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.

 

“Dr. Williams:  I should think it would be a great mistake to adopt any word that has been already adopted by a scientist with another meaning. Protoplasm had once come almost to mean the same thing as protyle does, but they have now narrowed it down.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  And quite right:  because protyle, after all, comes from the Greek word ὕλη {hyle}, and the Greeks use it certainly not as a word belonging to this plane.

 
Besides which it was used in the Chaldean cosmogony, before the Greeks.

 
The President:  And yet is not ὕλη {hyle} used to mean “the root of matter” by certain writers?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It is; but these writers are not very ancient.

 
The President:  No, but they used it in a sense which rather transcends that. The word ὕλη {hyle} is now used really as giving very much the same idea that we endeavored to give when we used the word Mulaprakriti.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Well, I do not know. There’s Doctor Lewins, who calls himself a Hylo-Idealist, if you please; so there is the metaphysical meaning of the word desecrated entirely.

 
So you certainly had better use another term.

 
Laya does not mean anything in particular, on that plane or the other, but means a state, a condition.

 
It is a Sanskrit word conveying the meaning of something entirely undifferentiated and changeless, a zero-point wherein all differentiation ceases. That is what it means and nothing else.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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