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. Duncan:  Be-ness has some connection with the word “to be”.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes, but it is not that. No word, my dear Mr. Duncan, can apply better than that, better than the word Be-ness. It is a word we have coined, and we have coined it correctly, I think. It is the only thing that renders the Sanskrit word Sat.

 
It is not existence, it is not being, it is absolute Be-ness.

 
The President:  It is both being and non-being.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Well then, how can you explain that better? We cannot conceive it. Our intellects are limited and finite and language is far more finite and conditioned than we are.

 
So how can we explain that which we can only conceive by our highest intuition?

 
Mr. Ellis:  The Germans understand it at once because they have a word they use every day, that is the word “sein”. “Sein” , of course, means “to be”, and “das sein” means, of course, what you mean by the word Be-ness.

 
I am sure nobody would have said that was absurd, only you cannot use German words. No German would call this word absurd, but a frivolous Englishman would.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Well now, you Englishmen invent a word that would answer to that “sein” there.

 
Mr. Ellis:  One is constantly meeting with the absolute poverty of our language for purposes of translation. In German one or two words may require twenty for perfect translation.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Now look at Max Muller (German Orientalist). Why he makes a mess of it positively, as the English language must have at least 40 or 50,000 words more invented or coined to express a part of that which the Sanskrit language expresses.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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