“3. …UNIVERSAL MIND WAS NOT, FOR THERE WERE NO AH-HI (CELESTIAL BEINGS) TO CONTAIN (HENCE TO MANIFEST) IT.
Mind is a name given to the sum of the states of Consciousness grouped under Thought, Will, and Feeling.
During deep sleep, ideation ceases on the physical plane, and memory is in abeyance; thus for the time being “Mind is not”, because the organ, through which the Ego manifests ideation and memory on the material plane, has temporarily ceased to function.
The AH-HI (Dhyani-Chohans) are the collective hosts of spiritual beings – the Angelic Hosts of Christianity, the Elohim and “Messengers” of the Jews – who are the vehicle for the manifestation of the divine or universal thought and will.
They are the Intelligent Forces that give to and enact in Nature her “laws”, while themselves acting according to laws imposed upon them in a similar manner by still higher powers;
they are not “the personifications” of the powers of Nature, as erroneously thought.
4. THE SEVEN WAYS TO BLISS (MOKSHA OR NIRVANA) WERE NOT. THE GREAT CAUSES OF MISERY (NIDANA AND MAYA) WERE NOT, FOR THERE WAS NO ONE TO PRODUCE AND GET ENSNARED BY THEM.
The twelve Nidanas or causes of being. Each is the effect of its antecedent cause, and a cause, in its turn, to its successor.
Maya or illusion is an element which enters into all finite things, for everything that exists has only a relative, not an absolute, reality, since the appearance which the hidden noumenon assumes for any observer depends upon his power of cognition.
As we rise in the scale of development we perceive that during the stages through which we have passed we mistook shadows for realities, and the upward progress of the Ego is a series of progressive awakenings, each advance bringing with it the idea that now, at last, we have reached “reality”;
but only when we shall have reached the absolute Consciousness, and blended our own with it, shall we be free from the delusions produced by Maya.”
H. P. Blavatsky