A Textbook of Theosophy by C. W. Leadbeater

By C. W. Leadbeater

WHAT THEOSOPHY IS "There is a faculty of philosophy nonetheless in lifestyles of which sleek tradition has misplaced sight." In those phrases Mr. A.P. Sinnett begun his publication, The Occult global, the 1st renowned exposition of Theosophy, released thirty years in the past. [Namely in 1881.] throughout the years that experience handed for the reason that then, many hundreds of thousands have realized knowledge in that faculty, but to the bulk its teachings are nonetheless unknown, they usually can provide in basic terms the vaguest of replies to the question, "What is Theosophy?" books exist already which resolution that query: Mr. Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism and Dr. Besant's the traditional knowledge. i've got no considered stepping into pageant with these average works; what I wish is to provide an announcement, as transparent and straightforward as i will make it, that may be considered as introductory to them.

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A strong thought-form may be a real guardian angel, and protect its object from impurity, from irritability or from fear. An interesting branch of the subject is the study of the various shapes and colours taken by thought-forms of different kinds. The colours indicate the nature of the thought, and are in agreement with those which we have already described as existing in the bodies. The shapes are of infinite variety, but are often in some way typical of the kind of thought which they express.

Every man therefore is leaving behind him wherever he goes a trail of thought forms; as we go along the street we are walking all the time amidst a sea of other men’s thoughts. If a man leaves his mind blank for a time, these residual thoughts of others drift through it, making in most cases but little impression upon him. Sometimes one arrives which attracts his attention, so that his mind seizes upon it and makes it its own, strengthens it by the addition of its force, and then casts it out again to affect somebody else.

In this astral life people of the same nation and of the same interest tend to keep together, precisely as they do here. The religious people, for example, who imagine for themselves a material heaven, do not at all interfere with men of other faiths whose ideas of celestial joy are different. There is nothing to prevent a Christian from drifting into the heaven of the Hindu or the Muhammadan, but he is little likely to do so, because his interests and attractions are all in the heaven of his own faith, along with friends who have shared that faith with him.

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