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It is not generally accepted, nor indeed is it accepted to any large extent. A constantly growing minority, how- ever, of fairly intelligent people believe clairvoyance to be a fact, and regard it as a perfectly natural power, which will become universal in the course of evolution. They do not regard it as a miraculous gift, nor as an outgrowth from high spirituality, lofty intelligence, or purity of character ; any or all of these may be manifested in a person who is not in the least clairvoyant.
They know that it is a and that it can be developed ry anyone who is able and willing to pay the price demanded for its forcing, ahead of the general evo- lution. The use of clairvoyance for research into the past is not new.
The Secret Doctrine of H. Blavatsky is a standing instance of such use. Whether or not the work thus done is reliable is a question which must be left for decision to future generations, pos- sessing the power which is now used for this pur- pose. For them it has been written; As the number of students in- creases, so will increase the number of our readers. More than this we cannot hope for. Centuries hence, when people will be able to write much better books, based on similar researches, this well be looked on as an interesting pioneer, considering the time at which it was written.
Proofs of its general accuracy obviously cannot be given, though from time to time discoveries may be made which confirm an occasional statement. The truth of clairvoyant research can no more be proved to the general public, than colour can be demonstrat- ed to a blind man. The general public, so far as it reads the book, will regard it with blank incredulity ; some may think it an interesting fabrication ; others may find it dull.
Most will regard the authors as either self-deceived or fraudulent, according as the judges are kind-hearted or malevolent. To students we would say: Accept it so far as it helps you in your studies, and throws light on what you already know. Amplification and correction may be made in the future, for we have only given a few fragments of a huge history, and the task has boon a very heavy one. Van Hook and Don Fabri- zio Ruspoli, were good enough to write down all we said, exactly as we said it ; these two sets of notes have been preserved.
They are woven into the present story, written partly during the summer ofwhen a few weeks were stolen for the purpose, and completed in April and May Vsimilarly stolen out of the rush of busy lives. This kind of work cannot be done in the midst of constant inter- ruptions, and the only way to accomplish it is to escape from the world for the time, to ‘go into re- treat,’ as the Eoman Catholics call it.
This governs the whole, and is the ground-plan of the book. The lwadbeater of an Oc- cult Hierarchy, which guides mah shapes evolution, is throughout taken for granted, and some of its members inevitably appear in the course of the story.
In order to throw ourselves back into the earliest stages, we sought for our own conscious- nesses, present there, and easier to start from than anything else, since no others were recognisable They gave us, as it were, a footing in the first and hoq Chains. From the latter part of the third Chain and onwards, we traced humanity’s story by following a group of individuals, except where this group was otherwise occupied during any important stage of evolution as in the beginnings of the third whejce fourth hhow of the fifth Boot Eace; when that was the case we left it, and followed the main stream of progress.
In this record comparatively whenc details as ca persons can be given, the sweep of the story being so large. A volume of leadbdater, named Lives bow Alcyone, will shortly be published, and to that will be appended full genealogical tables, showing the in each life of all the characters so far identified.
Work of this kind might be done ad libitum, if there were people to do it. As a history cannot be written without names, and as mncarnatipQjs a fact and therefore the re- appearance of the same individual throughout suc- ceeding ages is also a fact, the individual playing many parts under many names we have given names to many individuals by which they may be recognised oeadbeater the dramas in which they take part.
Irving is the same Irving to us, as Macbeth, Richard III, Shylock, Charles I, Faust, Romeo, Matthias ; and whithed any story of his life as actor he is spoken of as Irving, whatever part he is playing; his continuing individuality is recognised through- out. So a human being, in the long story in which lives. To this ‘ himself we have given a distinguishing name, so that he may leadbfater recognised under all the disguises put on to suit the part he is playing.
These are mostly names of constellations, or stars. For instance, we have given to Julius Caesar the name of Corona ; to Plato that of Whitber ; to Lao-Tze that of Lyra; in this way we can see how different are the lines of evolution, the previous lives which produce a Caesar and a Plato.
It gives to the story a human interest, and teaches the student of reincarnation. The names of Those who constantly appear in this story as ordinary men and women, but who are now Masters, may make those great Beings more real to some ; They have climbed to where They stand on the same ladder of life up which we are climbing now; They have known the common household life, the joys and sorrows, the successes and the failures, which make up human experiences.
They are not Gods perfect lwadbeater unending ages, but men and wo- men who have unfolded the God within themselves and have, along a toilsome road, reached the super- human. They are the fulfilled promise of what we shall he, the glorious flowers on the plant on which we are the buds.
And so we launch our ship on the stormy ocean of publicity, to face its destiny and find its fate. Four of the Lords of the Flame, still liv- ing in Shamballa. The Head of a Root Race. The Maha-Chohan, a high leadbeate, of rank equal to that of a Manu or a Bodhisat- tva. Now a Master, spoken of in some Theoso- p h i c a 1 books as ‘The Venetian. Now a Master, re- siding in the Nilgiri Hills. Now the Master M.
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Now the Master K. Now the Master Hilar- ion. Now the Master Sera- pis. Now the Master Jesus. Germain of the eighteenth century. Now the Master D. Lord Cochrane Tenth Earl of Dundonald. A certain number of members of the Theosophical Society have bravely allowed their names to appear in the above list, despite the ridicule it may bring on them. A large number of our friends are just now in Hindu bodies, but we cannot expose them to the mockery and persecution they would be likely to suffer if we named them, so we have not asked their permission.
The Sixth Round on the Moon Chain. The Fourth Root Race. Whence came he, this glorious Intelligence, on this globe, at least, the crown of visible beings? How has he evolved to his present position? Has he suddenly descended from above, a radiant angel, to become the temporary tenant of a house of clay, or has he climbed upwards through long dim ages, tracing his humble ancestry from primeval slime, through fish, reptile, mammal, up to the human kingdom!
And what is his future destiny? To tliese questions many answers have been given, partially or fairly fully, in the Scriptures of ii MAN: The most modern knowledge has vindi- cated the most ancient records in ascribing to our earth and its inhabitants a period of existence of vast extent and of marvellous complexity ; hundreds of millions of years are tossed together to give time for the slow and laborious processes of nature ; fur- ther and further back ‘ primeval man’ is pushed; Le- muria is seen where now the Pacific ripples, and Aus- tralia, but lately rediscovered, is regarded as one of the oldest of lands ; Atlantis is posited, where now the Atlantic rolls, and Africa is linked to America by a solid bridge of land, so that the laurels of a dis- coverer are plucked from the brow of Columbus, and he is seen as following long perished generations who found their way from Europe to the continent of the setting sun.
Poseidonis is no longer the mere fairy- tale told by superstitious Egyptian priests to a Greek philosopher; Minos of Crete is dug out of his ancient grave, a man and not a myth ; Babylon, once ancient, is shown as the modern successor of a series of highly civilised cities, buried in stratum after stratum, glooming through the night of time. Tra- dition is beckoning the explorer to excavate in Turk- estan, in Central Asia, and whispering of cyclopean ruins that await but his spade for their unburying.
Healthy and balanced, dominating the brain, it shows as genius; out of equilibrium with the brain, vagrant and incalculable, it shows as insanity. Some day Science will realise that what it calls the subjective mind, Religion calls the Soul, and that the exhibi- tion of its powers depends on the physical and super- physical instruments at its command. If these are well-constructed, sound and flexible, and thorough- ly under its control, the powers of vision, of audi- tion, of memory, irregularly up-welling from the subjective mind, become the normal and disposable powers of the Soul; if the Soul strive upwards to the Spirit the Divine Self veiled in the matter of our System, the true Inner Man, instead of ever clinging to the body, then its powers increase, and knowledge, otherwise unattainable, comes within its reach.
Metaphysicians, ancient and modern, declare that Past, Present, and Future are ever simultaneous- ly existent in the divine Consciousness, and are only successive as they come into manifestation, i. Our limited consciousness, exist- ing in Time, is inevitably bound by this succession ; we can only think successively.
But we all know, from our experience of dream-states, that time- measures vary with this change of state, though suc- cession remains; we know also that time-measures vary even more in the thought- world, and that when iv MAN: There dwells the Past in ever- living records; there also dwells the Future, more difficult for the half-developed Soul to reach, be- cause not yet manifested, nor yet embodied, though quite as ‘real’.
The Soul, reading these records, may transmit them to the body, impress them on the brain, and then record them in words and writings.
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Before that point is reached, the touch is imperfect, mediate, subject to errors of observation and transmission. The writers of this book, having been taught the method of gaining touch, but being subject to the difficulties involved in their uncompleted evolution, have done their best to observe and transmit, but are fully conscious of the many weaknesses which mar their work.
Occasional help has been given to them by the Elder Brethren, in the way of broad outlines here and there, and dates where necessary. As in the case of the related books which have preceded this in the Theosophical movement, the “treasure is in earthen vessels, ” and, while grate- fully leadbeeater the help graciously given, they take the responsibility of all errors entirely on them- selves. Man, as a spiritual Being, comes forth from God and returns to God; but the Whence and Whither with which we deal here denote a far more modest sweep.
It is but a single page of his life-story that is copied out herein, telling of the birth into dense matter of some of the Chil- dren of Man What lies beyond that birthing, still unpenetrated Night? And yet the title is not shence wrong, for he who comes from God and goes to God isjijgj; precisely ‘Man’.
That Eay of the divine Splendour which comes forth from Divinity at the beginning of a mani- festation, that “fragment of Mine own Self, trans- formed in the world of life into an immortal Spirit,” 1 is far more than Man.
Man is but one stage of his unfolding, and mineral, vegetable, animal, are but stages of his embryonic life in the womb of nature, ere he is born as Man.
Here then we deal with him only as Man: In order to follow readily the story told in this book, it is necessary for the reader to pause for a few minutes on the general conception of a Solar System, as outlined in Theosophical literature, 1 and on the broad principles of the evolution therein carried on. This is not more difficult to follow than the technical terminology of every science, or than other cosmic descriptions, as in astronomy, and a little attention will easily enable the student to master it.
In all studies of deep content, there are ever dry prelimi- naries which have to be mastered. The careless read- er finds them dull, skips them, and is, throughout his subsequent reading, in a more or less bewildered and confused condition of mind; he is building his house without a foundation, and must continually be shor- ing it up. Blavatsky’s The Secret Doctrine, A. There are minor differences such as H. Those who prefer the first plan, had better miss the present Chapter, and go on to Chapter II ; the wiser readers will give an hour to mastering what follows.
That great Sage, Plato, one of the world’s master- intellects, whose lofty ideas have dominated Euro- pean thought, makes the pregnant statement: The vibrations that make the suc- cessive notes of a scale may be correspondently figured in a regular series.
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Some diseases follow a definite whenfe of days, and the 7th, the 14th, the 21st, mark the crises that result in continued physical life or in death.
It is useless to multiply instances. There is, then, nothing surprising in the fact that we find, in the order of our Solar System, ehither con- tinual recurrence of the number Seven. Because of tins, it has been called a ‘sacred number’; a ‘signi- ficant number’ would be a better epithet.
The moon’s life divides itself naturally into twice seven days of waxing and an equal number of waning, and its quarters give us our week of seven days. And we find this seven as the root-number of our Solar System, whihter its departments into seven, and these again divided into subsidiary sevens, and these into other sevens, and so on. The religious student will think of the seven Ameshaspentas of the Zoro- astriaii, of the seven Spirits before the throne of God of the Christian: