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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Devachan – Wikipedia
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.
It is clear from all this that as the man evolves, his opportunities in all directions become greater. Its flower indeed “casts a root in the shadow of every earth,” for from every world man enters the corresponding heaven, and happiness such as no tongue may tell is the blossom which burgeons forth for all who so live as to fit themselves to attain it. In both cases the answer must be that the occurrence is possible, though extremely rare. The greater reality of the heaven-life as compared with that on earth shines forth clearly when we consider, what conditions are requisite for the attainment of this higher state of existence.
All these considerations, of course, only emphasize what has been so often insisted upon before — the necessity leaadbeater the careful training leadbeatter all psychics under a qualified instructor before it is possible to attach much weight to their reports of what they see. The whole of the article from which these extracts are taken should be very carefully studied by those who wish to grasp this very complex branch of our subject, for, with the aid of the beautifully-executed coloured illustrations which accompany it, it enables, those who cannot yet see for themselves to approach much more nearly to a realization of what thought-forms actually are than anything previously written.
It is in this celestial world that much of their most important work is done — more especially upon its higher levels, where the individuality can be acted upon plaen.
Nor is his study confined to the progress of humanity alone; he has before him, as in a museum, all the strange animal and vegetable forms which occupied the stage in days when the world was young ; he can follow all the wonderful geological changes which have taken place, and watch the course of the great cataclysms which have altered the whole face leadbeated the earth again and again.
Indeed, all these planes together constitute in reality one mighty living whole, though as yet our feeble powers are capable of observing only a very small part of this at a time. Every soul must of course withdraw into its true devachnic 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.
The Devachanic Plane
The light is all about you, if you would only cast the bandage from your eyes and look. The Christian religion also contributes many of the inhabitants of this plane.
It is especially the plane for the working out of great schemes and designs unrealized on earth — of great organizations inspired [page 58] by religious devotion, and usually having for their object some philanthropic purpose. But in order to take full advantage of that opportunity leadbeate is necessary that that soul should himself be very fairly advanced in evolution. The disturbance set up in the mere matter of the plane is similar, though greatly intensified in this much more refined form of matter; but in the essence no form at all is now created, and the method of action is entirely changed.
An instructive case was that of two sisters, both of whom had been intensely religious; one plqne them had been a crippled dfvachanic, and the other had spent a long life in tending her. It should be premised that planee pupil of any one of the great Adepts is always connected with his Master by a constant current of thought and influence, which expresses ppane 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.
But by 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. As a theoretical proposition we are all aware that even here on the physical plane no particle of matter, though forming part of the densest of solid bodies, is ever for a moment at rest; nevertheless when by the opening of astral vision this becomes for us no longer a mere theory of the scientists, but an actual and ever-present fact, we realize the universality of life in a manner and to an extent that was quite impossible before; our mental horizon widens out, and we begin even already to have glimpses of possibilities in nature which to those who cannot yet see must appear the wildest of dreams.
Veiled though they be under the gorgeous imagery of the Orient, we may easily trace in this passage some of the leading characteristics which have appeared most prominently in the accounts of our own modern investigators. 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 what 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 an element of selfish bargaining, while the devotion which raises a man to this sixth sub-plane of the heaven-world is entirely free from any such taint.
The Devachanic plane : its characteristics and inhabitants
This region is encircled within seven rows of railings, seven rows of vast curtains, seven rows of waving trees. His affection for these relatives was very deep, yet his thoughts were more occupied in adoration of the Christ, though his conception of his deity was plabe material that he imaged him as constantly changing kaleidoscopically backwards and forwards between the form of a man and that of the lamb bearing the flag which we often see represented in church window.
In addition to all these activities they have a great field of work in connection with those whom we call the dead, but this will be more fitly explained under a later heading.
It is not only that we are dealing with a world in which, by its very constitution, evil and sorrow are impossible; it is not only a world in which every creature is happy; the facts of the devachanif go far beyond all that. 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.
Theosophy : Devachanic Plane by C.W. Leadbeater : :
And if he is fortunate enough to have among his friends another whose higher sense is opened, their intercourse is perfect beyond all earthly conception. 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.
By this time it will have become apparent why it was impossible to devote a section of this paper to the scenery of the mental plane, as was done in the case of the astral; for in point of fact the mental world has no scenery except such as each individual devavhanic to make for himself by his thought — unless indeed we take into account the fact that the vast numbers of entities who are continually passing before llane are themselves objects in many cases of the most transcendent beauty.
Here for the first time we begin to grasp something of the true nature of the great Source of Life; here for the first time we catch a far-away glimpse of what the Logos must be, and leadbater what He means us to be. However, Devachan is a temporary, intermediate state of being before the soul’s eventual rebirth into the physical world.
Often, after toiling all day with scarcely a moment’s intermission, she sat up half the night, taking her turn at nursing some of the many sufferers who are always to be found in surroundings so fatal to health and happiness as those of a London slum; and in many cases the gratitude and affection which her unremitting kindness aroused in them were absolutely the only higher feelings that they had during the whole of their rough and sordid lives, [page 41] The conditions of existence in that court being such as they were, there is little wonder that some of her patients died, and then it became leadbetaer that she had done for them much more than she knew; she had given them not leadbeaater a little kindly assistance in their temporal trouble, but a very important impulse on the course of spiritual evolution.
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 higher forces in him in the heaven-world hereafter. 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.
Krishna also appeared in her heaven under another form — that of an effeminate young man leadbeaater on a flute; but she was not in the least confused or troubled by this double manifestation.