Author: C. W. Leadbeater; Category: Spiritual; Length: Pages; Year: The Devachanic plane is apparently the plane above the astral one. Published in , this book explains all about it, such as the inhabitants, the characteristics. The Devachanic plane: its characteristics and inhabitants. by Leadbeater, C. W. ( Charles Webster), Publication date
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This expanding sphere of vibrations was many coloured and opalescent, but its colours also grew gradually fainter and fainter as it spread away. Very little experience of these higher planes is needed to alter fundamentally the student’s conception, of the change which takes place at death; he realizes immediately on the opening of his consciousness even in the astral, and still more in this mental world, that the fulness of true life is something which can never be known down here, and that when we leave this physical earth we are passing into that true life, not out of it.
The process previously described then repeats itself, the life on the lower levels gradually shortening, while the higher life becomes steadily longer and fuller, till at last the time comes when the consciousness is unified — when the higher and lower selves are indissolubly united, and the man is no longer capable of wrapping himself up in his own [page 37] cloud of thought, and mistaking the little that he can see through that for the whole of the great heaven-world around him — when he realizes the true possibilities of his life, and so for the first time truly begins to live.
On the final separation of the mind-body from the astral a period of blank unconsciousness usually supervenes — varying in length between very wide limits — analogous [page 51] to that which usually follows physical death.
Let a man imagine himself, with the feelings of intense bliss and enormously increased power already described, floating in a sea of living light, surrounded by every conceivable variety of loveliness in colour and form — the whole changing with every wave of thought that he sends out from his mind, and being indeed, as he presently discovers, only the expression of his thought in the matter of the plane and in its elemental essence.
On the contrary, such manifestations afford him an appreciable additional opportunity for development on the mental plane — an opportunity which is the direct result and reward under the operation of the law of divine justice of the actions or qualities which evoked such an outpouring of affection.
Let us therefore proceed to consider those inhabitants of the mental plane who come under the head of. In the same way a man’s disbelief in a future existence does not affect the facts of nature; and in some cases at least he simply finds out after death that he was mistaken.
The Bliss of the Heaven-World. Only the atomic matter of each of these planes, and even that only in an entirely free condition, is co-extensive with the interplanetary ether, and consequently a person can no more pass from p,ane to planet even of our own chain in his astral body or his mind-body, than he can in his physical body.
One case which was not referred to in the account previously published, as it had no special connection with the phenomena of dreams, will serve as a useful illustration here. For them distance and separation do not exist; their feelings are no longer hidden or at best but half expressed by clumsy words; question and answer are unnecessary, for the thought-pictures are read as they are formed, and the interchange of ideas is rapid as is their flashing into existence in the leadbeatet.
A clear comprehension of these facts will prevent the confusion that has sometimes been made by devacnanic between the mental plane of our earth and those other globes of our chain which exist on the mental plane. No doubt, had he been able to understand the beauty of the religious ideal, it would have called forth in him a mighty energy leadbeeater devotion, the effect of which he leadbeatr have been reaping now.
Further experiments along similar lines revealed the fact that the colour of the projected elemental varied with the character of the thought. Yet so difficult is it to express in words the conditions of this higher life that it would be a still better statement of the facts to say that all possible scenery exists there — that there is nothing conceivable of loveliness in earth or sky or sea which is not there with a fulness and intensity beyond all power of imagination; but that out of all this splendour-of living reality each man sees only that which he has within himself the power to see — that to which his development during the earth-life and the astral-life enables him to respond.
And when the stupendous reality of it all bursts upon our astonished vision, we cannot but feel that, with this knowledge of the truth, life can never again look to us as it did before. Too often the colour is dulled by the intermixture of selfish feelings, when the blue is mixed with browns and thus loses its pure brilliancy.
These are evidently universal, and no shell which human power can make will check them or turn them aside. Her rooms were as poor, perhaps, as any in the court, but at least they were cleaner and neater than the others.
The Method of Meditation by John Roothaan. Yet there was certainly much in this man’s character which could find its full fruition only upon that mental plane, and since his entire disbelief in any life after death has not prevented his astral experiences, there seems no reason to suppose that it can check the due working out of the devaachanic forces in him in the heaven-world hereafter.
Naturally enough, he at first supposed the young man to be merely a figure in his dream; but upon receipt of a message from his old friend referring to matters which had occurred before the ddvachanic of the messenger, he was convinced of the reality of the plane upon which he found himself, and [page 57] became at once exceedingly eager to acquire all possible information about it.
It may be remembered that this plane was called by the Greeks the sub-lunar world. The place of the mental plane in evolution — Difficulties of expression.
He finds himself in the midst of what seems to him a whole universe of ever-changing light and colour lfadbeater sound, such as it has never entered into his loftiest dreams to imagine. A few examples of the cases observed on this sub-plane will perhaps show these distinctions more clearly than any mere description can do. learbeater
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It will be seen that the blind unreasoning devotion of which we have been speaking does not at any time raise its votaries to any great spiritual heights; but it must be remembered that in all cases they are entirely happy and most fully satisfied, for what they receive is always the highest which they are capable of appreciating. Thus every one on the mental plane is a centre of radiant thought, and yet all the rays thrown out cross in all directions without interfering with one another in the slightest degree, just as rays of light do down here.
But planee the time that he attains these heights he will already have entered upon the Path, and taken his future progress definitely into his own hands. While those souls at the zeroth level of initiation the lradbeater majority of the inhabitants of Earth go to Summerland located on the astral plane only a few miles above the surface of Earth when they die, those who have reached the first, second, or third levels of initiation go to Devachan when they die. Every soul must of leadbeager withdraw into its true self upon the higher levels before reincarnation ; but it does not at all follow that in that condition it will experience anything that we should call consciousness.
It should be premised that a pupil of any lewdbeater of the great Adepts is always connected with his Master by a constant current of thought and influence, which expresses itself on the mental plane as a great ray or stream of dazzling light of all colours — violet and gold and blue; and it might perhaps have been expected that the pupil’s earnest, loving thought would send a special vibration along this line.
In earth-life we see our friends so partially; we know only those parts of them which are congenial to us, and the other sides of their characters are practically non-existent for us.
Nor, even if he could so return, would his account of his experiences give any true idea of the plane, for, as will presently [page 9] be seen, it is only those who can enter it in full waking consciousness who are able to move about freely and drink in all the wondrous glory and beauty which the heaven-world has to show. In this case as in that, we may say that ” no fact, old or new, has been admitted to this treatise unless it has been confirmed by the testimony of at least two independent trained investigators among ourselves, and has also been passed as correct by older students whose knowledge on these points is necessarily much greater than ours.
When reaching the fourth level of initiation, devxchanic can become a pratyekabuddha and enter Nirvana right away, or become a buddha or bodhisattva and teach others before entering.
The Devachanic plane : its characteristics and inhabitants
pkane Those born in this blessed region – who have crossed the golden bridge and reached the seven golden mountains – they are truly felicitous; there is no more grief or sorrow in that cycle for them. The distinction between such devotion and the religious feeling which finds its expression on the second sub-plane of the astral lies in the fact that the former is purely-unselfish the man who feels it being totally unconcerned as to devschanic the result of his devotion may be as regards himselfwhile the latter is always aroused by the hope and desire of gaining some advantage through it; so that on the second astral sub-plane such religious feeling as is there active invariably contains plqne element of selfish bargaining, while the devachanif which raises a man to this sixth sub-plane of the heaven-world is entirely free from any such taint.
These vibrations, like those on the physical plane, though very much more gradually, lost in intensity as they passed further away from their source, till at last dfvachanic an enormous distance they seemed to be exhausted, or at least became so faint as to be imperceptible. As above stated, the thought of strong affection produced a creature of glowing rose-colour; an intense wish of healing, projected towards a sick friend, called into existence a most lovely silvery-white elemental; while an earnest mental effort to steady and strengthen the mind of a depressed and despairing person resulted in the production of a beautiful flashing golden-yellow messenger.
It is therefore well worth our while to devote leadbaeter its study such time and care as may be necessary to acquire as thorough a comprehension of it as is possible for us while encased in the physical body.
Devachan compound word; Sanskrit ‘deva’, gods, and the Tibetan word ‘chan’ Wylie: On the other hand, this phase of devotion, which consists essentially in the perpetual adoration of a personal [page 52] deity, must be carefully distinguished from those still higher forms which find their expression in performing some definite ddevachanic for the deity’s sake.
If the man in the heaven-life has strong edvachanic and some development in spirituality he will form a clear and fairly perfect thought-image of his friend as he knew him — an image through which at that level the soul of the friend could express himself to a very considerable extent. Then if we descend to the second subdivision we shall find that the matter of our first sub-plane has become the energy of this — or, to put the thing more accurately, that the original energy, plus the garment of matter of the first sub-plane with which it has endued itself, is still the energy ensouling the matter of this [page 28 ] second sub-plane.
A man, the trend of whose whole life is evil and selfish, may indeed have periods of purely abstract thought during which he may utilize the mind-body if he has learnt how to do so, but the moment that the personal element comes in, and the effort to produce some evil result is made, the thought is no longer abstract, and the man finds himself working in connection with the familiar leadbeated matter once more.
In both cases the answer must pllane that the occurrence is possible, though extremely rare. Primitive leadbeateg, for example, has comparatively little consciousness on any plane but the physical during life, and the lower astral after death; and indeed the same may be said of the quite undeveloped man even in our own day. Just as on first awakening in the morning one sometimes passes devavhanic a period of intensely delightful repose during which one is conscious of the sense of enjoyment, though the leaebeater is as yet inactive and the body hardly under control so the entity awakening into the heaven-world first passes through a more or less prolonged period of intense and gradually increasing bliss before his full activity of consciousness on that plane is reached.