LOOKING past our relatively short physical lives on Earth, Theosophy views the soul as eternal. Further, this wisdom tradition declares, we don’t ‘have’ a soul, we are Souls.
There are many human beings who live to a ripe old age, and according to Wikipedia, the United Nations estimated in 2009 there were 455,000 living centenarians worldwide.
Methuselah is mentioned in the Bible as living 969 years. “But I have never heard of mortal man, layman, or Adept,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote in The Key to Theosophy, “who could live even half the years allotted to Methuselah.”
“Some Adepts do exceed, by a good deal, what you would call the ordinary age,” she said, “yet there is nothing miraculous in it, and very few of them care to live very long.”
Mme. Blavatsky refers there only to the Earthly body, not to the Spiritual Body that high adepts have earned to occupy and control, achieving what is termed self-conscious immortality — fully alive but invisible to the uninitiated.
Gautama, the Buddha, after reaching the goal of enlightenment, refused its rewards and remained on earth as a Teacher-Reformer, it is explained, and esoteric tradition teaches that he still remains in the world, invisibly watching over and protecting mankind.
And the Buddha is not alone. What is called the living “Wall of Protection” still exists established to protect humanity, built by the “accumulated efforts of long generations of Yogis, Saints and Adepts, those Buddhas of Compassion
who have woven for themselves glorious bodies in which they remain invisibly in the world, contributing towards man’s salvation.”
These advanced beings assist humans “by influencing them to follow the Good Law, and to tread the Path of Righteousness. Silently they impress the invisible atmosphere of our earth with their Ideation, thus keeping the balance on the side of right.”