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 ant’s conceptions of time and space are not our own conceptions.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  And therefore, if we find such conceptions that are not our conceptions and that are entirely on another plane, we have no right to deny a priori the existence of other planes of which we may have no idea but which exist, nevertheless, planes higher and lower than our own by many degrees.

 
Dr. Williams:  May I suggest on that point that every animal is more or less born with its faculties. Man is born the most helpless and ignorant of all and progresses, so far as we know, forever, in the acquisition of the enlargement of his intelligences.

 
That seems to be the most practical difference between the intelligence of all animals and man.

 
Mr. Ellis:  Have you ever seen a dog taught to sit on its hind legs?

 
Dr. Williams:  Whenever animals are put beyond the influence of civilization they always return without exception to the primitive and prior condition into which they were born.

 
This shows that they have no capability of holding on longer than they are under the influence of civilization.

 
Mr. Ellis:  They would lose a great deal. But how are we to know they have not developed before? If they were put in different circumstances, of course they would lose a great deal.

 
Dr. Williams:  So far as our experience goes, we know the terms on which they were, and very clearly too.

 
Mr. Ellis:  We know they can be taught, therefore they resemble man. If we put man back out of civilization what does he become? Nothing but the animal.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  To say that animals have no intelligence is the greatest fallacy in the world. How shall science explain to us the facts that there is no animal or insect which cannot be taught to remember, to obey the voice of the master.

 
Why, take a flea (Flea circuses”). He will fire a gun, and he will draw water, and he will do all kinds of tricks. If a flea has an intellect, what must it be with others which are more developed? How can we say that the animals have got no intellect?

 
Mr._____:  They have not got the quality of thinking.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  They have not got the quality of reasoning, and yet they have.

 
Mr. _____:  A horse will pull a string and fire off a cannon, but he does not know anything about the objects of it.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  This is a question that has never been satisfactorily answered, because it is simply our organization and our human conceit that causes us to make of man a king of all the animals.

 
I say there are animals compared to which a mortal man is the lowest of the animals. There is not a dirtier animal in the world than man, and I say it is a great insult to any animal to go and compare him to a man. I would object if I were an animal.

 
You cannot find any man who is as faithful as a dog. It shows feeling and affection. It does not show reasoning power, but it does show intelligence, feelings and memory.

 
It is just the same as man.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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