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:  Why should you speak of seven eternities? Why put it that way?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Because of the invariable law of analogy. As Manvantara is divided into seven periods so is Pralaya: as day is composed of twelve hours, so is night.

 
Shall we say because we are asleep during night and are not conscious of time, that the hours do not run the same? They pass on and the clock strike though we may not hear or count them.

 
Pralaya is the “Night” after the Manvantaric “Day”. There is no one by and consciousness is asleep with the rest.

 
But since it exists and is in full activity during Manvantara, and that it is fully alive to the fact that the law of analogy and periodicity is immutable, and being so it must act equally at both ends, why cannot the sentence be used?

 
Mr. Ashton Ellis:  I should want to know how you can count an eternity.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Here we are! Because we Westerners are foolish enough to talk about and to speculate on something that has neither beginning nor can end, therefore the ancients must have done the same!

 
I say they did not. No people in days of old has ever meant by “Eternity” beginningless and endless duration.

 
Take the Greeks, speaking of Aeons. Do these mean something eternal? No more than their Neroses (Neros, a cycle of 600 years). They had no word for eternity in the sense we give it.

 
Parabrahm and Ain-Soph, and the Zeruana Akerne (boundless, limitless time) of the Avesta represent alone such an eternity – all the other periods are finite.

 
All these were astronomical, moreover, based on tropical years and other enormous cycles – withal, finite and therefore, they are not eternities, but a way of speaking of eternity.

 
It is the word Aeon in the Bible that was translated as eternity; and yet it is not only a period but means an angel and a being as well.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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