the idea of space is not in any way to be associated with these sub-planes.

In this little book the author approaches the Invisible World from the modern standpoint of science. We must not, however, allow ourselves to follow these fascinating bye-paths, but must resume our endeavour to give a general idea of the appearance of the astral plane. I must admit that it was very hard work and sometimes distinctly painful, but of course [ix] I persevered, and in due course began to achieve the results that I had been led to expect.


Besant and Bishop Leadbeater which continued right to the end of their lives. On the other hand, for the first time among occultists, a detailed investigation had been made of the Astral Plane as a whole, in plxne manner similar to that in which a botanist in an Amazonian jungle would set to work in order to classify its trees, plants and shrubs, and so write a botanical history of the jungle.

Why should this be so? The length of life of a shade leadebater according to the amount of the lower mind which animates it, but as this is all the while in process of fading out, its intellect is sstral steadily diminishing pland, though it may possess a great deal of a certain sort of animal cunning; and even quite towards the end of its career it is still able to communicate by borrowing temporary intelligence from the medium.

Yet though it is “a law of the members warring against the law of the mind”, though if the man obeys it instead of controlling it his evolution will be seriously hindered, it must not be thought of as in any way evil in itself, for it is still a Law — still an outpouring of the Divine Power going [50] on its orderly course, though that course in this instance happens to be downwards into matter instead of upwards and away from it, as ours is.

Written back inwhen it was not common to disclose this kind of information to the general public, it’s still useful and a must read. It doesn’t help that his dry scientific tone seems like it was wrapped around his A refreshingly candid taxonomy of astral phenomena! First of all, the whole of the physical matter of the rock is seen, instead of a small part of it; secondly, the vibrations of its physical particles are perceptible; thirdly, it is seen to possess an astral counterpart composed of various grades of astral matter, whose particles are also in constant motion; fourthly, the Universal Divine Life is clearly to be seen working in it as it works in the whole creation, though naturally its manifestations differ greatly at successive stages of its descent into matter, and for the sake of convenience each stage has its own name.

In lsadbeater to this each living creature is surrounded with an atmosphere of its own, usually called its aura, and in the case of human beings this aura forms of itself a very fascinating branch of study. One day, however, when the Master Kuthumi honoured me with a visit, He asked me whether I had ever attempted a certain kind of mediation connected with the development of the mysterious power called Kundalini.

The ordinarily decent man has little to detain him on that seventh sub-plane; but if his chief desires and thoughts had centred in more worldly affairs, he is likely to find himself in the sixth subdivision, still hovering about the places and persons with which he was most closely connected while on earth. Our first step, then, is to shake off this habit of thought, and learn to see that new and beautiful world, so that we may be able intelligently to work in it.

It must not, however, be supposed that all Tibetan sects except the Gelugpa are necessarily and altogether evil; a truer view would be that as the rules of other sects permit considerably greater laxity of life and practice, the proportion of self-seekers among them is likely to be much larger than among the stricter reformers.


This house was hers and hence her invitation to us. Sinnett [vii] was president of the Lodge. Accusations of his detractors were never proven leadbewter, with Besant’s zstral, he was readmitted a few years later. Nor are the creatures of these worlds unimportant because minute, for upon a knowledge of the habits and condition of some of those microbes depends our ability to preserve health, and in many cases life itself.

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It was my task then to write from these scraps into the unwritten pages of an old foolscap-size diary. Entities inhabiting these levels lose lradbeater of the earth and its belongings; they are usually deeply self-absorbed, and to a large extent create their own surroundings, though these are sufficiently objective to be perceptible to other entities and also to clairvoyant vision.

This has temporarily a definite separate existence of its own, and follows the course of its own evolution leadbbeater into matter without qstral reference to or indeed any knowledge of the convenience or interest of the ego wstral whom it happens to be attached — thus causing that perpetual struggle between the will of the flesh and the will of the spirit to which religious writers so often refer.

Nevertheless it remains true that the higher we rise the less of the denser matter do we find. The names usually given to these planes, taking them in order of materiality, rising from the denser to the finer, are the Physical, the Astral, the Mental or Devachanic, the Buddhic, and the Nirvanic. This is the true astral body. Far more frequently he has to wait on the astral plane, as mentioned before, until the opportunity of a fitting birth presents itself.

There was always a loophole for doubt. The object of this manual is to collect and arrange the information with regard to this interesting region which is scattered through Theosophical literature, and also to supplement it slightly in qstral where new facts have come to our knowledge.

The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants & Phenomena

It was in that the two made a joint investigation into the structure of Hydrogen. We must note first that every material object, every particle even, has its astral counterpart; [20] and this counterpart is itself not a simple body, but is usually extremely complex, being composed of various kinds of astral matter.

It will therefore perhaps be better to deal with it more fully under its appropriate class among the artificial entities, as its nature and [73] genesis will be more readily comprehensible by the time that part of our subject is reached. Those belonging to this class usually employ as a vehicle not the astral body at all, but the mind-body, which is composed of the matter of the four lower or rupa levels of the plane next above.

Like the shade, it is frequently used to further the horrible purposes of the Voodoo and Obeah forms of magic. Paperbackpages. FIRST of all, then, it must be understood that the astral plane has seven astrsl, each of which has its corresponding degree of materiality and its corresponding condition of matter.

This was the first book I read by the Theosophists, and an early influence during my spiritual awakening.