[The Theosophist, Vol. IV, No. 4, January, 1883, p. 90]
[Replying to a correspondent’s letter, H. P. B. wrote:]
Knowing very little (from the description given) of the nature of the “occult sounds” in question,* we are unable to class them with any degree of certainty among the practices adopted by Raja Yoga. “Occult sounds” and occult or “Astral Light” are certainly the earliest form of manifestations obtained by Raja Yoga; but whether in this particular case it is the result of heredity or otherwise, we of course cannot decide from the scanty description given by our correspondent. Many are born with the faculty of clairaudience, others with that of clairvoyance—some, with both.
* [Of which the correspondent says only that he hears them “steadily and very clearly,” and that “they constitute a powerful agency in concentrating his mind.”—Compiler.]