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 do these four truths: the first of sorrow, the second of sorrow’s cause, the third sorrow ceasing and the fourth the way, do they represent the four noble truths esoterically?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes, I think they do. You will find Buddhism all about them.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  What do they really stand for?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It would take too long and it has no relevancy to this Sloka. It would take much too long. It is impossible to tell you now. It would take several evenings to explain to you one of them thoroughly.

 
The President:  Then we will put them down for the future.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  I am not sure it would not be a profitable thing to take up next time.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  I am not sure that it would be. You had better follow the Slokas. You are not going to follow that, because the four noble truths meant one thing for the priests of the yellow robes, and meant different things to the mystics.

 
The one acts on the dead letter, just the same as our priests will act on the canons of the Church, and the mystics have got nothing to do with it.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  Can you give us any idea for the moment?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  I cannot, I am not an exoteric Buddhist. Ask Olcott (Henry Steel Olcott, President-Founder of the Theosophical Society).

 
He is the man to know all these things. He is a very pious Buddhist and I am not. I am nothing pious.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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