Apr 02, 1997 11:34 PM
I was interested to read some of the recent Digest comments concerning who
or what the Soul may be. Blavatsky, in my view, is not particularly helpful
this area. Her definition (see Theosophical Glossary, page 306) reads: the
principle or the breath of life. However, she also defines Prana in the same
manner, i.e. Life Principle; the breath of life (see page 260 in the same
work). Thus, she essentially defines them both in the same manner but
else in her voluminous writings does she state (or even suggest) that to her
two terms are synonymous. Her view becomes even murkier when we read
further (on page 306 of Theosophical Glossary) that: " ... the term "Soul"
applied only to Kama Manas..."
My reading of Judge (see his Mesmerism and Hypnotism, page 14) offers a
considerably broader view. Judge says (or at least strongly suggests) that
term Soul applies to "the septenary nature of man." He appears to equate
with what he refers to as "sheaths" surrounding the essential essence
bly that which Theosophists call Atma). He even goes so far as to list two
soul sheaths: the physical and astral bodies. Thus, Soul is not Spirit but,
the vehicle (or, as Judge would have it, "sheaths") that enable Spirit to
at levels below the Atmic.
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