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PostSubject: Cremation or Burial?   Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:58 am

here is what Dr Purucker wrote about the subject.


QUESTION 8 - What does a Theosophist have to say about cremation?

[The Editors give here an answer from G. de Purucker in talking to a group of students at Point Loma some forty years ago]

G. DE P. - It is a great help to the excarnating entity to have its decomposing physical body dissipated into its component atoms. Cremation is a help: it is a quick freeing of otherwise very strongly magnetic attractions to the living body that was. You see, the excarnating entity for a short time after death is almost physical, and all the lower part of the intermediate constitution still is in the atmosphere of the Earth. It is true that the spirit has already joined its parent-sun. It is true that the Reincarnating Ego is very soon to be withdrawn into the bosom of the parent-Monad. But the lower intermediate part, the human soul-part, still is in the atmosphere of the Earth, joined to the Kama-rupa; and if the physical body is allowed to decay, or if it is mummified as the Egyptians did it, there is a strong psychomagnetic attraction to that dead body.
It was part of the being you know, part of its life, a deposit of its own essence; and, as I tell you, the attraction is tremendous. Therefore cremation, outside of what you have pointed out, has the added advantage of more quickly freeing the excarnating entity from earthly attractions; nor does the place where the ashes are buried or scattered have any conseqeunce whatever, none at all.
(Editorial note: See also G. de P.'s The Esoteric Tradition, Il, 791: "The fact that the physical body is sometimes after death destroyed by fire, by cremation, has no effect on the life-atoms. Fire has no hold on the life-atoms, not even on the chemical atoms, as we know. Fire sets the chemical atoms free. Fire destroys the molecules composed of atoms, but the atoms themselves are untouched by fire. Fire is an electrical phenomenon. Its influence is usually disruptive, but it is also the great constructive builder of the Universe. This is why some of the ancients worshiped fire. It is in fact a manifestation on the lower planes of pranic electricity, or what we may more commonly call vital electricity."
And again: E.T., II, 181: "It might be added here that one of the strongest arguments in favor of cremation of the physical cadaver or corpse of the human being lies in the fact that it aids the dissolution of the model-body, which thus is no longer attracted magnetically to the decaying corpse, and its dissolution is correspondingly hastened. Furthermore, the 'shade' or 'shell' likewise undergoes more speedy dissolution when there is no decaying physical corpse with which it can exchange life-atoms.")

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PostSubject: Re: Cremation or Burial?   Thu Mar 15, 2012 7:36 am

i wondered about this for ages myself. and i always wanted to be cremated, because i want less reasons to be bound when i'm gone. plus, the money a family or friends has to spend on the whole burial process is shockingly unfair
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PostSubject: Re: Cremation or Burial?   Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:03 am

also think about this we rot and decompose and a worm eats the remains a bird eats a worm, a cat eats a bird, a coyote eats a cat and so on till we end up in in someones food. as the animals leave their droppings in the grass or a field a chicken or cow chomps on the grass and by the time they are slaughtered we are in their bellies and become someones steak. also as a theosophist we must be cremated within 18 hours.

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PostSubject: Re: Cremation or Burial?   Thu Mar 15, 2012 11:16 am

witithin 18 hours? why? i learn something amazing and new with you everyday
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PostSubject: Re: Cremation or Burial?   Thu Mar 15, 2012 2:53 pm

i am a little theosophy encyclopedia, lol

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PostSubject: Re: Cremation or Burial?   Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:00 am

I never liked either idea so much and wished there was a way to have my death benefit the nature in some way. For a while I was thinking of just having my body dropped into the ocean and then I found this and am leaning towards having something like this arranged after I die:
http://bigthink.com/design-for-good/this-awesome-urn-will-turn-you-into-a-tree-after-you-die
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PostSubject: Re: Cremation or Burial?   Fri Oct 17, 2014 6:15 am

The reason Theosophists are cremated is to spare the diseased molecule from infesting the ground and to allow the higher self to ascend as soon as possible. If you are interested a good book to start with is The Ocean of Theosophy by William Quan Judge.

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PostSubject: Re: Cremation or Burial?   Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:40 am

Thank you, I will get right to it. Is it available on PDF? Wow, before you've told me this I actually did consider cremation above burial and I'll definitely reconsider my previous choice.
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PostSubject: Re: Cremation or Burial?   Fri Oct 17, 2014 8:43 am

Go with what the God spark within tells you.

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