“Theo (cont): This is Nirvanic bliss, and no Theosophist could describe in plainer though esoteric language the mental joys of Devachan, where every man has his paradise around him, erected by his consciousness. But you must be aware of the general error into which too many even of our Theosophist fall.
Do not imagine that because man is called septenary, then quintuple and a triad, he is compound of seven, five, or three entities; or, as well expressed by a Theosophical writer, of skins to be peeled off like the skins of an onion.
The “principles”, as already said, except the body, the life, and the astral eidolon, all of which disperse at death, are simply aspects and states of consciousness.
There is but one real man, enduring through the cycle of life and immortal in essence, if not in form, and that is Manas, the Mind-man or embodied Consciousness.
The objection made by the materialists, who deny the possibility of mind and consciousness acting without matter is worthless in our case. We do not deny the soundness of their argument; but we simply ask our opponents, “Are you acquainted with all the states of matter, you who knew hitherto but of three?
And how do you know whether that which we refer to as ABSOLUTE CONSCIOUSNESS or Deity for ever invisible and unknowable, be not that which, though it eludes for ever our human finite conception, is still universal Spirit-matter or matter-Spirit in its absolute infinitude?”
It is then one of the lowest, and in its manvantaric manifestations fractioned-aspects of this Spirit-matter, which is the conscious Ego that creates its own paradise, a fool’s paradise, it may be, still a state of bliss.
Enq: But what is Devachan?
Theo: The “land of gods” literally; a condition, a state of mental bliss. Philosophically a mental condition analogous to, but far more vivid and real than, the most vivid dream. It is the state after death of most mortals.”
H. P. Blavatsky