cosmogenesis: the parents of man on earth (stanza vii)

“2.    THE ONE RAY MULTIPLIES THE SMALLER RAYS.

 
LIFE PRECEDES FORM, AND LIFE SURVIVES THE LAST ATOM (OF FORM, STHULASARIRA, EXTERNAL BODY).

 
THROUGH THE COUNTLESS RAYS THE LIFE-RAY, THE ONE, LIKE A THREAD THROUGH MANY BEADS (PEARLS).

 
This sloka expresses the conception – a purely Vedantic one – of a life-thread, Sutratma, running through successive generations.

 
Mankind in its first prototypal, shadowy form, is the offspring of the Elohim of Life (or Pitris);

 
in its qualitative and physical aspect it is the direct progeny of the “Ancestors”, the lowest Dhyanis, or Spirits of the Earth;

 
for its moral, psychic, and spiritual nature, it is indebted to a group of divine Beings, the name and characteristics of which will be given in part II.

 
Collectively, men are the handiwork of hosts of various spirits; distributively, the tabernacles of those hosts; and occasionally and singly, the vehicles of some of them.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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