“Enq: Yet there is no reincarnation spoken of in all this.
Theo: A soul which pleads to be allowed to remain where she is, must be pre-existent, and not have been created for the occasion. In the Zohar (vol. iii., p.61), however, there is a still better proof.
Speaking of the reincarnating Egos (the rational souls), those who last personality has to fade out entirely, it is said: “All souls which have alienated themselves in heaven from the Holy One – blessed be His Name – have thrown themselves into an abyss at their very existence, and have anticipated the time when they are to descend once more on earth.”
The “Holy One” means here, esoterically, the Atman, or Atma-Buddhi.
Enq: Moreover, it is very strange to find Nirvana spoken of as something synonymous with the Kingdom of Heaven, or the Paradise, since according to every Orientalist of note Nirvana is a synonym of annihilation!
Theo: Taken literally, with regard to the personality and differentiated matter, not otherwise. These ideas on reincarnation and the trinity of man were held by many of the early Christian Fathers.
It is the jumble made by the translators of the New Testament and ancient philosophical treatises between soul and spirit, that has occasioned the many misunderstandings.
It is also one of the many reasons why Buddha, Plotinus, and so many other Initiates are now accused of having longed for the total extinction of their souls – “absorption unto the Deity”, or “reunion with the universal soul”, meaning, according to modern ideas, annihilation.
The personal soul must, of course, be disintegrated into its particles, before it is able to link its purer essence for ever with the immortal spirit.
But the translators of both the Acts and the Epistles, who laid the foundation of the Kingdom of Heaven, and the modern commentators on the Buddhist Sutra of the Foundation of the Kingdom of Righteousness, have muddled the sense of the great apostle of Christianity as of the great reformer of India.
The former have smothered the word ψυχικος, so that no reader imagines it to have any relation with soul; and with this confusion of soul and spirit together, Bible readers get only a perverted sense of anything on the subject.”
H. P. Blavatsky