The Word Foundation



Vol. 19 MAY, 1914. No. 2

Copyright, 1914, by H. W. PERCIVAL.


Desire Ghosts of Dead Men

DESIRE is a part of the living man, a restless energy which urges him to action through the form body of the physical.Âą During life or after death, desire cannot act on the physical body except by means of the form body of the physical. Desire has in the normal human body during life no permanent form. At death desire leaves the physical body through the medium of and with the form body, which is called here the physical ghost. After death the desire will hold the thought ghost with it as long as it can, but eventually these two are disjoined and then desire becomes a form, a desire form, a distinct form.

Desire ghosts of dead men are unlike their physical ghosts. The desire ghost is conscious as a desire ghost. It concerns itself about its physical body and physical ghost only so long as it can use the physical body as a reservoir and storehouse from which to draw force, and so long as it can use the physical ghost to come into contact with living prsons and to transfer the vital force from the living to the remnant of what was its own physical body. Then there are many ways in which the desire ghost acts in combination with its physical and thought ghosts.

After the desire ghost has separated from its physical ghost and from its thought ghost it takes a form which indicates the stage or degree of desire, which it is. This desire form (kama rupa) or desire ghost is the sum, composite, or ruling desire of all the desires entertained during its physical life.

The processes are the same in the separation of the desire ghost from its physical ghost and from its thought ghost, but how slow or how quick is the disunion depends on the quality, strength and nature of the desires and thoughts of the individual during life and, on his use of thought to control or to satisfy his desires. If his desires were sluggish and his thoughts slow, the separation will be slow. If his desires were ardent and active and his thoughts quick, the parting from the physical body and its ghost will be quick, and the desire will soon take its form and become the desire ghost.

Before death the individual desire of a man enters the physical body through his breath and gives color to and lives in the blood. Through the blood are the activities of life experienced physically by desire. Desire experiences through sensation. It craves satisfaction of its sensibility and sensation of physical things is kept up by the circulation of the blood. At death the circulation of the blood ceases and the desire can no longer receive impressions through the blood. Then the desire withdraws with the physical ghost from the blood and leaves its physical body.

The blood system in the physical body is a miniature of and corresponds to the oceans and lakes and streams and rivulets of the earth. The ocean, lakes, rivers, and underground streams of the earth are an enlarged representation of the circulatory blood system in the physical body of man. The movement of the air on the water is to the water and the earth what the breath is to the blood and the body. The breath keeps the blood in circulation; but there is that in the blood which induces the breath. That which in the blood induces and compels the breath is the formless animal, the desire, in the blood. Likewise the animal life in the waters of the earth induces, draws in the air. If all animal life in the waters were killed or withdrawn, there would be no contact or interchange between water and air, and no movement of air over the waters. On the other hand, if the air were cut off from the waters the tides would cease, the rivers would stop flowing, the waters would become stagnant, and there would be an end to all animal life in the waters.

That which induces the air into the water and the breath into the blood, and which causes the circulation of both, is desire. It is the driving-drawing energy by which is kept up the activity in all forms. But desire itself has no form in the animal lives or forms in the waters, any more than it has a form in the animal lives in the blood of man. With the heart as its center, desire lives in the blood of man and compels and urges sensations through the organs and senses. When it withdraws or is withdrawn through the breath and is cut off from its physical body by death, when there is no longer the possibility of its reanimating sensibility and experiencing sensation through its physical body, then it parts from and leaves the physical ghost. While the desire is still with the physical ghost the physical ghost will, if seen, not be a mere automaton, as it is when left to itself, but it will seem alive and having voluntary movements and having an interest in what it does. All volition and interest in its movements disappear from the physical ghost when desire leaves it.

Neither desire, and the process by which it leaves the physical ghost and its body, nor how it becomes the desire ghost after the mind has left it, can be seen with physical vision. The process may be seen by well developed clairvoyant vision, which is merely astral, but it will not be comprehended. In order to understand it as well as see it, it must first be perceived by the mind and then be seen clairvoyantly.

The desire usually withdraws or is withdrawn from the physical ghost as a funnel-shaped cloud of trembling energy. According to its power or its lack of power, and the direction of its nature, it appears in the dull hues of clotted blood or in hues of golden red. The desire does not become a desire ghost until after the mind has severed its connection from the desire. After the mind has left the mass of desire, that desire mass is not of an ideal or idealistic nature. It is composed of sensuous and sensual desires. After the desire has withdrawn from the physical ghost and before the mind has disengaged itself from it, the cloud of trembling energy may assume an oval or a spherical form, which can be apprehended in fairly definite outline.

When the mind has left, the desire may by well-trained clairvoyance, be seen as a quivering, rolling mass of lights and shade stretching itself into various indefinite shapes, and rolling together again to coil into other shapes. These changes of rollings and coilings and shapings are the efforts of the mass of desire now to shape itself into the form of the dominating desire or into the many forms of the many desires which were the activities of life in the physical body. The mass of desire will coalesce into one form, or divide into many forms, or a large portion of it may take on a definite form and the remainder take on separate forms. Each spark of activity in the mass represents a particular desire. The largest whorl and the fieriest glow in the mass is the chief desire, which dominated the lesser desires during the physical life.

To be continued.

Âą What desire is, and the desire ghosts of living men, have been described in The Word for October and November, 1913, in the articles dealing with +Desire Ghosts of Living Men+.