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. Keightley:  The second question is, “What aspect of space, or the unknown deity ‘That’, of which you speak further on, is here called the Eternal Parent”?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Well it is just this androgynous something; the Svabhavat of the Buddhists. It is non-differentiated, hence – an abstraction. It is the Mulaprakriti of the Vendantins. If you proceed to make it correspond with the human principles it will be Buddhi; Atma corresponding to Parabrahm. Then comes Mahat which corresponds to Manas.

 
Mr. Keightley:  And so on downwards.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes.

 
Mr. Keightley:  Then what are the seven layers of space? You speak in the Proem of the “seven-skinned Father-Mother.”

 
Mme. Blavatsky:   It is what Aristotle called the privation of matter; that which will become the seven planes of Being, beginning with the spiritual and passing through the psychic till it comes down to the material plane. Then there…

 
(page missing)…has named the protyle; that which he would like to find, which he does not find, and which he certainly cannot find on this plane or earth. It is the first non-differentiated substance or spiritual matter.

 
Mr. Keightley:  Is it Laya?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  “Robes” and all are in the Laya condition, up to that point from which the primordial substance begins to differentiate, and thus gives birth to the universe and all in it.

 
Mr. Keightley:  Are they called “invisible” because they are not objective to any differentiation of the consciousness?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Say rather “invisible” to consciousness, if any differentiated consciousness were possible at the stage of evolution.

 
Most assuredly it cannot be seen. Do not you see in the book that even for the Logos Mulaprakriti is only a veil?

 
And it is a veil that the Logos sees, this veil or the robes in which the Absolute is enveloped, but cannot perceive the latter.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

 

 

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