The Etheric Double: The Far-Reaching Effects of a False Assumption
Feb 17, 2008 04:28 AM
"Many thoughtful students of Theosophy are genuinely
confused at the discrepancies they find between
what has become known as second generation Theosophy
(the Annie Besant / C.W. Leadbeater or AB/CWL system)
and the teachings of the two Masters instrumental
in setting up the Theosophical Society and
introducing Theosophy as given out through H.P.
Blavatsky (the HPB/Masters system).
These discrepancies do not come to light as long
as only one system is studied.
In the minds of such students there are no
difficulties or inconsistencies to worry about.
The attitude can then well be that really there
cannot be any serious divergences because surely
the source of data, the main outlines of the
Esoteric Science,are common to both systems,
therefore discrepancies are likely to be trivial
and really inconsiderable.
This attitude is not really tenable but it is one
generally held by those who have studied nothing
but second generation literature. Moreover, it is
this second generation literature which has become
the commonly accepted one throughout the Adyar
Society and generally in the world at large.
Its classifications of the principles of man and
the planes of Cosmos are now the commonly accepted
ones. They do not accord, however, with those
originally given out in the vast Blavatsky literature.
Some of the areas of difference are presented and
examined in this article. It will be seen that
nearly all hinge on the introduction into the
AB/CWL literature of the Etheric Body into the
constitution of man.
Many alterations not only to that constitution
but also to the planes of Nature had to be made
to accommodate this introduction, chiefly to
preserve a sevenfold classification.
The purpose of this paper is not only to point out
the discrepancies but to demonstrate that they are
unjustified because there is not and cannot be such
a thing as an Etheric Body constituted as described
by Leadbeater. The ramifications of the impossibility
of there being such a body are discussed."
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