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: “To what cosmic plane do the Ah-hi here spoken of belong?”
Mme. Blavatsky: To the first, the second, and the third. Because it is a triad, a manifested triad, a reflection of the non-manifested. Taking the triad in the sense that Pythagoras gives it, it disappears in the darkness and the silence.
Taken in this sense it is the only thing, as there is Atma, Buddhi, Manas – well, all, the first, second and third planes – the Ah-hi belong to these planes.
Mr. A. Keightley: That is to say the Ah-hi belong to the cosmic planes which correspond to Atma, Buddhi, Manas.
Mme. Blavatsky: Just so, they correspond.
Mr. B. Keightley: Then this question cannot arise, that Atma, Buddhi, Manas –
Mme. Blavatsky: I know, the two are on the same plane.
Mr. B. Keightley: They are successive emanations; you get the Atma, Buddhi in man, before Manas makes its appearance.
Mme. Blavatsky: But we do not speak of man now, if you please, we speak in general that these correspond. Don’t you go and mix up man with it now. We speak of the macrocosm simply, at the beginning when there was the first flutter of Manvantaric dawn, and then evolution begins.
Mr. B. Keightley: The question I want to put exactly is this: Are those three planes simultaneous emanations or do they emanate one from the other?
Mme. Blavatsky: I suppose one from another, but I could not tell you that. Don’t ask me questions I cannot answer.
Mr. B. Keightley: That is the question that is now meant here.
Mme. Blavatsky: Do you really want to apply mechanical law to cosmogony as it is in the metaphysical minds of the Orientals? You won’t get much if you come to apply space and time because there was no space and no time, so how can you ask me this question?”
H. P. Blavatsky