The Psyche, the Soul in Theosophy
Apr 07, 2007 11:24 AM
In H.P. Blavatsky's writings and the
Mahatma Letters, the soul [psyche] is
called the "personality", the Kama-Manasic entity, the
animal soul, etc.
In the THEOSOPHICAL GLOSSARY, HPB defines psyche as:
"The animal, terrestrial Soul; the lower Manas."
It is considered mortal.
Notice that in the life cyle of the butterfly
that the catepillar is certainly a terrestrial
creature, limited in its means of locomotion.
Who could imagine that such a earth bound creature
could transform itself [in a new birth] into a totally
different creature that can fly! This new creature is no longer
earth bound but has wings like an angel and can soar
into a totally different environment -- the air and sky....
In the myth of psyche, she becomes immortal and keeps
company with the gods....
The Monarch butterfly is a very good symbol of the human soul.
The catepillar stage represents the human stage in earth life
that all of us are in. Just as the catepillar has a voracious
appetite for milkweed, humans have a voracious appetite
for experience --- physical, emotional, mental, etc.
At physical death, the human soul [kama-manas, the personality]
enters the kamalokic stage of existence whereas the catepillar
spins a cocoon and enters a "gestation state" and in this state
totally transforms itself into a winged creature called a butterfly.
The Kamalokic state is described by Master KH as follows:
"The intermediary spheres . . . are the great HALTING places, the
stations in which the new Self-Conscious Egos TO BE-- the self-
begotten progeny of the old and disembodied Egos of our planet -- are
GESTATED. Before the new phoenix, re-born of the ashes of its parents
can soar higher, to a better, more spiritual, and perfect
world . . . it has to pass through THE PROCESS OF A NEW BIRTH."
"In that land of shadows, the new and YET UNCONSCIOUS Ego-foetus
becomes the just victim of the transgressions of its old Self, whose
karma -- merit and demerit -- will alone weave out its future
destiny. In that world. . . .we find but unconscious, self-acting, ex-
human machines, SOULS IN THEIR TRANSITION STATE, whose DORMANT
faculties and individuality lie as a butterfly in its chrysalis; and
Spiritualists would yet have them talk sense! . . . . " CAPS ADDED
The Mahatma Letters, 2nd Edition, Letter 9.
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