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After Death Conditions - Kamaloka
"In Kama Loka those who retain their remembrance, will not enjoy it at the supreme hour of recollection. - Those who know they are dead in their physical bodies - can only be either adepts or sorcerers; and these two are the exceptions to the general rule . (Mahatma Letters, p. 128, #20C)
"The good and pure sleep a quiet blissful sleep, full of happy visions of earth-life and have no consciousness of being already for ever beyond that life...
"Every just disembodied four-fold entity - whether it died a natural or violent death, from suicide or accident, mentally sane or insane, young or old, good, bad, or indifferent - loses at the instant of death all recollections, it is mentally - annihilated; it sleeps it's akashic sleep in the Kama-loka. This state lasts from a few hours, (rarely less) days, weeks, months - sometimes to several years. All this according to the entity, to its mental status at the moment of death, to the character of its death, etc. That remembrance will return slowly and gradually toward the end of the gestation (to the entity or Ego), still more slowly but far more imperfectly and incompletely to the shell, and fully to the Ego at the moment of its entrance into Devachan." (Mahatma Letters, pp. 123, 186-7, #19, #24B)
"Enq[uirer:] In no case, then, do you admit the possibility of the communication of the living with the disembodied spirit?
"Theo[sophist]: Yes, there is a case, and even two exceptions to the rule. The first exception is during the few days that follow immediately the death of a person and before the Ego passes into the Devachanic state, ...The spirit is dazed after death and falls very soon into what we call 'pre-devachanic unconsciousness.' The second exception is found in the Nirmanakayas. ...adept, or Saint, or whatever you may call him... They have no material body, as they have left it behind..." (Key to Theosophy, pp. 150-1)
"In the Kama Loka (semi-physical sphere) dwell the shells, the victims and suicides; and this sphere is divided into innumerable regions and sub-regions corresponding to the mental states of the comers at their hour of death. This is the glorious 'Summer-land' of the Spiritualists, to whose horizons is limited the vision of their best seers - visions imperfect and deceptive because untrained and non-guided by Alaya Vynyana (hidden knowledge)." (Mahatma Letters, pp. 198-9, #25)
"The dead can see us, but it is our astral body that they see; consequently they are at once aware of our emotions, but not necessarily of the details of our physical condition. They know whether we are happy or miserable . . . The dead man carries on with him his affections and hatreds; he knows his old friends when he meets them, and he also often forms new friendships among new companions whom he meets for the first time on the astral plane." (C. W. Leadbeater, The Inner Life II, p. 88)
"Many men arrive in the astral world in utter ignorance of its conditions, not realizing at first that they are dead, and when they do realize it fearing the fate that may be in store for them, because of false and wicked theological teaching." (C. W. Leadbeater, Textbook of Theosophy, p. 78)
"When an average man or woman reaches Kamaloka, the spiritual Intelligence is clothed with a desire body, which posseses considerable vigor and vitality; the lower Manas, closely interwoven with Kama during the earth - life just ended, having lived much in the enjoyment of objects of sense and in the pleasures of the emotions, cannot quickly disentagle itself from the web of its weaving, and return to its Parent Mind, the source of its own being. Hence a considerable delay in the world of transition, in Kamaloka, while the desires wear out and fade away to a point at which they can no longer detain the Soul with their clinging arms.
"As said, during the period that the Immortal Triad, Mind and Desire remain together in Kamaloka, communication between the disembodied entity and the embodied entities on earth is possible." (Annie Besant, Death - and After, pp. 35-6)
"The average person passing into the heaven-life, for example, tends to float at a considerable distance above the surface of the earth, although on the other hand some of such men are drawn to our level. Still, broadly speaking, the inhabitants of the heaven-world may be thought of as living in a sphere or ring or zone round the earth. What spiritualists call summer-land extends many miles above our heads. . ." (C. W. Leadbeater, The Inner Life I, p. 174)