“Man is a far more complete being than is generally imagined. He has not only a body and a soul, but he is a spirit possessing a soul, which soul has several vehicles being of different degrees of density, the body being the lowest form of expression. …
“The real self is pure spirit, a spark of the divine fire. This spirit is encased within numerous sheaths, which prevent its full expression. As man advances in development, his consciousness passes from the lower planes to the higher, and he becomes more and more aware of his higher nature.
“The spirit contains within it all potentialities, and as man progresses he unfolds new powers, new qualities, into the light.
“The Yogi philosophy teaches that man is composed of seven principles. …The seven principles of man … are herewith stated:
- spiritual Mind
- Instinctive Mind
- Prana, or Vital Force
- Astral Body
- Physical Body
Of all the seven principles od man, the physical body is or course the most apparent. It is the lowest in the scale, and is the crudest manifestation of the man.” ~~William Walker Atkinson
A Complete Man
We in Cosolargy would say that man is a complex being rather than “complete”. For one thing, complete implies that everything is there and no improvement is needed. I think we all know we haven’t reached that stage of completeness. Of course, Atkinson doesn’t actually say man is complete, just that he is more complete than we realize. Again, if that is true, it would be better to say that man is a complex being.
Spirit Possessing a Soul
I’m not sure we should say that the real person is pure spirit possessing a soul. Saying the spirit possesses a soul makes it sound like the soul is a piece of property that the spirit owns. It is more like the relationship between the physical body and mind. The body doesn’t possess the mind and the spirit doesn’t possess the soul. Continue reading “Complete Man of Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul”