Shelves: dnf Dnf therefore no rating. Mar 27, Cris Edwards rated it liked it An imaginative breakdown of the structure, denizens, and behaviours of the Astral Plane. At first pulling references from Hindu and Buddhist myths and beliefs [which I enjoyed], the author, while clearly an intelligent and literate person, presents eye-rollingly naive arguments as credibility. His main source for validating the information are seances; yeah, the side-gig of parlour magicians in the Victorian Era which were more theatrical presentations of cold-reading, schoolhouse magic tricks, An imaginative breakdown of the structure, denizens, and behaviours of the Astral Plane. His main source for validating the information are seances; yeah, the side-gig of parlour magicians in the Victorian Era which were more theatrical presentations of cold-reading, schoolhouse magic tricks, and storytelling than anything bordering on an actual experience with other dimensions or the occult.
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It records an attempt to describe the Invisible World in the same manner that a botanist would describe some new territory on this globe not explored by any previous botanist. Most works dealing with Mysticism and Occultism are characterised by the lack of a scientific presentation, such as is exacted in every department of science.
They give us far more the significance of things, rather than descriptions of the things themselves. In this little book the author approaches the Invisible World from the modern standpoint of science.
As I have a connection with this book, as the amanuensis who copied the manuscript for the printer, I can describe how the work came to be written. At the period of its writing in , C. Sinnett [vii] was president of the Lodge. The Lodge did no public propaganda, and had no open meetings; but three or four times a year a meeting was held at the house of Mr. Sinnett thought were likely to be interested in Theosophy.
Sinnett desired that Mr. Leadbeater should deliver an address to the Lodge. Here I can well quote the description which he himself has given of his training in Clairvoyance, which enabled him to make a scientific investigation of the phenomena of the Astral Plane.
The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants & Phenomena
Astral Plane – It’s Scenery, Inhabitants and Phenomena