Auric Egg

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The Auric Egg, also known as "Auric Envelope" or "Atmic Aura", is an akashic film surrounding all the principles of a person. It endures from life to life and preserves the karmic causes and effects generated by a person during all his incarnations. It is, so to speak, the boundary between man's spiritual being and the cosmic life.

Annie Besant, leader from the Theosophical Society (Adyar), correlated it to the Causal Body.

General description

The Auric Egg or Atmic Aura[1] is a field or spiritual aura that contains the personality and the Reincarnating Ego:

The Auric Egg, on account of its nature and manifold functions, has to be well studied. As Hiranyagarbha, the Golden Womb or Egg, contains Brahmâ, the collective symbol of the Seven Universal Forces, so the Auric Egg contains, and is directly related to, both the divine and the physical man. In its essence, as said, it is eternal; in its constant correlations, it is a kind of perpetual motion machine during the reincarnating progress of the Ego on this earth.[2]

H. P. Blavatsky taught that the Auric Egg has seven aspects or "layers", the higher of which was connected with Buddhi-Manas:

Physically, though invisibly, the human Auric Envelope (the amnion of the physical man in every age of life) has seven layers, just as Cosmic Space and our physical epidermis have.[3]
The seventh aspect of this individual aura is the faculty of assuming the form of its body and becoming the “Radiant,” the Luminous Augoeides. It is this, strictly speaking, which at times becomes the form called Mâyâvi-Rûpa.[4]

The Augoeides is related to the Karana-Sharira, that is, the vehicle of the Ego on the higher manasic plane. In a diagram she published, the two higher principles are shown outside the Egg, therefore, one can assume that the latter represents the subtle bodies from higher manas down to the linga-sharira.

According to Mme. Blavatsky, the Auric Egg per se is colored Blue,[5] and its correspondence in the body is the cavity of the skull, filled with Ākāśa.[6]

Functions

Probably referring to the higher aspect of the Auric Egg, Mme. Blavatsky said:

It is this Body which at death assimilates the essence of Buddhi and Manas and becomes the vehicle of these spiritual principles, which are not objective, and then, with the full radiation of Atman upon it, ascends as Manas-Taijasa into the Devachanic state.[7]

When referring to Auric Egg in all its aspects, she wrote:

It is also the material from which the Adept forms his Astral Bodies, from the Augoeides and the Mayavi-Rupa downwards.[8]

The Auric Egg is the permanent "seed" that affords the continuity between incarnations.[9]

Thus the Auric Egg, reflecting all the thoughts, words and deeds of man, is:

(a) The preserver of every Karmic record.
(b) The storehouse of all the good and bad powers of man, receiving and giving out at his will––nay, at his very thought––every potentiality, which becomes, then and there, an acting potency: this aura is the mirror in which sensitives and clairvoyants sense and perceive the real man, and see him as he is, not as he appears.

(c) As it furnishes man with his Astral Form, around which the physical entity models itself, first as a foetus, then as a child and man, the astral growing apace with the human being, so it furnishes him during his life, if an Adept, with his Mâyâvi-Rûpa, Illusion Body (which is not his Vital Astral Body); and after death, with his Devachanic Entity and Kâma-Rûpa, or Body of Desire (the Spook).[10]

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Notes

  1. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 672.
  2. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 608.
  3. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 532.
  4. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 526.
  5. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 529.
  6. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 698.
  7. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 526-527.
  8. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 527.
  9. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 704.
  10. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Collected Writings vol. XII (Wheaton, IL: Theosophical Publishing House, 1980), 608.