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    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
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      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
      books.

      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,
      Preexistence, Palingenesis)

      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.
      Barborka
      IN | An Invitation to the Secret Doctrine - 1988 | Grace F. Knoche,
      ed.
      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
      A. Moffett)
      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.
      Judge, 1893.
      SKs | Sanskrit terms from The Secret Doctrine, by H. P. Blavatsky,
      1888.
      SKv | Sanskrit terms from The Voice of the Silence, by H. P.
      Blavatsky, 1889.
      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
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