“As Thomas Taylor, the most intuitional of all the translators of Greek Fragments, shows, no nation has ever conceived the One principle as the immediate creator of the visible universe, for no sane man would credit a planner and architect with having built the edifice he admires with his own hands.
On the testimony of Damascius they referred to it as “Unknown DARKNESS”. The Babylonians passed over this principle in silence.
“To that god”, says Porphyry, “who is above all things, neither external speech ought to be addressed, nor yet that which is inward.”
Hesiod begins his Theogony with: “Chaos of all things was the first produced”, thus allowing the inference that its cause or producer must be passed over in reverential silence.
Homer in his poems ascends no higher than Night, whom he represents Zeus as referencing.
According to all the ancient theologists, and to the doctrines of Pythagoras and Plato, Zeus, or the immediate artificer of the universe, is not the highest god.
Homer, therefore, is not only silent with respect to the first principle, but likewise with respect to those two principles immediately posterior to the first, the Aether and Chaos of Orpheus and Hesiod, and the bound and infinity of Pythagoras and Plato.
This first, or rather ONE principle was called “the circle of Heaven”, symbolized by the hierogram of a point within a circle or equilateral triangle, the point being the LOGOS.
The Monad, or point, is the original and is the unit from which follows the entire numeral system.
This Point is the First Cause, but THAT from which it emanates, or of which, rather, it is the expression, the Logos, is passed over in silence.
In its turn, the universal symbol, the point within the circle, was not yet the Architect, but the cause of that Architect; and the latter stood to it in precisely the same relation as the point itself stood to the circumference of the Circle, which cannot be defined, according to Hermes Trismegistus.
Porphyry shows that the Monad and the Duad of Pythagoras are identical with Plato’s infinite and finite.
With Pythagoras the MONAD returns into silence and Darkness as soon as it has evolved the triad, from which emanate the remaining seven numbers of the 10 (ten) numbers which are at the base of the manifested universe.”
H. P. Blavatsky