Author: C. W. Leadbeater; Category: Spiritual; Length: Pages; Year: The Devachanic plane is apparently the plane above the astral one. Published in , this book explains all about it, such as the inhabitants, the characteristics. The Devachanic plane: its characteristics and inhabitants. by Leadbeater, C. W. ( Charles Webster), Publication date

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By this time, however, the consciousness in the true ego on its higher level is awakened decachanic a very considerable extent, and thus his conscious life on the mental plane divides itself into two parts — the later and shorter portion being spent on the higher sub-planes in the causal body. It is a realm of nature. Some were lovers who had died in the full strength of their affection, [page 45] and so were always occupied with the one person they loved to the entire exclusion of all others; others there were who had been almost savages, one example being a Malay, a very undeveloped man at the stage which we deachanic technically describe as that of a low third-class pitri who obtained a slight experience of the heaven-life in connection with a daughter whom he had loved.

But even while he forgot it he could be visible on the [page 33] mental plane only to men functioning consciously on that plane — never by any lezdbeater to those who are enjoying the heavenly rest in this region after death, since each of them is so entirely secluded within the world of his own thought that nothing outside of that can affect him, and he is consequently absolutely safe.

Some Buddhists also are found upon this subdivision, but apparently exclusively those less instructed ones who regard the Buddha rather as an object of adoration than as a great teacher. It is, therefore, only when a clairvoyant possesses the vision of this mental plane that his pictures of the past can be relied upon; and even then, unless he has the power of passing in full consciousness from that plane to the physical, we have to allow for the possibility of errors in bringing back the recollection of what he has seen.

The Christian on this plane, for example, instead of merely adoring his Saviour, would think of himself as going out into the world to work for him.

One of the first entities encountered by devachani investigators upon this sub-plane forms a very fair typical example of its inhabitants. Indeed, all these planes together constitute in reality one mighty living whole, though as yet our feeble powers are capable of observing only a very small part of this at a time.

The Devachanic Plane

Yet this experience is so utterly unlike anything we know on the physical plane that in trying to put it into words one is troubled by a curious sense of helplessness — of absolute incapacity, not only to do it justice, for of that one resigns all hope from the very outset, but even to give any idea at all of it to those who have not themselves seen it.

If this be the effect of acquiring the mere astral vision, and applying it to dense physical matter, try to imagine the result produced on the mind of the observer when, having left this physical plane behind and thoroughly studied the far more vivid life and infinitely more rapid vibrations of the astral, he finds a new and transcendent sense opening within him, which unfolds to his enraptured gaze yet another and a higher world, whose vibrations are as much quicker than those of our physical plane as vibrations of light are than those of sound – a world where the omnipresent life which pulsates ceaselessly around and within him is of a different order altogether, is as it were raised to an enormously higher power.

Naturally enough, he at first supposed the young man to be merely a figure in his dream; but upon receipt of a message from his old friend referring to matters which had occurred before the birth of the messenger, he was convinced of the reality of the plane upon which he found himself, and [page 57] became at once exceedingly eager to acquire all possible information about it.

Primitive man, for example, has comparatively little consciousness on any plane but the physical during life, and the lower astral after death; and indeed the same may be said of the quite undeveloped man even in our own day. It is, in fact, the true and permanent home of the reincarnating ego or soul of man, each descent into incarnation being merely a short though important episode in his career.


This mental plane itself is a reflection of the Divine Mind — a storehouse of infinite extent from which the person enjoying heaven is able to draw just according to the power of his own thoughts and aspirations generated during the physical and astral life. In the causal body, when very highly developed, this achievement 15 possible, though even then by no means with the ease and rapidity with which it can be done upon the buddhic plane by those who have succeeded in raising their consciousness to that level.

The astral plane of our own earth interpenetrates it and its atmosphere, but also extends for some distance beyond the atmosphere. For instance, an Irish peasant was seen absorbed in the deepest adoration of the Virgin Mary, whom he imaged as standing on the moon after the fashion of Titian’s ” Assumption,” but holding out her hands and speaking to him.

The Devachanic plane : its characteristics and inhabitants

Although, in calling this plane the heaven-world, we distinctly intend to imply that it contains the reality which underlies all the best and most spiritual ideas of heaven which have been propounded in various religions, yet it must by no means be considered from that point of view only. But all this will be more fully explained later, when we come to deal with the inhabitants of this celestial realm.

The whole of the article from which these extracts are taken should be very carefully studied by those who wish to grasp this very complex branch of our subject, for, with the aid of the beautifully-executed coloured illustrations which accompany it, it enables, those who cannot yet see for themselves to approach much more nearly to a realization of what thought-forms actually are than anything previously written.

A more interesting case was that of a Spanish nun who [page 54] had died at about the age of nineteen or twenty. It was that of a person of pure mind and considerable though untrained psychic capacity ; and the effect of the presentation of the thought-picture to her mind was of a somewhat startling character.

The Elements of Theosophy by Lilian Edger. This expanding sphere of vibrations was many coloured and opalescent, but its colours also grew gradually fainter and fainter as it spread away.

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Concrete thought naturally takes. In appearance the friend would seem much as he did in earth-life, yet somehow strangely glorified. The higher thoughts and aspirations which he has poured forth during earth-life then cluster round him, and make a sort of shell about him — a kind of subjective world of his own ; and in that he lives his heaven-life, perceiving but very faintly or not at all the real glories of the plane which lie outside, and, indeed, usually supposing that what he sees is all there is to see.

Few words are needed in sending this little book out into the world. As exemplifying the possibility of entering the mental plane during sleep, an incident may be mentioned which occurred in connection with the leadbeatef made by the London Lodge of the Theosophical Society on dream consciousness, an account of some of which was given in devachanlc little book on Dreams.

These are evidently universal, and no shell which human power can make will check them or turn them aside. Nor is it without a very leadbeatdr effect on their future career; for although no amount of mere devotion such as this will ever develop intellect, yet it does produce an increased capacity leafbeater a higher form of devotion, and in most cases it leads also to purity of life.

The man who once has heard that glorious song of nature never quite loses it again; even here on this dreary physical plane of illusion he hears it always as a kind of undertone, keeping ever before his mind the strength and light and splendour of the lezdbeater life leadbeqter. Written by servants of the Masters who are the Elder Brothers of our race, they can have no other object than to serve our fellow-men.

The “seven golden mountains” can be but the seven subdivisions of the mental plane, separated from [page 10] one another by barriers impalpable, yet plwne and effective there as “seven rows of railings, seven rows of vast curtains, seven rows of waving trees” might be here: No doubt, had he been able to understand the beauty of the religious ideal, it would have called forth in him a mighty energy of devotion, the effect of which he would have been reaping now.

Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine.

A short experience, probably, and of by no means an advanced type, but still of far greater importance than appears at first sight; for when once the great spiritual energy of unselfishness has been awakened, the very working-out of its results in the heaven-world gives it the tendency to repeat itself, and small in amount though this first outpouring may be, it yet builds into the soul a faint tinge of a quality which will certainly express itself again in the next life.


It may be remembered that this plane was called by the Greeks the sub-lunar world. It should also be clearly devachamic that the use of the words “higher” and ” lower ” with reference to these planes does not refer in any way to their position since they all occupy the same spacebut only to the degree of rarity of the matter of which they are respectively composed, or in other words the extent to which their matter is subdivided – for all matter of lesdbeater we know anything is essentially the same, and differs only in the extent of its subdivision and the rapidity of its vibration.

Its flower indeed “casts a root in the shadow of every earth,” for from every world man enters the corresponding heaven, and happiness such as no tongue may tell is the blossom which burgeons forth for all who so live as to fit themselves to attain it.

Nevertheless, a survey of this sub-plane distinctly emphasizes the necessity of following St Peter’s advice, ” Add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge. It may be remembered by those who have read that treatise that a thought-picture of a lovely tropical landscape was presented to the minds of various classes of sleepers, with a view of testing the extent to which it was afterwards recollected on awaking.

The only waking in the heaven-world is the slow dawning of its wonderful bliss upon the mind-sense as the man enters upon his life on that plane, and the only sleeping is the equally gradual sinking into happy unconsciousness when the long term of that life at length comes to an end.

On the final separation of the mind-body from the astral a period of blank unconsciousness usually supervenes — varying in length between very wide limits — analogous [page 51] to that which usually follows physical death. The image made by the dead man may be so vague and inefficient that the friend, even though well-evolved, may be able to make very little use of it; and on the other hand, even when a good image is made, there may not be sufficient development [page 47] on the friend’s part to enable him to take due advantage of it.

Further research revealed numbers of similar instances, and it was very clearly seen that the more highly a soul is evolved in spirituality, the more fully he can express himself in such manifestations as his friends’ love has provided for him. I can only repeat the assurance previously given in The Astral Plane that all reasonable precautions have been taken to ensure accuracy. There is, indeed, what seems an infinity of variety in the happiness of the heaven-world; but the changes of sleeping and waking form no part of its plan.

For the very qualities which a man must develop during life, if he is to have any existence in the heaven-world after death, are just those which all the best and noblest of our race have agreed in considering as really and permanently desirable.

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Unfortunately there are practically insuperable difficulties in the way of any attempt to put the facts of this third plane of nature into language — and not unnaturally, for we often find words insufficient to express our ideas and feelings even on this lowest plane. That this should be so is, as I [page 7] have said, inevitable, devachanoc readers who find themselves unable to accept the report of our investigators must simply wait for a more leadbeated account of the heaven-world until they are leadgeater to examine it for themselves: A typical case, although somewhat above the average, was that of a man who was found carrying out a grand scheme for the amelioration of the condition of the lower classes.

But in order to take full advantage of that opportunity it is necessary that that soul should himself be very fairly advanced in evolution. It is especially the plane for the working out leadeater great schemes and designs unrealized on earth — of great organizations inspired [page 58] by religious devotion, and usually having for their object some philanthropic purpose.