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. Kingsland:  Does protyle come near the term Laya?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  There it is. You are obliged to throw yourself on the tender mercies of ancient Greek and other ancient languages, but the modern languages are really too materialistic and I doubt whether you can get any words to express that which you need.

 
Mr. Ashton Ellis:  We may as well get it from the Greek as the Anglo-Saxon; all our scientific words are coined either from the Greek or the Latin, and become English only by use. Such a word as protyle is not really English at all.

 
Mr. Keightley:  It is just adopted.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  How long? Hardly two years ago?

 
The President:  If we have one word that answers the purpose, why not use it? Mr. Crookes (English physicist, 1832-1919) probably used the word protyle on the most materialistic plane of all.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  What he means by it, is primordial homogeneous matter.

 
Mr. Ashton Ellis:  Perhaps, just when it is about to enter into the state of differentiation.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Then certainly it is not “the robes” that he will ever discover, because they are on the seventh plane of matter and he is searching on this one, which is the lowest.

 
Mr. Keightley:  His protyle is “pre-hydrogen”.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Nothing else, and yet no one will ever be able to find it. How many times have the scientists been disappointed. How often have they thought they had come at last to a real atom, protylic and homogeneous, to find it each time a compound thing of two or three elements! But let us go on.

 
Mr. Keightley:  Is there, so to speak, on each of the seven planes, homogeneous matter relatively to that plane? Is it the root of every particular plane?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  There is; only it must be homogeneous only for that plane of perception and for those who are on that plane.

 
If Mr. Crookes is ever able to find the protyle he is after it will be homogeneous for only him and us.

 
The illusion may last for some time, until the Sixth Race perhaps, when mankind will be entirely changed.

 
Humanity is ever changing, physically and mentally and perfecting itself with every Race more, as you know we are acquiring learning, perception and knowledge that we did not have before.

 
Therefore, the science of today is the ignorance of tomorrow.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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