‘Initiatic Science teaches that human beings are a reflection, a replica, of the universe – and that, like the universe, they are composed of different regions or ‘bodies’. The established sciences still refuse to admit any such thing, and many of their errors, particularly in medicine and psychology, stem from this negation.
The Hindu tradition (which has been adopted by the majority of spiritual movements) divides man into seven different bodies. The most densely material of these, and the only one that is visible to us, is the physical body, but there are six others: the etheric, astral, mental, Causal, Buddhic and Atmic bodies, each of which is composed of progressively subtler matter.
What are Angels and where do they dwell?
Actually, the etheric body should really be considered as belonging to the physical body. It exists in four states known as ‘chemical ether’, ‘vital ether’, ‘light ether’ and ‘reflective ether’; thus we can say that the physical body itself can be divided into seven: the three physical states of solid, liquid and gaseous, plus the four etheric states. The same is true of the astral body which, like each of the other bodies, can also be divided into seven: three lower regions and the four higher regions in which dwell the angels.
But then the question arises: what is an angel? An angel is an immortal being made of such pure, subtle matter that nothing evil or obscure can affect it. Angels dwell in absolute joy and light and know everything except suffering, for suffering is the result of a disturbance caused by a movement of the lower nature, and an angel cannot be affected by this because it is absolutely pure. Angels do not exist on the physical level. They exist only in the higher reaches of the astral plane.’
Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov
To be continued…
Complete Works Volume 32, The Fruits of the Tree of Life – The Cabbalistic Tradition
Chapter 15, Death and the Life Beyond
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