“Enq: To this the adherents to this belief might answer, that if even the orthodox dogma does promise the impenitent sinner and materialist a bad time of it in a rather too realistic Inferno, it gives them, on the other hand, a chance for repentance to the last minute. Nor do they teach annihilation, or loss of personality, which is all the same.
Theo: If the Church teaches nothing of the kind, on the other hand, Jesus does; and that is something to those, at least, who place Christ higher than Christianity.
Enq: Does Christ teach anything of the sort?
Theo: He does; and very well-informed Occultist and even Kabalist will tell you so. Christ, or the fourth Gospel at any rate, teaches reincarnation as also the annihilation of the personality, if you but forget the dead letter and hold to the esoteric Spirit.
Remember verses 1 and 2 in chapter xv. of St. John. What does the parable speak about if not of the upper triad in man?
Atma is the Husbandman – the Spiritual Ego or Buddhi (Christos) the Vine, while the animal and vital Soul, the personality, is the “branch”.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the Husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away…As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the Vine – ye are the branches. If a man abide not in me he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered and cast into the fire and burned.”
Now we explain it in this way. Disbelieving in the hell-fires which theology discovers as underlying the threat to the branches, we say that the “Husbandman” means Atma, the Symbol for the infinite, impersonal Principle, while the Vine stands for the Spiritual Soul, Christos, and each “branch” represents a new incarnation.
(During the Mysteries, it is the Hierophant, the “Father”, who planted the Vine. Every symbol has Seven Keys to it. The discloser of the Pleroma was always called “Father”.)”
H. P. Blavatsky