These two bodies are essentially the same thing called by two different terms. To confuse the issue further it is also called the Karana-Sarira. This latter phrase comes from the Sanskrit. "Karana" means "cause" and "Sarira" refers to body or bodily frame.
It is also called the Causal Body because it makes possible for the human being to initiate causes.
Finally it is called the Egoic Body because it is the vehicle of expression for our ego. This is not the illusionary, selfish ego as indicated in some teachings, but the highest part of our individuality, which eternally survives.
It's body is the twelve-petalled lotus, the higher reflection of the Heart Center which is in the head and links the heart to the soul and the soul to the monad.
Just as the physical body is the vehicle to house and allow life expression, even so is the causal body a vehicle of consciousness itself. This vehicle was given birth to you by your Solar Angel and as it unfolds consciousness grows and soul contact is established.
When contact and expression is fully created the causal body is no longer needed and we break free from the parent Solar Angel and become linked directly to our Monad, or our personal Father in Heaven.
[End of definition.]
Here is the next term to study:
The Twelve-Petalled Lotus or the form of the Causal Body.
Here are some additional references to the Causal Body:
"The Form of the Causal Body.
"This is the vehicle of the higher consciousness, the temple of the indwelling God...."
("A Treatise on White Magic," page 264, by Alice A. Bailey)
"For the advanced disciple and the initiate, the midway spot is the causal body, the karana sarira, the spiritual body of the soul, standing as the intermediary between Spirit and matter, Life and form, the monad and the personality."
("A Treatise on White Magic," page 247, by Alice A. Bailey)
"The ray of the ego varies from round to round, and, in more evolved souls, from race to race, and comprises one of the five rays of our present evolution. It is the predominating ray to which a man's causal body vibrates."
("A Treatise on White Magic," page 247, by Alice A. Bailey)
"When [...] the three aspects of mind are unified.
"1. Mind stuff, or chitta.
"2. Abstract mind.
"3. Intuition or pure reason.
"[...] in the consciousness of the aspirant [...] the disciple has built the bridge (the antahkarana) which links:
"1. The spiritual triad.
"2. The causal body.
"3. The personality.
"When this is done the egoic body has served its purpose, the [S]olar Angel has done its work, and the form side of existence is no longer needed, as we understand and utilize it, as a medium of experience. The man enters into the consciousness of the Monad, the ONE. The causal body disintegrates; the personality fades out, and illusion is ended. This is the consummation of the Great Work, and another Son of God has entered into the Father's home. That he may go out from there into the world of phenomena in order to work with the Plan is probable, but he will not need to undergo the processes of manifestation as humanity does. He can then construct, for the work, his body of expression. He can work through and with energy as the Plan dictates. Note these last words, for they hold the key to manifestation."
("A Treatise on White Magic," Pages 387-8, by Alice A. Bailey)
"It is in the aligning of the three vehicles, the physical, the emotional, and the lower mind body, within the causal periphery, and their stabilizing there by an effort of the will, that the real work of the Ego or Higher Self in any particular incarnation can be accomplished. The great thinkers of the race, the true exponents of lower mind, are fundamentally those whose three lower bodies are aligned; that is to say, those whose mental body holds the other two in circumspect alignment. The mental body, then, is in direct communication, unobstructed and free from interference, straight through to the physical brain.
"When the alignment is fourfold and when the three above mentioned bodies are aligned with the body of the Higher Self, the causal or egoic body, and held steady within its circumference, then the great leaders of the race - those who emotionally and intellectually sway mankind - can be seen working; then the inspirational writers and dreamers can bring down their inspirations and dreams; and then the synthetic and abstract thinkers can transfer their conceptions to the world of form."
("Letters on Occult Meditation - Letter I - Alignment of the Ego with the Personality," Pages 1-2, by Alice A. Bailey)
"In studying the egoic body it should be remembered that the causal body is the correspondence in the monadic manifestation to the heart center."
("A Treatise on White Magic," Page 537, by Alice A. Bailey)
"The work of the Agnishvattas (the self-conscious principles, the Builders or constructors of the egoic body on the higher mental levels) is to unite the higher three principles - atma, buddhi, manas - and the lower three, and thus become in very truth the middle principle in man."
("A Treatise on White Magic," Page 680, by Alice A. Bailey)
"Man has to learn to control, guide and use the deva substances of which his lower sheaths are made; this goal involves the development of full self-consciousness, which is brought about through the agency of the solar Angels or builders and vitalizers of the egoic body; they are those through whom self-consciousness becomes a fact."
("A Treatise on White Magic," Page 688, by Alice A. Bailey)
"At the early stages after individualization, the egoic body has the appearance of a bud. The electric fire at the center is not apparent, and all the nine petals are closed down upon the inner three; the orange color has a dead aspect and the three points of light at the base are just points and nothing more; the triangle which is later seen connecting the points is not demonstrated."
("A Treatise on White Magic," Page 763, by Alice A. Bailey)
"From the angle of the fourth initiation even the egoic vehicle, the soul body, is regarded and treated as a part of the form nature."
("Esoteric Healing," Page 689, by Alice A. Bailey)
"Just as the Monad, impelled by desire, produces that form of life which we call the personality, so the mind aspect, as part of the purpose working out through the Universal Mind, in its turn produces that manifestation which we call a Manasaputra, the great Son of Mind on the mental plane. Hence it is the mind principle in humanity which brings into manifestation the egoic body, the causal vehicle, the karana sarira, the twelve-petalled lotus."
("A Treatise on White Magic," Page 361, by Alice A. Bailey)
"Just as in the human atom, the spiral activity is egoic and controlled from the egoic body, so in connection with the solar system these three groups are related to the Logoic Spiritual Triad - atma-buddhi-manas - and their influence is dominant in connection with solar incarnation, with solar evolution and with solar progress." (C.F. 1058)"
("Esoteric Astrology," Page 639, by Alice A. Bailey)
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