cosmogenesis: the night of the universe (stanza I)

“5.  DARKNESS ALONE FILLED THE BOUNDLESS ALL, FOR FATHER, MOTHER AND SON WERE ONCE MORE ONE, AND THE SON HAD NOT AWAKENED YET FOR THE NEW WHEEL (WORLD OR GLOBE), AND HIS PILGRIMAGE THEREON.
“Darkness is Father-Mother: light their son”, says an old Eastern proverb. Darkness, then, is the eternal matrix in which the sources of light appear and disappear.

 
When the whole universe was plunged in sleep – had returned to its one primordial element – there was neither center of luminosity, nor eye to perceive light, and darkness necessarily filled the boundless all.

 
The Father-Mother are the male and female principles in root-nature, the opposite poles that manifest in all things on every plane of Kosmos, or Spirit and Substance, in a less allegorical aspect, the resultant of which is the Universe, or the Son.

 
6.  THE SEVEN SUBLIME LORDS AND THE SEVEN TRUTHS HAD CEASED TO BE, AND THE UNIVERSE, THE SON OF NECESSITY, WAS IMMERSED IN PARINISHPANNA (ABSOLUTE PERFECTION, PARINIRVANA, WHICH IS YONG-GRUB), TO BE OUT-BREATHED BY THAT WHICH IS AND YET IS NOT, NAUGHT WAS.
The seven sublime lords are the Seven Creative Spirits, the Dhyani-Chohans, who correspond to the Hebrew Elohim.

 
“Parinishpanna” is the absolute perfection to which all existences attain at the close of a great period of activity, and in which they rest during the succeeding period or repose. In Tibetan it is called Yong-Grub.

 
The appearance and disappearance of the Universe are pictured as an outbreathing and inbreathing of the “Great Breath”, which is eternal, and which, being Motion, is one of the three aspects of the Absolute – Abstract Space and Duration being the other two.

 
When the “Great Breath” is projected, it is called the Divine Breath, and is regarded as the breathing of the unknowable Deity – the One Existence – which breathes out a thought, as it were, which becomes the Kosmos.

 
So also is it when the Divine Breath is inspired again the Universe disappears into the bosom of the “Great Mother”, who then sleeps “wrapped in her invisible robes.”

 

By “that which is and yet is not” is meant the Great Breath itself.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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