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In the Next World - AP Sinnett

In the Next World - AP Sinnett

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In the NextWorld
( ACTUAL NARRATIVES OF PERSONAL EXPERIENCES BY SOME WHO HAVEPASSED ON )COMPILED AND ELUCIDATED BY
A. P. Sinnett
LONDON
THEOSOPHICAL PUBLISHING HOUSE
1 UPPER WOBURN PLACE, W.C. 1
Reprinted 
 
1918
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CONTENTS PAGE
Introduction3G. R.s Story11W. G.'s Experiences 19A Wonderful Recovery 23Experiences of H. S. 31 The Story of R. W. 36 J. P.’s Story 40"Bill Smith"44M. M.'s Wonderful Narrative48A Happy Passing56X. Y.'s Enlightenment59 The Troubles of S. O.64A Devout Priest68Conclusion70
Introduction
Whether from the point of view of ordinary religious belief or fromthat reached by theosophical teaching, most people look forward tosome kind of life hereafter, but are rarely enabled to frame conceptionsof that life with any degree of detail. And it not infrequently happensthat when people who have passed over get an opportunity, by themethods of ordinary mediumship, of communicating back to friends inphysical life, they seem mainly desirous of reaffirming the familiar truththat to be happy hereafter one must be decently well behaved in thislife. The warning as a rule makes no deep impression on the hearers,because no particular novelty surrounds the idea; In so far as it failswith so many people to become a commanding motive of action, that isprobably due to the [end of Page #7] vague mist of uncertainty thatenvelops all future conditions of existence. If people who pass overwould devote their efforts to giving us minute descriptions of the new
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circumstances in which they find themselves, that would make a muchdeeper impression on their friends here than can be produced by ethicalsermons however earnest, however inspired by new knowledge andgenuine conviction.I have been for some years past in the enjoyment of opportunitiesfavourable for getting free speech with friends who have passed overinto the astral life. For many reasons it is impossible for me to go intominute detail concerning the circumstances under which theseopportunities have arisen. For those who do not know me, thenarratives I am about to record may seem tainted by a fictitiouscolouring, I can only say, for the benefit of those who do know me, andmay trust my word, that the stories in all cases are here passed on justas I have received them, and are published in perfect good faith tomeet what I hold to be a very widespread desire for definite informationconcerning the actualities of astral life.Of course we must always remember that such astral life is not tobe regarded as a fulfilment of the karma in each case engendered on[8] the physical plane. In all earlier theosophical teaching it was sosupremely important to establish, on a firm foundation, the greatprinciple of reincarnation, with its attendant doctrine of karma, that theintervening phases of life on the astral and manasic planes werecomparatively neglected, - with the result, indeed, of giving rise tosome misapprehensions in regard both to the astral and devachanicconditions. Those of us who are the most earnest students of theosophical teaching and best situated for carrying on such study, aremost fully appreciative of the insuperable difficulty of setting forth thewhole volume of complex law governing human evolution all at once.We need not regret the omissions that were inevitable in thebeginning. We need not hesitate to welcome fresh information whichfills up some of the gaps, even though in some cases this may dissipateimpressions too hastily formed when information was incomplete.As an introduction to the fragments of astral biography I proposenow to give out, I must set before the reader in fairly intelligible shapethe constitution of that vast region enveloping the earth that is referredto when we speak of the astral plane. Many of its characteristics havebeen vividly described in early theosophical [9] writings, but for the
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