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CON TE N TS .

C H AP T E R I .
—THE UN I VERSAL B ELI E! IN TH EM . .

CH A P T E R II .
— SO M E MODE RN I NSTANCE S
CH A P TER III .
— A P ERSO N AL E X PERI E NCE
C H A P T ER I V —T H E H E
. LPERS
C H A P T ER V —T H E
. RE ALI T Y O! S U PE RPH ! SI C AL

C H A P T ER VI — A. T I M EL Y I NTERVE N TI O N
C H A P T ER V I I —TH E
.

A N GEL

S TORY
C H A P T ER VI I I— T H E S TO RY O! A ! I RE
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C H A P T ER I X — MATERI ALI ZAT I O N


. AN D RE PERC U S
S I ON
C H A P T ER X — T H E T W O B RO T H E RS
.

C H A P T ER X I —W RE C K S A N D CATA S TROP H E S
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C H A P T ER X I I W ORK A MO N G T H E DE AD
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C H A P T ER X I I I —OT HER BRA NC H E S O! TH E W ORK


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C H A P T ER X I V T H E ! U ALI ! I CATI O N S RE ! U I RED
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C H A P T ER XV —THE PROBATI O NARY P AT H


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C H A P T ER XV I —T H E P AT H PRO PER
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C H A P T ER XV I I —W H AT LI E S BE YO N D
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I N V I S I B LE H E L P E RS

C H A P TER I .

T H E U N I VER S A L B EL I E ! IN T H EM .

IT is on e O f the most b eautifu l character i st i cs of

T heoso p h y that it g ives b ack to p eop l e in a more


ra ti onal form everything wh i c h was rea l l y u sefu l
an d he l pful to them in the religions wh i ch th e y
hav e out grown Many who have b roken throu g h
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the chrysa l i s of bl ind faith an d mo u nted on th e


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win g s o f reason and intuition to the freer no bl er ,

mental l i fe of more exa l t e d l e ve l s neverthe l ess fe e l


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that i n the process of this gl orious gain a some



thing has b een l ost that in givin g u p the b e l ief s
o f their chi ld hoo d they have a l s o cast a s i d e much

o f the beauty an d the p oetry of l i fe .

I f howev e r, th e ir l ives in the p ast have been


,

su fficient l y goo d to earn for them the op p ortunity



o f comin g under the be ni gn influence o f Theo

S ophy they very soon d iscov e r that even i n thi s


,

p articu l ar there has b een no l os s at al l b ut an,e x


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ce e di n g g reat ain — that the g l ory an d the be aut y
g
and the p oetr y are there in fu l ler meas u re than
the y had ever hoped before and n o longe r as a
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mere pleasant d ream from wh i c h t h e cold light o f


common sense ma y at any t i me rude ly awa k en them
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b ut as t r uths of nat u re which will bear i nvest i gat i on


— w h i ch b ecome on l y bri ghter fuller and mo r e pe r
,

fec t as they are more accurate l y understood .

A marke d instance of this ben efi cen t act i on o f


T heoso p h y i s the way in which t h e i nv i s i ble w orld
( wh i c h,before the great wave o f mate ri al i sm e n

gul fed u s u sed to be regarded as the so u rce o f all


,

l iving help ) has be en resto r ed b y i t to modern l i fe .

A ll the charming fo l k lore o f the e l f the bro w n i e


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and the gnome o f the S p i r i ts o f air and water o f th e


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forest the mounta i n and t h e m i ne i s sho w n b y i t to


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b e no more meanin gless superstition b u t to have a


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bas i s o f act u al and sc i enti fi c f act beh i nd it I ts answer


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to the great f undamental q u est i on I f a man d i e ,


sha l l he live a g ain ! i s equ al l y defi nite and s c i en
ti fi c and i ts teaching on the nat u re and conditions
,

o f the l i f e after death throws a flood of light upon

much that for the Western wor ld at least w as p re


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v i ou s l y wra pp ed in i mpenetrab l e dar k ness .

I t cannot be too o ften repeated that i n th i s teach


i ng as to the i mmorta l ity of the sou l and the li fe
a f ter death Theosophy stands i n a pos i t i on totall y
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differ ent f ro m that O f o r di na ry rel i gi on I t do es .

n ot put forward these great tr u ths merel y on th e

au thority o f some sacred boo k o f long ago ; i n spe ak

i ng o f these su b j ects i t i s n ot d ea l ing w i th pio u s


Opinions or meta p hysica l s peculations but wi th
, ,

soli d d efinite facts as real a nd as close to u s as th e


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a i r we b reathe o r the houses we live i n f act s o f
which many among u s have constant experi e nce
f acts among which l ies the d ai ly wor k o f some o f our
s t u dents as wil l present l y b e seen
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.

Among the b eauti fu l conceptions which T heo


S ophy has res tore d to us stan d s p re eminent that o f
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the great he lp fu l agencies of nature The be l ie f i n .

these h as be en world wide from the ear l iest dawn of


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h istory and i s u niversa l even no w ou tside the na r


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row d omains of protestantism w hich h as emptied


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an d darkened the wor ld fo r i ts votaries b y i ts at

tem p t to do away with the nat u ral an d perfectly tru e


i de a o f interme d iate agents and reduce everyth i ng
,

to the two factors o f man and d eity— a dev i ce whe r e

by the conce p tion o f deity h as b een i nfinitel y de


gr ade d an d man h as remaine d unhelped
, .


A moment s thought wil l show that the ordina ry
V i e w of p rovi d ence — the conce p tion of an errat i c
i nterference by the central p ower o f the un i ver se
wi th the resu l t o f h i s o wn d ecrees wou ld impl y th e
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i ntroduction o f partia l ity i nto the scheme a n d there ,


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fore of the who l e train of evi l s which must me ces


s ari l y fo ll ow u po n its hee l s The Theoso p hica l
.

teach i ng that a man c an b e thus specia ll y he lp e d on ly


,

when his past actions have b een such as to deserve


this assistance and that even then the he l p wi ll b e
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given th r o ugh those who are comparative l y near his


own leve l is free from this serious o b j ection ; an d it
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furthermore b rings b ack to us the O lder and far


gran der conce p tion o f an unbroken ladder o f l iving
beings exten d in g d own from the Lo gos H imse l f to
the very d ust beneath our feet .

In the East the e xistence of the invisi bl e hel p ers


has alwa y s been reco gnize d thou g h the names g iven
,

and the characteristics attri b uted to them nat u ra lly


var y i n d i fferent co u ntries ; and even in Europe
we h a v e had t h e O ld Gre ek stories o f the constant i n
terfe ren ce o f the go d s in human a ffairs an d the

Roman legend that Castor and P o ll ux l ed the l egions


of the i n f ant rep u b l ic in th e batt l e o f Lake Re gi l l u s
.

Nor d i d s u ch a conce p tion d ie out when the c l a ss i cal


per i od ended for these stories have the i r legitimate
,

s u ccessors i n medi aeva l ta l es of saints who a p peared


at crit i cal moments and turne d the fortune of war in
f avo ur o f the Christian hosts or O f guar d ian angels
,

who sometimes ste pp e d in an d save d a p ious trave l ler


f rom what wou l d otherwise have b een certain de
s truction .
C HAP TER 11 .

S OME MODER N I N S T A N C E S .

E VE N in this incre d u l ous age an d ami d st th e full


,

whir l of our nineteenth century civi l ization in s p ite


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o f the dogmatism of our s ci e nce and the d ea dl y du l l

ness o f ou r prote s tan ti s m instanc e s of intervention



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inexp licabl e from the mat e ria l istic stan dp oint may
sti ll b e foun d b y anyone who wi l l take the trou bl e to
l ook for them ; an d in or d er to d e monstrate this to
the rea d er I wi ll b riefly e p itomize a few o f the e x
am pl es g iven in one or other o f th e recent co ll ections
o f such stori e s a dd in g thereto one or two that have
,

come w ithin my own notice .

O ne very remarka bl e feature o f these more recent


exampl es is that the intervention seems near l y a l ways
to have b een directe d towar d s the h e lp i n g or saving
of chi ld ren .

An interesting case which occurre d 111 Lon d on


only a few year s a go was connecte d with the p re
s ervat i on o f a C h ild s li fe in the mi d st of a terri bl e

fire wh i c h broke out in a street near H o lb orn and


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entire ly destroyed two of the houses there The .

flame s h ad obtained s u c h hold before they were di s


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covered that th e fi remen w ere unable to save th e


houses b ut they succeeded i n rescu ing a ll the i n
,


mates exce p t two an o l d woman who was s u ffo
c ate d by the smoke b efore they could reach her and ,

a chi l d a b out five years o l d whose p resence in the


,

ho u se had b een forgotton in the hurry and excite


ment o f the moment .

The mother Of the child i t seems w as a fr i end


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o r re l ative o f the l andla d y o f the house and had le f t


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the little creature i n her charge for the ni ght beca u se


,

s h e was hersel f oblige d to go down to Co l ches ter

on b u s i ness It was not unt i l everyone else ha d been


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resc u ed an d the who l e house was wra pp ed i n flame


, ,

t h at the l an dl ady remem b ere d w i th a terrible p ang


the tr u st that had been confi d e d to her It seemed.

hope l ess th e n to attem p t to get at the garret where


the chi l d had b een p ut to be d but one of the firemen
,

heroica ll y resolve d to make the d es p erate e ffort and , ,

a fter rece i ving minute d irections as to the exact


s i t u ation o f the room p lun g ed in amon g the smoke
,

an d flame .

He fo u nd the child and b rought him forth entire l y


,

u nharmed ; b ut when he re j oine d his comra d es he


h a d a very singul ar story to te ll H e d ecl are d that
.

w hen he reached the room he foun d i t in flames and ,

most o f the floor alrea d y fa ll en ; b ut the fire had


c u rved r o u nd the room towards the windo w i n an
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u nnatura l and unaccountabl e manner the l ik e of


,

which in a l l his exp erience he ha d never seen before ,

s o that the corner in which the child la y was whol ly

unto u che d althou gh the very rafters o f the frag


,

ment of floo r on which his l itt l e cri b stood were ha l f


b urnt away The chi ld was natura lly very much
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terrifie d b ut the fireman distinct ly and repeate dly


,

d ec l are d that as at great ris k he ma d e his way to


war d s him he saw a form l ike an ange l her e his —
— “
exact wor d s are given a something a l l glor i ous l y
w hite an d silvery b en d ing over the b ed and smooth
,


i n g d own the counter p ane . H e cou ld not p ossi bly
have b een mistaken a b out it he sai d for it was v i si b le
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in a gl are o f light for some moments an d i n fact di s


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a pp eare d on l y when he was within a few feet o f it .

Another curious feature o f this story i s that the



chi ld s mother foun d herse l f unab l e to s l eep that
ni ght d own at Co l chester b ut was constant l y har
,

ras s e d b y a strong fee l ing that something was wrong

with her chi ld insomuch that at l ast s h e was c om


,

p e l l e d to rise an d s p e nd some time in earnest prayer


that the l ittle one mi ght be p rot e cte d from the dan ge r
which she instinctive l y fe l t to b e hangin g over him .

T he intervention was thus evi d e n t l y what a Christian


wou ld ca l l an answer to prayer ; a Theoso p hist put ,

t i ng the same i d ea i n more scientific p hraseo l ogy ,

w o u ld say that her i ntense outp o u ring of l ove const i


IZ

tu te da force which o n e of our invi s i bl e he lp er s w as


abl e to u se for th e rescu e of her chi ld from a t e rri bl e
d eath
A remarkabl e case in which chi ld ren were ab
norma ll y p rotecte d occurre d on the b anks of the
Thames n e ar Mai d enhea d a few years ear l i e r than
our l ast exam pl e This time the d an ger from which
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they were s av e d aro s e not from fire b u t from wate r .

Three l itt l e ones who l ive d i f I reco l lect ri ght l y in


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o r near th e vi ll a ge of S h otte s b rook were taken out ,

for a wa l k a l ong the towin g p ath b y their nurse -


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They rushe d su dd en l y roun d a corner u p on a horse


w hich was drawin g a b ar ge an d in the confusion two
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o f them got on the wrong si d e of the tow ro p e an d -

were thrown into the water .

The b oatman who saw the acci d e nt s p rang for


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ward to try to save them an d he notice d that th e y


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wer e floating hi gh in the water in quite an u n

natura l way l ike as he sai d an d movin g quiet l y
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towards the bank This was a ll that he and th e nurs e


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s aw bu t the children each dec l ared that
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a b eauti fu l

person a l l white an d s hining stoo d beside them in
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the water he ld them u p an d g ui d e d them to the


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shore Nor was their story without corro b oration


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for the b ar geman s l itt l e d au ghter who ran u p fro m


the ca b in when s h e hear d the screams o f the nurse ,


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a l so afli rm e d that s h e s a w a l ov e l y l a d y in th e wate r


dra ggin g the two chi ld r e n to th e b ank .

Without fu ll er p articu l ar s than the story g ives us ,

i t is im p o s si bl e to s ay with certainty from what c l ass


“ ”
o f he lp e r s this an ge l was d rawn ; b ut the p ro b
a b i l ities are in favour of its havin g b een a d e ve l o p e d
h uman b ein g functionin g in the astra l b o d y as wi l l ,

b e seen when l ater on we d ea l with this su b j ect from



the other s i d e as it were from the p oint o f vi e w o f
,

the he lp ers rather than th e h e lp e d .

A case in which the a ge ncy i s somewhat more d e


finit e l y d i s tin gu ishabl e i s re l ate d b y th e we ll known
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cler gyman Dr J ohn Ma s on Nea l e H e state s that


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a man who ha d recent l y l o s t h i s wi f e was on a visit


with h i s l itt l e chi ld ren at the country hous e o f a
frien d It was an o ld rambl ing mansion an d i n
.
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the l ower p art of it there w e re l on g d ark p assa ges


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i n which the chi ld ren pl aye d ab out with g r e at d e


li ght But p resent l y th e y came u p stairs very g rave
.

l y an d two of them re l ate d that a s th e y w e r e run


,

nin g d own one of these p assage s they were m e t b y


th e ir mother wh o to ld them to go b ack a gain an d
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then d isa pp eare d Investi gation revea l e d the fact


.

that i f the chi ld ren ha d run b ut a few s tep s farther


they wou ld have fa ll en d own a d ee p uncovere d we l l
w hich yawne d fu l l in their p ath so that the a pp ari
,
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ti on of the i r mother had saved them from al m ost


certain d eath .

I n this instance there seems n o reason to do ubt


t h a t the mother hersel f w as still k eeping a lo vi ng
.

w atch o v e r h er ch i ldren from the astral plane and ,

that ( as h as happened in some othe r cases ) h e r i n

tense d es i re to w a rn them of the danger i nto w h i ch


t h e y w ere so h ee dless ly r u sh i ng gave her th e po w e r to
ma k e herse l f v i sible and a u dib l e to them for th e mo

ment o r perhaps me r ely to i m p ress the ir mi nds
wi th the i dea that the y s aw and heard h e r I t i s .

poss i ble o f co u rse that t h e h elper m a y h a v e b een


, ,

someone else wh o too k t h e f amil i a r f orm of th e


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mothe r i n order not to alarm the children ; b u t the


s i mplest h ypothes i s i s to attr i b u te the i nte rv ent i o n
to t h e act i on o f the ever w a k e fu l mothe r love i tsel f
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u ndimmed by the passage thro u gh the gates o f death .

T h i s mother l ove being on e o f the hol i est and


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most u nse l fis h o f h u man feel i ngs i s also on e Of th e


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most persistent on hi g her p lanes N ot on ly does the.

mothe r who finds herse l f upon the lo w e r levels of the


astral plane and conse qu entl y still wi th i n to u ch o f
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the earth ma i ntain her i nterest i n and her ca re f o r


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her ch i ldren as long as she i s able to see them ; eve n


afte r he r entry i nto the heaven w orld these li ttle one s
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are sti l l the most p rom i nent obj ects i n h e r tho u ght ,

an d the w ealth o f love that s h e l av i shes u pon th e



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i m ages whi c h sh e the r e makes of them i s a gr eat out


p o u r i ng o f sp i rit u al force which flo w s do w n upo n

h e r o ffspr i ng wh o are sti ll str u ggling i n t h is lo w e r


w orld and s u rro u nds them w ith l iving cent r es of
,

beneficent energy w hich ma y n ot i napt ly be desc ri bed


as v er i table gu ardian angels An i llustration of th i s
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w i ll be found in the s i xth o f ou r Theoso p hical man


ual s p 38
, . .

Not l ong a go the litt l e dau ghter o f on e o f ou r


English bishops was out wa l king with he r moth er
i n the to w n where they li ved and i n ru nn i ng heed
,

less ly ac r oss a street the child w as k noc k ed down


b y th e h o r ses of a carr i age which came qu ick l y u pon

h e r ro u nd a co r ne r Seeing her among the horses
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feet the mother r u shed for w a r d expecting to fi nd


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her very badly i nj u red but sh e sprang u p qui te me r


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r i l y sayi ng O h mamma I am not at a ll h u rt for
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someth i ng all i n white k ep t the horses from tread i ng



u pon me and told me not to be a f rai d
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.

A case w h i c h occu r red in B u cki nghamsh i re som e ,

w h e r e i n t h e ne i ghbourhood of Burnham Beeches i s ,

remark able on acco u nt o f the length o f t i me thro u gh


which the phy sical man ifestat i on o f the s u cco u ring
agency seems to have mainta i ned i tse l f I t w i ll hav e .

been seen that i n the i nstances hitherto given the i n


terven ti on was a matter o f but a few moment s ,
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whereas in this a p henomenon was p ro d uce d which


a ppears to have p ersiste d for more than ha l f an hour .

T wo o f the litt l e chil d ren of a s ma ll farmer were


le f t to amuse themse l ves w hi l e their p arents and the i r
entire ho u sehold were engage d in the work of har
vest i ng The l itt l e ones starte d for a wa l k in the
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woods wan d ere d f ar from home and then mana ge d


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to lose thei r way When the w eary p arents returne d


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at d usk it was discovered that the children were


m i ssing and after enqu i ring at some of the nei g h
,


bours ho u ses the father sent servant s an d l ab ourers
i n var i o u s d ir ect i ons to see k f or them .

Their e fforts w e re however unsuccessfu l an d


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thei r sho u ts u nanswere d ; an d they ha d reassembl e d


at the f arm in a somewhat despondent frame o f mind ,

when the y a ll s aw a c u rious l ight some d i s tance


away moving slow l y across some fie ld s towar d s the
road I t was descri b e d as a l ar g e gl o b ular mass of
.

rich golden glow quite unlike ordinary lam pl ight ;


,

and as i t drew nearer it was seen that the two missin g


ch i ldren were walkin g steadi l y a l ong in the i d s t of m
i t Th e f ather and so m e others immed i ate l y set off
.

ru nn i ng to w ards i t ; the appearance p ersiste d unti l


they we r e close to it b ut j ust as they g ras p ed the ch il
,

dren i t van i s h ed leav i ng them i n the dar kness


,
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Th e ch i ldren s story was that after night came on


t h ey h ad w andered about cry i ng i n the woods for


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some time an d ha d at l ast l ain d own un d er a tree to


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s l eep They ha d been rouse d they sai d by a b eauti


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ful l a d y with a l am p who took them b y the hand an d


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led them h ome ; when they questioned her sh e smile d


at them b ut never s p oke a wor d T o this strange
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ta l e they b oth stea d i l y adhere d nor w as it possib l e


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i n any way to Shake their faith i n what they ha d


se e n It i s noteworthy however that thou gh a ll
.
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p resent s aw the l i ght an d noticed that i t l i t u p the


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trees an d he d ges which came within its sphere p re


c i s e l y as an or d inary li ght wou ld yet the form of th e
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l ady was visi b le to none b ut the ch i ld r en .


CHA PT ER II I .

A P ER SO N AL E X P E RI E N C E .

A LL the above stor i es are comp arat i ve l y well


k nown and ma y b e foun d i n some o f the b ooks
,


wh i ch conta i n collect i ons o f s u ch acco u nt s most
o f t h em i n Dr Lee s M ore G l i mp s es o W

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f th e or l d
Uns e en ; b u t the two i nstances which I am n ow a b o u t
to g i ve h ave never been i n print before and bo th oc,


c u rred wi thin the last ten years on e to myse l f and ,

the other to a very dear friend o f mine a prominent ,

membe r of the T heosophical Society whose ac ,

cu rac y o f observat i on i s beyond a l l sha d ow o f do ubt .

My own stor y i s a s i m pl e one enou gh tho u gh n ot ,

u n i mportant to me s i nce the interp osition undou b ted


,

l y saved my l i fe I was wa l kin g one exceedingly wet


.

and storm y night down a qu i et back str eet nea r


Westbourne Grove str u ggl ing with scant s u cces s
,

to h old u p an u mbrel l a against the savage gu sts o f


w i nd that threatened e v er y moment to tear i t from
my grasp and try i n g as I la b o u red a l ong to thin k
,

o u t the details of some work u p on wh i ch I was j u st

t h en engaged .

is
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With start l in g su dd e nne s s a voice which I kno w


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we l l the voice of an I ndian teacher c r i ed in my
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e ar S p ring b ack ! and i n mechanica l o b edience I
s tarte d v io l ent l y b ackwar d s a l most b efore I had

tim e to thi nk As I d i d s o my umb re ll a which had


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s wung forwar d with the sudden movement was,

struck from my hand and a huge metal chimney


,

p ot crashe d u p on the p avement l ess than a yar d in


front of my face The great weight of th i s artic l e
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an d the tremen d o u s f orce with wh i ch i t fel l mak e ,

it ab so l utely certain that b ut for the w a r ning voice


I shoul d have b een kil led o n the spot ; yet the street
was em p ty an d the vo i ce was that of one whom I
,

knew to be seven tho u san d miles away from me as ,

far as the physica l b ody was concerned .

Nor was this the only occasion u pon wh i ch I re


c e i v e d a ssistance o f this su p ernorma l kind ,
for i n
ear l y l i fe lon g b efore th e foundation of the Theo
,

so p hica l Society the a pp arition o f a dear one wh o


,

ha d recent l y d ie d p revente d me from committing


what I now se e wou ld have b een a serious crime ,

a l though by the l i ght of such knowledge as I then


ha d it ap p eare d not only a j u stifia b le b ut even a l aud
able act o f retaliation A g ain at a later d ate
.
, ,

tho u gh st i l l before the foundation of this Society a ,

warning conveye d to m e from a higher pl ane a mid


m ost i mpress i ve surround i n gs enabled me to prevent
20

another man from enterin g u p on a co u rse wh i c h I


now kno w woul d have ended disastro u sl y tho ugh I ,

had no reason to s up pose so at the time S o it wi l l .

b e seen that I have a certain amo u nt of pe r sonal e x


p e ri e n c e to strengthen m y be l ief in the doctr i ne o f i n

visible helpers even apart f r om m y k nowledge of the


,

he lp that i s constant l y b eing g iven at the p resent


time .

The o ther cas e is a very much more strikin g one .

O ne o f our members who gives me p ermission to


,

pu bl ish her story b u t does not w i sh he r name men


,

ti on e d once f o u nd hersel f i n ver y ser i o u s ph ysic al


,

peri l O wing to circumstanc e s w hi ch need not be de


.

tailed here s h e was i n the very centre o f a dangero u s


,

street f racas and seeing several men str u ck d own


,

and evident l y ba d l y hu rt c l ose to her was i n mo ,

mentar y expectation of a simi l ar fate since escape ,

f rom the cr u sh seemed quite im p ossi b le .

Su dd en l y s h e ex p erience d a curio u s sensation o f


being whirled out of the crow d and fo u nd hersel f
,

stan d ing quite u ninj u red and entire ly alo ne i n a


sma ll by e street p ara ll e l w ith the on e i n w hich the
-

d istur b ance had taken pl ace She sti l l hear d the


.

noise of the struggl e an d while s h e stood w onder


,

i ng what on earth ha d hap pene d to her t w o or three ,

men who ha d esca p e d from the crow d came r u n


ning roun d the corner of the street an d on seeing ,
21

h e r expressed great astonishment and pleas u re s ay ,

ing that when the b rave l a d y s o su d den l y d isa pp eare d


from the midst of the fight they ha d fe l t c ertain that
s h e ha d b een struck d own .

At th e time no s ort of expl anation was fo rth com


i ng an d s h e r e turne d home in a very mystifie d con
,

di tion ; b ut wh e n at a l ater p erio d s h e me ntione d


thi s s tran ge occurrence to Ma d ame B l avatsky s h e
was inform e d that h e r karma b e in g such as to e n
,

abl e h e r to b e s ave d from h e r e xcee d in gl y d an gerous


p o s ition o n e of the Ma s t e r s ha d s p ecia ll y s e nt some
,

one to p rot e ct her in vi e w of th e fact that h e r l i f e was


n e e d e d for th e work .

N e v e rthe l ess the case remain s a very extraordi


nary one b oth with re g ar d to the g reat amount of
,

p o we r exercise d an d the u n u s u al l y p ubl i c nature of


its man i festation It is not di fficu l t to i magine the
.

m odu s op eran di ; s h e must have b een li fted b o d ily


over the intervenin g bl ock of ho u ses and simp l y set
,

down in the next street ; b u t s i nce her p hysica l bo d y


was not visible floating i n the air i t is also ev i dent
,

that a veil o f some sort ( probab ly of etheric matte r )


must have b een thrown ro u nd her whi l e in transit .

If it b e o b j ecte d that w h ateve r can hi d e p hy sica l


matter m u st i tse l f be p hysical an d therefore vis i b l e
, ,

it may b e re pl ie d that b y a p rocess fami l iar to al l


occu l t s tu d e nts it is p o ssi bl e to b en d rays of l ight
22

( w hich un d,er a ll con d itions at p resent known to

science travel on ly in straight l ines un l ess re f racte d )


,

s o that after passing ro u n d an o b j ect the y ma y re

sume exact ly thei r former co u rse ; and i t will at


once be see n that i f this were d one such an o b j ect
would to all phys i cal ey es b e a b solute ly inv i si bl e
u nti l the r ays were a ll owe d to resume the i r norma l
course I am fu ll y aware that this one statement
.

alone is su fficient to brand m y remarks as nonsense


i n the eyes o f the scientist of the p resent day bu t I ,

cannot he lp that ; I am mere l y stating a possibili ty


in nature which the science of the f u t u re will no
d o u bt one d ay d iscover an d for those who are not
,

students of occultism the remark mu s t wait unti l then


for its j ust i ficat i on .

The process as I s ay i s comprehensible eno u gh to


, ,

anyone wh o understands a litt l e abo u t the more oc


cult fo r ces o f nat u re ; b u t t h e phenomenon st i ll re
mains an exceed i ngly d ramatic one w hi le t h e name,

o f the h ero i ne o f the story we r e I pe rmi tted to g i ve


,

it wo u ld b e a gu arantee of its accuracy to all my


,

readers .

Another recent i nstance of i nte rpos i tion less stri k ,

i ng perhaps b u t ent i rel y s u c cess ful h as bee n t e


, , ,

po rted to me s i nce th e publ i cat i on of th e fir st ed i t i on


o f t hi s b ook A l a d y b e i ng obliged to undertak e a
.
,

long railway j o u rney alone had ta k en the pr ecaut i on


,
23

to sec u re an empt y comp artment ; but j ust as the


tra i n was leav i ng the station a man of forb iddin g
,

and vi l lainous a pp earance s p rang in and seate d him


se l f at the other end o f the carriage T he lady was .

much a l arme d th u s to be left alone w ith s o doubtfu l


,

l oo k ing a character but i t was too late to ca l l for


,

help so sh e s at s till and commended hersel f earnest l y


,

to the care o f her patron saint .

Soon her fears were redou bl ed f or the man arose ,

and turned toward her with an evil g r i n bu t he ha d ,

hardl y taken on e step w hen he started back wi th a


loo k o f the most i ntense astonishment and ter r or .

Follo wi ng the d i rect i on o f his g l ance s h e was start ,

led to s ee a gentleman seated d irectl y oppos i te to her ,

gaz ing qui etl y b u t firmly at the b affled robber a —


gentle man wh o ce r ta i n ly co u ld not h ave entered the
ca rri age by any o r d i nar y means T oo mu c h a w ed .

to spea k s h e watched him as tho u gh f asci nated for


,

a fu ll hal f h o ur ; h e u ttered no wo r d and d i d not


-
,

even loo k at h er b u t k ept h i s eye s steadily u po n the


,

v i ll ai n wh o co w e r ed trembling i n t h e fur thes t c or


,

ner o f th e compa r tment T he moment that th e t rai n


.

reached th e next stat i on an d even be fo r e i t cam e to


,

a standst i ll th e w o u ld be t hi e f to r e O pen the doo r


,
-

and sp r ang hurri edl y out Th e lad y deepl y t h ank


.
,

ful to be ri d Of hi m t ur ned to exp r ess her grat i tu de


,

to th e gen tleman but fo u nd o n ly an e mpty seat


, ,
24

th ou gh i t w o u ld have been impossi bl e for an y phy s i


cal bod y to have left the ca r r i age i n the t i m e.

Th e mate r ial i zat i on was i n this case maintaine d


for a longer per i od than u s u al but on the other hand
,

i t ex pended no force i n action of any k ind nor i n —


deed was i t nec e ssar y that it sho ul d do so as its ,

mere appearance was su ffic i ent to e ffect i ts p u r p ose .

B u t these stories a ll referring as they do to what


,

w o u ld commonl y be called angel i c i ntervent i on ,

i ll u strate onl y one small part o f the ac ti v i ties o f o u r


i nv i s i ble he l pers Before however we can pro fi ta bl y
.
, ,

cons i de r the other de p artments o f their wor k i t w ill


be w ell that we sho u ld have c l ear l y i n ou r m i nds the
v a ri o u s classes o f ent i t i es to whi ch it i s poss i ble that
t h es e h elpers may b elong Let that then be the
.
, ,

po r t i o n o f our s ub j ect to b e next treated .


C H A P TER IV .

TH E H E L P ER S .

H EL P , th e n may b e g iven b y severa l of the many


,

c l asses of i nha b itants of the astra l pl ane It may .

come from devas from nature s p irits or f ro m thos e


,
-
,

whom we ca ll d ea d as we ll as from those wh o func


,

tion consciou s l y u p on th e astra l pl ane d uring li fe


chiefly the a d ep ts and their pupi l s B u t if we e x .

amine the matter a l itt l e more c l osely we sh all S ee


that thou gh a ll the c l asse s mentione d may and som e ,

times d o take a p art in this work yet their sha res in


, ,

it are s o unequa l that it is p ractica ll y l eft a l m os t e n


ti re l y to o n e c l a s s
.

T h e very fact that s o much of this work of help


ing has to b e done e ither u p on or from the astral
pl ane goes far i n itse l f towards explaining this T o .

anyone who has even a faint idea of what the powers


at the comman d of an a d ept rea lly are i t will be at ,

once o b vious that for h i m to work upon the astr al


pl ane woul d b e a far greater waste of ene r gy than
for ou r l e a d ing p hysicians or scientists to s p end thi i r
time in b reakin g ston e s u p on th e roa d .

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26

T he w or k o f the adept l i es i n h i gher regi ons


chi efl y u pon the ar u pa l eve l s o f the dev ac h an i c pl ane
or h eaven wor ld
-
where he may d irect his energies
,

to the i nfluencin g o f the tr u e ind i vid u ality of man ,

and not the mere personality which is a l l that can


be reached i n the astral or physical world . The
stren gth wh i ch he puts forth in that more exalted
realm p roduces resu l ts greater more far reaching
,
-

and more l asting than any which can be attained


b y the exp e nditure o f even ten times the force d own
here ; an d the wor k up there is such as he alone c an
f ul l y accomplish wh i le that on l ower p lanes may b e
,

at any rate to some extent achieve d by th ose whose


'

feet are yet u p on the ear l ier steps of the great sta ir
way which w i ll one day l ea d them to the pos i tion
w h ere he stan ds .

The same re mar k s apply also i n the case o f th e


devas Belonging as they do to a h i gh e r ki ngdom
.

O f nat u re than ours their wor k seems f or the most


,

pa rt entirely unconnected w i th h u manity ; and even



t h ose o f their orders and there a r e so m e Su ch
w hich do s om et i mes r espond to ou r h igh e r y earn i ngs
or appeals do s o on the menta l plane rather than on
,

the phys i cal or ast r al an d mo r e f r eque n tl y i n the


,

per i ods between ou r i ncarnations than d uri ng our


e a r thl y l i ves
.

I t ma y be remembere d that some instances o f s u c h


27

help were observed i n the course o f i nvest i gat i ons


into the su bd ivisions of th e devach an i c pl ane which
were un d ertaken when the T heoso p hica l manua l on
the su b j ect was in p re p aration In one case a deva
.

was found teaching the most won d erfu l ce l estial


music to a chorister ; and i n another one o f a d i f
fe re n t c l ass was g iving instruction an d guidance
to an astronomer who was seekin g to com p rehend
the form an d structure of the un i verse .

These two were b ut e xam pl e s of many instances i n


which the g reat d eva kin gd om was foun d to b e he lp
in g onwar d the evo l ution an d res p on d in g to the
higher as p irations of man after death ; an d there are
methods b y which even d urin g earth l i fe these g reat
,
-
,

ones may b e approache d an d an infinity of know


,

l edge acquire d from them though even then such


,

i nterco ur se is ga i ned r ather by rising to t h eir pl ane


than b y invoking them to d escen d to ours .

In the ord i nary events of our physical l i fe the deva



ve ry rare l y i nte r feres in d eed he is so fu l ly occu
,

p i ed w i th the far grander work o f h i s o wn p lane th at


he I S pro b ab l y s carcel y c on sc i ou s o f this ; and thou gh

i t may occas i ona ll y happen that he b ecomes aware


o f some human sorrow or di fl i c u l ty which excites h i s
pi ty an d moves him to endeavour to hel p in some
way his wider vision undo ub te dl y recognizes that at
,

the p resent sta g e o f evo lu tion such interpo s i t i ons


28

wou ld in th e vast maj ority of cases be productive o f


i nfinite l y more harm than goo d .


There was in d u b ita bl y a p erio d in the p ast i n the

infancy of th e human rac e when it was much more
l ar ge l y assiste d from outsi d e than i s at p r e sent the
ca s e At the time when a ll i ts Bu dd has an d Manu s
.
,

an d even its mor e or d inary l ea d ers an d teach e rs were


,

d rawn e ither from th e rank s of the d eva e vo l ution


or from th e p erfecte d humanity of a more a d vance d
pl anet any such as s istance a s we are con s i d e rin g in
,

thi s treatis e must a l so have b een g iv e n b y th e s e ex


a l te d b e in g s But as man p rogr e s s es he b ecome s
.

hi mse l f qua l ifie d to act as a he lp e r fir s t on the p hy s i


,

cal pl ane an d then on hi gher l eve l s ; an d we hav e now


reach e d a sta g e at which humanity ou ght to b e a bl e
to p rovi d e an d to some s l i g ht extent d oes p rovi d e
, ,

invisi bl e hel p ers for itse l f thus settin g free for sti ll
,

m ore usefu l an d e l evate d work those b ein g s who a re


capa bl e of i t .

It b ecomes obv i o u s then that such ass i stan ce as


that to wh i ch we are here referring may most fi tl y
be g i ven b y men and women at a particu l ar sta g e
of the i r evolution ; not b y the a d e p ts since they are
,

ca p ab l e of d oin g far grander and more wi d e l y usefu l


wor k an d not b y the or d inary p erson o f no special
,

s p iritua l deve l o p ment for he would b e una bl e to b e


,

o f any u s e .
J ust as these considerat i ons wou ld lead
29

us to exp e c t w e fin d th at thi s w o rk of h e lp in g on
,

th e a s tr a l a n d l o w e r m e n ta l pl a n e s i s c hi e fly in th e

han d s o f t h e p u p i l s of th e Ma s t e rs m en who — ,

tho u g h ye t fa r fr o m th e a ttain m e nt o f a d e p t s hi p ,

hav e e v o l v e d th e m s e l v e s to th e e xt e nt of b e in g a bl e
to fun c ti o n co n s ci o u s l y u p o n t h e pl an e s in q u e s ti o n .

S o m e o f th es e hav e t a k e n th e fur th e r s t e p o f c o m
p l e t i n
g t h e l in k s b e tw e e n th e p hy s ic a l c o n s c i o u s n e s s

an d that o f th e hi g h e r l e v e l s an d th e y th e r e for e h a v e
,

th e un d o u b te d a d v a n t a g e o f r e c o ll e c ti n g in wa k in g

l if e what th e y hav e d o n e a n d wha t th e y hav e l e arnt


in th os e oth e r w o r ld s ; b u t th e r e a re m any o th e r s
w h o th o u g h a s y e t un a bl e to c a rry th e ir c o n s ci o u s
,

n es s thr o u gh u n b r o k e n a re n e v e rth e l e s s b y n o
,

m e a n s wa s tin g th e h o urs wh e n th e y thi n k th e y a re


a s l e e p b ut s p e n d i n g th e m in n obl e an d un s e l fi s h
,

l a b o ur fo r th e ir f e ll o w m e n -
.

Wha t thi s l ab our i s w e wi ll p r o c e e d to co n s i d e r ,

b ut b e fo r e w e e n t e r u p on th at p art o f th e s u b j ec t w e
wi ll firs t r e f e r to an o b j e c ti o n which i s v e ry fr e
q u e n t l y b r o u g h t f o rwar d wi th r e g ar d to s u c h w o rk ,

an d w e wi ll a l s o d i s p o s e o f th e c o m p arativ e l y r a r e
c a s e s I n whi c h th e a g e n ts a re e i th e r na t ur e s p irit s or
-

m e n w h o h av e c a s t o ff th e p hy s i c a l b o d y .

P e opl e wh o s e gr a s p o f T h eo s o p hic a l i d e a s i s as

y e t im p e rf e c t ar e o f t e n in d o u b t a s to wh e th e r it i s

a ll o w a bl e fo r t h e m to t ry t o h e lp s o m e o n e whom
30

they find i n so r ro w o r di fficu l ty lest they s h o u l d


,

i nterfere w i th the f ate which has been decreed fo r


him b y the absol u te j u stice o f the eternal la w o f
“ ”
karma . The man i s in his present position they ,


s ay in e ffect because he has d eserve d it ; he i s no w
,

working out the p er fect l y natura l res u lt o f some ev i l


which he has committe d in the pas t ; w hat right have
I to i nterfere with the act i on of the great cosm i c law
b y try i ng to ameliorate his condition either on the ,


astral p l ane o r the ph y sical !

N ow the good p eo pl e who make s u ch suggest i ons


are reall y h owever u nconscio u sly to themse l ves ex
, ,

h i bi ti n g t h e most colossal conce i t f or their p osition


,

impl i es two asto u nding ass u mptions ; first that they ,

kno w exactl y wh at another man s k arma h as been



,

and h o w long i t h as decreed that hi s s u ffe ri ngs shal l



last ; and secondly that they the i nsects o f a day
,

co u ld absol u tel y overr i de the cosm i c law and prevent


the d u e w or ki ng out o f k a r ma b y an y act i on o f
-

theirs We may be we l l ass u red that the great


.

k armic deities are p erfectly well able to mana ge their


business w i thout o u r assistance and we need have
,

no fear that any step s we may take can b y any p os


s i bi l i ty ca u se them the s l ightest di fficu l ty o r u n

easiness .

I f a man s karma i s such that he cannot be he l ped



,

th en all our w ell meant e fforts i n th at di r ect i on wi l l


-
3 1

fai l though we sha ll never the l ess have ga i ned good


,
'

karm a for o u rselves b y making them W h at the .

man s k arma h as been i s no bu s i ness of our s ; our


d u ty i s to gi ve he lp to the utmost o f ou r po w er and ,

o u r right is on ly to the act ; the res u lt i s i n other and



higher han d s How c an we te l l h ow a man s acco u nt
.

stan d s ! For a ll we know he ma y j u st have ex


ha n ste d his evi l karma an d be at this moment at the
,

very p oint where a he lp ing hand is needed to g ive


re l ief and raise him o u t of his tro u ble or depression ;
wh y sho u ld not we have the p leasure and pr i vi l ege
o f doing that good deed as w e l l as another ! I f we
c an help him then that fact o f itself sho w s t h at he
,

h as deserved to b e he lp e d ; but we c an never k no w


unless we try In any case the law Of k arma w i ll
.

take care of itse l f and we need not trou b le o u rselves


,

about i t
The cases in which assistance i s given to man
kin d by nat u re spirits are few T he maj or i ty o f
-
.

such creatu res S hun the ha u nts o f man an d re t i re


,

before him disli ki ng h i s emanations and the pe r


,

p e t ual bustle and unrest which he c reates al l aro u nd


him A l so excep t some O f their higher orders they
.
, ,

are genera ll y inconsequent and thought l ess more —


like ha pp y chi l dren at pl ay un de r excee di n gl y favo ur
ab le p hysica l condit i ons than l ike gr ave an d respons i

ble entities Sti ll i t sometimes happ ens that one of


.
3 2

them wi ll b e come attache d to a human b eing an d d o


,

him many a g oo d turn ; b ut at the p resent sta ge of


its evo l ution this d ep artment of nature cannot b e
r e l ie d u pon for anything l ike steady c o operation in
-

the wor k of invisi bl e hel p ers For a fu ll er account


.

o f the nature s p irits the rea d er is referre d to the fifth


-

of our Theoso p hica l manua l s .

Again he lp is s ometim e s g iven b y those rec e nt l y


,


de p arted those who are s ti ll l in gering on the astral
pl ane an d sti ll in c l o s e touch with e arth l y a ffairs as
, ,

( p ro b a bl y ) in the a b ove mentione


-
d case of the
mother who save d h e r chi ld r e n from fa ll ing d own a
w e ll But it wi ll r e a d i l y b e se e n that the amount o f
.

such hel p avai l a bl e must natura ll y b e exceedin g l y


l imited The more unse l fish an d he lp fu l a p erson is
.
,

the l ess like l y is he to b e found after death lingering


i n full conscio u sness on the lower l eve l s of the astral
p l an e from which the earth is most rea d i l y access
,

i bl e I n any case un l ess he were an exceptiona ll y


.
,

bad man his stay within the rea l m whence a l one any
,

interference wou ld b e p ossi bl e wou l d b e com p ara


ti ve l y sho rt ; an d a l thou g h fro m the heaven wor ld
-

he may sti ll sh e d b eni g n influenc e u p on those wh om


he has l oved on earth it wi ll usua ll y b e rather of the
,

nature of a genera l b enediction than a force ca p a bl e


of brin g in g a b out d efinite resu l ts in a s p ecific case ,

such as those which we have b een considering .


33

Aga i n many o f the d eparted wh o wi s h to h el p


,

those whom they l eft b ehind find themselves qu i te


,

u na b le to influence them i n an y w ay S ince to w o rk ,

f r om on e plane upon an e ntity on anothe r re qu i r e s


e i ther v ery great sens i tiveness on the pa rt o f th at
entit y or a certain amount o f k no w ledge and ski ll
,

on the p art o f the operator . T here f o r e alth o u gh i n,

stances o f app aritions shortl y after d eath are b y no


means uncommon it i s rare to fi nd one in w h i ch the
,

d eparte d p erson has rea lly d one any thing u sefu l or ,

s u ccee d e d i n imp ressin g what he wished u pon the


friend or re l ation whom he visited T he r e are s u ch
.


cases of course a good many Of them when we
,

come to p ut them all together ; b u t they are not n u


me rou s compared to the g reat n u mber of ghosts wh o
have succeede d in showing themselves So that b u t .


litt l e he lp is u sua ll y given b y the dead i ndeed as ,

wi ll p resent l y b e exp l aine d it is far more common


,

for them to be themselves i n need o f ass i stance tha n


to be abl e to accord it to others .

At p resent therefore the main b u l k of the w or k


, ,

w hich has to be done along these l i nes falls to th e


shar e of those l ivin g p ersons who are able to fu nct i on
conscio u s l y on the astra l pl ane .
C H A P TER V .

T H E REAL I T ! O! S U P ER P H ! S I C AL LI ! E .

I T seems di ffic ul t for those wh o are accustomed


o nl y to the Ordinary and some w hat materia l ist i c
lines o f thought of the nineteenth century to b e l ieve ,

i n and real i ze f u l ly a con d ition o f perfect conscious .

n ess apart from the phys i ca l b o d y Ev e ry Christian


.
,

at any rate is bound by the very foun d ations of h i s


,

c r eed to believe that he p ossesses a so ul ; but i f yo u


suggest to him the p ossi b i l ity that that sou l may b e a
s u ffi ciently real thing to become vis i ble under certain
condit i ons apart from the b ody either d uring l i fe o r
a fter death the chances are ten to one that he will
,

scorn fu lly tell yo u that he doe s not be li eve i n ghosts ,

and that s u ch an i dea i s nothing but an anachronistic


s u rv i val o f an exploded medi aeval superst i t i on
I f ther efore we are at all to com p rehen d the wor k
, ,

o f the band o f i nvisib l e he lp ers and p erchance our


,

selves to learn to assist in it we must shake ourse l ves


,

f ree from the tramme l s of contem p orary thou ght on


these subj ects an d endeavour to gras p the great
,

tr u th ( now a de monstrate d fact to many amo n g us )


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35

that the p hysica l b o d y is in simpl e truth nothing b ut


a vehic l e or vesture of the rea l man It i s put off
.

permanentl y at death b u t it i s also p u t O ff tempora


,

ril y ever y night when we go to slee p i ndee d the—


p r ocess o f fa ll ing aslee p consists in this v e ry action
o f the rea l man in his astral vehic l e s l i pp ing ou t of
the p hysica l b o d y .

A gain I rep eat this is no mere hyp othesis or i n


,

g e n i ou s su pp osition
. There are many amon g u s who

are able to p erform ( an d do p er f orm eve r y day of


their lives ) this e l ementary act o f magic in fu ll con
s c i ou s n e s s— who p ass from one p l ane to the other at
wi ll ; and i f that is c l ear l y rea l ize d i t will become
,

a p parent how grotesque l y a b sur d to them m u st ap


p ear the or d inary unreasoning assertion that s u ch a
thing i s u tter l y I m p ossi b le It is l i k e tel l ing a man
.

that it is imp ossi bl e for him to fa ll as l ee p an d th at


,

i f he thin ks h e has ev e r d one s o he is un d er a


ha ll ucination .

Now the man who has not yet deve l ope d the l ink
between the astra l and p hysical conscio u sness is u n
a bl e to leav e his d enser b o d y at wi ll or to reco l lect
,

most of what ha pp ens to him while away from i t ; b ut


the fact neverthe l ess r e mains that he l eaves it every
t i me he s l eeps and may b e seen by any trained clai r
,

voyant e i ther hoverin g over it or wan d ering about at


a g r e ater or l ess d i s tanc e from it as the case may b e
, .
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Th e ent ire l y u ndeveloped person u s u all y flo ats


close above his ph y sical bod y scarcel y less asleep
,

th an i t i s an d comparat iv el y shapeless and i nch oate


, ,

and i t i s f o u nd that he cannot be dra w n aw a y fr o m


the i mmed i ate ne i ghbo u rhood o f that phy s i cal body
wi t h o u t ca u s i ng se ri o u s d i sco mfo r t whi c h w o u ld i n
f act a w a k en i t A s t h e man e v ol v es ho w ev e r h i s
.
, ,

ast r al bod y gro w s more de fi nite and more consc i o u s ,

and s o becomes a fi tter vehicle for hi m I n t h e case.

o f the maj orit y o f i ntelligent and c u lt u red people the

degree of consc i o u sness i s alread y v er y cons i de r able ,

and a m an wh o i s at all S p i r i t u all y de v eloped i s as


fu ll y hi msel f i n that veh i cle as i n th i s dense r bod y .

B u t t h o u gh h e ma y be fu ll y consc i o u s on t h e ast r al
plane d u r i ng sleep and able to move about on i t free
,

l y if h e wi s h es to do so i t does not y et f ollo w t h at h e


,

i s read y to j o i n t h e band of helpers M ost people at


.

t hi s stage are s o wr apped u p i n t h e ir own tra i n o f



tho u gh t u s u ally a cont i n u at i on of some l i ne tak en

u p i n w a ki ng ho u rs that the y are li k e a man i n a
b r o w n st u d y s o m u ch absorbed as to be p ract i call y
,

entirel y heedless o f all that i s go i ng on abo u t them .

And i n man y w a y s i t i s w ell that this i s s o f o r the r e


,

i s m u c h u pon the ast r al plane whi ch mi gh t be un


nerv i ng and terr ify i ng to on e wh o had not the co ur
age born o f fu ll knowledge as to t h e r eal n at ur e of
all that he w o u ld see .
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So met im es a man gradual ly ro u ses himse l f out o f



t hi s cond i t i on w akes u p to the astral world aro u nd
h im as i t w e r e ; b u t more often he remains in that
,

state u nt i l someone who is alrea d y active there takes


him in hand and wak ens him T his is however not
.
, ,

a responsib i lity to b e l ight l y u ndertaken for whi l e it


,

is com p arative l y easy thus to wake a man u p on the


astral pl ane it is p ractica ll y imp ossi b le except b y a
, ,

most u ndesira b le exercise of mesmeric i nfluence to ,

p ut him to slee p a gain So that b efore a member of


.

the b and of workers will thus awaken a dreamer he ,


m u st full y satisfy himse l f that the man s dis p osition
i s s u ch that he w ill make good use of the additiona l
po w ers that wil l th e n be p ut into h i s han d s and a l so
,

that his k nowle d ge and his coura ge are su fficient to


make it reasonabl y certain that no harm wi l l come
to him as a result Of the action .

Such awakening s o performe d wi ll p ut a man in a


position to j oin i f he wi ll the b an d of tho s e who he lp
man k ind But it m u st be clear l y understood that
.

this does not necessari l y or even us u a ll y brin g with


i t the p ower o f rememb er i ng in the wakin g conscious
ness anything which has b een done That cap acity
.

h as to be attained b y the man for himse l f and in ,

most cases i t does not come for years afterwards


p erhaps not even i n the same l i fe But ha pp ily th i s
.

l ack o f memory i n the body in no w ay im p edes t h e


38

wor k ou t o fthe bo d y ; so that except f or the sat i s


,

f act i on to a man o f k nowing du rin g his waking hours


.

u pon wh at w or k h e has been engaged d u r i ng h i s


sleep i t i s not a matte r o f i mportance What reall y
,
.


matt e rs i s that the work shou l d b e done not that we
shou ld remember who did it .
CH A PT ER V I .

A T I M E L! I N TE RVE N T I O N .

VA R I ED as i s this w or k on the ast r al plane i t i s all ,


directed to one great end the fu r therance i n how ,

ever h u mble a degree of the processes of ev ol u t i on


, .

O ccas i onally i t is connected wi th the de v elopment of


the lo w e r k ingdoms which i t i s possi b le slightl y to
,

accele r ate u nder certa in cond i t i ons A d u ty to w ards


.

these lowe r ki ngdoms elemental as w ell as an i ma l


,

an d vegetable i s d i st i nctly recogn i zed b y our adept


,

leaders s i nce i t i s i n some cases on ly thro u gh con


,

n e c ti on wi th or u s e by man that their progress takes

p l ace .

But natura ll y b y far the largest and most imp or


tant pa r t of the work is connected wi th hu manity
i n some w ay or othe r Th e se rvi ces r endered a r e
.

of man y and var i o u s ki nds b u t ch i efl y conce r ned


,

with man s spir i tual development s u ch physical i n



,

terven ti on s as are reco u nted l n t h e earlier part of


th i s book b e i ng exceed i ngl y r a r e T he y do h ow
.
,

ever occasional ly take pl ace and tho u gh it is my


, ,

wish to em p hasize rather the possibi l ity o f extending


mental an d moral hel p to our fe ll ow men it wi l l p er -
,

hap s be we l l to give two or three instances in which


39
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40

f r i en ds persona ll y known to me have r endere d phys


i cal ass i stance to those i n S o r e need o f i t i n order that
,

it may be seen ho w t h ese e x amples fr om the experi


ence of t h e h elpe r s gea r i n w i th the acco u nts gi ven b y
th se w oh ave rece i ved t h e s u pernormal a i d s u ch
o h —
sto ri es I m ean as those w hi c h are to b e f o u nd i n the
, ,

“ ”
l i te r at ur e o f so called s u pernatu ral occ u rrences
-
.

I n t h e co ur se o f t h e r ecent r ebell i on in Matabele


land one of our m e mbe r s was sent u pon an e r ra n d
o f m e r c y whi c h ma y se rv e as an i ll u st r ation o f the

w ay in whi c h h elp u pon t hi s lo w e r plane has occa


s i on al l y been g i ven . I t seems that on e n i ght a ce r
ta i n far m e r and hi s f am i ly i n that co u ntry were sleep
i ng tran qui l ly i n fanc i ed sec u r i ty qu i te u naware
,

t h at onl y a f e w mi les a w ay r elentless h o r des o f s av


age f o es w ere l yi ng i n amb u s h m at uri ng fi end i sh

plots o f mur de r and rap i ne O ur member s bu s i ness
.

was i n som e w a y or ot h er to a r o u se the sleep i ng fam


i l y to a sense o f the terr i ble dange r wh ich s o u nex
t d l menaced them and s h e fo u nd th i s b y n o
p e c e y ,

means an eas y matter .

A n attempt to i mpress the i dea o f i mm i nent pe ri l


u po n th e b r a i n o f t h e farme r f a i led u tterl y and as
,

the ur gency of t h e case see m ed to demand st r ong


m eas ur es our f r i end dec i ded to mate ri ali z e h ersel f
,

s ufli c i entl y to s h a k e the h o u se wif e b y t h e sho u lder


'

an d adj u re he r to get u p and loo k abo u t h e r . T h e


4 r

moment sh e s aw that sh e had been s u ccessf u l in at



tracting attention s h e van i shed and the f a r mer s wif e
,

h as nev e r f rom that da y to this been able to fin d out


wh i ch of he r neighbo u rs i t w as w h o ro u sed her so
oppo r tu nel y and th u s saved the l i ve s of t h e ent i re
,

famil y wh o b u t fo r t hi s my ster i o u s i ntervent i on


,

w o u ld u ndo ubtedl y h av e been massacred i n thei r


beds h al f an h o u r late r ; nor c an S he e v en now u nde r
stand h ow th i s fr i end in need cont ri ved to m a k e he r
way i n w hen al l the windows and doo r s w e r e f o u nd
,

s o secure ly b arred .

Bein g thus a b ru p t l y awakene d the h o u sew i fe was


,

h al f i nclined to cons i der the w arn i ng as a me r e


dream ; however S he a r ose and loo ked r o u nd j u st to
,

se e that all was right and fort u nate it w as t h at sh e


,

d i d s o for tho ugh s h e fo u nd nothing am i ss indoors


,

s h e ha d n o sooner thrown open a shutter than s h e s aw

th e sky red with a distant con flagrati on She at once


.

roused her hus b an d an d the rest o f he r f am i l y and ,

ow i ng to th i s time l y notice they were able to escape


to a place o f concealment nea r at h and j u st be f ore the
arr i val of the hor d e of savages who destro yed the
,

h o u se and ravaged the fields i ndeed b u t we re di sap


,

pointed o f the human prey which the y had expected .

The feel i ngs of the rescu e r may be i magi ned wh en


sh e read i n t h e newspaper some time a f terwards an

account of the p rovidential deliverance o f this f am i l y .


C
H A P TER VII .

“ ”
TH E A N G EL S T O R ! .

AN OTH ER i nstance o f intervention on the phy s i cal


plane w hich occurred a short time ago makes a ver y
b eauti ful little stor y tho u gh thi s time onl y one li fe
,

w as saved I t needs ho w ever a f e w words o f pre


.
, ,

l i m i nar y e xplanation Among our b and o f he l pers


.

here i n E u rope a r e t w o who were brothe r s long ago


i n anc i ent Egypt and are st il l warmly attached to
,

one another In th i s present incarnation there i s a


.

wi de di fference i n age bet w een them one b eing ad ,

v an c e d i n middle li fe wh il e the other was at that


,

t i me a mere chil d i n the p hys i cal bod y tho u gh an ego ,

o f considerab l e advancement and p ro mise Natura ll y .

it fa ll s to the l ot of the e ld er to trai n and gu i d e the


yo u nger i n the occult wor k to wh i ch they are so
hearti ly devoted and as both are fu ll y conscious an d
,

active on the astra l p l ane they s p en d most of the time


d ur ing which their g rosser bo d ies are as l ee p i n la
bou ri n g to gether under the d irection of their com
mon Master and g ivin g to b oth livin g an d d ea d s u c h
,

he lp as is within their power .

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43

I w il l quote the s tory of the p articu l ar incident


whic h I wish to relate fro m a letter wri tten by th e
elde r of the two helpers i mmediatel y a f te r i ts oc
currence as t h e descri p tion there g i ven i s mo r e v i v i d
,

an d p ict u resque than any account in the third pe r son


cou ld p ossi bl y b e
.


We were goin g ab out quite other b usines s when ,

” ’
Cyri l su dd en l y crie d What s that i for we heard a
,

terri b le scream of p ain or fright In a moment we .

w ere on the s p ot an d found that a b o y of abo u t


,

e l even or twe l ve had fal l en over a cli ff on to some


rocks belo w an d was very ba dl y h u rt H e had
, .

b roken a leg an d an arm p oor fe ll ow b ut what was


, ,

sti ll worse was a d rea d fu l cut in th e thi gh from ,

which bl oo d was p ourin g in a torr e nt Cyri l cr i ed .


,


L e t u s h e lp him quick or h e ll d ie l
’ ’


In emer ge nci e s o f this kin d one has to thin k
quick ly Th e re were cl ear l y two thin g s to be done ;
.

that bl eeding must be sto pp ed and ph y sica l help ,

must be procured I was obliged to mate ri ali z e


.

either Cyril or myse l f for we want e d phys i ca l hands


,

at once to tie a ban d age an d b esi d es it seem e d b etter


,

that the poor b oy shou ld s ee someone stan d in g by


him in his tro ub l e I fe l t that while undoub te dl y he
.

woul d be more at home with Cyr i l than w i th me I ,

shou ld p ro b abl y be more rea d i l y a b le to procure he lp


44
'

th an C yril wo u ld ,
so t h e d i v i s i on of labo ur was Ob

v i on s .


The p lan wo rk ed cap i ta l ly I mater i al i zed Cyr i l .

i nstant l y ( he d oes not know yet how to do it for


hi msel f ) and tol d him to take the b o y s neck erch i ef
,

an d tie it roun d the thigh an d twist a stick through ,


it
‘ ’
. Won t it hurt him terri bl y ! sai d Cyri l ; but he
di d i t and the bl oo d stoppe d flow i ng
, The i nj ured .

bo y seemed ha l f unconscious and could scarcel y ,

spea k but he loo k ed u p at the shin i ng little form


,

bending s o anx i ous l y over him and aske d Be yo u , ,



an ange l master ! Cyri l smi l ed s o pretti l y and re
, ,

‘ ’ ’
plie d No I m only a b o y b ut I ve come to help
, , ,

y ou and then I l eft him to comfort the s u ffere r


w hile I rushed off for the b oy s mother wh o lived ’

abo u t a mile away .

“ ’
T he trouble I had to f o r ce i nto that w oman s
head the conviction that something was wrong and ,

that s h e must go an d s ee a b out it you would never ,

be l ieve ; but at last sh e thre w down the pan s he was


‘ ’ ’
C l ean i ng and said alo ud Well I don t kno w what s
, , ,


come over me but I must go and fi nd the bo y
,
.

When s h e once started I w as able to gui de her w i th


ou t m u ch di ffic u lty tho u gh a ll the t i me I was hold
,

i n g Cyr i l together b y wi ll po w e r lest the poo r -


,

chi ld s an ge l sho u ld suddenl y van i sh f rom be fo r e h i s


ey es .
45

! S ee wh en you mater i al i ze a fo r m you are
ou ,

c han g in g matter from its nat u ral state into anothe r

-
tempo raril y oppo sing the cosm i c w ill as i t w e r e ;
,

and i f you take yo u r mind off i t for on e h al f second -


,

back it flies i nto i ts origi nal condition l ik e a flas h of


l i ghtn i ng S o I could n ot gi ve mo r e t h an h al f my
.

attent i on to that w oman b u t still I got he r along


,

somehow and as soon as S he came ro u nd the co rner


,

o f the cli ff I l et Cyril disappear ; b u t s h e h ad see n

him and no w that village has on e of the best at


,
-

tested stories o f ange l ic intervent i on on record !



T he accident happ ened i n the ear ly morning and ,

the same evening I l oo k ed i n ( astrally ) u po n t h e


f amily to see ho w matters w e r e going on T he poo r .


boy s leg and a r m had been s et and the great c ut
,

b andaged and he lay i n bed l oo k ing very p ale and


,

weak b u t ev i dent l y going to recover in time T h e


, .

mother had a co u ple o f neighbours i n and was tell


,

i ng them the story ; and a c u r i o u s tale i t so u nded to


on e wh o k ne w the real f ac ts .


She e xpla i ned in v er y man y w o r ds h ow Sh e
, ,


co u ldn t tell what i t was b u t something came over
,

her all i n a minut e li k e making her feel something


,

had happened to the boy and she mus t go out and


,

s e e after him ; h ow at first s h e thou g ht it was n on

s en se and tr i ed to thro w O ff the fee l ing but i t


, ,

4 6

w a r n t no us e— s h e j u st ha d
to go She told h ow
.

s h e didn t k no w w hat made her


g o ro u nd b y that
cl i ff more than an y othe r w a y b u t it j u st happened
,

s o and as s h e t u rned ro u nd the corner there s h e s aw


,

him l yi ng propped up aga i nst a rock an d k neeling ,

bes i de hi m was the bea u ti ful l est chi l d ever sh e saw



,

dressed all i n white and shi n ing with ros y cheeks ,

and lovel y brown e y es and how he smiled at her -

‘ ’
so heavenly like and then all i n a moment he w as
,

not there and at fi rst she w as so startle d sh e d i dn t


,

k now w hat to thin k ; an d then a l l at once sh e f elt


what it was and fell on her k nees and than k ed God
,

f or sending on e o f his angels to h elp he r poo r boy .


Th en s h e told how w hen sh e l ifted him to carr y
hi m home she wanted to ta k e off the hand k er c hief
that was c u tt i ng into h i s poor leg so b u t he w ould ,

not let h e r be ca u se he said the ange l had t i ed i t and


,

said h e was not to to u c h i t ; and how when sh e told


t

the doctor th i s afterwards he exp laine d to her that


i f sh e h ad unfastened it the b oy wou ld certa i nly
have d ied .

“ ’
Then s h e repeate d the b oy s part o f the tale
ho w th e moment afte r he fell this love l y little ange l
came to him ( h e k ne w i t was an angel beca u se he
k ne w t h e r e h ad bee n nobod y i n sight for hal f a
m i le r o u nd wh e n h e was at the top o f the cli ff j u st
47


be fore o nl y he cou l d not understand why it hadn t ’

any w i ngs and w hy i t sa i d it was on ly a boy)


,

h ow i t l if ted h im aga i nst th e rock and tied u p h i s


leg and then began to ta lk to h i m and tell h i m he
,

need n ot be f r i ghtene d beca u se someb od y was gone


,

to f etch mother and s h e wou l d be there direct l y ;


,

h ow i t k issed him and tried to make him co mfo r t


able and how its Soft warm litt l e hand held his all
, , ,

the t i me whi l e it to l d him strange bea u ti fu l stories


, ,

which he co u ld not clearl y remember b u t h e k new ,

they w e r e very goo d b ecause he had almost for


,

gotten h e was h urt until he s aw mother coming ;


and h o w then it assured him he wo u ld soon be well
aga i n and smiled and squeezed h i s hand and then
, ,

somehow it was gone .


S i nce then there has b een q u ite a re l igious re
v i val i n that v ill age ! T he i r m i n i ster has told the m

that so signal an i nterpos i t i on of divine p r o vi dence


must have been meant as a sign to them to reb uk e ,

sc o ff ers and to prove the tr u th of h ol y scri ptur e



and o f the Ch ristian re l ig i on and nobod y seems
to see the co l ossal conceit invo l ved i n s u ch an aston
i sh i n g p ro p osition .


B u t the e ffect on the b oy has been undo ubtedl y
good mora ll y as we ll as p hysica ll y ; b y a l l accounts
,

he w as a careless enough young scam p be fore but ,

n ow he fee l s h i s an ge l may b e near h i m at an y


‘ ’
48

ti m e and h e will neve r do or s ay any th i ng ro u gh or


,

coarse or angry l est i t sho u ld s ee or hear T he one


, .

great des ir e of h i s l if e i s t h at so m e da y he m a y see


i t aga i n and h e k no w s t h at wh en he d i es i ts lo v el y
,


face wi ll be t h e fi rst to gr eet him on t h e oth e r s i de .

A be a u t i fu l and pathet i c l i ttle sto ry t ru l y Th e ,


.

mo r al dra w n f rom t h e occ urr ence b y t h e vi llage and


i ts m i n i ste r i s per h aps so m e wh at of a n on s eq ui tur;
y et the testimon y to the e xi stence of at least some
th i ng be yond t hi s m ater i al plane m u st s ur el y do
t h e people more good than harm and a f ter a l l the ,


mother s concl u s i on f rom w h at sh e s aw was a per
fe c tly correct one thou gh more acc u rate k now l edge
,

w ou l d p robab l y have led her to express i t a littl e


d i fferent l y .

An i nterest i ng fact afterwards d i scove r ed b y t h e


i nvestigat i ons o f the w r i ter o f the letter thro w s a
c u r i o u s s i de l i ght u pon t h e reasons u nderl yi ng s u c h
-

i nc i dents I t was fo u nd that t h e two bo y s h ad met


.

be fore and t h at some tho u s ands o f years ago t h e


,

on e wh o f ell fr om the cl i ff had been the sla v e o f th e



other and had once saved h i s y o u ng master s l ife at
,

t h e r i s k o f h i s own and h ad b een l i berated i n con


,

sequence ; and now long after w ards the master not


, ,

onl y r epay s t h e debt i n ki nd b u t also gi ves h i s for


,

m er slave a hi gh i deal and an i nd u cement to moral


i ty o f li fe whi ch wi ll probabl y change th e w hol e
49

co u rse of h i s fu tu re evol u t i on S O tr u e i s i t t h at no
.

good deed e ver goes u n r ewa r ded b y k a rm a h ow ,

ev e r ta r dy i t may seem i n its act i on — that


Th ough th e m i l l s o f God g r i n d sl owl y,
! e t th ey g r i n d e xc ee di n g s m al l ;
Th ough wi th p ati e n c e s tan ds H e wai th m
r
a

Wi th exac tn es s g r i n ds H e all .
C H A P TER VIII .

T H E S T O R! O! A ! I RE .

A N O T H ER p iece O f w or k done b y the same boy


Cyr il fu rnishes an al m ost e x act parallel to so m e o f
the sto ri es f rom the boo k s w h ich I have gi ven in
earl i e r pages He and h i s older f r i end i t seems
.
, ,

w ere pass i ng along i n the prosec u t i on o f t h e i r u s u al


w or k on e night when they noticed the fi erce gl are
,

o f a b i g fire below them and p rom p t l y d ived down


,

to se e i f the y co u ld be of an y u se .

I t was a great hotel w hich was i n flam es a huge ,

caravanserai o n the edge o f a great lake Th e .

ho u se man y stories i n he i gh t formed three s i des


, ,

o f a square ro u nd a sort o f garden p l anted wi th


,

trees and flowers while the la k e formed the fo ur th


,

S ide. T he two wings ran ri ght down to the lak e ,

the big b a y windows which term i nated them a l mos t


p roj ecting over t h e water so as,
to leave on l y quite a

n arr ow passa g e way


-
u nder them at the tw o S i des .

Th e fr ont and wi ngs w e r e b ui lt r o u nd i ns i d e


w ells which conta i ned also th e latt i ce wor k sha fts
,
-

Of the l i fts, so that when once the fi re bro k e o u t i t ,

so
5 1

S p read with a l most incre d i bl e ra p i d ity an d before ,

o u r frien d s s aw it on their astra l j ourney a ll the

mi ddl e floors in each o f the three g reat bl ocks were



in flames Fortunate l y the inmates exc ep t one lit
.

tl e b oy — ha d a l rea d y b een rescue d thou gh some ,

of th e m ha d sustained very s erious b urns an d other


inj urie s .

Thi s l itt l e fe ll ow ha d b e e n for gotten in one of the


u pp er rooms of th e l e ft win g for his p arents were ,

out at a b a ll an d kn e w nothin g o f the fire whi l e


, ,

natura ll y enou gh no one e l s e thou ght o f the l a d ti l l


it was far too l ate The fire ha d gaine d s uch a ho l d
.

on the mi ddl e floors of that win g that nothin g cou ld


have b een d one even i f anyone ha d rememb e r e d
,

him as his room face d on to the inner g ar d e n which


,

has been mentione d s o that he was com pl e te l y cut


,

o ff from a ll outsi d e h e lp Besi d e s h e was not e ven


.
,

a ware o f his d an ger for the d en s e su ffocatin g


, ,

smoke had so g ra d ua ll y fi ll e d the room that his s l e e p


ha d grown d ee p er and d e e p er ti ll he was a ll b ut ,

s tu p efi e d .

In thi s state he was d i s covere d b y Cyri l who ,

seems to b e s p ecia ll y attract e d towar d s chi l dr e n in


nee d or dan ger H e first trie d to make some o f the
.

p eo p le remembe r th e boy b ut in vain ; and in an y,

case it seemed scarce l y p ossi bl e that they cou ld have


he lp e d him so that it was soon evi d ent that th i s was
,
52

m er ely a waste o f t i me T he o l de r h elpe r then ma


.

te ri al i z ed C y ril as befo r e i n the room and s et h im


, , ,

to w o rk to a w a k en and ro u se u p the more than hal f


s tupefi ed c hi ld . A fter a good deal o f d i ffi c u lty t hi s
was acco mpl i shed to some e xtent b u t t h e boy re ,

mained in a h al f dazed sem i consc i o u s condit i on


-
,
-

through all that fo ll owed s o that he needed to be ,

pushed an d p u ll ed about guided an d he lp e d at ever y


,

turn .

T h e two boys first cre p t out of the room into the


central passage which ran through the wing and ,

then fi nd i ng that the smo k e and t h e flames begin


,

ning to come t hr o u gh the floor made i t i m p assable


for a p hy s i cal bod y Cyril got the other bo y back
,

i nto th e room aga i n and out o f t h e wi ndo w on to a


stone ledge abo u t a foot w i de wh i ch ran r i ght along
, ,

the bloc k j ust belo w the w i ndo w s A l ong this h e .

managed to gui de his companion hal f ba l ancing h i m ,

sel f on t h e extreme e d ge of the le d ge and hal f float ,

i ng on a i r b u t always p l ac i ng h i mself outs i de o f t h e


, ,

other so as to keep h i m from dizziness and prevent


,

him from feelin g afraid of a fall .

T o w ards the end of the bloc k nearest the lak e i n ,

which d i rect i on the fir e seemed less developed they ,

climbed i n t h ro u gh an O pen wi ndo w and aga i n


reached the passa ge hop i ng to fi nd the staircase at
,

t h at end stil l p assab l e B u t it too was full of flame


.
, ,
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an d smoke ; s o they craw l e d b ack a l ong the passage ,

Cyr il advising his companion to k eep his mo u th c l ose


to the gro u nd ti l l the y reached the latticed cage of
,

the l i ft running d own the l ong we l l in the cent re o f


the b l ock .

The l i ft of co u rse was at the bottom b ut they man ,

a ge d to c l amber d own the l attice work inside the


ca g e ti l l they stood on the roof of the elevator itse l f .

H ere they fo u nd themselves bl ocke d b ut l ucki l y ,

Cyril discove r ed a doorway opening from the cage


o f the lift on to a sort of e n tres ol j ust above th e

gro u n d floor T hrou g h thi s they reache d a p assa g e


.
,

which they crosse d the l ittle boy b eing ha l f s ti fled b y


,
-

the smo k e ; then they made their way thro u gh one of


the rooms O ppos i te and finall y clamber i ng out of
, ,

the w i ndow found themselves on the top of the ve


,

ran d a which ran a l on g in front o f the gro u nd floor ,

between it and the gar d en .

Thence it was ea sy eno ugh to swarm down one of


th e p i lla r s and r each the garden i tsel f ; b u t ev en t h ere
th e heat was i ntense and the danger wh en the w alls
, ,

s h o u ld fall very conside r able S o Cy ri l t r ied to


,
.

cond u ct h i s ch a r ge ro u nd the end fi rst o f one t h en ,

o f t h e ot h e r w i ng ; b u t i n bo th cases the flames had

b ur st thr o u gh and the nar r o w ove r hung passages


, ,

we r e qui te im p assable F i na ll y they took re fuge i n


.

one o f the p leasure bo ats wh i ch were moo r ed to th e


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ste p s of the quay at the S i d e of the g ar d en next the


l ak e and casting l oose rowed o u t on to the water
, , , .

Cy ril intende d to ro w ro u n d p ast the b u rning wing


and l an d the b oy whom he ha d save d ; b ut when they
got some l itt l e way out they fe ll in with a p assing
,


l a k e steamer and were seen for the who l e scene
,

was l it u p by the glare of the b urning hote l ti l l every ,

thing was as pl ain as i n b road d ay l i ght The ste amer .

came a l on g side the boat to take them o ff ; b ut i n


stead o f the two bo y s they ha d seen the crew fo u nd
,


on l y one for his ol d er friend ha d p rom p t l y allowe d
Cyri l to s l i p b ack into his astra l form d is s i p ating the
,

d enser matter which ha d made for the time a material


b o d y and he was therefore no w invisi bl e
,
.

A careful search was made of co u rse b ut no trace


, ,

o f the second boy cou ld be fo u nd and s o i t w as c on


,

c l u d ed that he m u st have fa l len overboard and been


drowne d j u st as they came alongside T he child .

who had been resc u e d fell into a dead f a i nt as soon


as he was safe on b oard so the y co u ld get no i n
,

format i on from h i m and whe n he d i d recove r, all


,

he cou l d s ay was that he had seen the ot h er boy the


moment before they came alongside and then k n ew ,

nothing more .

The steamer was bo u nd down the la k e to a pl ace



some two days sail dista nt and i t was a week o r s o
,

be fore th e resc u ed boy co u ld be restored to h i s p a r


55

c u ts , who o f course thought that he h ad p erished


in the flames for tho ugh an e ffort was ma d e to i m
,

press on the i r minds the fact that their s on had b een


save d it was found imp ossi bl e to convey the i d ea
,

to th e m so it may b e ima g ined how g reat was th e


,

j oy of the meeting .

The boy i s sti ll we ll an d ha pp y an d i s never w e ary


,

of relating his w on d er fu l a d venture . Many a time


he h as regretted that the kin d frien d who save d him
shou ld have p erished so mysterious l y at the very mo
ment when a ll the d anger seeme d over at last I n .

d ee d he has even ventured to su ggest that perha p s


,

i


h e d dn t per i sh after al l that perha p s he was a fairy
p ri nce ; b u t o f co u rse this i dea elicits noth i ng bu t to l
erant sm i les o f s u pe ri o ri t y from h is elde r s
. T h e ké r
a

mi c l i n k bet w een hi m and h i s p r ese r ve r h as n ot yet


been traced b u t no do ubt there m u st be one some
,

wh e re .
CHA PT ER I X .

M AT E RI ALI ZAT I O N AND RE P E RC U S SI O N .

O N m eet i ng wi t h a sto ry s u c h as t hi s stu dents o f


,

ten e n quir e wh et h e r the i nv i s i ble h elpe r i s pe r fectly


safe ami dst these scenes o f deadl y per i l wh ether — ,

for e x a m ple t hi s boy wh o w as mater i al i zed i n order


,

to sa v e anot h e r fr o m a b ur n i ng h o u se was n ot h im

sel f i n s o m e dange r wh et h e r h i s p hy s i cal body
w o u ld not h av e s u ff ered i n an y w a y b y r epe r cu ss i on
i f h i s m ate ri al iz ed f o rm h ad passed th r o u g h the
flames or f allen fr o m th e hi gh ledge on the edge o f
,

whi c h h e w al ked so u nconce r nedl y I n f act s i nce


.
,

w e kno w th at i n man y cases t h e connect i on bet w een


a m ate ri al iz ed f o r m an d a p hy s i cal bo d y i s s u ffi c i ent ly

cl ose to p r od u c e r e pe r c u ss i on m i ght i t n ot h ave oc


,

c urr ed i n thi s cas e !

N ow thi s s u bj e ct of r epe r c u ssi on i s an ex ce edi ngl y


abst ru se and d i ffi c u lt o ne and w e are b y n o m ean s
,

y et i n a pos i ti on fu ll y to ex pl ai n i ts v e ry r e m a rk able
p h eno mena ; i ndeed i n o r de r to un de r stand th e mat
,

te r pe rfectly i t w o u ld p r obabl y be necessa ry to com


,

p r ehend th e l aw s O f sym p athet i c v i b r at i on on m o r e

as
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p lanes than o ne Still


.
,w e do kno w b y obser v at i o n

s ome o f t h e cond i t i ons whi c h pe rm i t i ts ac ti on and ,

s o m e whi c h de fi n i tel y e x cl u de i t and I th i n k we are


,

warranted i n sayi ng t h at i t was absol u tel y imposs i bl e


here .

T o s ee w hy this i s s o w e must first reme m be r t h at


th e r e a r e at least three w e l l defined va ri et i es of ma
-

ter i al i z ati on as any one w ho has at all an e x tended


,

C xper ience of sp i r i tu al i sm wi ll be a w a r e I am not


.

concerned at th e moment to enter u pon any e xplana


tion as to how these three varieties are re spect i ve l y
p rod u ced but am merely stat i ng the i nd ub i table fact
,

o f their existence

I
. Th e r e i s the mater i al iz at i on whi ch tho u gh,

tangi bl e i s not vi s i ble to o r d i na ry phy s i cal s i gh t O f


,
.

th i s natur e a r e the u nseen h ands whi c h so o f ten clasp


'
’ ’
one s a rm or stro k e one s f ace at a s eance whi ch ,

so met imes c a rry phy sical o b j ects t hr o u gh th e a ir or



mak e r aps u pon th e table th o u gh o f co ur s e both
these latte r ph enomena may eas i l y be prod u ced wi th
out a materia l ize d han d at all .

2 T here i s the m ater i al i zat i on whic h tho ugh



.

v i s i ble i s not tangi ble th e sp iri t f o rm th r o ugh


-

wh i c h one s h and passes as t hr o u gh empty ai r I n



.

so m e cases th i s v ar i et y i s obv i o u sl y mi sty and i m


p a lp a b le b ut in others its app earance i s so ent ir el y
,
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no rmal that i ts solid i ty is never d ou b ted unti l som e


on e endea v o ur s to grasp it .

3
. Th e r e i s th e pe rf ect mater i al i zat i on whi ch i s

bot h vi s i ble and tan gi ble w h i c h n ot onl y bea r s the
ou t w a r d semblance o f y o u r de p arted f r i end ,
but
s h a k es you cordia ll y by the han d with the very c l as p

that you know so we ll .

Now whi l e there is a good d eal of evi d ence to


S h ow that repercussion takes place under certain c on
di ti on s in the case o f this third kind of materializa
t i on i t is by no means s o certain that it can occur
,

wi th the first or second c l ass In the case of the b oy


.

he lp er i t is p ro b ab l e that the mater i alizat i on wou ld


n ot be o f t h e th i r d type since the greatest care i s a l
,

ways ta k en not to expen d more force than i s abso


l u te l y necessary to pro d uce whatever result may b e
requ ired and i t i s o b v i ous that less e nergy would b e
,

u sed i n the prod u ct i on of the mo r e part i al f orms


w h ic h we h ave called t h e fi rst and second classes .

Th e probab i l i ty i s that onl y the arm with w hi ch the


boy held h i s little compan i on wo u ld be sol i d to the
to u c h and that the rest o f h i s bod y t h o u gh loo k ing
, ,

p erfectly natural would h ave proved f a r less pal


,

p a bl e if i t h ad been tested .

B u t apa r t fr o m t hi s p r obab i l i ty t h e re i s anot h e r


, ,

po i nt to be cons i de r ed When a fu ll m ater i al i zat i o n


.

tak es place w h e th e r t h e subj ec t be l ivi ng or dead


, ,
59

p hysica l matter o f som e s ort has to b e gathere d to


I
geth e r for th e p urp o s e At a s p i r i tua l i st i c s ed uc e
.

this matter is o b tain e d b y d rawin g l ar ge l y u pon the


e theric d ou bl e of the m e d ium — an d s om e times even
u p on his p hys ica l b o d y a l s o s ince cas e s are on record
,

in which his w e i ght h as b e e n very considerab l y d e


creas e d whi l e manif e station s of this character were
takin g pl ace .

This m e tho d is empl oy e d by the d irectin g e ntiti e s



of the s e an ce sim pl y b e cau se wh e n an avai l abl e me
di u m i s within reach it i s very much the easiest way
in which a mat e ria l ization can b e b rou ght a b out ; an d
th e con s equenc e i s that th e very c l o s est conn e ction

is thus s e t u p b e tween that me d ium an d th e materia l


i z e d b o d y so that th e p h e nom e non which ( a l though
,

v e ry imp erfe ct l y un d e rstan d in g it ) we ca ll re p ercuss


ion occur s i n its c l eare s t form If for exam pl e th e
,
.
, ,

han d s of the materia l ize d b o d y b e rubb e d wit h C ha l k ,

that C ha l k wi ll afterwar d s be foun d on the han d s of


the m e d ium even thou g h he may have b een a ll the
,

time carefu ll y l ock e d u p in a ca b inet un d er circum


stanc es which a b s o l ut e l y prec l u d e any sus p icion of
fra ud If any inj ury b e inflict e d u p on the materia l
.

i z e d form that inj ury wi ll b e accurate l y re p ro d uce d


,

upo n th e corres pon d ing p art o f the me d ium s b o dy ;


whi l e s ometimes foo d of which the S p irit form h as


-

p artak e n wi ll b e foun d to have p assed into the body


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of theme d ium — at least that happened in o n e cas e

at any rate within my own exp erience .

It wou ld b e f ar otherw i se however in the case


, ,

wh i ch we have b een d escri bi ng Cyril was tho u


.

san d s o i miles f r om h i s slee pi ng p hysica l b ody and ,

it wou l d therefore b e q u ite i m p ossible for his fr i end


to d raw etheric matter from it while the re gulat i ons
,

u n d er which a ll p u p i l s of the great Masters of Wis


d om p erform their wor k o f he lp ing man wou l d as
s u re dl y prevent him , even fon the no bl est p urpose ,

from p uttin g such a strain u p on any one else s bod y ’


.

Besi d es i t wou l d b e quite unnecessary for the f a r


, ,

l ess d an gerous metho d invaria bl y empl oye d b y the


hel p ers when materia l izat i on seems desira bl e wo u ld

be rea d y to his han d the con d ensat i on f rom the c i r
cu m ambi e n t ether or even from the ph y s i cal air o f
, ,

such an amount o f matter as may be req ui s i te Thi s .

f eat tho ug h n o do ubt b eyond the power o f the ave r


,

age entity mani festing at a s e anc e pr esents n o di ffi
,

c u lty to a stu d ent of occult chemistry .

But mar k the di fference i n th e resu l t o b t ai ned .

I n the case of t h e med i um w e h ave a mater i al iz ed


fo rm i n the C losest possible connect i on w i th the ph y s
i cal b ody made out o f i ts very s u bstance and the r e
, ,

f o r e capabl e o f produc i ng a ll the p henomena o f re


perc u ssion In the case of the helper we have i ndeed
.

an exact reprod u ct i on o f the p hy s i cal bod y but i t i s ,


61

created b y a mental e ff ort out of matter ent i rel y for


e i gn to that bo d y an d is no more ca p a bl e of acting
,

upon i t b y repercussion than an ord i nary mar bl e


statue o f the man would b e .

Th u s it i s that a passa ge thro u gh the flames or


a fa ll from a high windo w l edge wou ld have had n o
-

terrors for the b oy he lp er an d that on another oc


-
,

casion a member o f the ban d tho u gh materia l ize d


, ,

was a bl e without any i nconvenience to the p hysical


b o d y to go d own in a s i nkin g vessel ( see p .

In both the i nc id ents of his wor k that have b een


d escribed above i t wi l l have been noticed that the
,

boy Cyril was u na b le to materia l ize h i mself and ,

that the o p erat i on ha d to be per forme d for him b y an


older fr i end O ne more o f his experiences i s wo r th
.

relat i ng for i t gives us a case i n which b y intens i ty


,

of p ity and d etermination of wi ll he was abl e to S how



himsel f a case somewhat p ara ll e l to that p revious ly
r elated of the mother whose l ove enabl e d her some
how to mani fest hersel f in order to save her ch i l

dren s l ives.

Inexp licab l e as it may seem the r e i s n o d ou b t


,

whatever of the existence in nature o f this s tupe n


dous p ower o f wi l l over matter of a ll pl anes so that,

i f on l y the power be great eno ugh p ractica ll y any


,

resu l t may b e p ro d uce d b y i ts d irect action without


,

any know l e dg e o r even thou ght on the p art of the


62

man exercising that wi ll as to h ow it is to d o its work .

We have ha d pl enty of evidence that this p ower ho l ds


goo d in the case o f materia l ization a l thou gh ordi
,

n ari l y i t i s an art which must b e l e arnt j ust l ike any

other Assure dl y an average man on the astra l pl ane


.

cou l d no more materia l ize himse l f without havin g


previous l y l earnt how to do it than the avera ge man
on this p l ane cou ld p lay the viol i n without having
p revious l y l e arnt it ; b ut ther e are exce p tiona l cases
,

a s wi ll be seen from the f ollow i ng narrat i ve .


C H A P TER X .

TH E Two B R O T H ER S .

T his stor y has b een to ld b y a pen of f ar greater


d ramat i c capa b i l ity than mine and w i th a w ealth of
,

detail fo r which I have here no s p ace in Th e Th e o ,

s op h i c al Revi ew of Novem b er 1 8 97 p 2 2 9
, T o that
, . .

account I wou ld refer the reader since m y own d e ,

scr ip tion o f the case wil l be a mere out l ine as b rief ,

as is consistent with c l ea r ness The names gi ven are


.

o f course fictitious bu t the inci d ents are re l ate d with


,

scru p u l ous accuracy .

O u r dramati s p ers on ae are two b rothers th e sons ,

o f a country gent l eman — Lance l ot age d fourteen , ,


an d Wa l ter age d e l even ver y good boys o f the or
,

di n ary healthy m an l y typ e li k e h u ndreds o f others


, ,

in th i s fa i r realm with no obv i o u s psych i c q u al ifi ca


,

tions of any sort excep t the possession o f a good


,

d ea l o f Celtic bl ood P erha p s the most remarka bl e


.

feature abo u t them w as the intensity o f the a ffection


tha t existed between them for they were S i mpl y i n
,


sep a r abl e ne i th e r w ou ld go anywhere witho u t th e
63
64

othe r and the y o u nge r i dol i zed th e elde r as onl y a


,

y ounger boy can .

O ne un lu ck y da y Lance lot w as thrown from hi s


pon y and k i lled and for Wa l ter th e w orld became
,


empt y Th e ch i ld s gr i e f w as so r eal and terrible
.

that he co u ld ne i ther eat nor sleep and his mothe r ,


and n u rse w ere at their w i ts end as to w h at to do f o r
him He seemed dea f al i ke to pers u as i on and bla me ;
.

wh en the y told h i m that grie f was wi ck ed and that ,

h i s brot h er was i n h eaven h e s i mply ans w ered that


,

h e co u ld not be ce r ta i n o f that and that even if i t ,

w ere tr u e he k new that Lancelot co u ld n o more be


,

hap p y i n heaven without him than he co u ld on earth


wi thout Lance l ot .

I nc r e d ible as i t may so u nd the p oor ch i ld was ac


,

tuall y d yi ng o f gr i ef and w hat ma d e the case even


,

more pathet i c w as the f act t h at all u nk no w n to h im , ,

h i s b r ot h e r stood at h i s s i d e all th e t i me ful l y c on ,

sc i o u s o f h i s m i ser y and h i msel f h al f d i stracted at


,
-

t h e fail u re o f h i s repeated at tempts to to u ch h im or


S peak to him .

A ff a i rs were still i n th i s most p i tiable cond i t i o n



o n the t hir d e v en i ng afte r t h e acc i dent when Cyril s ,


attent i on was d r a w n to t h e two b r othe r s h e c an
“ ”
not tell h ow . He j u st h appened to be pass i ng h e ,

say s ; y et s u rely the w i l l o f the Lor d s of Com p ass i on


g ui ded h im to the scene P oo r Walte r la y e x ha u sted
.
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et —
s l eepl ess alone in h i s deso l ation f a r as h so
y ,e

k ne w though a l l the time h i s sorro wi ng b r other


,

stoo d bes i de h i m Lancelot fr ee fr o m t h e cha i ns Of


.
,

the flesh co u ld see an d hea r C yril so ob vi o u sl y the


, ,

first th i n g to do was to soo the h i s pai n wi t h a p r om


i se o f f ri endsh i p and help i n co mmu nicat i ng wi th h i s
brother .

A S soon as the d ea d b oy s min d w as th u s chee r ed


w ith ho p e Cyri l tu rned to the living on e and tr i ed


, ,

w i th a ll his strength to impress u pon h i s b r a i n the


k nowle dge that his brother stoo d beside h i m n ot ,

d ea d b ut living and lov i ng as o f yore But al l his


, .

efforts were i n v a i n ; the d u ll apathy o f gr i e f so fil led



p oor Walter s m i nd that n o s u ggestion f rom wi th
ou t co ul d enter and Cyril k ne w n ot what to do
, Yet .

s o dee p l y was he moved by the s ad s i ght s o i ntense ,

was his s y mpathy and so fi rm h i s dete rm i nat i on to


he lp i n some wa y or othe r at an y cost of st re ngth to
himse lf that someho w ( even to thi s da y he cannot
,

te ll h ow ) he fo u nd hi mse l f able to to u ch an d speak


to the hea r t bro k en c hi ld
-
.

Pu tt i ng as i de Walte r s qu est i ons as to wh o h e was


and h ow h e came the r e he w ent stra i gh t to the po i nt


, ,

tell i ng hi m t h at h i s b r ot h e r s tood bes i d e him tryi ng ,

hard to ma ke h i m h ea r h i s constantl y r epeated as


s u rances t h at he w as n ot dead b u t l i v i ng and y ea r n
,

i n g to h elp and comfort him Litt l e Walte r longed


.
66

to be l ieve yet hard l y d are d to hope ; b u t C y r i l s eage r


,

i nsistance vanquished h i s do u bts at l ast and he said , ,


O h ! I do be l ie v e you beca u se y o u re s o ki nd ; b u t

,

i f I co u ld onl y see him t h en I s h o u ld kn ow t h en I


, ,

s h o u ld be qui te s u re ; an d i f I co u ld only hea r h i s

vo i ce te ll ing me he was happy I sho u ldn t m i nd a bit ,



hi s go i ng awa y aga i n a fterwards .

Yo u ng tho u gh he was at the wor k Cyri l k ne w ,


eno ugh to b e aware that Walter s w i sh was on e not
ordinaril y granted and was beginn i ng reg r et fully
,

to te ll him so when s u dden ly he felt a Pr esence that


,

all the helpers know and thou g h no word was spoke n


,

i t was bo r ne i n u pon h i s m i nd that i n stead o f wh at


he h ad meant to s ay h e w as to prom i se Walte r th e
,

“ ”
b oon h i s heart desired Wait ti l l I come bac k h e ,


sai d and y o u shall se e him then
,

And then h e — .

v anishe d .

That on e to u ch from the Master h ad shown him


what to d o and how to do i t and he rushed to fetch ,

the older f r i end wh o had s o often helped h i m before .

This o l der man had n ot y et ret i red for the n i ght b u t ,


on hear i ng C y r il s h u rr i ed summons he lost no tim e ,

i n accom p anying h i m and i n a f e w m i n u tes they


,


were back at Walter s beds i de Th e poo r ch i ld was .

j u st begi nn i ng to bel i e v e i t all a lo v el y d r ea m and ,

his de l i ght and r el i ef when Cy r i l r eappeared w e re


bea u t ifu l to s ee Yet h ow m u ch more bea u t ifu l was
.
67

th e scene a m oment l ate r when i n obed i en ce to a


, ,

w or d from the Master the el d er man materia l ized


,

the eager Lancelot and the living and the dea d stood
,

hand in hand once more !


N ow i n ver y t ru th for both the brothers had sor
row been t u rned into j oy u nspeaka b le and again and ,

aga i n they b oth dec l are d that no w they shou ld neve r


fee l s ad any more because they k new that d eath
,

had n o p ower to part them Nor was thei r g l a d ness


.

dam p e d even when Cyri l expl aine d c are fu l l y to them «


,

at h i s older friend s su ggestion that th i s strange


phy s i ca l reunion wo uld not b e repeate d b u t that a l l ,

d ay l ong Lance l ot w o ul d be near Walter even ,

though the l atter cou l d not see him an d ever y night ,

W a l ter wou ld s l i p out of his b o d y an d b e conscio u sl y


wi th his b rother once more .

Hearing this p oor weary Wa l ter sank to s l eep at


,

once and p rove d i ts truth and was amazed to fi nd


,

wi th w hat h i therto u nknown rap i dity he an d his


broth er co uld fly together from one to another of
their ol d fami l ia r haunts Cyr i l thou ght fu ll y warne d
.

him that he w o ul d p robab l y forget most o f his freer


life when he awoke next d ay ; bu t b y rare goo d for
tu ne he di d n ot for get as so many of u s d o P erha p s
, .

the shock o f the great j oy had somewhat aro u se d th e


latent ps yc hi c facu lty which b elon gs to the Ce l t i c
blood ; at an y r ate he f or got n o singl e detai l o f all
68

t h at h ad happen ed and next morning he b u rst upo n


,

the ho u se o f mo u rn i ng w ith a w on d rous tale whi ch


su i ted it b u t il l
.

H i s parents thought that gr i ef had t u rned h i s


b rain and s i nce he i s n ow the h e i r the y have been
, , ,

w atch i ng long and anxi o u sl y for fur t h e r s ym ptoms


o f i nsan i ty w h i ch h app i l y the y ha v e not f o u nd T hey
,
.

st i ll th i n k him a monoman i ac on th i s po i nt tho u gh ,

“ ”
they full y recognize that his delusion has saved his
li fe ; but h i s o l d n u rse ( wh o i s a Cathol i c ) i s fi rm i n

her belie f that a ll he say s is tr u e that t h e Lord J e
s u s who w as once a chil d h i mse l f too k pity on that
, ,

other child as he la y d yi ng o f gr i e f and sent on e o f


,

His angels to br i ng h i s brother bac k to h i m f rom the


dead as a re w ard for a love w h i ch was st r onger than
death Somet i mes popula r s u perstit i on gets a good
.

deal nearer to the hear t o f th i ngs than does ed u cated


sce p ticism !
Nor does the story en d here f o r the good w or k
,

begu n that n i ght i s sti l l progress i ng and none c an ,

s ay h ow f a r the i nfl u ence o f that on e ac t ma y ram ify .

W alte r s astral consc i o u sness once hav i ng been



,

th u s thoro u ghl y a w ak ened rema i ns 1n act ivi ty ; e v er y


,

morn i ng h e br i ngs b ac k i nto h i s ph y s i cal bra i n the


memo ry o f h i s n i ght s advent u res with h i s broth er ;

e v ery n i gh t the y meet th e i r d ear fr i end Cyr i l fro m ,

wh om the y ha v e learned s o m u c h ab out the wonde r


59

fu l new w orld that h as o p ened before them an d th e ,

other w orlds to come that lie h igher yet U nder Cyr


.


il s gu idance they also the l i v i ng and t h e dead a l i k e

— have become eage r an d earnest members o f the


.

band of helpers ; and probabl y for y ears to come


u ntil Lancelot s V i goro u s young astral bod y di s i n te

g rates — man y a dying child will h ave cause to b e


g rateful to these three who are try i ng to pass on to
others something of the j oy that the y have them
s e l ves received .

Nor is it to the dead alone that these new converts


have b een o f u se for they have sought and fo u n d
,

some other l i v i ng children wh o sho w consc i o u sness


o n the ast r al plane d u ring sleep ; and on e at least of

those whom they h ave th u s bro u ght to Cy ri l has al


rea d y p roved a valua bl e l itt l e re cruit to the chi ld ren s

ban d as we ll as a very kind l i tt l e friend down here


,

o n the physical p lane .

Those to whom all these i d eas are n e w sometime s


fi nd it ve ry d i ffi c u lt to u nderstand h ow c hi ld r en c an
be o f an y u se i n the astra l world See i ng they wo u ld
.
,

s ay that the ast r al bod y Of a ch i ld m u st be u n dev el


,

Op ed and the ego thus l i m i ted by chil dh ood on th e


,

astra l as well as the p hysical p lane in what wa y co uld


,

s u ch an ego be o f use o r be able to hel p towards th e


,

Sp iritual mental an d moral e vol u t i on o f humanity


, ,

which w e are to ld i s the chief concern o f the hel p ers !


7 0

W he n fi rs t su ch qu est i on was as ked sh or tl y af


a ,

ter th e p u bl i cati on of on e Of t h ese stor i es i n ou r mag


azi ne I sent i t to C yri l h i msel f to s ee wh at he w o u ld
, ,

s ay to i t and h i s answer was t hi s :


,


I t i s qui te tr u e as the w r i ter say s t h at I am onl y
, ,

a boy an d k no w very l ittle yet and that I sha ll be


, ,

m u ch more u seful when I have learnt more But I .

am able to do a l i tt l e even now beca u se there are so


,

man y p eo ple who have learnt noth i ng abo u t T heo


S o p hy yet tho u gh they ma y k now ver y m u ch more
,

than I do abo u t every th i ng else A nd you s ee when


.

y ou want to get to a certain place a little boy w h o ,

k nows the way c an do more for y o u than a hundred


’ ”
wi se men who d on t know it .

It may b e a dd e d that when even a C hi l d had bee n


awakened u p on the astral p lane the deve l opment of
the astral body wo u ld proceed s o r ap i dl y that he
wo u ld ver y soon be i n a pos i t i on u pon t h at plane b u t

l i ttle i n fe ri or to that o f the a w a k ened adult and ,

would o f co u rse be m u ch i n ad v ance s o f a r as u se ful


,

ness i s concerned of the w i sest m an wh o w as a s y et


,

u nawa k ened B u t u nless the e go express i ng h imse l f


.

thro u gh that ch i ld body possessed t h e necessary qual


-

i fi c ati on o f a determ i ned y et lov i ng d i sp os i t i on and ,

h ad cl earl y man ifested i t i n h i s p r ev i o u s l i ves n o ,

o cc u lt i st would take the ver y S e ri o u s r espons i b i l i ty

o f awa k en i ng h i m u p on t h e astral pl ane W h en h ow .


,
7 1

e v e r the ir k ar m a i s s u c h t h at i t i s possi ble for th em


,

to be thu s a r o u sed ch i ldren o f ten prove most effi c i en t


,

h elpe r s and thro w themselves i nto the ir w or k wi th a


,

wh ole so u led devot i on whi ch i s very b ea u t i fu l to s ee


-
.

A nd s o is fu lfill e d once mor e the ancient prop h ecy


“ ”
a l itt l e ch ild s ha l l lead them .

Another question that suggests i tsel f to o ne s mi nd ’

i n read i ng this l ast sto ry o f the t w o brothe r s i s th i s :


Since Cy ril was so m eho w able to mater i al i ze him sel f
b y s h eer force of lo v e and p i ty and stren gth of w i ll ,

i s i t n ot strange that Lancelot wh o had been tr y ing


,

s o m u ch longer to communicate had n ot s u cceeded ,

i n d oing the same thin g !

We ll there i s of co u rse n o di fficu l ty i n see i ng w h y


,

poor Lance l ot was una b le to communicate with h i s


brot h e r for that i nab i lity i s s i m ply the normal con
,

dit i on of a ffairs ; the w onde r i s that Cyr il was abl e


to material ize himse l f not that Lance l ot was n ot
,
.

N ot on l y however was the f ee l ing p r o b ab l y st r onge r


, ,

i n Cyri l s case bu t he also kne w e xact ly what h e



,


w anted to do k new that s u ch a th i ng as material iz a
t i on was a possi b ility and had some gene r al ide a as
,


to how i t was done whi l e Lancelot natu ra lly kne w
nothing of a ll this then thou gh he d oes no w
,
.
C HA P TER X I .

W RE C K S AND C A T A S T RO P H E S .

S OM ET I M E S i t i s po ss i bl e for members o f the band


o f h elpe r s to av e r t im pending catastrophes o f a some

wh at la r ge r o r de r I n more than on e case wh en the


.

capta i n o f a v essel has been carr i ed u ns u spect i ng f a r


ou t o f h i s co u rse b y some u n k no w n c ur ren t o r

t hr o u gh some m i sta k en rec k on i ng and h as t h e r eb y


,

run i nt o se ri ous danger i t has b een poss i ble to pre


,

ven t s h i pwrec k b y re p eatedly i mp r ess i ng u pon his


m i nd a f eel i ng that someth i ng was wr ong ; and al
t h o u gh t hi s gene r all y comes th r o u g h i nto th e c ap
ta i n s b r a i n me r el y as a vagu el y w arn i ng i ntuition

,

yet i f i t occ ur s aga i n a n d aga i n h e is almost certai n


to g iv e i t so m e attent i on and ta k e such p r eca u tions
a s s u gges t t h emselves to him .

I n one c ase fo r e x ample i n whi c h t h e m aste r of


, ,

a ba rqu e was m u c h nea r er i n to the land t h an h e s up

posed h e was aga i n and aga i n p r essed to heave th e


,

lead and t h o u gh h e r es i sted th i s s u ggest i on f o r som e


,

t i me as be i ng u nnec essary and absurd he at last gave ,

th e o r de r i n a somewhat hes i tat i ng w ay T he


. r es u l t
12
73

as to u nded him and he at once put h i s vessel abo ut


,

an d stood O ff f rom the coast though i t was n ot u ntil


,

m orn i ng cam e that h e reali z ed h ow ve ry clo se h e had


b een to an appa l l i ng d i s aster .

O f ten h oweve r a catastrophe i s ké rm i c i n i ts na


, ,

t ur e and c onse qu entl y cannot be averted ; b u t i t m u st


,

n ot the re f o r e be s u pposed that i n s u ch cases n o he l p

c an be g i ven I t may be that the people concerned


.

are destined to d i e and therefo r e cannot be saved


,

f ro m death ; b u t i n m an y cases they ma y st i ll be


to so m e e x tent p r epa r ed for i t and m a y certa i nl y
,

be helped u po n t h e othe r s i de a fte r i t i s ove r In .

deed i t may be de fi n i tel y stated that w he re ver a great


,

catastro p he o f any kind takes place there i s a l so a ,

s pecial sen d ing of he lp .

T wo recent cases in which s u ch help was g i ven


w e r e t h e S i n ki ng o f the Dru mm oh d C as tl e o ff Cape
U shant and the terr i b l e cyclone w h i ch devastated th e
,

c i ty o f St Lo ui s i n A mer ic a O n both these occa


. .


s ions a f e w m i n u tes not i ce was g iv en and the h el p
'


e rs d i d t h e ir best to calm and r a i se men s mi nds s o ,

t h at when the shock came u pon the m i t w o u ld be les s


di st u rb i ng than i t might othe r w i se have been Nat u .

ra l l y h o w eve r the greate r part o f th e w or k done


, ,

wi th th e v i ct i ms i n bot h th ese c alam i t i es was don e


u pon the astral plane after they had left their phys
i cal b odies ; but o f this we shall spea k l ater .
74
It i s sad to r elate how often when some catastro
p h e i s i mpend i ng the he lp ers are hindered i n t h e i r
kin d ly o ffices b y wi l d panic among those whom the

danger threatens o r sometimes worse sti l l b y a , ,

mad outb u rst o f d runkenness among those whom


they are try i ng to assist Many a shi p has gone to
.

her doom w i th a l most every soul on board mad with


drink an d therefore utt e r l y i nca p a bl e o f p rofiting
,

by any assistance o ffere d either b efore d eath or for


a very l ong time afterwards .

I f i t shou l d ever ha pp en to any o f us to fin d o u r


selves i n a position of imminent d an ger which we
c an do nothing to avert we shou ld try to remem b er
,

that hel p i s certain l y near us and that it rests entirely


,


with o u rselves to make the hel p er s work easy or d i f
ficul t. I f w e face the d an ger ca l mly and b rave l y ,

r ecognizing that the true e go c an in no way b e a f


fec te d by it our min d s wi l l then be open to receive
,

the gui dance which the he lp ers are tryin g to give ,

and this cannot b ut be b est for us whether its obj e ct


,

b e to save us from d eath or when that i s im p ossi b le


, ,

to con d uct us safe l y throu g h i t .

Assistance o f this l atter k ind has not infrequently


been given i n cases of acci d e nts to i n d ivi d ua l s as we l l
,

as o f mo r e g eneral catastro p hes I t will be s uffi cient


.

to ment i on one exam p le as an i ll u strat i on o f what i s

meant I n on e o f the great storms wh i c h did so m u ch


.
75

damage aroun d our coasts a few years ago it hap ,

p ene d that a fishin g b oat was cap size d far out at s ea .

The on l y p eo pl e on b oar d were an O l d fisherman and


a b oy an d the former contrive d to c l ing for a few
,

minutes to th e overturne d b oat There was no p hys


.

ica l he lp at han d an d even i f there ha d b een in such


,

a ra g ing storm it wou ld have b een im p ossi bl e for


anythin g to b e d one s o that the fisherman knew we l l
,

enou gh that there was no ho p e of esca p e an d that ,

d eath cou ld on l y b e a question o f a few moments .

H e fe l t g r e at terror at the p ros p ect b eing es p ecia ll y


,

im p ress e d b y the awfu l l one l ine s s of that vast waste


o f waters ,
and he was a l so muc h tro ub l ed with
thou ghts o f his wi fe an d fami l y an d the d i ffi cu l tie s
,

i n which they wou ld b e l eft by his su dd en decease .

A passing he lp er seeing a ll this en d eavoured to


comfort him b ut fi n di n g his min d too m u ch di s
,
-

tu rbe d to b e im p res s iona bl e s h e thou g ht it a d visa bl e


,

to S how herse l f to him in or d er to assist him the b et


te r
. In re l ating the stor y afterwar d s s h e sai d that
the change which cam e over the fi s h e rm an s face at ’

si ght of her was won d e rfu l an d b eauti fu l to s ee ; with


the shining form stan d ing u p on the b oat ab ove him
he could not b ut think that an ange l had b een sent to
comfort him in his trou bl e an d therefore he fe l t that
,

n ot on l y wou ld he himse l f b e carried safe ly t hrough

th e g ates o f d eath but h i s fami l y wou ld assure d ly be


,
7 6

loo k ed a fter also S o when d eath came to h i m a few


.
,

moments l ater he was i n a frame o f m i nd ver y d i ffer


,

ent from t h e terror and p repl exi ty w h ic h h ad previ


ou s l y overco m e hi m ; an d natura l ly when h e rec ov

ered consc i o u sness u pon the astra l pl ane and fo u n d


“ ”
the ange l st i l l b esi d e him he fe l t himsel f at home
with her an d was p re p are d to accep t her a d vice as
,

regar d s the new l i fe u p on which he ha d entered .

Some t i me later the s ame he l per was engaged i n


another piece o f wor k of very S imilar characte r the ,

story o f which s h e has since tol d as fo l lows :



Yo u remember th at steamer that went down i n
the cyclon e at the end o f last N ovembe r ; I betoo k
m y se l f to the cabin where abo u t a dozen w omen ha d
been sh u t i n and fo u n d them wa il ing in the most p it
,

i fu l manner sobb i ng and moan i ng w i th f ear


,
. T he
— —
ship had to fo u nder n o a i d was poss i bl e and to
go out of the w orld i n th i s state Of f rant i c te rr o r i s
the worst poss i ble wa y to enter the ne x t S O i n.

o r der to ca l m them I mater i ali z ed m y sel f and o f


,

co ur se they thought I was an angel poo r so u ls ; t h ey


,

all f ell on th e i r k nees and pra y e d me to save t h em ,

and on e poor mother p ushed he r baby into my a r ms


i mplor i ng me to save that at least They soon gre w
.

quiet and composed as we talked an d the w ee baby


,

w ent to s l eep smi l ing and present l y they all fell


,

as l eep p eacefu ll y an d I fi ll e d their min d s w ith


,
77

t h ou ghts of the heaven wor ld so that the y d i d n ot


-
,

wake u p when the sh i p ma d e her fi nal p lunge down


war d s I went d own w i th them to ensure the i r slee p
.

ing thro ugh the l ast moments and they never st i rre d
,

as their s l ee p b ecame death


E v ident ly in this case too those wh o were thus
, ,

helped had not on ly the enor m o u s advantage o f be


ing enab le d to meet death calm ly and reasonab l y but ,

a l so the sti l l g reater one o f b eing receive d on its far


ther shore by on e whom they were a l rea dy d isposed

to love an d trust one who thorough l y understood
the ne w w orl d in which they foun d themse l ves an d ,

cou ld not on l y reassure them as to their safety b ut ,

a d vise them how to or d er their l ives under these


much altere d circ u mstances And this brings u s to
.

the cons i derat i on of on e of the largest and most i m


portant d e p artments o f the work of invisi bl e helpe r s
-
the gu i d ance and ass i stance which they are able to
g ive to the dead .
C H A P TER X II .

W O RK AMO NG TH E DEAD .

IT is on e o f the many evi l s resu l tin g from the ah


su rdl y erroneous teaching as to con d itions after death

which i s unfortunate l y current in our western wor l d ,

that those who have recent l y shaken off this morta l


coil are usua ll y much p uzzled an d o ften very seri
ou s l y frightened at fin d in g everything s o di fferent

f rom what their religion had led them to expect The .

menta l attit u de o f a l arge numb er of such peo pl e was


pithi l y voiced the other d ay b y an Eng l ish general ,

who three day s after his death met on e of the b and o f


hel p ers whom he had k nown in p hysical l i fe A fte r .

exp ress i ng his great relief that he had at l ast fo u nd


someone with whom he was a bl e to communicate h i s ,


first remark was : But i f I am dea d where am I !
,


! o r i f this i s heaven I don t think much o f it ; a n d i f

i t i s he ll it i s b etter than I expecte d
,
.

B u t unfortunate l y a far greater number take things


less ph i l osoPh i c ally They have b een tau g ht that a l l
.

men are destined to eterna l flames e xce p t a favo u red


few wh o are s u perh u man ly g oo d ; and since a v e ry
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sma ll amount o f sel f examinat i on conv i nces them


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that they d o not b e l on g to th at category they are ,

b ut too often in a con d ition o f p am e terror d read i ng


,

every moment that the new wor l d in which they fin d


themse l ves ma y d isso l ve and d rop them into the
c l utches of the d evi l in whom they have b een sed u
,

l ou s l y taught to b e l ieve In many cases they s p en d


.

l ong perio d s of acute menta l su ff erin g b efore they


can free themse l v e s from the fata l influence o f this
bl as p h e mous d octrin e of ever l asting p unishment
b efore they c an rea l ize that the wor ld is governe d ,

not accor d ing to the cap rice of a hi d eous demon who


gl oats over human an gui s h b ut accor d in g to a be
,

n e vo l e n t an d won d erfu ll y p atient l aw of evo l ution ,

which i s a b so l ute l y j ust in d ee d b ut ye t a g ain and


,

a g ain o ffers to man o pp ortunities of p ro gress i f he ,

wi ll b ut take them at every sta g e of h i s career


,
.

It ou ght in fairness to b e mentione d that it is on l y


among what are ca ll e d p rote s tant communiti e s that
this terri bl e evi l as s umes its most a gg ravate d form .

The g r e at Roman Catho l ic Church with its d oc ,

trine of p ur g atory a pp roaches much more near l y to


,

a conce p tion of the astra l pl ane an d its d evout mem


,

b ers at any rate rea l ize that the stat e in which they
fi n d themse l ve s short l y after d eath is mere l y a tem
p o ra r y one
,
an d that it is their b usin es s to e n d eavour

to ra i se themse l ves o u t of it as soon as m ay be b y


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i n t ense s p iritua l as p irat i on wh il e they accept an y su f


,

fe ri n g which may come to them as necessar y for the


wear i ng a w ay o f the im p er f ections i n the i r char
acte r before the y c an pass to h i ghe r and br i ghter
regions .

It wi ll thus be seen that there i s plenty o f w or k


for the he l pers to d o among the ne wly d ead for in ,

the vast maj ority o f cases they need to b e calmed an d


reassured to b e comforte d an d i nstr u cted In the
, .

astra l j ust as in the p hysica l wor ld there are many


, ,

who are but l itt l e d is p ose d to take a d vice from those


who k now better than they ; yet the very stran geness
o f the conditions su r roun d in g them renders many o f

th e d ea d wi ll ing to acce p t th e gu idance o f those to

whom these con d itions are obviously fami li ar ; an d


m any a man s stay on that pl ane has b een consider

a bl y shortened b y the earnest e ff orts o f this ban d o f


energet i c wor k ers .

N ot be i t u nderstood tha t the k arm a o f the de ad


, ,

man c an i n any way be interfere d with ; he has bu i lt


for h i mse l f during l i fe an astra l b o d y o f a certain
degree o f dens i ty and unt i l that bod y i s su fficientl y
,

dissol v ed he C annot p ass on i nto the heaven wor l d -

b ey ond ; but he need not lengthen the perio d n ec e s


sary for that process by ado p t i ng an i mproper
att i t u de .

A ll students ou ght clearly to gras p the truth th at


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the l e n gth o f a man s astra l l if e after he has p ut o ff


h i s p hysica l b o d y d e p en d s main l y u p on two factors


the nature o f his past p hysica l l i fe and his attitud e
,

o f m i nd a f ter what we ca ll death .During h i s earth


l if e he i s constant l y i n fluen c rn g the buildin g o f m at
ter i nto his astra l b ody H e a ffects it d irectl y by the
.

passions emotions and d esire s which he a ll ows to


, ,

h o ld sway over h i m ; he a ff ects it in d irectly by the


act i on upon it of his thou ghts from above and O f ,


the d etai l s of his p hysica l l i fe his continence o r his
de b auchery h i s c l ean l iness or his uncleanliness h i s
, ,


foo d an d his d rink from b e l ow .

I f b y p ersistence in p erversity a l o ng any o f these


l ines he is s o stu p id as to bui ld for himse l f a coarse
and gross astra l vehic le hab ituated to respon d ing
,

on l y to th e l ower vi b rations o f the plane he wil l ,

fin d himse l f aft er d e ath b oun d to that pl ane d u r i ng


an d l on g an d s l ow p rocess of that b o d y s d isinte g r a’

t i on O n the other hand i f b y decent and careful


.

livin g he gi ves himse l f a vehicle ma i n l y composed


o f finer material he wi ll have very much l ess p os t
,

m or te m trou bl e and d iscomfort and his evo lu tion


,

wi l l p roceed m u ch more ra p i dl y and easi l y .

This much is genera ll y understoo d b ut the secon d ,


g reat factor his attitu d e o f mind after d eath
seems often to b e for g otten The d esirabl e thin g is
.

for him to realize h i s p os i t i on on th i s particular


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litt l e arc of his evo l ution to l earn that h e i s at th i s
sta g e with d rawin g stea d i l y inward towards the p lane
o f the true e g o an d that consequent l y it is his b usi
,

ne s s to d isen gage his thou ghts as far as may be from


thin g s physica l an d to fix his attent i on more an d
,

more up on those Sp iritual matters which wi ll occupy


him d urin g his l i fe in the heaven wor ld By doin g
-
.

this he wi ll g reat l y facilitate the natural astra l di s i n


teg rati o n and w il l avo i d the sad l y common mistake
,

o f unnecessari l y d e l aying himse l f upon the l ower

levels o f what should b e s o tem p orary a resi d ence .

But many o f the d ea d very consi d era bl y retard


the process of di sso l ution by c li ngin g p assionately to
the earth which they have l eft they sim pl y wil l n ot
turn the i r thoughts and d esires upwar d b ut spend ,

their time i n struggl in g with al l their might to kee p


i n full to u ch with the p hysical plane thus ca u sing
,

great troub l e to an y one who ma y b e try i ng to he lp


them Earth l y matters are the only ones in wh i c h
.

they have ever ha d any l i v i ng interest an d they cling


,

to them with desperate tenacity even after death .

Natura ll y as time p asses on they find it i n c reas


i n gl y di fficu l t to kee p ho l d of th i n g s down here but ,

i nstea d o f we l coming an d encouraging this p rocess


o f gradua l refinement an d s p iritua l ization they resist

i t vi go rous l y b y every means in their p ower .

O f co u rse the mi g hty force Of evolut i on is event


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u al l y too stron g for them an d th e y are s w ep t on


,

in its ben efi c en t current yet they fi ght every ste p o f


,

the way thereb y not on l y causin g themse l ves a vast


,

amount of entire l y unnece s sary p ain an d s orrow but ,

a l s o very serious l y d e l ayin g their u p war d p ro g ress


an d p ro l on g in g their stay in astra l regions to an
a l mo s t in d efin ite ext e nt In convincing them that
.

this i gnorant an d d isastrous o pp osition to the co s mic


wi ll i s contrary to the l aw s of natur e an d p ersua d in g
,

them to a d o p t an attitu d e of mi n d which i s the exact


reversa l of it lies a g reat p art of the work o f those
,

who are trying to he lp .

It happ ens occasiona ll y that the dead are earth



b oun d b y anxiety anxiety s ometimes a b out d uties
un performe d or d eb ts un d ischarged b ut more often
,

o n account of wi fe or chi ld ren l eft un p rovided for .

In such case s as thi s it h as more than once b een n e »

c es sary before the dea d man was satisfie d to p u rs u e


,

his u p war d p ath in p eace that the he lp er shou ld to


,

some extent act as his re p resentative upon the


p hysica l pl ane an d atten d on his b eha l f to the s ett l e
,

ment of the b usiness which was troubl in g him An .

i ll ustration taken from our recent ex p erience wi ll


perha p s make this c l earer .

O n e o f the b an d of p u p i l s was tryin g to ass i st a


p oor man who ha d d i e d in o n e of our w e stern cities ,

b ut fo u nd it imp ossi bl e to withdraw his min d from


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earth l y things b e cause o f his an x iety a b o u t two


y o u ng chil d ren whom his deat h had left w i t h o u t
m eans o f s u pport H e had been a wor k ing man o f
.

some sort an d had been unable to la y by any mo ney


,

for t h em ; h i s w i fe had died some two y ears p revi


ou s l y a n d h i s land l ady ,
tho u gh e x ceedingly kind
hearted and v ery wil l ing to do an ything i n her po w er
for them w as herse l f far too poor to be able to adopt
,

them and ver y re lu ctantly came to the conclusion


,

that s h e wo u ld be obl i ged to hand t h em over to the '

par i s h a u t h orit i es T his was a great gr i ef to the


.

dead father tho u gh he co u ld not b l ame the landlad y


, ,

and w as himse l f unable to su gg est an y other co u rse .

O u r fr i end as k ed h i m whether he had no re l at i ve


to whom h e could entrust them but the f ather k new
,

o f none . He had a y o u nger brother he sa id , wh o


,

wo u ld certa i n ly have done someth i ng fo r him in th i s


extremity b u t he had lost s i ght o f h i m f or fifteen
,

years and di d not even know whether he was liv i ng


,

or d ead When last heard of he had been appren


.

t i ced to a carpenter i n the north and he was then


,

described as a stead y young f ellow who i f he l i ved , ,

wo u ld s u rel y get on .

The clues at hand were certa i n l y very s l ight but ,

s i nce there seemed n o other prospect o f help fo r th e


children ou r fr i end thought i t worth while to ma k e
,

a spec i a l e ff ort to fol l ow them up Taking the dead


.
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m an with him he commence d a p at i ent search afte r


the brother in the town indicate d ; an d after a great
deal of tro ubl e they were actu a lly s u ccessfu l i n
fi nding him He was n ow a master carpe nter i n a
.


f air l y flourishing wa y o f b u s i ness marrie d but ,

wi thout chi ld ren though earnestl y des i r i ng them an d ,

therefore a pp arent l y j ust the man for the emergency .

T he question now was how the i n f ormation could


best be conveye d to this b rother Fortunately he
.

was foun d to b e so far im p ressionab l e that the C ir


c u m s tanc e s of his brother s d eath and the des ti tu

t i on of his chi l dren cou l d b e p ut vivi dl y b efore h i m


i n a dream an d this was repeated thr e e times the
, ,

place and even the name of the land l a d y be i ng c l early


i ndicate d to h i m He was i mmensel y i mpressed by
.

th i s recu rr i ng v i sion and d i sc u ssed it earnestly w i th


,

hi s wi fe wh o advised him to wr i te to th e addres s


,

g i ven T his he d i d not like to do b ut was strongly


.
,

i nclined to travel down i nto the west count ry fi nd ,

o u t w h ethe r there was such a house as that which

he h a d s een and i f so ma k e s om e e x cuse to call th e re


,
.

He was a b usy man however an d he fi na ll y deci d ed


, ,


that he co u ld not a fford to lose a d ay s wor k for
what after all might well prove to b e nothin g b ut
the b aseless fabric of a d ream .

The attempt a l on g these l ines having ap p arently


faile d i t was d ete rmined to try another metho d so
, ,
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on e o f the hel p ers wrote a letter to th e man deta i ling


the circumstances o f his b rother s d eath an d the ’

position o f the chi ld ren exact l y as he had seen them


,

in his d ream O n rece i pt o f th i s confirmation he


.

n o longer hesitate d b ut set o ff the v ery next d a y


,

fo r the town i nd i cated an d was rece i ved w ith open


,

arms by the k ind hearted landlady It h ad be en



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.

easy enough for the he l pers to pers u ade h er goo d ,

so ul that s h e was to k eep the children wi t h her for


,

a few d ays on the c h ance that something or other


w oul d t u rn up for them and S he has ever since ,

congrat u lated hersel f that s h e did so T he carpen .

ter of course too k the children b ack wi th him and


prov i ded them with a happ y home and the dead ,

father now no lon ger anxio u s p assed rej oicing on


, ,

h i s u pward wa y .

S i nce some Theosophica l w r i ters have fe l t it their


d u ty to i ns i st in vigoro u s terms upon the evi l s s o
frequ entl y attendant u pon the holding o f spir i tu al
i sti C séances i t is only fair to admit that on several
,

o ccas i ons goo d w ork s i m i lar to that o f the hel p er


i n the case j u st descr i bed has been done thro u g h
t h e agenc y o f a medi u m o r o f some one present at
a c i rcle . Thu s tho u gh sp i r i tu al i sm has too o ften
,

deta i ned so ul s wh o b u t for it wo u ld h a ve attai ned


spe ed i e r l i berat i on i t m u st be s et to t h e cred i t o f i ts
,

acco u nt that it has also furnished the mean s of


87

e scape to others and thus opened up the path Of


,

a d vancement for them There have b een in s tances


.

I n w hich the d efunct has b een ab l e to a pp ear unas

siste d to his re l atives or frien d s an d expl ain h i s


w ishes to them ; b ut these are nat u ra lly rare and ,

m ost so u ls who are earth b oun d b y anxieties o f th e


-

ki n d in d icate d c an satisfy th e mse l v e s on ly b y means


o f the service s o f the me d ium o r th e conscio u s

h elper .

Another case very frequent l y encountere d on th e


astral p lane is that of the man who cannot b elieve
that he i s d e ad at a ll In d eed most peo pl e consider
.
,

the very fact that th e y are sti l l conscious to be an


abso l ute p roof that they have not p asse d through
the p ortals of death ; Somewhat o f a satire this if ,

o n e thinks o f i t on the practica l va l ue of o u r muc h


,

vaunte d b e l ief in the immorta l ity o f the so ul ! H ow


ever the y may have la b e l le d themse l ves dur i ng l ife ,

the great maj ority o f those who d ie i n this co u ntry


,

at any rate show themselves b y their subsequen t


,

att i tu de to have been to all i ntents and p urposes


mater i alists at heart ; an d those wh o o n earth have
honest l y cal l ed themselves s o are o ften n o mo re
di fli c u l t to deal w i th than others wh o w o u ld have

been shock ed at the very name .

A very recent instance was that of a sc i ent i fic man


wh o find i ng himsel f fu ll y consc i o u s and yet u nder
, ,
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con d itions differing ra d ica l ly from any th at he ha d


ever exp erience d b efore ha d p ersua d e d h i msel f that
,

h e was still alive and mere l y the vict i m o f a pro


,

longed and un p leasant dream Fortu natel y for him


.

t h ere happened to b e among the b and of those able to


fu nct i on u pon the astra l pl ane a son o f an O ld fr i end
Of h i s a y o u ng man whose father had commiss i oned
,

h i m to search for the d eparted scientist and e n de av


our to ren d er him some assistance When a fter some.

trouble t h e yo u th fo u nd and accosted him he frank ly ,

adm i tted that he was in a con d ition o f great b ewi l


de rmen t and d iscomfort b ut still c lu ng des p erat e l y
,

to h i s dream hypothes i s as on the whole the mos t


probab l e explanation o f what he s aw and e v en went ,

s o far as to s u ggest that his visitor was nothing but

a dr e am fi gu re h i msel f !
-

A t last however he s o fa r gave way as to propos e


, ,


a ki nd o f test and sa i d to t h e y oung man
,
If you ,

a r e as y o u assert a l i v i ng person and the s on o f


, , ,

my old f r i end br i ng me fro m him s o m e m essage


,


th at shall p r ove to me yo ur Obj ec ti ve reality N ow .

altho u gh u nder all ordinary condit i ons o f th e ph ys


i cal plane the g i ving o f an y ki nd o f pheno m enal
p r oo f is str i ct ly forbi dden to the p u p i ls o f the
M asters i t seemed as though a case o f th i s ki nd
,

h ard l y ca m e u nde r the ru les ; and there f o r e wh en ,

i t ha d b een ascerta in ed that there w as n o obj ect i on


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on the p art o f hi gher authorities an a ppl ication was


,

ma d e to the father who at once sent a message re


,

fe r ring to a series o f events which had occ u rred



b efore the son s b irth T his convince d the dead
.

man of the rea l existence of his young fr i end and ,

therefore o f the plane u p on which the y were both


funct i on i ng ; and as soon as he fe l t this estab lished ,

his scientific training at once reasserted i tse l f and ,

he b ecame excee d ing ea ger to acquire a ll p ossible


i nformation a b out this new re gion .

O f cours e th e me s sa g e which he s o readi ly ac


c epte d as e vi d ence was in rea l ity no proof at al l ,

since the facts to which it referre d might have bee n


rea d from his own m i nd o r from the records o f th e
p ast b y any creature possessed o f astra l s e nses ! But
h i s i gnorance o f these po ssi b i l ities ena bl e d this defi
n i te i m p ress i on to be made upon him an d the Theo
,

sophical instruction which his yo u ng fr i end i s now


n i gh t l y g iving to him wi l l u nd ou b tedly have a s tu
pen d o n s e ffect upon his future for i t c annot b u t
,

greatly m odi fy not on l y the heaven state wh i c h l i e s


-

immediate l y b efore him b ut a l so his nex t i ncarna


,

t i on u pon ear th
.

The main work then d one for the newly d ea d


, ,

by our h e lp ers is that o f soothing and comforting



them of d e liv e ring them wh en p ossible fr om th e
t er ribl e t hou gh unreasonin g fear which bu t too Of ten
90

se i zes them and not only ca u ses t h em mu ch u nne


,

c e s s ary su ffering b ut retar d s their progress to highe r


,


s p here s an d of enabl ing them as far as may be to
comprehen d th e f uture that l ies b e fore them .

O thers who have b een l onger on the astral plan e


ma y a l so receive much he lp i f they wi ll b ut accept
,

it from e xpl anations an d advice as to their co u rs e


,

throu g h its d i ff erent stages The y may for exam


.
,

ple b e warned o f the d an ger an d d e l ay caused by


,

attempting to comm u nicate with the l ivin g throu gh


a medium and sometimes ( though rar e l y ) an e ntity
,

alrea d y d rawn into a spiritua l istic circ l e may be


gu ided into higher an d healthier li fe Teach i ng .

thus gi ven to persons on this p l ane i s b y no means


lost for thou gh the memory o f it cannot of course
,

be d i rectly carr i ed over to the next incarnation there ,

a l ways remains the rea l inner know l edge and the r e


,

fore t h e strong p redispos i tion to accept it i mm edi


atel y when heard aga i n in the new li fe .

A rather remarkabl e instance of service rende red


to t h e dead was the first achievement o f a very recent

recr ui t to the b and o f helpers o ne wh o is hard ly a s
y et a ful l y fledge d mem b er T h i s yo u ng aspi r ant
-
.

h ad n ot long be fOre lost an aged relat i on f or w h o m


,

h e h ad f elt an C spec i ally warm a ffect i on ; and h i s


ea r l i est r equest was to b e tak en by a mo r e exper
i e n c e d frien d to visit her in the ho p e that he m i g ht
9 !

be of some service to her T h i s was d one and th e


.

e ffect o f the meetin g of the living and the d ead w as

very b eauti fu l an d touching The o ld er p erson s


.

astra l l i fe was a l rea d y a p proachin g its en d b ut a c on


,

dition of a p athy d u ll ness an d uncertainty p rev e nte d


,

her f rom makin g any imme d iate p ro g ress .

But when the b oy who ha d b een so much to her i n


,

earth l i fe stoo d once more b efore her an d d is s o l ve d


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,

by the sun l i ght o f his l ove the gr ey mist o f de p ression


which ha d g athere d aroun d her s h e was arouse d
,

from her stu p or ; an d soon s h e un d erstood that he


ha d come in order to ex p la i n to her her situ ation ,

an d to te ll her of the gl ori e s o f the hi gher li fe towar d


wh i ch her thou ght s an d as p irations ou ght now to be
di rected But when this was fu l ly realize d there was
.
,

such an awakening o f d ormant fee l in g in her and


such an outrush of d evote d a ffection towards her
earnest youn g he lp er that the last fetters w h ich
,

b oun d her to the astra l l i fe were broken and that ,

o n e great o u tb urst of love and gr atitu d e swept he r

forthw i th into th e h i gher consc i ousn ess o f the h eav


e n worl d
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.Tr u ly there is no greater and mo r e b ene
fi c en t power i n the u n i verse tha n that o f pure uns e l f
,

i sh love .
C H A P TER XIII .

O T H ER B RA N C H E S O! TH E W O RK .

BUT turnin g b ack again now from the al l im p o r -

tant work amon g the d ead to the consi d eration o f


the work amon g the l i vin g we must b riefly indi
,

cate a great b ranch o f i t wit h out a notice of which


,

ou r account o f th e labours o f our i nvisible he lp ers

wo uld in d eed be incomp l ete an d that is the immense


,

a m ount which is done b y su ggestion by S impl y —


pu tting good thou ghts into th e min d s o f those wh o
are rea d y to rece i ve them .

Let there b e no mistake as to what i s meant here .


I t woul d b e perfectly easy e asy to a de gree which
w ou l d be q ui te incred ib le to those who do not u nde r

stan d the s u bj ect practica l l y for a he l per to dom
i n ate the mind Of an y average man and ma k e him ,

th i n k j u st as he pleased and t h at wi tho u t a r o u s i ng


,

t h e fa i ntest s u sp i c i on o f any o u ts i de i nfluence in ’

the m i nd o f t h e subj ect B u t ho w eve r adml rabl e


.
,

t h e res u lt m i ght be s u c h a p r oc eed i ng wo u ld be


,

ent i rely i nadm i ss i ble A ll t h at m ay be done i s to


.


t hr ow the good tho ught into the person s m i nd as
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93

on e among th e hun d re d s that are constantl y swee p


i ng through it ; whether the man takes it up makes ,

i t h i s own and acts u p on it de p en d s u pon himself


, ,

entire l y Were it otherwis e it is o b vious that a ll


.
,

the goo d karma of the action w ou l d acc ru e to the


hel p er on l y for the su b j ect wou l d have b een a mere
,

,

too l and not an actor which is not what is d esire d .

The assistance g iven in this way is excee d in gl y


varied i n character The conso l ation o f fh ose who
.

are su fferin g or in sorrow at once suggests itse l f ,

as d oes a l so the en d eavour to g uide towar d the truth

those who are earnest l y seeking it When a person .

is s p en d ing much anxious tho ug ht u pon some s p ir


i tu al or meta p hysical pro bl em i t i s often p ossi b le
,

to p ut the solution into his m i nd witho u t h i s be i n g


at a l l aware that it comes from externa l a g ency .

A pu pi l too may often b e em pl oye d as an agent


i n what c an har dl y b e d escri b e d otherwise than as
th e answering o f p rayer ; for thou g h i t is true that

any e arnest S p iritu a l d esire s u ch as m ight b e s up


,

pose d to find its exp ression i n pfhyer is itse l f a forc e


,

which automatical l y b rings ab out certa i n res ul t s ,

i t is also a fact that such a spiritual e ffort o ffers an


oppo i tu n i ty of influence to the P owers o f Good of
'

which they are not slow to take a d vanta ge ; an d it i s


sometime s the p rivile ge of a wi ll ing he l per to b e
ma d e the channe l throu gh which th e ir e ner gy i s
94

po u red fo r th What i s said o f p ray ers i s tr u e to


.

an even g reater extent o f meditation for those to ,

w hom this higher exercise is a possi b i l ity .

Besi d es these more genera l metho d s of he l p there


are a l so s p ecia l lines open on l y to the few Again .

and again such pu p i l s as are fitted for the work have


been em pl oyed to su gge s t true an d b eautifu l thoughts
to authors p oets artists and musicians ; but obv i
, ,

ou s l y it i s not every hel p er who is ca p a bl e of be i ng

u se d i n this way .

Sometimes though more rare l y it i s poss i b l e to


, ,

warn p ersons o f the d an ger to their mora l develop


ment o f some course which they are p ursuing to ,

clear away evi l influences from ab out some p erson or


place or to counteract the machinat i ons of b l ack
,

magicians It is not often that direct i nstruct i on in


.

t h e great truths o f nature can b e given to p eople out


s i de the circle o f occu l t st u dents b ut occasional ly
,

i t i s possible to do someth i ng in that w ay b y p u tting


before the m i nds of preachers an d teachers a w i der
range o f tho u ght or a more l i b eral v i ew o f some
qu estion than they wo u ld otherwise hav e taken .

Nat u rally as an Occult st u dent p ro g resses on the


P ath he attains a wi d er sphere o f usefulness I n .

stead o f assisting in d ivi d ua l s on l y he l earns h ow


,

classes nations and races are dea l t w i th an d he i s


, ,

entr u sted wi th a grad u ally i nc r eas i ng share o f t h e


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higher an d more imp ortant work d one b y the a d epts


themse l ves As he acqu i res the requisite p ower and
.

k now l e dge he b e g ins to wie ld the g reater forces o f


the menta l an d the astra l pl anes an d is shown h ow
to make the utmost possi bl e use o f each favourabl e
cyc l ic influence He is b rou ght into relation w ith
.

those great N i rm én akéyas who are sometimes sym


boli z e d as the Stones of the Guar d ian Wa ll an d he
,


becomes at first of course in the very h u mblest

capacity one of th e b and of their a l moners and ,

l earns how those forces are dis p ersed which are the
fruit of their su bl ime s e l f s ac ri fi c e Thus he r i ses
-

g ra d ua ll y hi gher an d hi gher unti l bl ossoming at


,

l en gth into a d ep tship he i s a bl e to take his fu ll share


,

o f the res p onsi b i l ity which l ies u p on the Masters

o f W i s d om and to help others along the roa d wh i ch


,

he has tro dd en .

O n the mental p lane the wor k d i ffers some


what since teachin g can b e both g iven an d rece i ve d
,

i n a much more d irect ra p i d an d p erfect manner


, ,

while the influences s et in mot i on are in fi nitely more


powerfu l b ecause acting on s o much hi gher a l evel
,
.

But ( thou gh it is use l es s to speak of it in d etai l at


p resent since s o fe w of us are yet abl e to function
,

conscious l y u p on this pl ane d urin g l i fe ) here a l so



an d e ven hi gher sti ll there i s a l ways pl enty of wor k
to be d one as soon as ever we c an make ourse l ves
,
ca p ab le o f doing i t ; an d there certain l y no fear
that for co u nt l ess aeons we shal l ever fin d ourse l ves
w i tho u t a c are e r o f u nsel fi sh usefu lness O pen be
for e us.
C H A P TER XIV .

TH E ! U AL I ! I C ATI O N S RE ! U I RED .

H ow, it may b e aske d are we to make ourselves


,

cap abl e of S harin g in this g reat work ! We ll there ,

is no mystery as to the qua l ifications which are


nee d e d by one who as p ires to b e a he lp er ; the d i f
fi cu l ty is not in l earnin g what they are b ut in d ev e l ,

Op in g them in onese l f To some extent they have


.

b e e n a l rea d y inci d e nta ll y d e scri b ed b ut it i s n e v e r


,

th e l e s s as we ll that they shou l d b e s et ou t fu ll y and

cate gorica ll y .

I
. S i ng l e mi n de dn es s
-
The first requi s it e i s that
.

w e sha ll have recognize d the great work which the


Masters wou ld have us d o an d that it sha ll b e fo r
,

us the one g reat interest o f our l ives We must .

l earn to d istin gu ish not only b etween usefu l an d


use l es s wor k b ut between the di ffe rent kin d s of u se
,

fu l wor k s o that we may each d evote our s e l ves to


,

th e very hi ghest of which we are ca p a bl e an d not ,

fritter away o u r time in l ab ourin g at som e thing


which however goo d it may b e for th e man who can
,

not yet d o anythin g b etter is unworthy of the know


,

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98

l e d ge an d ca p acity which S hou ld b e ours as Theo


S ophists . A man wh o w i shes to b e consi d ere d e l i gi
ble for em pl oyment on hi gher pl anes mu s t b e gin b y
do i ng the utmost that l i e s in h i s power in the wa y o f
definite wor k for T h eoso p h y down here .

O f cou r se I do not for a moment mean that w e


are to neglect the ordinar y duties o f l i fe W e sho u ld
.

certa i n l y d o we ll to un d ertake no ne w wor ldly duties


o f any sort but those which we have alrea d y boun d
,

up on our sho ul ders have b ecome a k éi rm i c o bl i g a


t i on wh i ch we have no ri ght to negl ect U n l ess we
.

have done to the fu l l the duties which karma h as


laid u p on us we are not free for the higher wor k .

B u t this hi gher wor k must neverthe l ess b e to us the


o n e th i ng rea ll y worth l iving for — the constant b ack
g r o u nd o f a li f e which i s consecrate d to the service
o f the M asters o f Com p ass i on .

.2 P erfec t s el f c on tr ol
-
. Before we can be safe l y
tr u sted wi th the w i der p owers o f the astra l l i fe we
,

must have o u rselves perfectl y in hand O ur tem p er


.
,

f or exam p le must b e thorough l y under contro l s o


, ,

that noth i ng that we may s e e or hear can c ause real


i rritation in us for th e consequences o f such i rr i ta
,

t i on wo u ld be far more ser i ous on that p lane than


o n this . T he f orce of thou ght is alwa y s an enor
mous p ower but down here it i s re du ce d an d dea d
,

ened b y the heavy p hysical brain p artic l es wh i ch


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99

it h as to s e t in motion In the astra l wor ld it is far


.

freer an d more p otent an d for a man w ith fu ll y


,

awakene d fa cu l ty to fe e l an ge r against a p erson there


w ould b e to d o h i m ser i ous and perhaps even f atal
i nj ur y
.

N ot on l y d o we nee d contro l o f temper b ut c on ,

trol o f nerve s o that none of the fantastic or terri b l e


,

si ghts that we may encount e r may b e a bl e to shak e


ou r d aunt l ess coura ge I t must b e remembe r e d that
.

the p u p i l who awakens a man u p on the astral p l ane


i ncurs thereb y a certain amount of res p onsi b i l ity for
hi s actions and for his safety s o that u nless h i s ,

neo p hyte ha d coura ge to stand a l on e the who l e o f



the o ld er wor k er s time wou ld be wasted in hoverin g
roun d to p rotect him which it wou ld be mani fest l y
,

u nreasonabl e to exp ect .

It is to make s ure o f this contro l o f nerve an d to ,

fi t them for th e work that has to b e d one that can d i ,

dates are a l ways ma d e now as in d ays of o l d to


, ,

p ass what are cal l ed the tests o f earth water air an d , ,

fi re
.

I n other words they have to l earn with that abs o


,

lute certainty that come s not b y theory b ut b y p ra e ,

t i ca l exp erience that in their astra l b od ies none of


,

these e l ements can b y any p ossi b i l ity b e hurtfu l to



them that non e c an o pp ose any o b stac l e in th e
w ay o f the w or k which they have to do .
1 00

In thi s physica l b ody we are full y convinced that


fire wi ll b urn us that water wi l l d rown us that th e
, ,

so l i d roc k forms an im p assa b le barrier to ou r pro


gr ess that w e cannot with sa fety launch ourselves
,

uns u pported i nto the amb i ent a i r So deep ly i s th i s


.

conviction e ngrained i n us that it costs most men


a good dea l of e ffort to overcome the i nstinctiv e
action which fo ll ows fro m it an d to rea l ize that i n
,

the astra l b o dy the d ensest rock o ff ers n o imped i


ment to thei r free d om o f motion that they may leap
,

w i th impunity from the hi ghest c l i ff an d pl unge


,

wi th the most absolute confidence i nto the heart o f


the ra g ing vo l cano o r the d eepest a b ysses Of the
fathom l ess ocean .


Yet until a man kn ows thi s knows it su fficient ly
to ac t u p on h i s k nowle dg e instinctivel y and c on fi

den tl y h e is comparat i vel y useless for astral w or k ,

s i nce in emergencies that are constant ly ar i sing he


w o u ld be perpetual ly paralyze d b y i maginary d i sa
bi l i ti es
. So he h as to go through h i s tests and,


thro u gh man y another strange exper i ence to m ee t,

face to f ace w i th calm co u rage the most ter ri fy ing


appar i t i ons amid the most loathsome s u rround i ngs
- to S how i n f act that his nerve may be thorough l y
t ru sted u nde r an y and all of the var i ed groups o f
c i rcumstances i n whi c h h e ma y at an y moment find
hi msel f .
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'

a ri d
’ ’

F u rthe r we need control o f


,

o f mind beca u se w i thout the power of concentration


,

it wo u ld be i mpossible to do good wor k am i d a ll


the distract i ng cu r r ents of the astral plane ; of de
s i re beca u se i n that strange w orld to des i re i s very
,

often to have and u nless th i s part o f ou r nature


,

were well cont r olled w e might perchance fi nd ou r


selves f ace to face w ith creat i ons o f ou r own o f
which we s h o u ld b e heart il y ashame d .

.
3 C a l m n es s
. Thi s is another most important

point the absence of all w orr y an d depression .

M u ch o f the work cons i sts i n soothing those wh o


are distu rbed and cheer i ng those wh o are i n s or
,

ro w ; and h ow can a helper do that wor k if his o wn

a ur a I S V i b r at i ng w i th constant fu ss and w orry o r ,

grey wi t h the deadly gloom that comes f rom per


p e tua l dep r ess i on ! Nothing i s more hopeless ly
f atal to occu lt progr ess or u sefu lness than ou r nine
teen th cent u r y hab i t o f ceaselessly w orryi ng ove r
tri fles — o f ete r na ll y mak i ng mountains ou t o f mole

h i lls M an y o f us s i mply spend our lives i n magn i


.


fyi n g the most abs u r d tr i v i al i t i es i n solemnl y and
elaboratel y going to work to make ourse l ves miser
ab le a b o u t noth i ng .

S u rel y w e w ho are Theosoph i sts o u ght at an y ,

rate to h ave got beyond th l S stage o f irrat i on al


,

w orry and ca u seless depress i on ; s ur el y w e wh o are ,


1 02

t ryi h g acq u i re some definite k nowledge f the


to o

cosm i c or d er ou ght b y this time to have rea li zed


,

th at the o p t i mist i c v i ew o f eve ryth i ng i s a lways


n earest to the div i ne view an d therefore to th e
,

truth b eca u se only that in an y person which is good


,

and beauti ful c an b y any poss ib i l ity b e permanent ,

whi l e the evi l must b y its very nature b e tem porary .


In fact as Brownin g sai d the e vi l is nu ll is nau ght
, , , ,


is S i l ence im pl yin g soun d whi l e a b ove an d b eyon d
,


it a l l the sou l o f thin g s is sweet the H eart of Bein g
,


i s ce l estial rest So They who know maintain
.

u n ru ffle d ca l m and w i th Thei r perfect sym p ath y


,

com b ine the j oyous serenity which comes from the


certainty that al l wi ll at l ast b e well ; an d those who
wish to he l p must l earn to fo l low Their example .

4. K n ow l e d g e To b e o
. f u se the man must at
l east have some know l edge o f the nature o f the plane
o n which he has to work and the more k no wl edge
,

he has in any an d every d irection the more usefu l


he wi ll be H e must fit himse l f for this task b y
.

careful l y stu d y i n g Theosophical literature ; for


he cannot expect those whose time i s a l read y s o
fu ll y occ u pie d to waste some o f it in expl aining to
him what he mi ght have l earnt d own here b y takin g
the trou b le to read the b ooks No one who is not .

alrea d y as earnest a stu d ent as his capacities and


1 03

O pportu nities permit nee d b e gi n to think o f hi msel f


,

as a can d i d ate for astral work .

5
. Uns e l fi s h n es s It wo.u l d seem scarcely ne e d
fu l to i nsist u pon th i s as a qua l ification for sure l y
,

everyone wh o h as made the l east st udy o f Theoso p hy


must k no w that w hile the slightest taint o f sel fi shness
rema i ns i n a man he is not yet fi t to be entrusted
,

with higher powers not yet fit to enter upon a work


,

o f whose ver y essence i t i s that the w orke r sho u ld

forget h i msel f but to remembe r the goo d o f othe r s .

H e who is stil l ca p a b le o f se lfi sh thought whose p er


,

s on al i ty is sti l l s o strong in h i m that he can a ll ow

himse l f to be t u rne d as id e from h i s w o rk b y f ee l ings


o f p etty p ride or su ggest i ons o f w o u nd e d d i gnity

th at man is not yet rea d y to S ho w the sel fless devo


tion o f the hel p er .

.6 L ove This the l ast and greatest of the qu al i


.
,

fi c ati on s i s als o the most misunderstood


,
Most
.

em p haticall y i t i s n ot t h e cheap namb y pamby,


-

backboneless sentimenta li sm wh i ch i s alway s over


flowing i nto vagu e p l atitudes and gu sh i ng gene r
al i ti e s yet fears to stan d fi rm f o r the r i ght lest i t
,

“ ”
should be brande d by the i g norant as unbrother l y .

What i s wanted i s the love which i s strong eno u gh


n ot to boast i tsel f b u t to act w i tho u t tal ki ng abo u t
,

i t— the i ntense desire f or serv i ce whic h i s eve r on


th e watch for an o p portunity to ren d er i t e ven ,
1 04

t h o u gh i t prefers to do S O anon ym o u sl y— the f eel i ng


whi ch spr i ngs u p i n the h eart o f h i m wh o h as
r eal iz ed t h e gr eat w or k o f t h e Logos and h av i ng
, ,

once seen i t k nows that for hi m there can be i n the


,

three w o r lds n o oth er co u rse b u t to i dent ify hi m


.

sel f wi t h i t to t h e u tmost l i m i t of h i s po w er— to


become i n h o w e v e r hu mble a wa y and at h o w ever
, ,

great a distance a t i n y channel o f that w ondro u s


,

love o f God which like the p eace o f God passet h


, ,


man s understan d ing .

T hese are the q u a l ities toward the possess i on of


whi c h the he l per must ceaselessly strive and o f ,

w h i ch some cons i de r able meas u re at leas t m u st be


hi s before he c an h ope that the Great O nes wh o
stand beh i nd wi ll deem hi m fi t for fu ll a w ak en i ng .

Th e i deal i s i n t ru th a hi gh one y et none need


,

the r e fore t ur n a w a y disheartened n or th i n k that


,

wh i le h e i s st i ll b u t str u ggl i ng toward i t he m u st


necessar i l y re m a i n ent i rel y u seless on t h e astral
plane for s h o rt o f the r esponsibil i t i es and dangers
,

o f that fu ll a w a k ening there i s much that ma y sa f el y

an d u se fu ll y be done .

T here i s ha r dl y one among u s wh o w o u ld n ot


be capable o f per f orm i ng at least one defi nite act
of m e r c y and good wi ll eac h n i gh t whi l e w e are

aw a y fr o m ou r bod i es . O u r condit i on w h en asleep


i s u s u a l l y on e o f absorpt i on i n tho u ght be it reme m
,
105


b ered a carrying O f the tho u gh ts t h at h a ve
on

pr i ncipa ll y occupied u s du ring the d ay and especiall y


,

o f the last thou ght in the mind w hen s i n ki ng into

s l eep Now i f we make that l ast tho u ght a strong


.

intention to go and give help to some on e whom


we know to b e i n need o f it th e so u l w hen freed
,

from the b o d y wi l l u n d oubte dl y carry out that i n ten


tion an d the he l p wi ll b e given There are several
,
.

cases on recor d in which wh en th i s atte mpt has been


,

ma d e the person thought o f h as b een fu l ly c on


,

scious o f the e ffort o f the w o uld be helper and has


-
,

even seen his astra l bo d y i n the act of carrying out


the i nstructions i mpressed u pon i t .

I ndeed n o one nee d sadden himse l f with t h e


,

tho u ght that he c an have n o part nor l ot in th i s


glorio u s wor k S u ch a feeling wo ul d be entire ly
.

u ntr u e for every one who c an thin k c an h elp


,
Nor .

n eed s u ch use ful action be confined to ou r ho ur s o f

s leep . I f y ou k now ( and wh o does n ot !) Of some


o n e who is in sorrow o r s u ff ering tho u gh y o u ma y
,

n ot be able consc i o u sly to stand i n a st r al f orm b


y
the ir beds i de yo u c an nevertheless send t h em l ov
,

i ng thoughts and earnest good wishes ; and b e well


ass u r ed that s u ch though ts and wishes are real and

liv i ng and strong that when you s o send them
they do actua l ly go an d work you r w ill i n propo r
tion to the strength which y ou have put into the m .
1 06

T ho u ghts a r e th i ngs i ntensel y real th i ngs v i sib l e


, ,

eno u gh to those w hose eyes have been opene d to


s e e and by thei r means the p oorest man may h e ar
,

his p art in the good wor k o f the wor ld as fu ll y as


the richest I n this way at least whether we c an
.
,

yet funct i on consc i o u s l y up on the astra l p l ane or


n ot we al l can j oin and we a l l o u ght to j oin the
, , ,

army of invisi bl e he lp ers .

But the as p irant who de fi n i te ly des i res to become


,

on e o f the b and of astra l he l pers who are working

u nder the d i rection O f the great Masters o f Wis d om ,

will ma k e his preparation p art of a far w i der scheme


o f d eve l opment . I nstea d o f mere l y endeavouring to
fit himse l f for this p articu l ar b ranch o f their service ,

he wi ll u n d ertake with high reso l ut i on the far greater


task o f training himse l f to follow I n their foot
steps O f bending a ll the energies o f his sou l to
,

attain even as the y have attained so that his p ower


,

o f helping the worl d may not be confined to the

astra l pl ane b ut may extend to those hi gher levels


,

which are the true home of the d ivine s e l f of man .

! or him the p ath has been mar k ed out long ago


by the w i sdom o f those who have trod d en it in

days o f ol d a path o f se l f d eve l o p ment wh i ch
-

sooner o r l ater a l l must fo ll ow whether they choose


,

to a d op t i t o f the i r own fre e w il l or to wait until


, ,

a f t e r many l i ves and an infinity o f su fferin g th e,


I o7

s lo w resist l ess force o f e vo l ution d rives them a l on g


,

i t amon g the l a ggards of the h u man fami l y . But


the wise man i s h e who ea g er l y enters u pon it imme
di ate ly setting h i s face resolute l y toward the goal
,

o f a d eptsh ip in o rder that b eing safe for ever from


, ,

al l do u bt and fear and sorrow himse l f he may he lp


,

o t h ers into safety an d ha pp iness also . What are the


steps o f this P ath of H o l iness as the Bu d dhists ca l l
,

it and in what or d er they are arranged l et u s see


, ,

i n ou r next chapter .
CHA PT ER XV
T H E P R O B A T I O N AR! P A T H .

E AST ER N b ooks tel l us that there are fo u r means


by which a man may b e b rought to the b eginning
o f the path o f spirit u a l a d vancement : I By the .

companionshi p of those who have a l rea dy entered


up on i t 2 B y the hear i ng or reading o f d efinite
. .

teaching on occu l t phi l oso p hy 3 By enl i ghtene d . .

r eflection ; that is to s ay that by sheer force o f hard


,

think i ng and close reasoning he may arrive at the


truth or some portion o f i t for h imsel f 4 B y t h e
, ,
. .

p r act i ce o f virt u e whic h means that a long ser i es


,

o f v i rtuous li ves though i t does not necessari l y i n


,

volve any increase o f inte ll ectua l ity does eventu ally ,

deve l o p e in a man su ffi c i ent intuition to ena bl e him to


g rasp the necessity o f enter i ng u pon the path and ,

S how h i m i n what direction it l ies .

When by on e o r another of th ese means ,h e h as


,

a rr i ved at th i s p oint the way to the h i ghest adept


,

s h ip li es st r a i ght before him i f he chooses to tak e


,

i t I n wr i ting fo r st u dents o f occult i sm i t i s hardl y


.

necessary to s ay that at ou r present stage o f develop

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I 09

ment we cannot expect to learn a l l or near ly al l


, ,

ab out any b ut the l owest ste p s o f this p ath ; whilst


o f the hi ghest we k now l itt l e b ut the names though ,

w e may get occasiona l gl imp ses o f the indescri b abl e


glory which surrounds them .

Accordin g to the esoteric teach i ngs these step s are


grou p e d in three great divisions :
I
. The pro b ationary perio d before any d efin i te
,

pledges are taken or initiations ( in the full sense


,

o f the wor d ) are g iven . This carries a man to the


l eve l necessary to p ass successfu ll y throu gh what i n
Theoso p hical b ooks is usua ll y ca ll ed the critic al
p eriod o f the fifth roun d .

2
. The period of pl e dge d d isci pl eshi p or the path
,

p roper whose four sta ges are often Sp oken o f in


,

O rienta l b ooks as the four p aths o f ho l iness . At



the end o f this the pup i l o b tains a d e p tshi p the level
which humanity shou l d reach at the close of the
seventh roun d .

3
. What we may venture to ca ll the o f
f i cial period,

i n which the ade p t takes a d e finite p art ( u n d er the


great Cosmic Law ) in the government o f the world ,

an d ho ld s a spec i al o ffice connecte d therewith O f .

co u rse every a d ep t— every p u p i l even when once


,

d efinite l y accep ted as we have seen in the ear l ier


,


cha p ters ta k es a p art in the g reat work of he lp ing
for w ar d the evo l ution of man ; b ut those standing on
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the h igher levels take char ge of s p ecia l de p artments ,

and corres p on d in the cosmic scheme to the ministers


o f the crown in a w e ll or d ere d earth l y state
-
It .

i s not p ro p ose d to make an y attem p t in this b ook to


treat o f this o fficia l p erio d ; no information abo u t
i t has ever b een ma d e p ub l ic an d the who l e su b j ect
,

is too far a b ove our com p rehension to be p ro fi ta bly


d ea l t w ith in p rint We wi ll confine ourselves there
.

fore to the two ear l ier divisions .

Be fore g oing into d etai l s o f the p ro b ationary


p erio d it is we l l to ment i on that i n most o f the
Eastern sacre d b ooks this sta g e i s re garded as
mere l y p re l iminary an d scarce l y as p art o f the p ath
,

at a ll f or they consi d er that the l atter i s rea l ly


,

entere d u p on only when d efinite pl e dges have b een


given Consi d era bl e confusion has b een created by
.

the fact that the num b ering of the s tages occasiona l ly


commences at this point thou gh more often at the
,

beginning o f the second g reat d ivision ; sometimes


the sta ges themselves are counte d an d sometimes the
,

i nitiations l eading into or out o f them so that i n ,


studying the books one has to b e p er p etua ll y on one s ’

gu ard to avo i d misunderstandin g .

T h i s p ro b ationary p erio d however d i ffers con


, ,

S i de rabl y in C haracter from the others ; the d iv i s i ons

between i ts sta ges are l e s s d eci d e dl y marke d than


are those o f the higher groups an d the req ui rement s
,
I I I

are not so definit e or s o e xactin g But it wi ll be


.

ea s ier to expl ain thi s l ast p oint aft e r g ivin g a l ist


of the five s ta ge s o f this p e rio d with their re spe c
,

tive qua l ifications The first four were very a bly


.

descri be d b y M r Moh i n i Mohun Chatterj i in the


.

first Transaction of the London Lo dge to wh i ch ,

readers ma y b e referre d for fu ll er d efinitions of


the mthan can b e g iv e n here Much e xcee d ingl y
.

va l ua bl e information a b out them is a l so g iven b y


Mrs Besant in her b ook s Th e P a th of Di s ci pl es h i p
.

an d I n th e O u ter C ou r t .

The names g iven to the sta ges wi ll d i ffe r some


what for i n those b ooks th e H in d u Sanskrit ter
,

m i n ol ogy was e m pl oye d wher e as the P é l i nomen


,

c l atu re use d here is that o f the Bu dd hist system ;

b ut a l thou gh the su b j ect is thus a pp roache d from


a di fferent side as it were the qua l ifications exacted
.
,

wi ll b e fo u n d to b e p recise l y the same in e ffect even


when the outwar d form var i es In the case o f each
.

wor d the mere d ictionary mean i n g wi ll first b e g iven


i n p arenthese s and th e expl anation of it which i s
,

u suall y g iven b y the t e acher wil l fo ll o w The first .

stage th e n l i s ca ll e d among Bud d hists


,
.

.I Man odvé rav aj j ana ( the o p enin g o f the d oors


o f the min d or p erha p s e sca p in g b y the d oor of th e
,


min d ) an d in it the candidate acquires a firm intel
lect u al conviction o f the i mp ermanence and w o r th
I IZ

l essness of mere earth l y aims This i s o ften descr i bed


.

as learning the d i ff erence b etween the real an d th e

u nreal ; and to learn i t o ften takes a l on g time and


man y hard lessons Yet i t i s o b v i o u s that i t m u s t
.

be the fi rst step to w ard an yth i ng li k e real progress ,

for n o man c an enter w hole hearted l y upon the p ath


-


u nt il he h as definitel y dec i ded to set h i s a ffection

u pon things a b ove not on things on the earth and
, ,

that decis i on comes from the certainty that nothin g


on earth has any va l ue as compare d with the hi g her

li fe T his step 18 ca ll e d b y the Hindus the acquire


.

ment o f V i ve k a or discrimination and M r S innett ,


.

s p eak s o f i t as the giving a l legiance to the hi gher


sel f
.

2 . P ari kamm a ( preparat i on f or act i on ) — the


stage in wh i ch the can d idate learns to do the r i gh t .

merel y because it is right without consider i ng h i s


,

own ga i n o r loss either in th i s world or the future ,

and acqui res as the Eastern boo k s put it perfect


, ,

i nd i ff erence to the enj oyment o f the fruit o f h i s


own actions . T his i ndi ff erence i s the natural res u lt
o f the p revio u s step ; for when the neo p hyte has once

gr asped the unreal and i mpermanent character o f


all earthly rewards he ceases to crave for them ;
,

wh en once the rad i ance o f the real has shone upon


t h e so ul noth i ng be l ow th at c an an y longer be an
,
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obj ect o f d es ir e This h i ghe r i nd i ffe r ence i s call ed


.

by the H i nd u s Vai réi gya .

3 . U p a c h é
i ro ( attention o r conduct ) -
the stag e
“ ”
i n wh i ch w hat are called the s ix qu a l i ficat i ons ( th e
S h atsampatti o f the Hind u s ) m u st be ac quir e d .

T hese are called i n P é l i :


( ) —
a Samo ( qu i etude ) that pur i t y and ca l mnes s

o f tho u ght which cames from perfect control o f th e


mind a qu alification excee d ingl y di fli c ul t o f attain ‘

ment and yet most necessary fo r un l ess the mind


, ,

moves onl y i n obe di ence to the gui dance o f the wi l l



i t cannot be a per f ect instrument f o r the M aste r s
w ork i n the fu tur e Th is quali fi cation i s a ve ry
.

comp rehensive one an d i ncl u des wi t hi n i tsel f bo th


,

the sel f control and the calmness w hi c h w ere de


-

s c r ibed i n chapter xi v as necessar y f or astral w o rk


. .

( )
6 D amo ( s u bj ug at i on ) — a sim i la r maste ry
over and therefo r e p u r i ty i n one s act i ons and w or ds
, ,

— a qu a li ty wh i ch aga i n f o l lo w s necessar i l y f ro m its


p re d ecessor .

( )
c U p a ra ti ( cessat i on ) — e x pla i ned as cessat i o n

from b igotr y or from b e li e f i n the necess i ty o f an y


act or ceremon y prescribed by a particu lar relig i o n
-
s o leading the asp i rant to i ndependence o f tho u gh t

and to a wide and generous tol erence .

( )
d T i ti k k h é ( endurance o r forbearance ) — b y
w hich i s meant the rea d iness to b ear with cheerfu l
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ness whatever one s karma may br i ng upon on e and ,

to p art w i th anythin g and everything wor ld l y when


ever i t may be necessary It a l so i nclu d es the idea
.

o f com pl ete absence of resentment for wrong the ,

man know i ng that those wh o d o him w rong are but


the instruments of his own karma .

( )
e S am é dh é n a ( intentness ) — o n e :
po i n t e dn e s s

i nvol v mg the inca p ability o f being turn e d asi d e from



one s path b y temptat i on T his corresponds v ery
.

close ly wi th the s i ngle m i n dn e ss spo k en o f i n the


-

previous chapter .

( f) S a d dh é ( fa i t h ) — c o n fi d e n c e i n one ’
s M aster
and onesel f : confidence that i s that the M aster i s
, ,

a competent teacher and that however di fli den t the


, ,

p u p i l ma y feel as to his own powers he has yet ,

w i th i n h i m that d i v i ne s p ark wh i ch w h en f anned into


a flame w i ll one day enable h i m to ach i eve even as
h i s Master has done .

4. Anuloma ( d ir ect order o r s u ccess i on , s ig n ify


i ng that i ts attainment fo l lows as a natural con se
e n c f rom the other three ) — the stage in which
q u e

i s acquired that i ntense d es i re for li b eration from


earth l y lif e an d for union with the hi ghest whic h
, ,

i s ca ll ed b y the H in d us Mu muk sh atva .

rabh ii the con d ition o f fi tness for in i t i a


5. G o t (
tion ) i n this sta g e the can d idate gathers u p as i t ,

were his p revious acquisitions and strengthens them


, ,
1 15

to the degree necessary for the next great step which ,

w i ll s et his feet u p on the p ath p ro p er as an accep ted


pupil T he a ttainment of this l eve l is fo ll owe d very
.

rap i dl y b y initiation into the next g ra d e In answer


.


to the quest i on Who is the Gotrabh fi
, Bu dd ha

says The man who is in p ossession of those con
,

di ti on s u p on which the commencement o f san c ti fi



cation imme d iate ly ens u es h e is the Gotrabh fi ”
.

T he wisdom necessary fo r the reception o f t h e


path of ho l iness i s ca l led Gotrabh fi gu ana -
.

Now that w e have hasti l y gl ance d at the steps o f


the p robationary p erio d we must emp hasize the p oint
,

to which reference was ma d e at the commence



ment that the p erfe c t attainment of the s e acc om
p l i s h m e n ts and qua l ifications is not ex p ecte d at this
early stage A s M r Moh i n i says I f a ll these are
. .

,

equa ll y strong adeptshi p is attained in the same


,

i ncarnation But such a result is o f course ex


trem e l y rare . It i s in the d irection of these acquire
ments that the can d idat e must c aselessly str i ve but ,

it wou l d be an error to su pp ose that no one has b een


admitted to the next ste p without possessin g all o f
them i n the ful l est p ossi bl e degree N or d o they
.

necessarily fol l ow one another in the sam e d e finite


or d er as the later step s ; in fact in many cases a
,

man wo u ld be deve l o p ing the various qua l ifications


1 16


a l l at th e same time rather si d e b y si d e than i n reg
ular s u ccession .

I t i s o b v i ous that a man might easi l y be w orki ng


along a great part o f this p ath even though he was
q ui t e u na w are o f i ts ver y ex i stence and n o doubt
,

man y a good Christian many an earnest f reeth i nke r


,

i s al r ead y far on the road that will eventual l y lead


him to i n i t i at i on though he may never have heard
,

th e w o r d occ ul t i sm i n his li fe I mention t h ese


.

two c lasses espec i all y beca u se i n every other r eli gi on


,

occ u lt de v elopment i s r ecognized as a poss ib ility ,

and w o u ld certa i nl y there fore be i ntentionall y


sough t b y t h ose wh o f elt y earn i ngs fo r someth i ng
more sat i s factory than the exoter i c f ait h s .

W e m u st also note that the steps o f th i s proba


ti onary pe ri od are n ot separated b y i n i t i at i ons i n

th e fu ll sense o f the w ord tho u gh the y w i ll ce r


,

tai n l y be studded wi th tests and tr i als o f all sorts

and on all planes and may b e relieved b y e n cou rag


,

i ng e xp er i ences and b y h i nts and help w heneve r


,

t h ese may sa f el y be g i ven We are apt somet i me s


.

to u se the word i n i tiat i on so m e w hat l oosel y as for


'

e xample when i t i s ap p l i ed to such tests as have j u st

been ment i oned ; properl y s p ea k ing i t re fers onl y to


t h e solemn ceremon y at wh i ch a p u p i l i s f ormall y
adm i tted to a higher grade b y an ap p o i nted o ffi c i al ,

wh o i n th e name o f the O ne I n i t i ato r r ece iv es h i s


1 17

pl i ghte d vow and puts into his hands the new key
,

o f know l edge which he is to u se on the l eve l to which

he has now atta i ned Such an i nitiation i s taken at


.

the entrance to the d i v i sion which we sha l l next c on


s i der an d also at each p assa ge from any one of its
,

s teps to the next .


CHA PT ER XV I .

T H E P A T H P R O P ER .

I T i s in the fo u r sta ges of this div i sion of the p ath


that th e ten S arhyoj an a or fetters which bind man
,

to the c i rc l e o f reb irth an d ho l d him b ack from


Nirv ana must be cast off And here comes the
,
.

d i fference between this p eriod of p l edged d i scip l e


ship an d the prev i o u s p ro b ation No partial s u c
.

cess in getting rid of these fetters is su fli c i en t now ;


be f ore a candidate c an p ass on from one of the steps
to the next he m u st be e n ti rely free from ce r ta i n
o f these clogs ; and when they are en u merated it will

be seen ho w f ar reachi ng this r e qu irement i s and


-
,

th ere w i ll be l i ttle cause to wonde r at the statement


m ade in the sac r ed b oo k s that seven i ncarnat i ons are
somet i mes require d to pass th r o u gh th i s d iv i s i o n o f
t h e path.

Each o f these fo u r steps o r stages i s aga i n d i v i ded


i nto f o u r for each has ( 1 ) its Maggo or way d ur , ,

i ng whi ch t h e st u dent i s st ri v i ng to cast O ff the fet


te r s ; ( 2 ) i ts Ph ala ( res u lt o r fr ui t ) w h en he fi nds
th e res u lts o f h i s act i on i n so do i ng show i ng them
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1 19

selves more and more ; ( 3 ) i ts B h avagga o r con


summation the perio d when the resu l t h avi n g cu l
, ,

m i n ated he is a b le to fufi l satisfactori l y the wor k


,

b elonging to the ste p on which he now firm l y stands ;


an d ( 4 ) its Gotrabh fi meaning as before the time
, , ,

w hen he arr i ves at a fit state to receive the next i n i ti


at i on The first sta g e is :
.

.I S otépatti or Sohan T he pupil who has at


.

tai n e d this l eve l is s p oken o f as the Sowani or Soti

panna — “
h e who has entered the stream
” —b eca u se ,

from this period thou gh he may l inger though h e


, ,

may succumb to more refine d temptations an d tur n


aside from his course for a time he can n o longe r ,

fall back altoge ther from Sp irit u a l ity an d b ecome


a mere worl dl ing He has entered upon the stream
.

o f de fi n i te highe r h u man evolution u pon w hi ch al l ,

hu man i ty must enter by the mid d le o f the n ext


r o u nd u nless they are to b e left b ehind as tempora ry
,

f a i l u res by the great life wave to wa i t for fu r ther


-
,

progress until the ne x t cha i n o f worlds .

T he p upi l who i s a b l e to t ake this i n i t i ation h as


th ere f ore already outstr ipped the maj or i ty o f human
i ty to the extent o f an entire ro u nd o f all ou r seven
planets and i n do i ng s o has defi nite l y secured him
,

sel f aga i nst t h e poss i b i l i ty o f falling out o f th e


strea m i n the fifth ro u nd He i s consequent l y some
.

” “ ”
tim es spoken o f as

th e saved or the safe one .
1 20

I t i s f rom a misunderstan d ing of th i s i de a that t h e re


ar i ses the curio u s theory o f salvation p romu l gated
b y a certain sect i on o f the Chr i stian comm u nity .

“ ”
Th e aeonian salvat i on o f wh i ch some o f its doc u
ments spea k i s not as has been b l asphemo u sl y s up
,

posed b y the ignorant from eternal tortu re b ut s i m


, ,

pl y from w ast i ng the rest o f th i s aeon or d i spensation


b y fa l ling ou t o f its l i ne o f progress T his also i s
.

the mean i ng nat u ra l l y o f the celebrated cla u se i n


, ,


the Athanasian Creed Whosoever wi l l be saved
, ,

before a l l things i t i s necessary that he ho l d the



cathol i c faith ( See Th e C h ri s ti an C re ed p ,
.

Th e fetters w hich he m u st cast off b efore he c an pas s


i nto the next stage are
I
.

S akkéiyadi tth i the del u s i on o f se l f .

2.

V i c h i k i c h ch h é d o u bt or u ncerta i nty .

3. S i l abbataparé mé s a — s u perst i tion.

“ ”
Th e fi rst Of these i s the I am I consc i o u sness ,

whi c h as connected wi th the pers onal i ty i s noth i ng


bu t an i llus i on and m u st be got rid of at the ver y
,

fi rst step o f the r eal up ward path B u t to cast off


.

t hi s f ette r completel y means even more th an th i s ,

for i t i nvolv e s t h e r eal iz at i on o f the f act t h at th e


i nd i v i d u al i ty als o i s i n ve ry t ru t h one w i th the A ll ,

t h at i t can t h e r e fore neve r h ave an y i nte r est s O pposed


to t h ose of i ts b r e thr en and t h at i t i s m ost t ru l y pro
,

g r ess i ng wh en i t most ass i st s the prog r ess o f othe r s .


12 1

! or the ver y sign and seal o f t h e atta i nment of


th e S otéipatti l eve l is the first entrance of the p u p i l
i nto the p l ane next ab ove the menta l that which—
we us u a ll y call the b u dd h i c It may be nay i t
.
— ,


w il l be the merest to u ch o f the lowest s ub p l ane o f -

that stupendousl y exalte d condit i on that the pu pil



c an as yet ex p erience even w i th his Master s help ;
,

b u t even that to u ch is something that can never be



forgotten something that opens a new wor ld before
him an d e ntire l y revo l utionizes his fee l ings an d con
,

c e pti on s . Then for the first time b y means of the


,

exten d ed consciousness o f that p l ane he truly real,

izes the underl ying unity of a ll not as an inte ll ectu al


,

conception me r el y but as a defi nite fact that is paten t


,

to his opened eyes ; then first h e r ea lly knows so m e



th i ng of the world in which he l ives then fi rst he
gets some sl i ght gl i mpse of what the love and com
passion o f the great Maste r s m u st b e .

As to the second l etter a w ord o f ca u t i on i s n e


,

c ess ary . We who h ave been trained i n European


h a b its o f tho u gh t are un h app i l y so f a mi lia r w i th the
i dea that a b li nd u nreason i ng ad h es i on to ce r ta i n
dogmas m a y be cla i med fr om a d i sc i ple that on ,

hearin g t h at occu lt i sm con s i ders dou bt as an obstacle


to progr es s we are li k ely to suppose that it also t e
,

r e qu ires th e same u n questioning fa i th f ro m i ts fol


12 2

lowers as modern superst i tions do No i dea co u ld


.

be more entire l y false .

It i s true that d oubt ( or rather u ncerta i nty ) on


certa i n quest i ons is a b ar to s p iritu a l progress b u t
,

the ant i dote to that doubt i s not b li n d faith ( whi ch


i s i tsel f considered as a fetter as wi l l presen tl y b e
,

seen ) but the certa i nty o f conviction foun d ed on


i ndiv i d u al exp er i ment or mathematical reasoning .

While a child d oubted the accuracy of th e mu l ti pl i


cat i on ta b le he wou l d hard l y acquire p rofici e ncy i n
the hi gher mathematics ; b ut his d oubts cou l d be
sat i sfactorily cleare d u p on l y b y his attaining a com
prehension foun d e d on reasoning or exper i ment
, ,

that the statements contained in the tab l e are true .

He believes that tw i ce two are fo ur not mere l y ,

beca u se he has b een told so b u t because i t has become


,

to h i m a s el f ev i dent fact
-
. And th i s is exactl y the
met h od and the onl y method o f resolv i ng do ubt
, ,

k nown to occ u ltism .

V i c h iki c h c h h éi has been d efined as do u bt o f t h e


doct r ines o f k arm a an d reincarnat i on and o f the
,

e ffi cacy o f the method of atta i n i ng the h i ghest good


b y th i s p ath of holiness ; and the casting off o f this
Samyoj ana i s the arriving at absolute certa i nty b ased,

eit h er u pon pe r sonal fi rs t hand k nowle d ge or u pon


-

reason that the occu l t teaching u pon these poi nts i s


,

tr u e
.
12 3

T he third fetter to b e got ri d o f comprehends all


ki n d s o f unreasoning or mistaken be l ief a l l d e pe nd ,

ence on the e fficacy o f outwar d r i tes and ceremonies


to puri fy the heart . He who wou l d cast i t O ff m u st
l earn to depend u pon himself alone not u pon othe r s
, ,

n or u p on the outer husk of an y re li gion .

The fir s t three fetters are in a coherent seri es .

T he d i fference b etween indiv id uality and persona li ty


being fu ll y rea l ized it i s then p ossi bl e to some extent
,

to ap p reciate the actua l cour s e of r e incarnat i on and ,

s o as to d is p el al l d ou b t on that h e ad This d one the


.
,

k nowledge o f the spiritu al permanence of the true



e g o gives rise to r e l iance on one s own s p iritua l
stren g th and so dis p e l s su p erstition
,
.

II S akadégztmi The p up il who has entered


. .

u po n this second stage is s p oken of as a S ak ridé


gamin — “
the man who returns b u t once ”
— si gni fy
ing that a man who has reache d this l evel shoul d nee d
b u t on e more incarnation before atta i n i ng arah at
sh i p At th i s step no additional f etters are cast off
.
,

but the p u pil i s occupied i n re d uc i ng to a m i n i m u m


those w hic h sti l l enchain him It is howeve r u s u
.
, ,

al l y a period o f consi d era bl e p sychic an d inte ll ectual


advancement .

If what are common l y ca ll ed p sych i c f ac ul t i es have


not b een p revious l y acquire d they must b e developed
,

a t thi s s ta g e as without th e m it wou ld be im p ossible


,
12 4

to ass i milate the k nowledge whi ch m u s t n ow be


gi ven o r to do the higher work for h u manity i n
,

wh ich the pup i l is now privileged to assist He m u st .

h ave the astral consc i o u sness at h i s co mm and d uri n g


h i s phys i cal w ak i ng li fe and d uri ng sleep t h e h eaven
,


w orld wi l l b e open b efore h i m for the conscio u snes s
o f a man w hen awa y f rom h is physical bod y i s

always on e stage higher than i t i s w hile he i s still


b u r d ened w i th the house of flesh .

I II A n égémi The An égé m i n ( he who d oes n ot


. .

r et u rn ) is so called because h aving reache d th i s


,

stage he o u ght to be a b le to attain the next one i n


,

the li fe he is then living H e enj oys wh i le mov i ng


.
,

t h ro u gh the round o f his dail y wor k all the splen ,

d i d possibil i t i es o f progress g i ven b y the fu ll po s


session O f the p r i celess facu l ties of the heaven w o r ld -
,

and when he leaves his phy s i ca l veh i cle at n i gh t h e


enters once more i nto the wonderfu ll y wi dened c on -

s c i ou s n e s s that b elongs to the b u ddh i I n this step


.

h e fi na l ly g ets rid o f an y l ingering r emains o f the


two f etters o f

4
. K é m a r é ga— attac h ment to the enj o y ment o f
sensat i on typ i fie d b y earth l y l ove and
, ,

.
5 P a t i g h a — all poss i b i lit y o f ange r o r h atred .

Th e st u dent wh o h as cast off these f ette r s can no '

longer be swa yed b y t h e i nfl u ence o f h i s senses e i th er


i n th e direction o f lov e or hatred an d i s fr ee fro m ,
12 5

e i th e r attachment to or impat i enc e o f phy s i cal pl ane


cond i t i ons
.

Here aga i n w e m u st gu ard aga i nst a possible mi s



conce p tion one w ith which we frequently meet .

T he purest and no bl est human l ove n ever d ies a w a y


— i s n ev er in an y way d iminished b y occu l t tra i ning ;
on the contrary it is increased an d wi d ened unti l it
,

embraces a ll w ith the same fervor which at fi rst


w as l avished on On e o r two B u t the stu d ent d oes
.

i n t i me rise above a ll considerations connected with


the mere p ers onal i ty O f those aro u nd him and s o i s,

f ree from a l l the i nj ustice an d partial i ty w h i ch or


di n ary love s o o ften b r i n g s in its train .

Nor should it for a moment b e su p posed that in


ga i n i ng this wide a ffection for a ll he loses the
es p ecial love for his closer fr i ends T he un u s u all y
.

perfect link between Anan d a and the B u ddha as ,

bet w een S J ohn and J esus i s on recor d to p rove


.
,

that on the contrary this is enormo u s l y i ntensified ;


and the t i e b etween a Master and his pupils i s
st r onger far than any earth l y b ond ! or the aff ec
.

tion wh i ch flo u rishes u p on the path o f ho l iness is an


a ffection b etween egos an d not mere l y b etween p e r
,

s on al i ti e s ; therefore it is strong an d p ermanent wit h,

ou t fear o f d iminution or fluctuation for i t i s that


,

“ ”
perfect love which casteth out fear .

I V A rah at ( the v e nerab le the perfect ) O n


.
, .
12 6

atta i n i ng this l eve l the as p irant constantl y enj oy s


the consciousness o f the b u dd hic pl ane and is ab le ,

to u s e its powers and facu l ties whi l e still i n the

physica l b o d y and when he l eaves that b o d y in sleep


o r trance he p asses at once into the unuttera bl e glory

o f the n i rv é n i c plane . In th i s sta ge the occultist


must cast off the l ast remnants o f the five r ema i n i ng
f etters wh i ch are :
,


6 Rfi paré ga des i re f or bea u ty o f form o r f or
.

phy s i cal existence i n a form eve n i nc lu ding that i n


,

the h eaven world -


.

7. A r fi p a ré g a — des i re f or formless l if e
.

.

8 M ano p r i de .

9. U d d h a c h c h a— a gi tation or i rr i t a bi l i t y .

I o Av i j j é
.
— i gnorance .

O n th i s we may remar k that the cast i ng off o f


Rfiparéga i nvo l ves not only gett i ng r id of d esire f o r
earth l y li fe however g rand or no bl e that li fe may
,

be and astral or dev ac h an i c l i fe however gl orious


, , ,

b u t als o o f al l l ia b i li ty to b e undu l y influenced or


r epelled by the e xternal bea u ty or ugliness of any
person or th i ng .


A rfi paréga des i re f or l if e e i ther i n the h ighes t
and formless p lanes o f the heaven world or i n the -


st i ll more exa l ted budd hi c pl ane would be merel y
a hi gher an d l ess sensua l form of se l fishness and ,

mu st be cast O ff j ust as much as the lower Uddh a .


127


c h ch a real l y mean s liabi l ity to b e disturb e d in

min d an d a man who ha d fina ll y cast off this fetter
,

wou ld be abso l ute l y unru ffl e d b y anything what



ever that mi ght ha pp en to him p erfect l y i mp ervio u s
to any kin d of attack u p on his d i gnifie d serenity .

The gettin g rid o f i gnorance o f co u rse imp l ies


h
t e acqu i s ition o f p erfect know l e dg e — p ractical om
n i sc i e n ce as re gar d s our pl anetary chain . When a l l
the fetters are fina ll y cast o ff the a d vancing eg o

reaches the fifth sta g e the stage of fu l l adeptship
an d becomes
“ ”
V A sekh a the one who has no more to learn
.
, ,

a gain as regar d s our p lanetary chain . It is quite


i m p ossi bl e for us to rea l ize at our p resent level what
this a ttainment means A ll the s pl end or o f the
.

n i rvé n i c pl ane l ies o p e n b efore the waking e y es of the

adep t whi l e when he chooses to l eave h i s bo d y he


,

has the p ower to enter u p on something higher sti l l


a pl ane which to u s is the merest name As P ro .


fe s so r Rhys Davi d s e x pl ains ,
H e is no w free from
a l l sin ; he sees and va l ues a l l thin g s in this li fe at
their true va l ue ; a ll evi l b eing roote d from his min d ,

he exp e rienc e s on l y ri ghteous d e s ires for himse l f ,

an d t e n d er p ity and re gar d an d exa l te d l ove fo r



other s .

To S how how l itt l e he has l ost the sentiment o f


l o v e we rea d in the Metta Sutta of the state of mind
,
12 8


of w ho stands at this leve l :
on e A s a mother
loves who even at the r i sk of her own li fe p rotects
,

her on l y s on such love l et there be toward al l beings


, .

Let goodw i ll wi thout measure p revai l in the whole


w orld above b e l ow around unstinted unmi xed
, , , , ,

with a ny fee l ing of d i fferin g or o p posing i nterests .

When a man rema i ns stead fastl y in this s tate o f


m i nd a l l the while whether he b e standing or wa lk
,

ing sitting or l ying down then is come to p ass the


, ,


sayin g wh i ch is wr i tten Even i n th i s l i fe has h ol i
,


ness been fo u nd .
C H A P TER XV I I .

W H AT LI E S B E! O ND .

B E! O N D this p erio d it is o b vious that we c an know


nothin g of th e new qua l ifications require d for the
sti ll hi gher l eve l s which yet l ie b efore the p erfect
man It is a b undant l y c l ear howev e r that when a
.
, ,

man has become A s ekh a he has exhauste d a ll the


p ossi b i l ities of mora l d eve l o p ment s o that further
,

advancement for him c an on l y mean stil l wider


knowl e dge and st il l more won d erfu l s p iritua l p owers .

We a re to ld that when man has thus atta i ne d h i s


s p ir i tua l maj ority whether i n the s l ow course o f c v
,

o l u ti on or b y th e shorter p ath of se l f d eve l o p ment


-
,

he assumes the full est contro l o f h i s own dest i n i es ,

an d makes choice of his future l ine o f evo l ution


among seven p ossi b le pat h s which he sees o p en i ng
b efore him .

Natura ll y at our p resent l evel we cannot exp ect


to un d erstan d much a b out these an d the faint out
,

l ine of some o f them which i s a ll that can b e sketche d


i n for us conveys very l itt l e to the min d exce p t that
,

most of them take the a d e p t a l to gether away from


129
I 30

ou r earth chain which no l on ger a ffor d s su fficient



-
,

sco p e for h i s evo l ution .

O ne p ath i s that o f tho s e who as th e t e chnical


,

“ ”
p hrase g oes acce
, p t N i rv é n a .Throu g h w hat i n
c a l cula bl e aeons they rema i n I n that su bl ime cond i

tion for what work th e y are p re p aring themse l ves


, .

what wi ll b e their future line o f evo l ution are ques ,

t i ons u p on which we know nothin g ; an d in d ee d i f


i n formation u p on such p oints cou ld b e g iven it is
more than l ik e l y that it wou ld p rove quit e i n com
prehensi bl e to us at our p resent sta ge .

But this much at l east we may g ras p that the —

b lessed state o f N i rvé n a i s not as some have i gn o


,

ran tl y su pp ose d a con d ition o f b lank nothin gness


, ,

but o n the contrary o f far more intense an d be n efi


cent act i vity ; and that ever as man rises hi gher i n
the sca l e o f nature his possi b ilities b ecome greater ,

hi s wor k for others ever g ran d er an d more far


reaching and that infinite wisdom and infinite p ower
.

mean for him on l y i nfinite capacity for se r v i ce be ,

ca use they are directe d b y infinite l ove .

Another class chooses a s pi r i tual evo l utio n not


quite so far removed from humanity fo r thou gh not
.
,

d irect l y connected with th e next chain of our system


it extends throu gh two l on g p erio d s corres p on d ing to
i ts first and secon d ro u nds at the end of which t i me
,
1 31

“ ”
they a l so a pp ear to accep t N i rvé n a b ut at a hi gher
,

st age than those previous l y mentione d .

O thers j oin the deva evo l ution whose p rogres s


,

lies a l on g a g rand chain consisting of seven chains


l ik e ours each of which to them is as one wor l d
,
.

This line of evo l ution is s p oken o f as the most gra d


u a l an d therefore the l east ar d uous o f the sev e n
courses ; b ut though it is sometimes referre d to i n the

books as yie ld ing to the tem p tation to b ecome a

go d it i s on l y in comp arison with the su bl ime height
,

o f renunciation of the N i rm é n ak éya that it can be

spoken o f in this ha l f d is p ara g in g manner for th e


-
,

ade p t wh o chooses thi s cours e has i n d ee d a gl orio u s


career b efore him an d thou gh the p ath which he
,

se l ects is not the shortest it i s nevertheless a ver y


,

no b le one.

Yet another grou p are the N rmé n akéiyas those


i —
wh o declinin g a l l the s e easier metho d s choose the
, ,

shortest b ut stee p est p ath to the hei ghts which still


l ie b efore them . They form what i s p oeticall y
“ ”
terme d the guar d ian wa ll and as Th e Voi c e of
, ,


th e S i l e n c e tel l s u s
,
p rotect the wor l d from further

an d far g reater misery and sorrow , not indeed by
wardin g o ff from it external evi l influences b u t b y ,

d ev otin g a l l their stren gth to the work o f pou ring


do w n upon it a floo d o f s p iritua l force an d assi st
1 32

a nce without which it wo u l d ass u re dl y be i n far


,

more ho p e l ess case than now .

Yet again there are those wh o rema i n even mor e


d ir ect ly i n assoc i at i on w i th human i ty and contin u e
,

to i ncarnate among it choosing the path w h i ch l eads


,

thro u gh the four sta g es o f what we ha v e ca l led


above the offi cia l p er i o d ; and among th ese are the

Masters o f Wisdom t h ose from whom w e wh o
st u d y Theoso p hy have learnt s u ch fragments as w e
k no w o f the m i ghty harmon y o f evolv i ng Nat ur e .

But i t wo u ld seem that on l y a certa i n com parat i vel y


small n u mber a d opt t hi s cou rs w probably onl y so
many as are necessary for the carryi ng on Of thi s
phys i ca l s i de o f t h e w or k .

I n hea ri ng o f these d i fferen t po ss i b i l i t i es peopl e


,

somet i mes e xcla i m rashly that there could o f co ur s e



be no tho u gh t i n a M aster s m i nd of choos i ng an y
bu t t h at co u rse wh i ch most hel p s hu man i ty a t e —
ma rk which gr eater k nowledge wo ul d have pre
vented them f rom mak i ng We sho u ld ne v e r for
.

get that the r e a r e other evol u t i ons i n t h e solar s y ste m


bes i des ou r own and n o do u bt i t i s necessary for
,

the carryi ng out o f the vast plan o f the Logos that


there sho u l d be ade p ts w or ki ng on all the seven li nes
to whic h we have referred S ur el y the C ho i ce o f th e
.

M aster wo u ld be to go whe r ever h i s wor k was most


n eeded — to place his serv i ces w ith absol u te s el fles s
I 33

ness at the d is p osa l of the P owers in char ge of this


part O f th e great scheme o f evo lu tion .

This then is the p ath which l ies before u s the ,

p ath which each on e o f us shou l d b e b eginning to


tread Stup en d o u s thou gh its hei ghts a p pear we
.

shou l d rem e mb er that th e y are attaine d b ut gradua lly


and step by ste p and that those who now stand nea r
,
'

the s u mmit once toiled i n the mire o f the va ll eys ,

even as we are doing A l thou gh this p ath may at


.

first seem hard and toi l some yet ever as we rise o u r


,

footin g b ecomes fir mer and our out l ook wi d er and ,

thus we fin d ourselv e s b ett e r a bl e to he lp tho s e wh o


are c li m b ing beside u s .

Because it is at first thus har d and toi l some to th e


l ower sel f i t has sometimes b een ca l le d b y the very
,

mislead i ng tit l e o f the path o f woe b ut as Mrs



,
.


Besant has beauti fu l ly written thro ugh a l l s u ch,

su ff er i ng there is a deep and a bi ding j oy f o r th e ,

su ff er i ng 18 o f the lower natur e and the j oy of the


,

hi gher When the l ast shred o f the persona l ity i s


.

gone all that c an thus su ffer h as passe d a way and ,

i n the per fected A d ept there i s u nr uffle d peace and


everla sting j oy H e sees the end toward which
.

a l l i s working, and rej oices i n that end k now i ng ,

that earth s sorrow i s b ut a pass i ng p hase in h u man


e voluti on .
1 34


That o f which l itt l e has b een sai d i s the p ro
foun d content which comes from b ein g on the path ,

from r eal izi ng the goa l and the wa y to i t from ,

k now i ng that the power to b e usefu l i s i ncreasing ,

and that the lower nature i s b ein g grad u a lly e xti r


pated And litt l e has b een sa i d o f the ray s of j oy
.

which fal l u pon the path from lo ftier levels th e ,

d azzl ing glimpses o f the gl ory to b e revealed the ,

serenity which the storms o f earth cannot ru ffle .

T o an y o n e who has e ntered o n the path all other


w ay s have l ost their charm and i ts sorrows have a
,

R e eper b l iss than the b est j oys o f the l ower world



.

( V é h an vol v,
No . .
, .

Let no man therefore d espair b ecause he think s


the tas k too great for him ; what man has done
man can do and j ust in pro p ortion as we e x tend ou r
,

a i d to t h ose whom we c an help so will those wh o,

h a v e al r ead y atta i ned b e able i n their t u rn to hel p


us. S o f rom the lowest to the h i ghest we wh o are
t r ead i ng t h e steps o f the path are bound together
b y one long chain o f mut u a l se rvice and none need ,

feel neglected o r alone fo r tho u gh so m eti mes the


,

l o w er flights o f t h e great sta i rcase may be w reathed


i n m i st we k now that i t leads u p to h app i e r r e gi ons
,

a nd purer ai r where the l i ght is always shin i ng


,
.
I N DE X .

A d e pt 2 6 , 9 5 , 1 09 , 1 27 , 1 29 , 1 3 3
A de p tsh i p 1 09 , 1 1 5 , 1 2 7
An a g a m i 1 24
A n a n d a a n d t h e B udd h a 1 25
A n ge l s a n d G od s H i e r a r c h i e s Of 7, 8
A n ge l S to ry
.
,

42
A n ul o m a 1 14
A r a b a t c o n s c i ou s n e s s o f
, 1 26
A r up a rag a 1 26
A s ek h a 1 2 7 , 1 29
A s t r a l b ody
of h i l dr e n
c 69
a fte r d e ath 8 1, 8 2
a c t iv e c on s c i o u s n e s s in 37 , 67
p h ys i c a l e l e me nts o Ob s t a c l e t n o 9 9 , 1 00
A s t r a l w o rld p ow e r o f t h oug h t i n
,

99
Ath anas i an C ree d
,

1 20
A vi j j a 1 26
A w a k e n i n g pupi l s o n th e a s t r a l pl a n e , tes ts for 9 9 -1 00
.

B h av agg a 1 19
B l ac k m a i c i an 94
B od i e s e e c t O f c oa s e r o n es, a fte r d e a t h 81
h n nd
,

B udd a a n d A a
A

a 1 25
h
B udd a s , s om e i n ea rl y r a c e s fr om d e v a e v o lu t i on , 28

Ca l mness req ui r e m en t on th e P a th
a 1 01
C h i ldr e n u s e ful a s h l p e r s
.
,

e 6 9, 7 0
C o n s c i ou s n e s s a a r t fr om p h y s i c a l b ody
,

2 9 , 3 3 -3 7 1 24
p
.
, ,

a ct i ve ast a r 37, 67, 68


of t h e A ra h a t 1 26
OOO O O OOO OOOOOOOOO
C yr il A n ge l St
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 I

, o ry 4 2-4 8
o o o o o o o o o o o 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

m ate ri a l i z e d f o rm . 56 , 58 , 5 9 , 6 0, 7 1

n
De a d e t i t y n ot r e a l i z i n g h i s d eath 87
n h e l p giv e n by be t we e n i n ca r n a t i o n s
,

De v a s ki d s o f 26 , 27
h el p o n th e m e n ta l pl an e
. .
,

s uppl i e d B u dd h a s i n e a rly r ace s 28


e v o l u t i o n of 131
D i s c ipl e s h i p 1 16, 118
Dr e a m s i m p r e ss e d on li v i n g
, 85

E ar t h b u n d e n ti t i
o es 8 3, 8 7
OOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOO
.

a O 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

E80 0 0 0 0 . 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

135
1 36

n l pu n h n
E te r a n ft r d eath
i s m e t, b e l i e f i a e 79
n n b l k m gi i n
E vi l , c o u t e r a c t i g e fl e c t s Of
,

ac a c a s 94
v l n n w r k i ngd m
.

E o u t i o , a c c e l e r a te d i lo e o s 39
d v e a 131
u rr n t Of t
c tr n g t
e r i t oo s o o es s 8 3, 1 03
! i t h t ru m n i ng f
,

a e ea o 1 22
! if t h R u n d ri t i l p ri d f
,

o , c ca e o o 1 09 , 119

G ot ra b h n 1 1 4, 1 1 9
G u a rd a i n Wall 9 5, 1 3 1

H e ll e ffe c t O f b e l ie f i n, a f t e r d e at h 78
l i ness f ou r p a t h s
,

H o , of 1 09

I mm or ta l i ty Of t h e S ou l 7, 87
I n i t i at i on 1 09 , 1 14 , 1 1 6 , 1 1 9
I n v i s i bl e H e l p e r s c l a s s e s of
.

, . 25 , 28
pup il s of t h e Ma s te r s 29
d a n ge r o f r e p e r c u s s i o n 58 , 6 0, 6 1
w ork w i t h t h e 89
wo rk h i n d e r e d by f e a r 7 4, 7 8 , 8 0
m e t h od s o f i m pr e s s i n g th e l ivi n g
1 4, 4 0, 7 3 , 7 5 , 8 5 , 8 6 , 9 2 , 9 3 , 9 4
spi ri t u a l i n s t ru c t i on giv e n by 8 9, 93 , 94
q u a l i fi c a t i o n s n e c e s s a ry f or m ng
,

b e co i 97

J es u s an d S . J o hn
K am a l ok a fac tor s d e c id i n g l e n gt h of s t ay in 8 1, 8 3
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