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Subtle Bodies

Oct 26, 2001 10:57 AM
by Jerry S

<<<<<The esoteric Taoists do similar. They
have something like the Tibetan Lus (I don't know how you write it
correct in English) the rainbow body or diamond vehicle, except that
they give birth by means of a process of inner alchemie to themselves
by projecting a new body free of past life karma plus the genetic
bindings, that the physical body connects to the ancestors. And then
trough a further proces up in that new body give birth to again
another light body with the purpose accesing and bringing down the
knowingness of these expanded levels (or dimensions) of consciousness
that you refer to.

The Tibetan Bon and Dzogchen folks teach that a true Adept has a rainbow
body that can be seen by those around him/her immediately after death. The
"diamond vehicle" is the vajrakaya of Vajrayana Buddhism, the tantric form
of Tibetan Buddhism that promises liberation in a single lifetime if enough
sincere effort is spent.

I have discovered that virtually all human cultures throughout the history
of the world teach some form of subtle body, though the details vary a great
deal. Taoist Yoga teaches that one must produce this body through yoga. The
Tibetan teaching is that a subtle "illusory body" (HPB's mayavirupa) is
normally produced during the completion stage of Highest Yoga Tantra, and
this body has been made famous in the West through Evans-Wentz's book on
Tibetan Yoga and Secret Doctrines which contains the Six Yogas of Naropa (a
great new translation of this by Glen Mullin is now available) one of which
addresses the illusory body.

I have found that yoga is not really needed for the production of such a
subtle body so much as for its conscious use. I understand Blavatsky's
teaching to say that we all have a "suitable vehicle" on each of the 7
planes, and that all we have to do is to learn how to focus consciousness
through each of the corresponding sensory organs (which is where yoga comes
in). I can tell you that on each of the planes, I have a sense of body, but
whether it is the same subtle body or a different one for each plane is
pretty much a matter of manasic interpretation.

Jerry S.

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