No Such Thing As Ghosts?




No Such Thing As Ghosts?

ADI DA SAMRAJ: When people begin to become a little psychic, they begin to experience intuitions and even perceptions of the realm of energy in which this elemental realm is floating. Thus, for instance, psychics are able to see the dead and fairies and other etheric spirits associated with the elemental realm.
These beings do not appear in elemental form, but they exist on the “other side” of the elemental realm and monitor the play of the elements. In fact, they are the lower powers of Nature, the powers behind the elemental form. These energies are not visible in themselves, but they pervade and control the elemental world. 
Thus, the lowest stratum of our consciousness, the earliest level of human culture and awakening, is the awakening to the etheric dimension, which is the next most subtle or next highest level of existence from this gross elemental world in which we are bodily present.


The principle of etheric religion, then, is the connection with the etheric world. By the practice of etheric religion, people sought to loosen their consciousness temporarily from the rigidity of the fleshy life through magical exercises, rituals, and tribal activities of all kinds. 
We do not have to go to the Amazon or deep into the heart of Africa to find people involved in the old etheric religion. Everybody is involved in it to one or another degree. The lowest level of our own consciousness operates in the etheric way. Everybody has his little superstitions, his little ritual activities. 
You may say, “Oh, there are no such things as ghosts,” but there is still a primitive, etheric level of your own consciousness, and you always accommodate it in one way or another. Under the circumstances of danger, stress, and other kinds of intense emotional experience, you tend to lapse into your etheric religion, your rituals of subconscious activity. 


Your dreams are part of that religion. 
And your primitive emotional awareness, 
your life of fear and sorrow and anger, 
is essentially a life associated with etheric or emotional energy.

In the ancient etheric religions, however, one of the primary means of connecting with the etheric realm is to commune with the personalities of the dead. The members of etheric cultures were always very careful to maintain good relations with the dead, each honoring his immediate ancestors, the dead personalities of his own bloodline. 
The tribal dead, the significant chiefs and witch doctors, likewise were placated in order that the tribe survive and prosper. Just as the ancestors would be remembered quite frequently in ritual ways, etheric powers and personalities apart from the dead were also remembered–etheric personalities who never have been born but who exist only in etheric form.


Each etheric religion, then, was a complex religion of deities, 
of dead personalities, 
of nature spirits and influential powers of all kinds. 

Each of these influences possessed a persona, a unique quality, an individuality, and each was identified with the symbols of its personality-figurines, totems, amulets, talismans, and fetishes. Putting attention on these objects in the appropriate manner enabled the practitioner to commune with the etheric powers. 
Such fetishistic means of establishing a right relationship to the etheric powers through ritual activity is the basis of etheric religion, and there were always some individuals–the shamans or witch doctors or seers of the tribe–who had a gift for entering into communion with the etheric world. Members of the tribe approached these people, always respectfully, to ask for special help. Thus, we see the origin of the holy man, and even of the Spiritual Master, as a cultural archetype.

His Divine Presence,
Beloved Bhagavan,
Avatar Adi Da Samraj

Published in “The Laughing Man Magazine“, 
Vol 5, Number 4
1985



©2010 The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam Pty Ltd.,
as trustee for The Avataric Samrajya of Adidam.
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