stanza 1, slokas 1-2

STANZA I.
1. THE ETERNAL PARENT WRAPPED IN HER EVER INVISIBLE ROBES HAD SLUMBERED ONCE AGAIN FOR SEVEN ETERNITIES.
2. TIME WAS NOT, FOR IT LAY ASLEEP IN THE INFINITE BOSOM OF DURATION.

 

“Mr. {B..?} Keightley (Secretary):  In the Proem to the Secret Doctrine, speaking of space, this is said (reads quotation, Volume I, pp. 8 et seq.
(“Space is called in the esoteric symbolism ‘the Seven-Skinned Eternal Mother-Father.’ It is composed from its undifferentiated to its differentiated surface of seven layers. ‘What is that which was, is, and will be, whether there is a Universe or not; whether there be gods or none?’ asks the esoteric Senzar Catechism. And the answer made is – SPACE.”)

 
That is just the few words on the subject of space in the abstract: but the first Sloka of the first Stanza runs as follows: “The Eternal Parent (Space), wrapped in her ever invisible robes, had slumbered once again for seven eternities”, and on this the first question that strikes one to ask is why is the Eternal Parent, or Space, called feminine here?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Perhaps it is a mistake to do so. But since it is impossible to define Parabrahm, or that which is beyond human conception, therefore once that we speak of that first something which can be conceived, we had better say “She”.

 
In all the cosmogonies it is the goddess and goddesses that come first, the former one becoming the all immaculate mother from which proceed all the gods.

 
We have to adopt either one or the other gender, as we cannot say IT. From IT nothing can proceed, strictly speaking, neither a radiation nor an emanation.

 
Mr. Keightley:  Is that the Egyptian Neith?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  In truth, it is beyond Neith. But it is Neith in one sense.

 
Mr. Keightley:  Then the IT itself is not the seven-skinned Eternal Father-Mother in this Stanza?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Assuredly not. the IT is the beyond, the meta, the Parabrahm. That which is, is the female aspect of Brahma, the male.

 
Mr. Keightley:  And that is what is spoken of in the Proem that I read as the “seven-skinned Father-Mother”?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes, it becomes that at the first flutter of differentiation. Then the subjective proceeds to emanate – or falls into the objective and becomes what they called the Mother Goddess, from which proceeds the Logos or father God, the unmanifested.

 
For the manifested Logos is quite a different thing again and is called the “Son” in all the cosmogonies.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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