Elementaries, Thuggees, Loss of the Soul, and the Vitalized Shell … by Alice B. Clagett

Revised; originally published 16 January 2016

Dear Ones,

The information below is largely adapted from the teachings of Theosophy, with additional thoughts of my own.


According to Theosophy, depraved men imprisoned in their astral bodies are known as ‘elementaries’. Elementaries, though in astral form, still long to indulge in just those vices they practiced while in their physical bodies. These elementaries can be very crafty, wicked and cruel. They can provoke people still in physical form to acts of horror and violence. In this work the elementaries revel … in creating suffering in humankind, in provoking crimes of utmost depravity here on Earth. (1)


My feeling is that, among these ‘Elementaries’ those who have developed and employed psychic powers for their own enrichment and empowerment … rather than for the good of humankind … during their time in physical form, represent the most loathsome form of Elementaries.

These are the ‘Thuggees’ now trapped on the astral plane … people who developed psychic powers while in physical form, not for the good of humankind, but rather for their own personal power and wealth … and now find themselves unhappy inhabitants of the astral plane. Being just too ‘evil’ to reincarnate, they take their delights where they may, by aiding those of criminal intent who are still in form to torture their fellow humans.

During these glorious days of the Ascension of humankind, the astral Thuggees are confined to the noxious noosphere of Earth’s large cities, where they glom to the ambitious endeavors of Spiritual Adepts who develop their psychic superpowers for personal gain.

Because of this, true Spiritual Adepts find city life incompatible with their intention to rise to higher consciousness. When these true seekers venture into the cities, they find the astral Thuggees crowding round, bent on mischief of the worst sort. That these astral Thuggees still possess their psychic powers on the astral plane makes the situation even more dire.

True seekers, because of the purity of their Souls’ light, really stand out against the camera obscura that is the city inhabitants’ noosphere during this time of Ascension. My feeling is that this is so because the noosphere of the more sparsely inhabited areas of post-Ascension Earth is incompatible with the coarseness of the astral Thuggees’ astral matter.

In other words, they simply cannot survive these days except in the large cities, and their numbers are slowly dwindling, even there. Where they will go is no concern of mine; I leave it to the ever great Wisdom of the Creator.

For those true Spiritual Adepts who chose to remain in the cities, my thought is that our intentions must be of the utmost purity, of respect for the Free Will of all beings, and of devotion to the All, so that we may sidestep the attention of these ravening wolves of the astral plane.

To get back to my topic:

According to Theosophy, after a person dies, he quite naturally begins to withdraw from his outer bodies. The mind (‘manas’) begins to disentangle from the desire body (‘kâma’). However, there are rare cases where the personality is so controlled by desire that the lower mind is enslaved to desire. In such cases, manas cannot be disentangled from kâma. This I feel to be the case with the Thuggees who have passed on. (2)


There is a link between the lower mind and the higher mind. This link is called the ‘silver thread’ or ‘silver cord’. In these very rare cases of hopeless entanglement in the desire world, this link will snap in two. This is what is known in the occult world as loss of the Soul. When the personal self so abruptly separates from the higher ego, it is doomed to perish, as without our connection to our Souls we are but a decaying shell of what once was a vital, thrumming connection to the Infinite.

If this link is wrenched in twain while a person is in form, then the ‘lower quaternary’ (the physical body, the life principle, the astral body, and the kama rupa, or seat of animal desires and passions) is separated from the Upper Imperishable Triad (the higher principles: Universal Spirit or Atma, Spiritual Soul or Buddhi, and Human Soul or Mind or manas). (3)

After it passes from physical form, such a being has a terrible power to affect human beings. Rarely, it may reincarnate. Possessed of no motive but primal passion, yet cunning as a man, it is the ferocious foe of all normal humans.

The elementary so incarnating sinks lower with each incarnation. Cut off from Source, the elementary’s vital drive wears itself down till it exists no more. (4)


“The Shell is the desire body, emptied of the Triad, which has now passed onwards; it is the third of the transitory garments of Soul, cast aside and left in Kâmaloka to disintegrate….

“Again, the Shell is very easily taken possession of by Elementals, the semi-conscious forces working in the kingdoms of Nature, and may be used by them as a convenient vehicle for many a prank and trick….” (5)

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


(1) For more on Elementaries, see “Death–And After?” by Annie Besant, http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18266/18266-h/18266-h.htm#Page_45 … search ‘elementary’ and ‘elementaries’

(2) See Ibid., search ‘loss of the Soul’

(3) For more on Principle, or Fundamental Essence, the lower quaternary, and the upper imperishable triad, as described in Theosophy, see http://www.theosophy.wiki/en/Principle

(4) For more on this, see  “The Seven Principles of Man,” by Annie Besant, 1909. “This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work.” … from https://www.amazon.com/Seven-Principles-Annie-Wood-Besant/dp/1297513568 ..

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(5) From “Death–And After?” by Annie Besant, http://www.gutenberg.org/files/18266/18266-h/18266-h.htm#Page_45 … search ‘Kâmaloka. The Shells.’

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