The Causal Body … by the Theosophists ..

Revised; originally published 3 December 2013

Dear Ones,

Here is information from the Theosophists on the Causal Body, which is the subtle body in our energy field responsible for the illusion of cause-and-effect.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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THE CAUSAL BODY … BY THE THEOSOPHISTS

“The causal body owes its name to the fact that in it reside the causes which manifest themselves as effects in the lower planes.

“For it is the experience of past lives, stored in the causal body, which are the cause of the general attitude taken up towards life, and the actions undertaken.

“In Samskrit, the causal body is known as the Karana Sharira, Karana meaning, cause.

“Briefly we may say that the causal body has two main functions:

“(1) To act as a vehicle for the Ego: the causal body is the ‘body of Manas‘, the form-aspect of the individual , the true man, the Thinker.

“(2) To act as a receptacle or storehouse for the essence of the man’s experiences in his various incarnations. The causal body is that into which is woven everything which can endure, and in which are stored the germs of qualities, to be carried over to the next incarnation. Hence one sees that the lower, manifestation of man, i.e., his expression in his mental, astral and physical bodies, depends ultimately upon the growth and development of the real man himself, the one ‘for whom the hour never strikes’….

“At its inception, the causal body, or form-aspect of the true man, is described, as a delicate film of subtlest matter, just visible, marking where the individual begins his separate life. That delicate almost colourless, film of subtlest matter, is the body which will last through the whole of human evolution: on this, as on a thread – the thread-self, or Sutratma, as it is sometimes called – will all the future incarnations be strung.

“The causal body, as said, is the receptacle of all that is enduring—i.e., only that which is noble and harmonious, and in accordance with the law of spirit; for every great and noble thought, every pure and lofty emotion, is carried up, and its essence worked into the substance of the causal body. Hence the condition of the causal body is a true register – the only true register – of the growth of man, of the stage of evolution to which he has attained.” –from “The Causal Body and the Ego,” by Arthur E. Powell, “Ch XV. Functions of the Causal Body” (1)

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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FOOTNOTE

(1) from “The Causal Body and the Ego,” by Arthur E. Powell, “Ch XV. Functions of the Causal Body,” public domain, available at www.lulu.com or www.amazon.com Also at: http://www.hermetics.org/pdf/theosophy/Arthur_E_Powell_-_The_Causal_Body___The_Ego.pdf

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