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A STUDY IN CONSCIOUSNESS
A STUDY IN CONSCIOUSNESS
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Foreword:

This book is intended as an aid to students in their study of the growth and development of consciousness, offering hints and suggestions which may prove serviceable to them. It does not pretend to be a complete exposition, but rather, as its subtitle states, a contribution to the science of psychology. Far ampler materials than are within my reach are necessary for any complete exposition of the far-reaching science which deals with the unfolding of consciousness. These materials are slowly accumulating in the hands of earnest and painstaking students, but no effort has yet been made to arrange and systematize them into a coordinated whole. In this little volume I have only arranged a small part of this material, in the hope that it may be useful now to some of the toilers in the great field of the evolution of consciousness, and may serve in the future, as a stone in the complete building. It will need a great architect to plan that temple of knowledge, and skilful master masons to direct the building; enough, for the moment, to do the apprentice task, and prepare the rough stones for the use of more expert workmen.

 

ANNIE BESANT

About the Author:

Annie Besant (1847-1933), second President of the Theosophical Society (1907-1933) was described as a 'Diamond Soul', for she had many brilliant facts to her character. She was an outstanding orator of her time, a champion of human freedom, educationist, philanthropist and author with more than three hundred books and pamphlets to her credit. She also guided thousands of men and women all over the world in their spiritual quest.

In her earlier days in England, she did remarkable work as a Freethinker and Fabian socialist, and supported many noble causes including women's suffrage. From 1893, she lived in India and worked indefatigably for the cultural and spiritual renaissance of the country. She organized the Home Rule movement and inspired Indians with a dynamic vision of India's future.

 

CONTENTS

 

CONSCIOUSNESS

 

PART I
 
 
    PAGE
  INTRODUCTION  
  1. Origins 3
  2. Origination of Monads 12
I THE PREPARATION OF THE FIELD  
  1 The Formation of the Atom 14
  2. Spirit-Matter 17
  3. The Sub-Planes 19
  4 The Five-Planes 22
II CONSCIOUSNESS  
  1 The Meaning of the Word 25
  2 The Monads 34
III THE PEOPLING OF THE FIELD  
  1 The Coming forth of the Monads 43
  2 The Weaving 51
  3 The Seven Streams 56
  4 The Shining Ones 59
IV THE PERMANENT ATOM  
  1 The Attaching of the Atoms 63
  2 The Web of Life 67
  3 The Choosing of the Permanent Atoms 69
  4 The Use of the Permanent Atoms 71
  5 Monadic Action on the Permanent Atoms 80
V GROUP-SOULS  
  1 The Meaning of the Term 84
  2 The Division of the Group-Soul 88
VI UNITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS  
  1 Consciousness a Unit 98
  2 Unity of Physical Consciousness 100
  3 The Meaning of Physical Consciousness 106
VII THE MECHANISM OF
CONSCIOUSNESS
 
  1 The Development of the Mechanism 111
  2 The Astral or Desire Body 119
  3 Correspondence in Root-Races 122
VIII FIRST HUMAN STEPS  
  1 The Third Life-Wave 124
  2 Human Development 127
  3 Incongruous Souls and Bodies 131
  4 Dawn of Consciousness on the Astral Plane 133
IX CONSCIOUSNESS AND
SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS
 
  1 Consciousness 141
  2 Self-Consciousness 146
  3 Real and Unreal 149
X HUMAN STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS  
  1 The Subconsciousness 153
  2 The Waking-Consciousness 156
  3 The Superphysical Consciousness 161
XI THE MONAD AT WORK  
  1 Building His Vehicles 176
  2 An Evolving Man 183
  3 The Pituitary Body and Pineal Gland 186
  4 The Paths of Consciousness 189
XII THE NATURE OF MEMORY  
  1 The Great Self and the Little Selves 191
  2 Changes in the Vehicles and
in Consciousness
195
  3 Memories 198
  4 What is Memory? 200
  5 Remembering and Forgetting 204
  6 Attention 209
  7 The One Consciousness 211
PART II
 
WILL, DESIRE, AND EMOTION
 
I THE WILL TO LIVE 217
II DESIRE  
  1 The Nature of Desire 222
  2 The Awakening of Desire 226
  3 The Relation of Desire to Though 229
  4 Desire, Thought, Action 231
  5 The Binding Nature of Desire 233
  6 The Breaking of the Bonds 235
III DESIRE (continued)  
  1 The Vehicle of Desire 238
  2 The Conflict of Desire and Though 242
  3 The Value of an Ideal 246
  4 The Purification of Desire 249
IV EMOTION  
  1 The Birth of Emotion 253
  2 The Play of Emotion in the Family 257
  3 The Birth of Virtues 263
  4 Right and Wrong 264
  5 Virtue and Bliss 265
  6 The Transmutation of Emotions
into Virtues and Vices
267
  7 Application of the Theory of Conduct 270
  8 The Uses of Emotion 271
V EMOTION (continued)  
  1 The Training of Emotion 277
  2 The Distorting Force of Emotion 281
  3 Methods of Ruling the Emotions 283
  4 The Using of Emotion 290
  5 The Value of Emotion in Evolution 294
VI THE WILL  
  1 The Will Winning Its Freedom 297
  2 Why So Much Struggle? 307
  3 The Power of the Will 311
  4 White and Black Magic 318
  5 Entering into Peace 320
  INDEX 323

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A STUDY IN CONSCIOUSNESS

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Foreword:

This book is intended as an aid to students in their study of the growth and development of consciousness, offering hints and suggestions which may prove serviceable to them. It does not pretend to be a complete exposition, but rather, as its subtitle states, a contribution to the science of psychology. Far ampler materials than are within my reach are necessary for any complete exposition of the far-reaching science which deals with the unfolding of consciousness. These materials are slowly accumulating in the hands of earnest and painstaking students, but no effort has yet been made to arrange and systematize them into a coordinated whole. In this little volume I have only arranged a small part of this material, in the hope that it may be useful now to some of the toilers in the great field of the evolution of consciousness, and may serve in the future, as a stone in the complete building. It will need a great architect to plan that temple of knowledge, and skilful master masons to direct the building; enough, for the moment, to do the apprentice task, and prepare the rough stones for the use of more expert workmen.

 

ANNIE BESANT

About the Author:

Annie Besant (1847-1933), second President of the Theosophical Society (1907-1933) was described as a 'Diamond Soul', for she had many brilliant facts to her character. She was an outstanding orator of her time, a champion of human freedom, educationist, philanthropist and author with more than three hundred books and pamphlets to her credit. She also guided thousands of men and women all over the world in their spiritual quest.

In her earlier days in England, she did remarkable work as a Freethinker and Fabian socialist, and supported many noble causes including women's suffrage. From 1893, she lived in India and worked indefatigably for the cultural and spiritual renaissance of the country. She organized the Home Rule movement and inspired Indians with a dynamic vision of India's future.

 

CONTENTS

 

CONSCIOUSNESS

 

PART I
 
 
    PAGE
  INTRODUCTION  
  1. Origins 3
  2. Origination of Monads 12
I THE PREPARATION OF THE FIELD  
  1 The Formation of the Atom 14
  2. Spirit-Matter 17
  3. The Sub-Planes 19
  4 The Five-Planes 22
II CONSCIOUSNESS  
  1 The Meaning of the Word 25
  2 The Monads 34
III THE PEOPLING OF THE FIELD  
  1 The Coming forth of the Monads 43
  2 The Weaving 51
  3 The Seven Streams 56
  4 The Shining Ones 59
IV THE PERMANENT ATOM  
  1 The Attaching of the Atoms 63
  2 The Web of Life 67
  3 The Choosing of the Permanent Atoms 69
  4 The Use of the Permanent Atoms 71
  5 Monadic Action on the Permanent Atoms 80
V GROUP-SOULS  
  1 The Meaning of the Term 84
  2 The Division of the Group-Soul 88
VI UNITY OF CONSCIOUSNESS  
  1 Consciousness a Unit 98
  2 Unity of Physical Consciousness 100
  3 The Meaning of Physical Consciousness 106
VII THE MECHANISM OF
CONSCIOUSNESS
 
  1 The Development of the Mechanism 111
  2 The Astral or Desire Body 119
  3 Correspondence in Root-Races 122
VIII FIRST HUMAN STEPS  
  1 The Third Life-Wave 124
  2 Human Development 127
  3 Incongruous Souls and Bodies 131
  4 Dawn of Consciousness on the Astral Plane 133
IX CONSCIOUSNESS AND
SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS
 
  1 Consciousness 141
  2 Self-Consciousness 146
  3 Real and Unreal 149
X HUMAN STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS  
  1 The Subconsciousness 153
  2 The Waking-Consciousness 156
  3 The Superphysical Consciousness 161
XI THE MONAD AT WORK  
  1 Building His Vehicles 176
  2 An Evolving Man 183
  3 The Pituitary Body and Pineal Gland 186
  4 The Paths of Consciousness 189
XII THE NATURE OF MEMORY  
  1 The Great Self and the Little Selves 191
  2 Changes in the Vehicles and
in Consciousness
195
  3 Memories 198
  4 What is Memory? 200
  5 Remembering and Forgetting 204
  6 Attention 209
  7 The One Consciousness 211
PART II
 
WILL, DESIRE, AND EMOTION
 
I THE WILL TO LIVE 217
II DESIRE  
  1 The Nature of Desire 222
  2 The Awakening of Desire 226
  3 The Relation of Desire to Though 229
  4 Desire, Thought, Action 231
  5 The Binding Nature of Desire 233
  6 The Breaking of the Bonds 235
III DESIRE (continued)  
  1 The Vehicle of Desire 238
  2 The Conflict of Desire and Though 242
  3 The Value of an Ideal 246
  4 The Purification of Desire 249
IV EMOTION  
  1 The Birth of Emotion 253
  2 The Play of Emotion in the Family 257
  3 The Birth of Virtues 263
  4 Right and Wrong 264
  5 Virtue and Bliss 265
  6 The Transmutation of Emotions
into Virtues and Vices
267
  7 Application of the Theory of Conduct 270
  8 The Uses of Emotion 271
V EMOTION (continued)  
  1 The Training of Emotion 277
  2 The Distorting Force of Emotion 281
  3 Methods of Ruling the Emotions 283
  4 The Using of Emotion 290
  5 The Value of Emotion in Evolution 294
VI THE WILL  
  1 The Will Winning Its Freedom 297
  2 Why So Much Struggle? 307
  3 The Power of the Will 311
  4 White and Black Magic 318
  5 Entering into Peace 320
  INDEX 323

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