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.

 

“The President:  I think it is fair to say that the animal intelligence cannot be denied, and simply to add that the intelligence of the animal is of a different plane to anything we humans can appreciate. And so will it go higher and higher.

 
That which transcends the human intelligence we cannot pretend to understand in any way. That answers the question as put there.

 
Mr. _____:  But does not one of the great distinctions between the animal and the human intelligence be in the fact that human beings can, to some extent, work with abstract thought, while the animal can only work in the concrete?

 
That is to say, that the animal can largely be taught and apparently will reason from it in conjunction with the fact that it may get food or something that it likes; whereas a human being can actually argue from facts and by means of imagination create the surroundings.

 
Mr. Ellis:  How do you teach a child? By giving it a lump of sugar stick, or else smacking it. The child passes as you know by physiology through all the stages of every other class of animals, and therefore they are passing through the same stages as the animals are in now.

 
The President:  We have rather wondered from the point I think.

 
Mr. Keightley:  The question is, is there any consciousness or conscious being to cognize and make a division of time at the first flutter of manifestation?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  I should think not.

 
Mr. Keightley:  In the way that Subba Row (South Indian Theosophist) speaks of the first Logos he implies _____

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  That the Logos kept a diary, or what?

 
Mr. Keightley:  He implies both consciousness and intelligence.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Well I am not of Subba Row’s opinion. You forget one thing, he spoke about the Logos without saying whether it is the first or second he spoke about, the unmanifested or the manifested Logos.

 
Several times he calls it Iswara, so it is not the unmanifested Logos, because Iswara was never Narayana. You may call it whatever you like, but it is not the highest Logos, because that from which the manifested Logos is born is that which is translated by me there “the Eternal Father-Mother”.

 
In the Vishnu Purana they call it the egg of the world, and this egg of the world is surrounded by seven skins or layers or zones – call it whatever you like – it is that which is given in the Purana as the Golden Egg.

 
This is the Father-Mother, and in this Golden Egg is born Brahma, the male, which is in reality the second Logos, or the third, according to the enumeration adopted, nor the highest – that is to say the point which is everywhere and nowhere.

 
Mahat comes afterwards. Mahat is something between the third and fourth, it fluctuates, you understand, because it contains the physical germs in it and the whole roots of all the physical universe.

 
At the same time it is a universal Divine Mind.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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