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|Esoteric Healing - Chapter IV - The Basic Requirements for Healing|
|The occultists of the world, through the theosophical
societies and other occult bodies, so-called, have greatly damaged the presentation of the
truth anent reincarnation through the unnecessary, unimportant, inaccurate and purely
speculative details which they give out as truths anent the processes of death and the
circumstances of man after death. These details are largely dependent upon the clairvoyant
vision of astral psychics of prominence in the Theosophical Society. Yet in the Scriptures
of the world these details are not given, and H.P.B. in The Secret Doctrine gave
none. An instance of this inaccurate and foolish attempt to throw light upon the theory of
rebirth can be seen in the time limits imposed upon departed human souls between
incarnations on the physical plane and the return to physical rebirth - so many years of
absence are proclaimed, dependent upon the age of the departed soul and its place upon the
ladder of evolution. If, we are told, the soul is very advanced, absence from the physical
plane is prolonged, whereas the reverse is the case. Advanced souls and those whose
intellectual capacity is rapidly developing come back with great rapidity, owing to their
sensitive response to the pull of obligations, interests and responsibilities already
established, upon the physical plane. People are apt to forget that time is the sequence
of events and of states of  consciousness as registered by the physical brain. Where
no physical brain exists, what humanity understands by time is non-existent. The removal of
the barriers of the form, stage by stage, brings an increasing realization of the Eternal
Now. In the case of those who have passed through the door of death and who still continue
to think in terms of time, it is due to glamor and to the persistence of a powerful
thought-form. It indicates polarization upon the astral plane; this is the plane upon which
leading Theosophical writers and psychics have worked, and upon which they have based
their writings. They are quite sincere in what they say, but omit to recognize the
illusory nature of all findings based on astral clairvoyance. The recognition of a
pronounced time factor, and the constant emphasis laid upon timing, are characteristic of
all highly developed people in incarnation and of those whose lower, concrete minds are
powerful in caliber. Children and child-races on the one hand, and those highly advanced
people whose abstract minds are functioning (through the medium of the interpretive lower
mind), usually have no sense of time. The initiate uses the time factor in his relations
and his dealings with those living upon the physical plane, but is detached within himself
from all recognition of it elsewhere in the universe.
Therefore the use of the term "immortality" infers timelessness and teaches that this timelessness exists for that which is not perishable or conditioned by time. This is a statement requiring careful consideration. Man reincarnates under no time urge. He incarnates under the demands of karmic liability, under the pull of that which he, as a soul, has initiated, and because of a sensed need to fulfil instituted obligations; he incarnates also from a sense of responsibility and to meet requirements which an earlier breaking of the laws governing right human relations have  imposed upon him. When these requirements, soul necessities, experiences and responsibilities have all been met, he enters permanently "into the clear cold light of love and life" and no longer needs (as far as he himself is concerned) the nursery stage of soul experience on earth. He is free from karmic impositions in the three worlds, but is still under the impulse of karmic necessity which exacts from him the last possible ounce of service that he is in a position to render to those still under the Law of Karmic Liability. You have, therefore, three aspects of the Law of Karma, as it affects the principle of rebirth:
To turn now to another aspect of our theme. There are, speaking in the larger sense, three major death episodes.
There is, first of all, the constant recurrence of the fact of physical death. This is familiar to all of us through its extreme frequency, could we but realize it. This recognition would rapidly eliminate the present fear of death. There is then the "second death" spoken of in the Bible, which is in this present planetary cycle associated with the death of all astral control over the human being. In the larger sense, this second death is consummated at the fourth initiation, when even spiritual aspiration dies, being no more needed; the Will of the initiate is now fixed and immovable, and astral sensitivity is no longer required.
There is a curious counterpart to this experience upon a much lower level in the death of all astral emotion which takes place for the individual aspirant at the time of the second initiation. It is then a complete episode and is consciously registered. Between the second and the third initiations, the disciple has to demonstrate a continuity of non-response to astralism and emotionalism. The second death, to which I am here referring, has to do with the death or the disappearance of the causal body at the time of the fourth initiation; this marks the completion of the building of the antahkarana and the institution of direct, unimpeded continuity of relationship between the Monad and the personality.
The third death takes place when the initiate leaves behind him, finally and with no prospect of return, all relation with the cosmic physical plane. This death, necessarily, lies far ahead for all in the Hierarchy and is at present only possible and permissible for a few in the Council Chamber at Shamballa. It is not, however, a process through which Sanat Kumara will pass. He underwent this "transformation" many aeons ago, during the great cataclysm  which inaugurated the Lemurian Age, and which was induced by His cosmic experience and the need for an inflow of energy from extra-planetary Beings.
I have given these brief summations so as to enlarge your general understanding of what the Masters call "the extension of death in space." Nevertheless, in the following pages we shall confine ourselves to the theme of the death of the physical body and of the subtler bodies in the three worlds; we shall deal also with the processes which bring about the reabsorption of the human soul into the spiritual soul upon its own plane, the higher mental plane; we shall consider the reassimilation of substance and the appropriation of matter in order again to reincarnate.
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