- TG Metempsychosis. The progress of the soul from one stage of
existence to another. Symbolized as and vulgarly believed to be
rebirths in animal bodies. A term generally misunderstood by every
class of European and American society, including many scientists.
Metempsychosis should apply to animals alone. The kabalistic
axiom, "A stone becomes a plant, a plant an animal, an animal a man,
a man a spirit, and a spirit a god", receives an explanation in
Manu's Manava-Dharma-Shastra and other Brahmanical books.
IU Metempsychosis. -- The progress of the soul from one stage of
existence to another. Symbolized and vulgarly believed to be rebirths
in animal bodies. A term generally misunderstood by every class of
European and American society, including many scientists. The
kabalistic axiom, "A stone becomes a plant, a plant an animal, an
animal a man, a man a spirit, and a spirit a god," receives an
explanation in Manu's Manava-Dharma-Sastra, and other Brahmanical
WG Metempsychosis, transmigration, the passage of the soul (psyche)
from one body to another.
WGa Metempsychosis. While this means transmigration it should be
applied only to animals, so as to distinguish it from Reincarnation,
now applied to the reembodiment of the soul in human bodies. For many
years European encyclopaedias have given the meaning as "passing
after death into the body of some animal", and thus misunderstood the
doctrine of the passing from one human body into another. Yet it has
been often used to describe rebirth in human form. Herder
has "Dialogues on Metempsychosis", devoted to the doctrine of human
rebirth. There is not the slightest doubt that the doctrine of
passing into an animal form can be found in both Buddhism and
Brahmanism. It doubtless arose from the theory, which has great
authority behind it, that the physical atoms will pass, after death
and the flight of the soul, into animal forms if the life of the man
has been low and animal-like; for, every atom in the body is
impressed with the actual character of the person; and further it was
taught that a man having thus misused the atoms in his charge during
life, would reap bad karma; from this arose the doctrine, with the
vulgar, that men's souls passed into animal forms of different kinds
as penalty for this, that, and the other crime.
OG Metempsychosis -- (Greek) A compound vocable which may be rendered
briefly by "insouling after insouling," or "changing soul after
soul." Metempsychosis contains the specific meaning that the soul of
an entity, human or other, moves not merely from condition to
condition, migrates not merely from state to state or from body to
body; but also that it is an indivisible entity in its inmost
essence, which is pursuing a course along its own particular
evolutionary path as an individual monad, taking upon itself soul
after soul; and it is the adventures which befall the soul, in
assuming soul after soul, which in their aggregate are grouped
together under this word metempsychosis. In ordinary language
metempsychosis is supposed to be a synonym for transmigration,
reincarnation, preexistence, and palingenesis, etc., but all these
words in the esoteric philosophy have specific meanings of their own,
and should not be confused. It is of course evident that these words
have strict relations with each other, as, for instance, every soul
in its metempsychosis also transmigrates in its own particular sense;
and inversely every transmigrating entity also has its metempsychosis
or soul-changings in its own particular sense. But these connections
or interminglings of meanings must not be confused with the specific
significance attached to each one of these words. The essential
meaning of metempsychosis can perhaps be briefly described by saying
that a monad during the course of its evolutionary peregrinations
throws forth from itself periodically a new soul-garment or soul-
sheath, and this changing of souls or soul-sheaths as the ages pass
is called metempsychosis. (See also Transmigration, Reincarnation,
IN Metempsychosis (Gk) "Reensoulment," the progress of a monad
through soul after soul; an aspect of reimbodiment.
SD INDEX Metempsychosis (es)
EG | Encyclopedic Theosophical Glossary - 1999 | G. de Purucker, ed.
FY | Five Years of Theosophy - 1885 | H. P. Blavatsky, ed.
GH | Gods and Heroes of the Bhagavad Gita - 1939 | Geoffrey A.
IN | An Invitation to the Secret Doctrine - 1988 | Grace F. Knoche,
IU | Isis Unveiled - 1877 | H. P. Blavatsky
KT | Key to Theosophy - 1889 | H. P. Blavatsky
MO | The Masks of Odin - 1985 | Elsa-Brita Titchenell
OG | Occult Glossary - 1933, 1996 | G. de Purucker
PV | Esotericism of the Popol Vuh | Raphael Girard (glossary by Blair
SD INDEX | Index to The Secret Doctrine - 1997 | John P. Van Mater
SF | Search and Find - 1978 | Elsie Benjamin
SK | Sanskrit Keys the Wisdom Religion - 1940 | Judith Tyberg
SKf | Sanskrit terms from Fundamentals of the Esoteric Philosophy, by
G. de Purucker, 1932.
SKo | Sanskrit terms from The Ocean of Theosophy, by William Q.
SKs | Sanskrit terms from The Secret Doctrine, by H. P. Blavatsky,
SKv | Sanskrit terms from The Voice of the Silence, by H. P.
SP | Sanskrit Pronunciation - 1992 | Bruce Cameron Hall
TG | Theosophical Glossary - 1892 | H. P. Blavatsky
VS | Voice of the Silence - 1889 | H. P. Blavatsky
WG | The Working Glossary - 1892 | W. Q. Judge
WGa | Terms from The Working Glossary Appendix
WW | Word Wisdom in the Esoteric Tradition - 1980 | G. de Purucker