stanza, 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:  On the subject of time this question has been put “What is the consciousness which takes cognizance of time?”

 
Is the consciousness of time limited to the plane of waking physical consciousness or does it exist on higher planes? Is the consciousness or sense of succession, limited purely to our present plane? Or does it exist on higher planes?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Whose consciousness? Why, you must tell me, of whom you are talking – whose consciousness is limited?

 
Mr. Keightley:  Our own. All our consciousness is succession. We have a succession of ideas or succession of thought. Haven’t we?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Then who is there to think like that?

 
Mr. Keightley:  You speak of time. “Time was not.” Time to our minds conveys this idea of succession.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  And if time was not, it can convey no such idea. Time was not means that there was duration only and not time, because no one was there to make time or the division of time.

 
That which was not, how can it have any consciousness or any aspect of consciousness? What does it mean, all this?

 
Mr. Keightley:  This question really applied to a later subject. You speak thus of time:  “Time is only an illusion produced by the succession of our states of consciousness as we travel through eternal duration, and it does not exist where no consciousness exists.”

 
Then the question which is put is, is the consciousness of time, in our sense of the word, limited only to our present plane of waking consciousness, or does it exist on any other plane?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It cannot exist because even in sleep it does not exist. You have been answering it to yourselves how many times, when we have been talking about dreams. (earlier meeting)”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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