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THE idea that clairvoyant observation is possible is no longer regarded as entirely insane. It is not generally accepted, nor indeed is it accepted to any large extent. A constantly growing minority, however, of fairly intelligent people believe clairvoyance to be a fact, and regard it as a perfectly natural power, which will become universal in the course of evolution. They do not regard it as a miraculous gift, nor as an outgrowth from high spirituality, lofty intelligence, or purity of character; any or all of these may be manifested in a person who is not in the least clairvoyant.

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They know that it is a power latent in all men, and that it can be developed by any one who is able and willing to pay the price demanded for its forcing, ahead of the general evolution. The use of clairvoyance for research into the past is not new. The Secret Doctrine of H. Blavatsky is a standing instance of such use. Whether or not the work thus done is reliable is whithed question which must be left for decision to future generations, possessing the power which is now used for this purpose.

We shall, we know, have leadbeaterr large body of readers who are students, who, believing the power to be a reality, and knowing us to be honest, will find this book both interesting and illuminative. For them it has been written. As the number of students increases, so will increase the number of our readers. More than this we cannot hope for.

MAN: Whence, How, and Whither (A Record Of Clairvoyant Investigation)

Centuries hence, when people will be able to write much better books, based on similar researches, this will be looked on as an interesting pioneer, considering the time at which it was written.

Proofs of its general accuracy obviously cannot be given, though from time to time discoveries may be made which confirm an occasional statement. The truth of clairvoyant research can no more be proved to the general public, than colour can be demonstrated to a blind man. The general public, so far as it reads the book, will regard it with blank incredulity; some may think it an interesting fabrication; others may find it dull. Most will regard the authors as either self-deceived or fraudulent, according as the judges are kind-hearted or malevolent.

To students we would say: Accept it so far as it helps you in your studies, and throws light on what you already know. Amplification and correction may be made in the future, for we have only given a few fragments of a huge history, and the task has been leabdeater very heavy one.

The research work was done at Adyar in the summer of ; in the heat of the summer many of the students were away, and we shut ourselves up, so as to be uninterrupted, for five evenings every week; we observed, and said exactly what we saw, and two members, Mrs.

Van Hook and Don Fabrizio Ruspoli, were good enough to write down all we said, exactly as we said it; these two sets of notes have been preserved. They are woven into the present story written partly during the summer ofwhen a few weeks were stolen for the purpose, and completed in April and Maysimilarly stolen out of the rush of busy lives. This governs the whole, and is the ground-plan of the book.

The fact of an Occult Hierarchy, which guides and shapes evolution, is throughout taken for granted, and some of its members inevitably appear in the course of the story. In order to throw ourselves back into the kan stages, we sought for our own consciousnesses, present there, and easier to start from than anything else, since no others were recognisable.

They gave us, as it were, a footing in the first and second Chains. From the latter part of the third Chain and onwards, we traced humanity’ s story by following a group of individuals, except where this group was otherwise occupied during any important stage of evolution– as in the beginnings of the third and fourth sub-races of the fifth Root-Race; when that was the case we left it, and followed the main stream of progress.


In this record comparatively few details as to persons can be given, the sweep of the story being so large. A volume of these, named Leadbeatsr of Alcyone, will, we hope, one day be published, and to whitjer will be appended full genealogical tables, showing the relationships in each life of all the characters so far identified.

Work of this kind might be done ad libitum, if there were people to do it. As a history whencee be written without names, and as reincarnation is a fact– and therefore the re-appearance of the same individual throughout succeeding ages is also a fact, the individual playing many parts under many names– we have whtiher names to many individuals by which they may be recognised throughout the dramas in which they take part.

So a human being, in the long story in which lives are days, plays hundreds of parts but is himself throughout– be he man or woman, peasant, prince, or priest. These are mostly names of constellations, or stars. For cs, we have given to Julius Caesar the name of Corona; to Plato that of Pallas; to Lao-Tze that of Lyra; in this way we can see how different are the lines of evolution, the previous lives which produce a Caesar and a Plato.

It gives to the story a human interest, and teaches the student of reincarnation. The names of those who constantly appear in this story as mah men and women, but who are now Masters, may make those great Beings more real to some; They have climbed to where They stand on the same ladder of life up which we are climbing now; They have known the common household life, the joys and sorrows, the successes and the failures, which make up human experiences.

They are not Gods perfect from unending ages, but men and women who have unfolded the God within themselves and have, along a toilsome road, reached the superhuman. They are the fulfilled promise of what we shall be, the glorious flowers on the plant on which we are the buds. And so we launch our ship on the stormy ocean of publicity, to face its destiny and find its fate.

Four of the Lords of the Flame, still living in Shamballa.

The Head of a Root-Race. Now a Master, residing in the Nilgiri Hills. Now the Master M.

Now the Master K. Now the Master Hilarion. Now the Master Serapis. Now the Master Jesus. Germain of the eighteenth century. Now the Master D. Lord Cochrane Tenth Earl of Dundonald. The First and Second Chains. Early Times on the Moon Chain. The Sixth Round on the Moon Chain. The Seventh Round on the Moon Chain.

Early Times on the Earth Chain. Early Stages of the Fourth Round. Black Magic in Atlantis. The Civilisation of Atlantis. Two Atlantean Civilisations– Peru. Two Atlantean Civilisations– Chaldaea. Beginnings of the Fifth Root-Race. The Building of the Great City. Early Aryan Civilisation and Empire. The Second sub-race, the Arabian. The Third sub-race, the Iranian. The Fourth sub-race, the Keltic. The Fifth sub-race, the Teutonic. The Root-Stock and its descent into India. The Vision of King Ashoka.

The Beginnings of the Sixth Root-Race. Religion and the Temples. Education and the Family. THE problem of Man’ s origin, of his evolution, of his destiny, is one of inexhaustible interest.

Whence came he, this glorious Intelligence, on this globe, at least, the crown of visible beings? How has he evolved to his present position?

Has he suddenly descended from above, a radiant angel, to become the temporary tenant of a house of clay; or has he climbed upwards through long dim ages, tracing his humble ancestry from primeval slime, through fish, reptile, mammal, up to the human kingdom? And what is his future destiny? Is he evolving onwards, climbing higher and higher, only to descend the long slope of degeneration till he falls over the precipice of death, leaving behind him a freezing planet, the sepulchre of leadbeate civilisations; or is his present climbing but the schooling of an immortal spiritual Power, destined in his maturity to wield the sceptre of a world, a system, a congeries of Systems, a veritable God in the making?


To these questions many answers have been given, partially or fairly fully, in the Scriptures of ancient religions, in the shadowy traditions handed down from mighty men of old, in the explorations of modern archaeologists, in the researches of geologists, physicists, biologists, astronomers, of our own days.

Poseidonis is no longer the mere fairy-tale told by superstitious Egyptian priests to a Greek philosopher; Whihher of Crete is dug out of his ancient grave, a man and not a myth; Babylon, once ancient, is shown as the modern successor of a series of highly civilised cities, buried in stratum after stratum, glooming through the night of time.

Tradition is beckoning the explorer to excavate in Turkestan, in Central Wheneand whispering of cyclopean ruins that await but his spade for their unburying. Amid this clash of opinions, leadbeeater conflict of theories, this affirmation and repudiation of ever-new hypotheses, it whitjer be that the record of two observers, two explorers– treading a very ancient path that few feet tread to-day, but that will be trodden more and more by thronging students as time its stability– may have a chance of being read.

Healthy and balanced, dominating the brain, it shows as genius; out of equilibrium with the brain, vagrant and incalculable, it shows as insanity. Some day Science will realise that what it calls the subjective mind, Religion calls the Soul, and that the exhibition of its powers depends on the physical and super-physical instruments at its command. If these are well-constructed, sound and flexible, and thoroughly under its control, the powers of vision, of audition, of memory, irregularly up-welling from the subjective mind, become the normal and disposable whithet of the Soul; if the Soul strive upwards to the Spirit– the Divine Self– veiled in the matter of our System, the true Inner Man, instead of ever clinging to the body, then its powers increase, and knowledge, otherwise unattainable, comes within its reach.

Metaphysicians, ancient and modern, declare that Past, Present, and Future are ever simultaneously existent in the divine Consciousness, and are only successive as they come into manifestation, i.

Our limited consciousness existing in Time, is inevitably bound by this succession; we can only think successively. But we all know, from our experience of dream-states, that time-measures vary with this change of state, though succession remains; we know also that time-measures vary even more in the thought-world, and that when we construct mental pictures we can delay, hasten, repeat, the succession of thought-images at will, though still ever bound by succession.

Yet, as the infant of a day contains within himself the potentialities of his sire, so do we, the offspring of God, contain within ourselves the potentialities of Divinity. The Soul, reading these records, may transmit them to the body, impress them on the brain, and then record them in words and writings. Before that point is reached, the touch is imperfect, mediate, subject to errors ladbeater observation and transmission.

Man Whence How And Whither

The writers of this book, having whencd taught the method of gaining touch, but being subject to the difficulties involved in their uncompleted evolution, have done their best to observe and transmit, but are fully conscious of the many weaknesses which mar their work. Occasional help has been given to them by the Elder Brethren, in the way of broad outlines here and there, and dates where necessary. In the fullest answer we can only say: Man, as a spiritual Being, comes forth from God and returns to God; but the Whence and Whither with which we deal here denote a far more modest sweep.

It is but a single page of his life-story that is copied out herein, telling of the birth into dense matter of some of the Children of Man– What lies beyond that birthing, O still unpenetrated Night?

Whennce is but one stage of his unfolding, and mineral, vegetable, animal, are but stages of his embryonic life in the womb of Nature, ere he is born as Wence.

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