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 next question is on Sloka 2. “Time was not, for it lay asleep in the infinite bosom of duration.” The first point is what is the difference between time and duration as here used?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Duration is:  it is neither a beginning nor an end, nor time, as its very name implies, though we may divide it into Past, Present, and Future.

 
What is time?  How can you tell that “time” which has neither beginning or an end? Duration is beginningless and endless; time is finite.

 
Mr. Keightley:  Duration is the infinite, and time the finite conception?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Time can be divided, duration cannot; therefore the word duration is used.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  The only way you can define time is by the motions of the earth.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  But, you can define time in your conception also, can’t you?

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Duration you mean?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  No time; for as to “duration” there is no such thing as splitting it, or putting landmarks on it. It is impossible.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  But we can define time by certain periods.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  But not duration, which is the only real eternity. In this finite and phenomenal universe, of course you can. All you can do is to divide time in duration and take illusions for realities.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  But without that you would not be able to define time at all.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Why not? The natural division of time is night and day.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  The essential idea of duration is existence, it seems to me.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Existence has limited and definite periods, and duration is a thing which has neither a beginning nor an end. While it is something perfectly abstract and contains time, time is that which has no duration.

 
Duration is just like space. Space as an abstract is endless; but in its concreteness and limitation, space becomes a representation of something.

 
Of course you can call space the distance between this book and that table or between any two points you may imagine. It may be enormous, or it may be infinitesimal, yet it will always be space.

 
But all such specifications are divisions in human conceptions. In reality, space is what the ancients called the Deity itself.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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