A Description of the After-Death States and Processes
'A unique, authentic, detailed account'
This book is dedicated to those who would help to alleviate the lot of humanity by liberating the human mind from its imprisonment in ideas generated and perpetuated by institutional and academic orthodoxy in the fields of religion and philosophy. For centuries such man-made ideas and their resultant divisions, especially in the religious field, have been - and continue to be - productive of the bitterest hatred and strife, as witness in our own day the antagonisms of Hindu against Muslim, Roman Catholic against Protestant, and the isolation of Jewish religionists from those of other faiths. The book is further dedicated to those who would work towards establishing peace and harmony among all peoples by promoting the practical realization of the brotherhood of humanity, transcending differences of race, religion, caste, class, political creed, or any other divisive element in human affairs. Humanity is but ONE: let us work for the recognition of this unity. - Geoffrey A. Farthing (1994)
Published 1994 Point Loma Publications. Published in cooperation with The Blavatsky Trust, England
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|About the Author||xv|
|Chapter II||Necessary information||5|
|Chapter III||Man's Complex Nature||17|
|Chapter IV||Dying and Soon After||25|
|Chapter V||The Death Struggle and Gestation State||33|
|Chapter VI||The Second Death and Devachan||41|
|Chapter VII||Rebirth and Karma||57|
|Chapter VIII||Exceptions: Suicides and Accidents||67|
|Chapter X||More About the Ego, and Immortality||85|
|Chapter XI||The Keys of Life||91|
|Appendix||Some Supplementary General Information||95|
|TABLE I - The Constitution of Man||23|
|TABLE II - The After-Death States and Processes||65|
These extracts from The Mahatma Letters are made with the kind permission of the Trustees for the Mahatma Letters Trust. The actual Letters are in the British Library. The first two editions of the Letters were published by Rider and Company; the third revised edition (1962) edited by Christmas Humphreys and Elsie Benjamin, is published by the Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar, Madras, India.
In the extracts, remarks in brackets, and prefaced by "Note", are the compiler's. All other parentheses are in the letters themselves. Page references are to the third edition, with older edition paging given afterwards where it differs.