“Enq: I am glad to hear you believe in the immortality of the Soul.
Theo: Not of “the Soul”, but of the divine Spirit; or rather in the immortality of the reincarnating Ego.
Enq: What is the difference?
Theo: A very great one in our philosophy, but this is too abstruse and difficult a question to touch lightly upon. We shall have to analyze them separately, and then in conjunction. We may begin with Spirit.
We say that the Spirit (the “Father in secret” of Jesus), or Atman, is no individual property of any man, but is the Divine essence which has no body, no form, which is imponderable, invisible and indivisible, that which does not exist and yet is, as the Buddhists say of Nirvana.
It only overshadows the mortal; that which enters into him and pervades the whole body being only its omnipresent rays, or light, radiated through Buddhi, its vehicle and direct emanation.
This is the secret meaning of the assertions of almost all the ancient philosophers when they said that “the rational part of man’s soul”
(in its generic sense, the word “rational” meaning something emanating from the Eternal Wisdom)
never entered wholly into the man, but only overshadowed him more or less through the irrational spiritual Soul or Buddhi.
(Irrational in the sense that as a pure emanation of the Universal mind it can have no individual reason of its own on this plane of matter, but like the Moon, who borrows her light from the Sun and her life from the Earth, so Buddhi, receiving its light of Wisdom from Atma, gets its irrational qualities from Manas. Per se, as something homogeneous, it is devoid of attributes.)
Enq: I laboured under the impression that the “Animal Soul” alone was irrational, not the Divine.
Theo: You have to learn the difference between that which is negatively, or passively “irrational”, because undifferentiated, and that which is irrational because too active and positive.
Man is a correlation of spiritual powers, as well as a correlation of chemical and physical forces, brought into function by what we call “principles”.”
H. P. Blavatsky