The Buddhist religion, which is perhaps the most widespread and influential in the Oriental world, began in India and spread from there into most of the other countries of East. According to the Esoteric doctrine that was taught to the pupils who are spiritual heirs of the planetary spirit, the personalities are akin to that of beads being strung on the unique personality or true eternal self, which passes through all the incarnation unchanged. In the case of the extinction of a personality, the bead is broken off the individuality and destroyed. An “Individual” is merely a name for a number of interconnected things, which are bound together. It is continually changing its form, but still there is an apparent identity in this changing aggregate.
In the planetary chain, there are seven members. Man, who have achieved seventh state proceed to Nirvana, which is a magnificent condition of “conscious rest in omniscience”, man becomes spirits of the planet, the angels and guardians of the subsequently terrestrial period.
A manifestation of earthly spirits occurs at the start of every race, when the broad ideas of right and wrong are impressed on the earliest members of that race, and the germ of the Esoteric wisdom is instilled into a few chosen souls, who become its custodians and transmitters to future races. This is the mystery of the Divine Incarnation