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:  You say the fashion now-a-days amongst philosophers is to speak slightingly –

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  We know that, of course.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  – of the idea of making mind an entity.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Of course, but mind is still the soul. It is perfectly synonymous with soul. Those who don’t believe in soul certainly will tell you that there is no such thing as consciousness apart from brain, and once the brain is dead and the man is dead, there is no consciousness. The Nihilists, the Atheists and the Materialists will tell you so.

 
If you believe in mind, mind is the soul or the Ego. What kind of soul is that if it has not any consciousness?

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  But they accept consciousness.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  But not after the death of man, while we accept consciousness after death, and say the real consciousness and the real freedom of the Ego or the soul begins only after the physical death of man.

 
It is then that it is no longer impeded by terrestrial matter that it is free, that it can perceive everything.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  Because they confine their consciousness to the sense of perception.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  That is what they do, and we don’t. It is the difference between us.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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