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The Fall







edited by Roger Fritz, 8-25-17


WOK = The Working Out Of Karma,
TMB = The Mental Body, by A. E. Powell
TCB = The Causal Body, by A. E. Powell
DAA = Death- and After, by Annie Besant
TDP = The Devachanic Plane, by C. W. Leadbeater.
These books are available free on the Canadian Theosophical website or by googling PDF book-title author-name.)


[In] the higher heaven-world [the causal plane], all illusion now is past, and all souls know their real kindred, see them and are seen in their own royal nature, as the true immortal souls that pass on from life to life, with all the ties intact that are knit to their real being. (TDP, Page 45)


The first impressions of one who enters the causal plane in full consciousness will be very much as described when dealing with a man awakening, after astral death, in devachan [the mental plane]. He will experience intense bliss, indescribable vitality, enormously increased power, and the perfect confidence which flows from these.

He finds himself in the midst of what seems to him a whole universe of ever-changing light, colour and sound. He will seem to be floating in a sea of living light, surrounded by every conceivable variety of loveliness in colour and form, the whole changing with every wave of thought that he sends out from his mind, and being indeed, as he will discover, only the expression of his thought in the matter of the plane and its elemental essence. Concrete thoughts, take the shapes of their objects, while abstract ideas usually represent themselves by all kinds of perfect and most beautiful geometrical forms.

The feeling of freedom in the causal world is so great that in comparison with it astral life seems a state of bondage.

The more developed, of course, have a definitely conscious period on the causal plane, living as the ego on its own plane for a time.

But every human being, on his completion of his life on the astral and lower mental plane (Devachan), obtains at least a flash of consciousness of the ego, in the causal body. In that momentary flash of ego-consciousness, the man sees his last life as a whole , and gathers from it the impression of success or failure in the work which it was meant to do.

Together with this, he also has a forecast of the life before him, with the knowledge of the general lesson which that is to teach, or the specific progress which he is intended to make in it. Only very slowly does the ego awaken to the value of these glimpses; but when he comes to understand them, he naturally begins to make use of them.

Eventually he arrives at a stage when this glimpse is no longer momentary, when he is able to consider the question much more fully, and to devote some time to his plans for the life which lies before him. (TDP,Page 43)


The final result of the life is known only when in that process of withdrawal the consciousness is once more centred in the ego in his home in the higher heaven-world [the causal plane]; then it is seen what new qualities he has acquired in the course of that particular little cycle of his evolution. At that time also a glimpse of the life as a whole is obtained; the soul has for a moment a flash of clearer consciousness, in which he sees the results of the life just completed, and something of what will follow from it in his next birth.

This glimpse can hardly be said to involve a knowledge of the nature of the next incarnation, except in the vaguest and most general sense; no doubt the main object of the coming life would be seen, but the vision would be chiefly valuable to the soul as a lesson in the karmic result of his action in the past. It offers him an opportunity, of which he takes more or less advantage according to the stage of development to which he has already attained.

At first he makes little of it, since he is but very dimly conscious and very poorly fitted to apprehend facts and their varied inter-relations; but gradually his power to appreciate what he sees increases, and later the ability comes to remember such flashes at the end of previous lives, and to compare them, and so to estimate the progress which he is making along the road which he has to traverse. (TDP,Page 43)