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THEOSOPHICAL MANUALS NO, 5

THE ASTRAL PLANE

ITS SCENERY, INHABITANTS, AND
PHENOMENA

BY

C[harles]. W[ebster]. LEADBEATER
[1847-1934]

THIRD EDITION
(REVISED)

 

London:


 

 

 

PREFACE.

 

Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world. It is the fifth of a series of Manuals designed to meet the public demand for a simple exposition of Theosophical teachings. Some have complained that our literature is at once too abstruse, too technical, and too expensive for the ordinary reader, and it is our hope that the present series may succeed in supplying what is a very real want. Theosophy is not only for the learned; it is for all. Perhaps among those who in these little books catch their first glimpse of its teachings, there may be a few who will be led by them to penetrate more deeply into its philosophy, its science, and its religion, facing its abstruser problems with the student's zeal and the neophyte's ardour. But these Manuals are not written only for the eager student, whom no initial difficulties can daunt; they are written for the busy men and women of the work-a-day world, and seek to make plain some of the great truths that render life easier to bear and death easier to face. Written by servants of the Masters who are the Elder Brothers of our race, they can have no other object than to serve our fellow-men.


 

Introduction.

 

CONTENTS.

 

Scenery.—The Seven Subdivisions—Degrees of Materiality— Characteristics of Astral Vision—The Aura—The Etheric Double—Power of Magnifying Minute Objects—The "Summer­land"—Records of the Astral Light

 

Inhabitants.—I. Human. (1) Living:—The Adept or his Pupil— The Psychically Developed Person—The Ordinary Person—The Black Magician

 

Dead:—The Nirmanakaya—The Pupil awaiting Reincarnation—The Ordinary person after Death—The Shade— The Shell—The Vitalized Shell—The Suicide—The Victim of Sudden Death—The Vampire—The Werewolf—The Black Magician after Death

 

Non-human:—The Elemental Essence—The Astral Bodies of Animals—Various Classes of Nature-Spirits, commonly called Fairies—Kamadevas—Rupadevas—Arupadevas—The

Devarajas

 

Artificial:—Elementals formed Unconsciously—Guardian Angels—Elementals formed Consciously—Human Artificials— The True Origin of Spiritualism

 

Phenomena.—Churchyard Ghosts—Apparitions of the Dying— Haunted Localities—Family Ghosts—Bell-ringing, Stone­throwing, etc.—Fairies—Communicating Entities—Astral Resources—Clairvoyance—Prevision—Second-Sight—Astral Force—Etheric Currents—Etheric Pressure—Latent Energy— Sympathetic Vibration—Mantras—Disintegration— Materialization—Why Darkness is Required at a Seance—Spirit Photographs—Reduplication—Precipitation of Letters and Pictures—Slate-writing—Levitation—Spirit Lights—Handling Fire—Transmutation—Repercussion