stanza 1, slokas 3-4

STANZA I.
3. UNIVERSAL MIND WAS NOT, FOR THERE WERE NO AH-HI TO CONTAIN IT.
4. THE SEVEN WAYS TO BLISS WERE NOT. THE GREAT CAUSES OF MISERY WERE NOT, FOR THERE WAS NO ONE TO PRODUCE AND GET ENSNARED BY THEM.

 

“Mr. A. Keightley:  Then the Ah-hi and the universal mind are necessary compliments of one another?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Not at all. Universal mind, or absolute mind, always is, whether during Manvantara or during Pralaya; it is immutably one.

 
But since the term Ah-hi means the highest Dhyanis – the Logoi perhaps – those which begin, which are the creation – or evolution, not creation, because everything is an emanation; since the Ah-hi were not, there was no universal mind, because it was the absolute dormant, latent mind, and it was not differentiated in the collectivity of these Dhyanis.

 
The President:  It was, rather, absolute consciousness.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It was absolute consciousness which is not consciousness. What is consciousness? Further on you make a question: “Can consciousness exist without any mind?” But it will come in time.

 
You had better proceed unless you have some other to ask. For instance, let us represent to ourselves, if you can do such a thing, that universal mind is kind of a vacuum, but vacuum with latent consciousness in it.

 
You just suppose you pump out all the air you can from some vessel, there is a vacuum. You cannot represent yourselves in that particular vessel as a vehicle: there is a vacuum; but break these vessels that contain this soi-distant vacuum; where shall you look for it?

 
It has disappeared, it is everywhere and nowhere. It is something, yet it is the absence of something. It is an entirely a homogeneous thing. This is what is supposed to be a vacuum, I think. Dr. Williams, how would you describe vacuum?

 
Dr. Williams:  Absolute vacuum is a figment, really.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It is a figment which is a negative thing. It is the supposed place where nothing exists.

 
Dr. Williams:  It is absence of air, I should think.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  You break those vessels and nothing exists, therefore universal mind is not, because there are no vehicles to contain it.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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