|Definition of Death
A Treatise on the
itself is a part of the Great Illusion, and only exists because of the veils we have
gathered around ourselves.
- Vol. V.
Treatise on White Magic:
are apt to forget that every night in the hours of sleep we die to the physical plane and
are alive and functioning elsewhere. They forget that they have already achieved facility
in leaving the physical body; because they cannot as yet bring back into the physical
brain consciousness the recollection of that passing out, and of the subsequent interval
of active living, they fail to relate death and sleep. Death is, after all, only a longer
interval in the life of physical plane functioning; one has only "gone abroad"
for a longer period. But the process of daily sleep and the process of occasional dying
are identical, with the one difference that in sleep the magnetic thread or current of
energy along which the life force streams is preserved intact, and constitutes the path of
return to the body. In death, this life thread is broken or snapped. When this has
happened, the conscious entity cannot return to the dense physical body, and that body,
lacking the principle of coherence, then disintegrates.
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Treatise on the Seven Rays:
processes of abstraction are (as you may thus see) connected with the life aspect, are set
in motion by an act of the spiritual will, and constitute the "resurrection principle
which lies hidden in the work of the Destroyer," as an old esoteric saying expresses
it. The lowest manifestation  of this principle is to be seen in the process of what
we call death - which is in reality a means of abstracting the life principle, informed
by consciousness, from the form of the bodies in the three worlds.
Thus, the great synthesis emerges and destruction, death, and dissolution are, in reality,
naught but life processes. Abstraction is indicative of process, progress and development.
It is this aspect of the Law of Life (or the Law of Synthesis as it is called in certain
larger connotations) with which the initiate specifically deals.
- Vol. V.
approached from the angle of the Observer, and not from that of a participator in actual
experiment and experience in the three worlds (physical - emotional - mental)...if they
are initiated disciples they are increasingly unaware of the activities and reactions of
their personalities, because certain aspects of the lower nature are now so controlled and
purified that they have dropped below the threshold of consciousness and have entered the
world of instinct; therefore, there is no more awareness of them than a man asleep is
conscious of the rhythmic functioning of his sleeping physical vehicle. This is a deep and
largely unrealized truth. It is related to the entire process of death, and might be
regarded as one of the definitions of death; it holds the clue to the mysterious words
"the reservoir of life." Death is in reality unconsciousness of that which may
be functioning in some form or another, but in a form of which the spiritual entity is
totally unaware. The reservoir of life is the place of death, and this is the first lesson
the disciple learns...
- Vol. V.