Septenary (Theosophy)

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The Septenary in Helena Blavatsky's teachings refers to the seven principles of man.wikipedia
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Helena Blavatsky

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The Septenary in Helena Blavatsky's teachings refers to the seven principles of man.
Later Blavatsky proclaimed the septenary of Man and Universe.

Astral body

astralastral formsemotional body
The interstitial space is inhabited by the subtler particles of the Astral body or Linga sarira, and so on for the other more energy-like envelopes of the Soul.
Blavatsky frequently used the term "astral body" in connection with the Indian linga sharira which is one of the seven principles of human life.

Mental body

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According to Theosophists C.W. Leadbeater and Annie Besant (Adyar School of Theosophy), and later Alice Bailey, the mental body is equivalent to the "Lower Manas" of Blavatsky's original seven principles of man.

Kama

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In the Theosophy of Blavatsky, Kama is the fourth principle of the septenary, associated with emotions and desires, attachment to existence, volition, and lust.

Human

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The Septenary in Helena Blavatsky's teachings refers to the seven principles of man.

The Key to Theosophy

In The Key to Theosophy she presents a synthesis of Eastern (Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya) and Western (Platonism, 19th century Occultism) ideas, according to which human nature consists of seven principles.

Advaita Vedanta

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In The Key to Theosophy she presents a synthesis of Eastern (Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya) and Western (Platonism, 19th century Occultism) ideas, according to which human nature consists of seven principles.

Samkhya

SankhyaSāṃkhyaSāṅkhya
In The Key to Theosophy she presents a synthesis of Eastern (Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya) and Western (Platonism, 19th century Occultism) ideas, according to which human nature consists of seven principles.

Platonism

PlatonicPlatonistPlatonists
In The Key to Theosophy she presents a synthesis of Eastern (Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya) and Western (Platonism, 19th century Occultism) ideas, according to which human nature consists of seven principles.

Occult

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In The Key to Theosophy she presents a synthesis of Eastern (Advaita Vedanta, Samkhya) and Western (Platonism, 19th century Occultism) ideas, according to which human nature consists of seven principles.

Sanskrit

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Despite using Sanskrit terminology, many of these concepts are expressed differently from their Indian counterparts.

Ātman (Hinduism)

AtmanĀtmanAtma
The Atman or Self in monistic Vedanta for example is considered the Universal Self that is the same as, and not just a "ray" of, the Absolute or Brahman.

Vedanta

VedanticVedāntaVedantist
The Atman or Self in monistic Vedanta for example is considered the Universal Self that is the same as, and not just a "ray" of, the Absolute or Brahman.

Brahman

BrahmBrahmaBrahmam
The Atman or Self in monistic Vedanta for example is considered the Universal Self that is the same as, and not just a "ray" of, the Absolute or Brahman.

Soul

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In this, the Lower Manas is a transitional principle, the soul so to speak, which can choose to join either with the Kama (Desire) principle to form the "Kama-Manas", which becomes an "elementary" or "astral" spirit after death (equivalent perhaps to the preta or hungry ghost of Buddhism), or link with the higher or Buddhi principle to form a higher spiritual consciousness, the "Buddhi-Manas".

Preta

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In this, the Lower Manas is a transitional principle, the soul so to speak, which can choose to join either with the Kama (Desire) principle to form the "Kama-Manas", which becomes an "elementary" or "astral" spirit after death (equivalent perhaps to the preta or hungry ghost of Buddhism), or link with the higher or Buddhi principle to form a higher spiritual consciousness, the "Buddhi-Manas".

Buddhism

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In this, the Lower Manas is a transitional principle, the soul so to speak, which can choose to join either with the Kama (Desire) principle to form the "Kama-Manas", which becomes an "elementary" or "astral" spirit after death (equivalent perhaps to the preta or hungry ghost of Buddhism), or link with the higher or Buddhi principle to form a higher spiritual consciousness, the "Buddhi-Manas".

Colloid

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Therefore, it is progressively more susceptible to its true spiritual nature as it is progressively less encumbered by material boundaries; the image of a suspension or colloid in chemistry is a similar perspective.

Plane (esotericism)

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As well as seven subtle bodies, there are also seven Cosmic planes of existence.

Charles Webster Leadbeater

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However, in Blavatsky's teachings, the Planes and Principles don't match up (post-Blavatskian re-interpreters like C.W. Leadbeater reinterpreted the seven principles so they equate with the seven planes; this interpretation since became standard everywhere but original or orthodox Blavatskyian Theosophy).

Rudolf Steiner

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While undergoing some changes and modifications in the hands of later esotericists such as C.W. Leadbeater, Rudolf Steiner, and Alice Bailey, Blavatsky's description of the seven bodies or principles remained a central part of western esoteric and New Age thinking ever since.

Alice Bailey

Alice A. BaileyArcane Schoolesoteric astrology
While undergoing some changes and modifications in the hands of later esotericists such as C.W. Leadbeater, Rudolf Steiner, and Alice Bailey, Blavatsky's description of the seven bodies or principles remained a central part of western esoteric and New Age thinking ever since.

Subtle body

subtle bodiesBody of LightYoga physiology
While undergoing some changes and modifications in the hands of later esotericists such as C.W. Leadbeater, Rudolf Steiner, and Alice Bailey, Blavatsky's description of the seven bodies or principles remained a central part of western esoteric and New Age thinking ever since.

Western esotericism

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While undergoing some changes and modifications in the hands of later esotericists such as C.W. Leadbeater, Rudolf Steiner, and Alice Bailey, Blavatsky's description of the seven bodies or principles remained a central part of western esoteric and New Age thinking ever since.

New Age

New Age movementnew-ageNew Age spirituality
While undergoing some changes and modifications in the hands of later esotericists such as C.W. Leadbeater, Rudolf Steiner, and Alice Bailey, Blavatsky's description of the seven bodies or principles remained a central part of western esoteric and New Age thinking ever since.