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. _____:   The only difficulty is when the word eternity is used instead of the word Aeon.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:   Why should I use the Greek word when I can use an English one? I give the explanation in the Secret Doctrine by saying the ancients had no such thing as eternity – as commonly understood.

 
Mr. ______:   Still, Aeon, to the ordinary English reader, would not mean eternity.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:   We have quite enough of foreign words: I have tried to avoid and put them into English.

 
The President:   Aeon, to most European Christian readers, does mean eternity, as they have translated it as “for ever and for ever.”

 
Mr. A. Ellis:   That always involves a beginning at least.

 
The President:   No, “for ever and ever” backwards and forwards.

 
Mr. Ellis:   It is sempiternal. It has beginning, but it has no end. If you make a thing plural you divide it. There you make a point of beginning and a point of end. You will always make a division.

 
The President:   Then you agree with the seven eternities.

 
Mr. Ellis:   I think it is only a word that may be taken up by one of the daily papers. I do not think there is any difficulty in the least. The meaning of it is that there are seven concurrent phases, going on at the same.

 
It is division of time laterally. That is what I meant, if you can understand it. That is what I wanted to know, if you count it in that way.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:   I count it in such a way as to translate as best I can the real meaning of a very difficult and abstruse text, and then to give the interpretations that I was taught and have learned.

 
It is just as you say; because if you read my explanations, there you will find the same thing.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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