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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The heading ” Scenery ” would, however, be inappropriate to the mental plane, as will be seen later; we will therefore substitute for it the title which follows. The image made by the dead man may be so vague and inefficient that the friend, even though well-evolved, may be able to make very little use of it; and on the other hand, leaebeater when a good image is made, plqne may not be sufficient development [page 47] on the friend’s part to enable him to take due advantage of it.
The absence of one kind of force cannot prevent the action of the others. When reaching the fourth level of initiation, one can become a pratyekabuddha and enter Nirvana right away, or become a buddha or bodhisattva and teach devacanic before entering. It is from this plane that they shower the grandest spiritual influences upon the world of thought; from it also they leadbdater great and beneficent movements of all kinds. This intensity of bliss is the first great idea which must form a background to all our conceptions of the heaven-life.
Yet this experience is so utterly unlike anything we know on the physical plane that in trying to put it into words one is troubled by a curious sense of helplessness — of absolute incapacity, not only to do it justice, for of that one resigns all hope from the very outset, but even to give any idea at all of it planf those who have not themselves seen it.
Though in the absence of a sufficient number of experiments one hesitates to speak too positively, it seems almost, certain that such a result as this just described would be possible only in the case of a person having already some amount of psychic development: It is possible, I say; but it is not wise — unless, indeed, his Master stands beside him to draw him back at the right moment from its mighty embrace; for otherwise its irresistible force will carry him away onward and upward into still higher planes, whose far greater glories his ego is as yet unable to devaachanic he will lose consciousness, and with no certainty as to when and where and how he will regain it.
The Devachanic Plane
It is absolutely necessary for the student of Theosophy to realize this great truth, that there exist in nature various planes or divisions, each with its own matter of an appropriate degree of density, which in each case interpenetrates the matter of the plane next below it.
I use the word pupil advisedly, for unless a lesdbeater stand in that relation to one of the Masters of Wisdom, there is but little likelihood of his being able to pass in full consciousness into that glorious land off bliss, and return to earth with clear remembrance of that which he has leadbester there.
It is, therefore, only when a clairvoyant possesses the vision of this mental plane that his pictures of the past can be relied upon; and even then, unless he has the power of passing in full consciousness from that plane to the physical, we have to allow for the possibility of errors in bringing back the recollection of what he has seen.
No longer can misunderstandings arise, no longer can he be deceived or misled by any outward appearances, for every thought and feeling of his friend lies open as a book before him on that plane.
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.
The same rule holds good all the way up; the higher leadveater may always include the qualities of the lower as well as those peculiar to itself, and when it does so its inhabitants almost invariably have these qualities in fuller measure than the souls on a lower plane.
Concrete thought naturally takes. There is no doubt, however, that such an experience as this, whether remembered in the physical body or not, would act as a distinct impulse to the spiritual evolution of the ego concerned. 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.
The Devachanic plane : its characteristics and inhabitants
In both cases the answer must be that the occurrence is planf, though extremely rare. This region is encircled within seven rows of railings, seven rows of vast curtains, seven rows of waving trees.
Its divine udambara flower casts a root in the shadow of every earth, and blossoms for all those who reach it. 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 leadbeatet flashing into existence in the mind.
One might almost say that a black magician could function on the mental plane only while he forgot that he was a black magician. Not a difference, be it understood, plaane the mother could see; to her both appeared equally with her and equally all that she could possibly desire: If he thinks of a place, he devacuanic there; if of a friend, that friend is before him.
The Devachanic Plane
Devachan is regarded as the place where most souls go after death where desires are gratified, corresponding to the Christian belief in Heaven. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine . Under these circumstances the experiment was tried of sending an affectionate and helpful thought to an absent friend in a far-distant country.
Thus is justified the grand old description of the heaven-world as the place “where the wicked cease from troubling, and the weary are at rest. This occult -related article is a stub.
But love of a far nobler and grander type than anything to be seen on this level may of course be found upon the higher sub-planes. There is, indeed, what seems an infinity of variety in the happiness of the heaven-world; but the changes of sleeping and waking form no part of its plan. Those human beings who, while still attached to a physical body, are found moving in full consciousness and activity upon this plane, are invariably either Adepts or their initiated pupils, for until a student has been devachqnic by his Master how to use his mental body he will be unable to move with freedom upon even its lower levels.
If the friend who is loved is still alive he will of course be entirely unaware down here on the physical plane that his true self is enjoying this additional manifestation, but this in no way affects the fact that that manifestation is a more real one and contains a nearer approximation to his true self than this lower one, which is all that most of us can as yet see. It may be remembered that this plane was called by the Greeks leadbwater sublunar world.