The Elements of Theosophy
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... with as full and unerring justice as it metes out to us the suffering that results from our wrong actions. True, those whose unselfish impulses have been weak and few will have but a scanty reward, but it will be as much as they are able to appreciate and utilise. "Their cup is but a small one, but it is filled to the brim with bliss, and they enjoy all that they are able to conceive of heaven."l So those whose only unselfish thoughts have been connected with their family love will be surrounded by those they have loved on earth, and will find perfect bliss in communion with them. For in Devachan we meet those we love as they really are at their best, and there is there no separation, no misunderstanding. Here on earth there are constant barriers separating us from our friend; we see him through the limitations and imperfections of his personality as well as through those of our own. There we shall see him as he is in his inner self, comparatively free from limitation and imperfection, for all his lower desires which are the cause of his failings and imperfections while on earth, fell asleep, like our own, when he left his astral body. So we see only that which is good in our friend, and he sees only that which is good in us; our love is deepened and strengthened by the sweetness and purity of this intercourse, and we shall come back with greater power to love, and the circle of our affection will be widened. The philanthropist who 1 Ancient Wisdom, A. Besant, p. 196. during life has worked for men because he loved them will here be developing greater powers to help. He will work out in thought to fuller perfection the schemes he tried to carry out on earth, and so he will return with the same love for humanity, the same aspirations, but they...
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