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:  First you say universal mind was not and then you say universal mind is always a permanent thing and always is.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Because I try to explain the Stanza. I know the meaning, I know the spirit too, not the dead letter, I don’t take the dead letter; I give it as it is, and then I give the spirit of it.

 
Dr. Williams:  Does not the expression, “universal mind”, convey itself, that idea?

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  I think it is implied in the word “mind”.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  We are obliged to use it.

 
The President:  Unless you call it consciousness.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It is absolute consciousness. But it is not consciousness as we understand it.

 
Dr. Williams:  If you get rid of all predicates, everything has been done that can be done. You say the Absolute is. If you say more than that you approach perception, and that is manifestation.

 
The President:  You cannot attribute mind to the Absolute until you have got something capable of perception radiating from the Absolute, in which case it is correct to say that the universal mind was not.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  It is correct in one sense but creates confusion.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  But what can we do? Do you want to change it? Now it is printed, what can you do?

 
Mr. Kingsland:  We cannot do anything, now it is printed.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Then why do you break my heart? (Laughter)

 
The President:  You asked him to object, really.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  But what can we do now? I think about 20 persons have broken their heads about it when they were preparing the thing, even the great metaphysical Fawcett (English journalist), because I have been asking all of them.

 
Is there anything according to Herbert Spencer (English philosopher and sociologist) or any of your scientists which you can object to? “No”, they said “it is perfect”, and now you find flaws! Well, let us pass on.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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