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Lost Souls and Spiritual Evil

Oct 05, 1994 08:50 PM
by Eldon B. Tucker

This is by Eldon Tucker

Lost Souls and Spiritual Evil [Consisting entirely
of quotations  from G. de Purucker, "Fundamentals of the
Esoteric Philosophy," 1st ed.]

"... if ... our thoughts are running downwards, and
we wear away the ...  'golden thread' which binds us to
our Higher Nature, ... at last the final rupture ...
comes, and the soul becomes the 'lost soul' ..." (167-
"There are two classes of this kind of soul ...
first ... those ... who through native weaknesses of
soul and from lack of spiritual attraction upwards, go
to pieces after a certain interval of time ..."
"The monad of such a soul, meanwhile, there being
nothing, no 'aroma' of aspiration or yearning upwards
.. in due course of time 'reincarnates' again; and the
'lost soul' episode is like a blank page in its 'book of
"Now the second class, and the worse by far, are
those in which the soul is vitally strong. They are
those who are *spiritually* evil, ... beings of
spiritual wickedness and iniquity. One may wonder how it
can come to pass that a being which has ruptured the
Golden Thread can still have spiritual qualities or
parts. That is one of the dark and solemn mysteries ..."
"Now, through many, many lives of spiritual evil-
doing, these beings who have eventuated as 'lost souls'
have built up through the intensity of their will a bank
account, so to speak, of certain forces of nature,
impulses of evil, of pure matter, running hot and
strong. And while I say 'hot' I do not mean in the
ordinary emotional sense, as when one speaks of the
'heat of passion'. All such passion is dead. Nay. But
running hot like the fires of hell: revenge, hatred, and
antagonism to anything that is highly good or nobly
beautiful, and all such things. These impulses hare
exist, and they have a spiritual source, for *they are
degraded spiritual energies,* spirit fallen and
crystallized into matter, so to speak. ... These beings
can (and do), under certain conditions, go far lower:
they enter the Lower Path, and go still farther down:
and if the evil be strong enough in certain rare cases,
their terrible destiny is what our Teachers have called
an avichi-nirvana ... aeons of unspeakable misery, self-
imposed, until final dissolution ensues,--and Nature
knows them no more." (169)
"... *Avichi* is a generalized term for places of
evil realizations, but not of 'punishment' in the
Christian sense; where the will for evil, and the
unsatisfied evil longings for pure selfishness, find
their chance for expansion--and final extinction of the
entity itself." (169)
"... There is no such nightmare as 'eternal
suffering'. Those human beings who have forfeited their
divine birthright, go to pieces, they lose their
*personal entity;*" (184)
"... Even spiritual evil exists; and there are high
agents of 'spiritual wickedness', of which the Christian
Apostle Paul has spoken, forming the opposite agencies
to the high agents of good. The latter ones, agents of
spiritual wickedness, are called by us the 'Brothers of
the Shadow', and the others are called by us the
'Brothers of the Light'. The Brothers of the Shadow work
in and with matter, for material and selfish purposes.
The Brothers of the Light work in and with Nature for
spirit, for impersonal purposes. They contrast one with
"These two bodies represent two fundamental Paths
in Nature, the one the Right-Hand Path, the other the
Left, and are so called in the Ancient Occultism. The
Sanskrit name for one, the 'Left-Hand Path', is
*Pratyeka-Yana.* *Yana* means 'Path' or 'Road', and also
'Vehicle'; and we can translate *Pratyeka* in this
connection by the paraphrase 'every one for himself'.
Our first Teacher, H.P. Blavatsky, as you will well
remember, has spoken of the Pratyeka-Buddhas, high and
in one sense holy beings indeed, but craving spiritual
wisdom, spiritual enlightenment, for themselves alone,
selfishly, in indifference to the sorrow and pain of the
world, yet so pure withal that they are actually Buddhas
of a kind."
"The other body follow the Path which in Sanskrit
is called *Amrita-Yana,* the Immortal Vehicle or Path of
"The one, the former, is the path of the
personality; the other, the latter, is the path of the
individuality; the one is the path of matter; the other
is the path of spirit; the one leads downward, the other
Path loses itself in the ineffable glories of conscious
immortality in 'eternity.'" (156)
"We spoke ... of there being two classes of 'lost
souls'. That is quite correct. But we must also point
out that there are likewise two sub-divisions, in the
second of these two classes, and these two sub-divisions
of the second class are those who fully merit the old
Christian term 'workers of spiritual iniquity'. The
first sub-division comprise those who are commonly
called conscious sorcerers; and the second comprise the
same type of beings but include those who have reached
such a point of inner power, yea, of *evil* spiritual
strength, that they are able even to defeat Nature's
call to dissolution for the entire term of the
Manvantara. They merit truly the old mystic saying,
'workers of spiritual evil.'" (185-86)
"The first sub-division comprises those who are
annihilated when this globe goes into its 'obscuration';
but to the second subdivision belong they who are almost
human incarnations of what the Tibetans called the
*Lhamayin;* or sometimes they may even be overshadowed
by the *Mamo-Chohans,* which preside at the Pralayas.
The last, however, are not exactly 'devils' or evil
entities, but rather beings whose destiny it is for the
time in view to carry on the work of destruction, of
desolation. As regards the higher spiritual sorcerers
and workers of evil, the second sub-division, their
final destiny is truly terrible, for there awaits them
at the close of the Manvantara the *avichi-nirvana,* the
absolute contrast and nether pole of the Nirvana of
spirit; and then a Manvantara of unparalleled misery.
They are the polar opposites of the Dhyan-Chohans. Final
and utter annihilation is their end. Nature is bi-polar;
and as is the action, so is the reaction." (186)

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