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“Sinnett, Alfred Percy,” in The New International Encyclopædia, New York: Dodd, Mead and Co. (). Some or all works by this author are in. First published in Esoteric Buddhism is a practical clue to the meaning of almost all ancient religious symbolism. Sinnett says that the esoteric doctrine. Alfred Percy Sinnett (18 January in London – 26 June ) was an English author and theosophist. This theory recognizes the evolution of the soul as a.

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The complete comprehension of the manner in which these persons become differentiated from human kind at large, is not to be achieved by the help of mere intellectual effort. The permanent entity is that which lives through the whole series of lives not only through the races belonging to the present round-wave on earth, but also through those of other round-waves and other worlds.

The practical student of occultism may develop the faculties first and apply them to the observation of Nature afterwards, but the exhibition of the theory of Nature for Western readers merely seeking its intellectual comprehension, must precede consideration of the inner senses, which occult research employs.

He will be as much greater, before the destiny of our system is accomplished, than he is now, as he is now greater than the missing link.

The circumstances under which this work was done, have been wholly misunderstood, nor would a straightforward explanation thereof be intelligible without explanations, which must first be furnished by a survey of the esoteric science itself. Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Sep 12, There is every reason to believe that his familiarity with esoteric science prompted his method, and that the usual restrictions under which he laboured as an initiated occultist, forbade him from saying as much as would really justify it.

I need not repeat the story. And the first great fact which occult science presents to our notice in reference to the origin of man on this globe, will be seen to help the imagination over some serious embarrassments of the familiar scientific idea of evolution.

Esoteric Buddhism by Alfred Percy Sinnett

And that mistake would be fatal to any reasonable anticipations concerning the future that awaits him — fatal also to any appreciation of the appropriateness of the future which the esoteric doctrine explains to us as actually awaiting him. Ian Youlin rated it really liked it May 25, One explanation of this feeling, however, may be readily seen to spring from the extreme sacredness that has always been attached by their ancient guardians to the inner vital truths of Nature.


A good deal of this is dimly set forth in occult writing; but very little of this is of the least use to readers who take up the subject without previous knowledge acquired independently of books.

At death it is disembodied for a brief period, and, under some abnormal conditions, may even be temporarily visible to the external sight of still living persons. Although Sinnett was, from time to time, very critical of the administration of the Theosophical Society, he does not appear to have been a very astute person where money was concerned.

He was a man of wide-ranging interests and an open, inquiring mind, besides being a good newspaperman.

Alfred Percy Sinnett – Esoteric Buddhism

Alfrwd methods of esoteric research have grown out of natural facts, with which exoteric science is wholly unacquainted. For the process which goes on does not involve the pre-existence of a chain of globes which Nature proceeds to stock with life; but it is one in which the evolution of each globe is the result of previous evolutions, and the consequence of certain impulses thrown off from its predecessor in the superabundance of sinnnett development.

But that branch of the subject may be left alone for the present. Let me add, that Sinndtt do not regard myself as the sole exponent for alfree outer world, at this crisis, of esoteric truth. The answer lies in the regular routine of planetary life, which goes onpari passu with the life of its inhabitants. In the course of explaining this idea we have partly anticipated the declaration of another fact of first-rate importance as an aid to correct views of the world-system to which we belong.

In seguito a questa corrispondenza Sinnett scrisse Il mondo occulto e Buddhismo esotericoche ebbero un forte impatto sul pubblico, suscitando un interesse crescente verso i temi della dottrina teosofica. Blavatsky thought that Denny would be an qlfred for good, but he died of tuberculosis in after an undistinguished life.

If that process had merely one journey to travel along a path which never returned into itself, one could think of it, at any rate, as working from almost absolute matter up to almost absolute spirit; but Nature works always in complete curves, and travels always in paths which return into themselves.

The fifth principle, human soul, or Manas as described in Sanskrit in one of its aspectsis the seat of reason and memory. In the scale of spiritual perfection sinnetf is constantly ascending. And when shortly afterwards it was followed by the fuller statement of the truth, clear, reasoned, comprehensible, contained in Esoteric Buddhism, it is no exaggeration to say that thousands of souls.


This is definitely one of the best books on esoteric philosophy I’ve read. To begin at the beginning, we should endeavour to realize the state of the universe before evolution sets in. The several worlds of the chain are objective realities, and not symbols of change in one single, variable world. But perch astral dross, cast off at each passage into the world of effects, has a more or less independent existence of its own, quite separate from alfeed of the spiritual entity from which it has just been disunited.

The mere way to move the limbs is no mystery; but unless the swimmer in moving them has a full belief that such movement will produce the required aflred, the required result is not produced.

As regards the seventh principle, that is the true Unknowable, the supreme controlling cause of all things, which is the same for one man as for every man, the same for humanity as for the animal kingdom, the same for the physical as for the astral or devachanic or nirvanic planes of existence.

By Sinnett is listed as an author. The system of worlds is a circuit round whichall individual spiritual entities have alike to pass; and that passage constitutes the Evolution of Man. It is a portion of this principle, animated by the fourth, which is really projected to distant places by an adept, when he makes an appearance in what is commonly called his astral body.

Also in H. For more intimate knowledge concerning them, special circumstances must furnish us with the required explanations. But it may be useful to dwell for awhile on the view of the human constitution according to which the consciousness of the entity migrates successively through the stages of development, which the different principles represent.

Retrieved from ” http: The evolution of man is not a process carried out on this planet alone. The fact is quite the other way, and must be so, it will be seen on reflection, in a chain of worlds which is an endless chain — i. And manifestly, as soon as we begin talking of the beginnings of worlds, we are dealing with phenomena which can have had very little to do withlife, as we understand the matter, and, therefore, it may be supposed, nothing to do with life impulses.