As there is a poise of the relations of Soul with Nature in which Matter is the first determinant, a world of material existence, so there is another just above it in which Matter is not supreme, but rather Life-force takes its place as the first determinant. The vital worlds are original constructions, organised developments, native habitats of the universal Life-principle, acting in its own field and in its own nature. It is a much richer and more plastic field of consciousness than the physical. Without the vital plane there would be no art, poetry or literature — these things come through the vital before they can manifest here.
The vital worlds are the natural home of the Powers that most disturb human life. You must remember that these worlds, which are different from the true or divine vital, are full of enchantments and illusions and they present appearances of beauty which allure only to mislead or destroy. They are worlds of 'Rakshasimaya' and their heavens are more dangerous than their hells.
The world is other than we now think and see,
Our lives a deeper mystery than we have dreamed;
Our minds are starters in the race to God,
Our souls deputed selves of the Supreme.