The dimensions of appearance
by Athos A. Altomonte
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Q : ...Orientals talk about several bodies, such as physical, double ethereal, astral, mental and spiritual. The soul is not considered; is it perhaps identified with the astral body?
A : Dear Friend,
The terms you mention are not oriental, but of certain theosophical origins, therefore belonging to the western culture.
Oriental people recognize at least twelve levels of manifestation of the being (but they don't deny the possibility of space-universes outside and inside our own), which intersect in the same time point and space point .
This contemporariness corresponds to the well-known ‘ point known only to the Children of the Widow' of Masonic ceremonials. Scientifically we find its sense in the principles of synchronicity and multi-dimensionality.
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