Bodies of Man … by the Theosophists … with a comment by Alice B. Clagett

Written 1 Dec 2013; revised 2 May 2018

Dear Ones,
At first I thought that Arthur E. Powell was talking about reincarnation in the passage quoted below. Now I see he’s talking about the bodies we have in any one incarnation — for example, the physical body, the astral (or emotional) body, the etheric body, the mental body (higher and lower) and the causal body. These are diverse energies at play in us.

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BODIES OF MAN
by Arthur E. Powell

“All the various bodies of man should be regarded as casings or vehicles, enabling the Self to function in some definite region of the universe. Just as a man may use a carriage on land, a ship on the sea, a balloon in the air, to travel from one place to another, and yet in all places remain himself, so does the Self, the real man, utilise his various bodies, each for its appropriate purposes, yet remains all the time himself no matter in what vehicle he may be functioning at any given moment. Relatively to the man, all these bodies are transient, they are his instruments or servants; they wear out and are renewed, time after time, and adapted to his varying needs, and his ever-growing powers.”

–from “The Causal Body and the Ego,” “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 ..

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