ALWAYS ready to argue for the existence of an invisible physical world, within the visible, the writer of The Secret Doctrine was adamant.
She continually challenged the materialist beliefs of the modern science of her day.
Madam Blavatsky frequently took up the cause of a universal, invisible and intelligent medium supporting the visible physical universe.
Establishing the occult doctrine in her seminal work (The Secret Doctrine Vol 2, p. 149) she asserted:”The whole issue of the quarrel between the profane and the esoteric sciences
“depends upon the belief in, and demonstration of, the existence of an astral body within the physical, the former independent of the latter.”
“The astral body is itself an aspect of the real inner body,” she wrote, “which has lasted through the vast period of the past and must continue through the far distant future.
“This astral body is the prototype, or design, around which the physical body is built, and which, considered from the point of view of the powers, is the real physical body. Without it the physical body would be nothing but a mass of matter — an aggregation of smaller lives.”
Our Real Senses
“It is the astral body which contains the organs, or centers from which the organs have been evolved in accord with the needs of the thinker within,” she continues. “The real senses of man are not in the physical but in the astral body. The astral body lasts a little over one lifetime. It does not die when the physical body dies, but is used as a body in the immediate after-death states.” (Universal Theosophy)
After The Secret Doctrine was published it would not take long before modern frontier scientists would begin to take up her assertions in earnest using established methods of inquiry. Seven important experiments suggesting the existence of an invisible astral matrix were initiated during the initial decades of the 20th century.