If my personality
dissolves in Kama Loka,
what makes it to Devachan?
From the Theosophical point of view the personality only makes up part of what you would term “You”. There are many components or principles that go to make up what we term the Human Constitution and some of these are immortal and some aren’t.
Man has seven principles, sometime referred to as bodies.
Atma – The piece of the divine in everybody
Buddhi – Our individual spiritual identity
Manas – The Mind principle divided into higher – spiritual ideals and lower – concrete and rational thought.
Atma, Buddhi and higher Manas form the immortal part of man. Lower Mind and the four principles below are dumped at the end of your physical life and you get new ones for next time.
Prana – The life energy principle
Linga Sharira – The model body or template for your physical body
Sthula Sharira – Physical body – we are all familiar with this one.
The three surviving principles
are called the Reincarnating Ego and they are basically what is
left at the end of the Kama Loka period. The personality which is an aggregate
It is difficult to imagine carrying on with a level of cognitive awareness but without the personality. You don’t however suddenly lose the personality on entering Devachan in the way that you lose the Physical Body on entering Kama Loka.
The personality is developed by the Reincarnating Ego in order to express itself in physical life and is therefore a reflection of that Ego. The personality tends to take over and lose touch with the higher principles. A loose analogy to this would be the relationship that some people have with their car. You are what you drive but without the car you will become you again and adapting to that may be difficult.
You go into Devachan as your true self cleansed of the distortions acquired during physical life. More spiritual development means less distortion to lose and a shorter and easier trip through Kama Loka
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