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:  Then time is the same as space. They are one in the abstract.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  As two abstractions they may be one; yet I would say duration and space, not time and space.

 
Mr. Keightley:  You get time and space with differentiation, time being the subjective character corresponding to space, the objective, one being the objective and the other being the subjective side of all manifestation.

 
The President:  They are the only attributes of the infinite, really. But attribute is a wrong word, inasmuch as they are coextensive with the infinite; but then that is also a difficult word.

 
Mr. Ellis:  How can you say that? They are nothing but the creations of your own intellect. They are nothing but the forms in which you cannot help conceiving things. How can they be called attributes?

 
Take cause and effect, they are nothing but the way in which you think of things. If you had a different brain you would think about things in a different way.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  And now you speak as a Hylo-Idealist would. We do not speak of the phenomenal world, but of the noumenal universe. It is without space and time, but still there is duration and abstract space.

 
In the occult catechism it is asked:  “what is the thing which always is, which you cannot imagine as not ‘being’, do what you may.”

 
The answer is – Space. For there may be not a single man in the universe to think of it, not a single eye to perceive it, not a single brain to sense it, but still space is – and you cannot make away with it.

 
Mr. Ellis:  Because you cannot help thinking of it.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  My or your thinking has nothing to do with it. Space exists there where there is nothing and must exist in full vacuum as elsewhere.

 
Mr. Ellis:  The philosophers have reduced it to this. They say they also are nothing but attributes, nothing but accidents.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Buddha says better than this still. He says speaking of Nirvana, that Nirvana, after all, is also an illusion.

 
Mr. Ellis:  You would not call eternal space and duration the only attributes of the Infinite?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  I would not give to the Infinite any attributes at all. That only which is finite and conditioned can have attributes.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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