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FEW words are needed in sending this little book out into
the world. It is the third 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 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 fellowmen.

A review:

In this brief, but brilliant, text on the afterlife, the third in a series of Manuals written by Besant and Leadbeater between 1892 and 1896, Besant presents the theosophical perspective on the various stages undergone by the soul after the death of the body. Her writing is clear, focused, and careful as it introduces technical terminology from the Sanskrit. The basic model is straightforward: first the body dies as its energy system (the etheric double) leaves it behind; as this body in turn dissipates, the astral body solidifies into seven layers that must each in turn dissipate before the soul can move on (all of this in the realm of Kamaloka--the desire realm); finally, the soul rises up to its highest mental level and enters a realm of peaceful dreaming (Devachan) where it regathers its energies before becoming incarnate yet again. Besant raises the question: if reincarnation is true, why can't we remember our past lives? Her answer is fascinating; namely, that we can only remember the unconscious potencies of our past lives and deeds when we attain the highest levels of awareness in this life--levels that give us access to the hidden material that can only appear when the conditions for useful memory permit. The analogy here is to the life of the Buddha in which he was only able to remember his past lives at the moment when his final enlightenment was unfolding.
This Manual is a little gem and it is highly recommended for those who believe that the soul survives the death of the body--for it is one thing to believe in immortality, it is another to attempt to delineate just what the post-death state might be like. Annie Besant has done as well as anyone I know of in doing so. Readers of this volume will certainly want to read the other six in the series.

Uploader's Note: One of the BEST books i have ever read!

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