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Death—and After? by Annie Besant

By Annie Besant

Who doesn't keep in mind the tale of the Christian missionary in Britain, sitting one night within the massive corridor of a Saxon king, surrounded by means of his thanes, having come thither to evangelise the gospel of his grasp; and as he mentioned existence and dying and immortality, a chook flew in via an unglazed window, rotated the corridor in its flight, and flew out once again into the darkness of the evening. The Christian priest bade the king see within the flight of the chicken in the corridor the transitory lifetime of guy, and claimed for his religion that it confirmed the soul, in passing from the corridor of existence, winging its approach now not into the darkness of evening, yet into the sunlit radiance of a extra wonderful international. Out of the darkness, throughout the open window of beginning, the lifetime of a guy involves the earth; it dwells for it slow sooner than our eyes; into the darkness, in the course of the open window of demise, it vanishes out of our sight. And guy has wondered ever of faith, Whence comes it? Whither is going it? and the solutions have diversified with the faiths. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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102. ] [Footnote 46: Theosophist, Sept. ] [Footnote 47: "Notes on Devachan", Path, June, 1890, p. ] [Footnote 48: Theosophist, June, 1882, p. , p. , p. ] [Footnote 52: Key to Theosophy, p. , 1882, p. ] ***** INDEX. Accident, Death by, 37. Appendix, 81. Astral Body, 19, Fate of, 31. Astral Shell or Soul, 75. Avesta, quoted, 9. , quoted, 16, 17, 24, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 45, 49, 60, 65, 66, 67, 73, 74, 78. Book of the Dead, quoted, 8. Bruno, Giordano, quoted, 21. Buddhism in Tibet, quoted, 47, (note).

It is because his true Self, while blinded by the body, has lost touch with other Selves, that Death has been a gulf instead of a gateway between embodied and disembodied Souls. ***** APPENDIX. The following passage on the fate of suicides is taken from the Theosophist, September, 1882. We do not pretend--we are not permitted--to deal exhaustively with the question at present, but we may refer to one of the most important classes of entities, who can participate in objective phenomena, other than Elementaries and Elementals.

But, machine though it be, we must remember that it is a machine sui generis-Out of himself he span The eternal web of right and wrong; And ever feels the subtlest thrill, The slenderest thread along. A machine compared with whose perfect sensitiveness and adjustment the highest human intellect is but a coarse clumsy replica, in petto. And we must remember that thoughts and motives are material, and at times marvellously potent material, forces, and we may then begin to comprehend why the hero, sacrificing his life on pure altruistic grounds, sinks as his life-blood ebbs away into a sweet dream, wherein All that he wishes and all that he loves, Come smiling round his sunny way, only to wake into active or objective consciousness when reborn in the Region of Happiness, while the poor unhappy and misguided mortal who, seeking to elude fate, selfishly loosens the silver string and breaks the golden bowl, finds himself terribly alive and awake, instinct with all the evil cravings and desires that embittered his world-life, without a body in which to gratify these, and capable of only such partial alleviation as is possible by more or less vicarious gratification, and this only at the cost of the ultimate complete rupture with his sixth and seventh principles, and consequent ultimate annihilation after, alas!

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