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.

 

“The President:  You have described that back part as the instinctive.

 
Dr. Williams:  That is the word I wanted.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  “Instinctual”. Yes.

 
Dr. Williams:  Of course, I want to avoid if possible making the appearance of any discrepancy. I stand as a go-between, between the two to reconcile, if possible, the two statements.

 
Leave that for a moment or so and take an animal. An animal is suppose to have an instinctive mind, but the cerebellum is the organ of vegetable life. It simply controls the functions of the body, nothing more.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  But yet it acts during sleep.

 
Dr. Williams:  The sensual mind is the mind to which the senses open, and there can be no thought, no ideation, no anything of which we predicate intellect or instinct anywhere, except in that part of the brain into which the senses do go, and that is the cerebrum.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  I said it is the organ of instinctual animal function and these functions will reflect themselves in the dreams to produce the dreams, and unless the higher Ego takes in hand the plane of the material [ ] the dreams will have no sequence, even, because those dreams that we remember and that really have something in them are produced by the vision of the higher Ego. They are not produced by anything else.

 
Every dog dreams, and certainly we cannot say a dog has prophetic dreams.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  Is not the cerebellum what you may call the organ of habit?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Well, if I say instinctual, it comes to the same thing.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  Except that habit is very often referred to what we may call the present phase of existence and instinct to a past phase of existence.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Whatever its name, the only thing that functions during night is cerebellum and not the cerebrum, because the dreams or the emanations – I don’t know how to express it – well, those instinctive feelings which are felt here are just recollections of what took place.

 
I told you my dream the other day. The thing gets distorted, and at the moment you awake you have a dream, and you have a thing that is half mixed up with all those feelings that were acting during sleep, and so on.

 
If this part (the front brain) acted during sleep, then we would have consecutive dreams, because now we sit here we do not dream. We think, you understand, and we have all kinds of dreams awake, but there is some consecutiveness in them; we can think what we like and just make it clear.

 
We can invent pictures, or, for instance, a man will be writing a novel; but in a dream you don’t do that, just because it is ‘that’ part which acts.

 
Dr. Williams:  The consecutiveness is brought about entirely by the coordinating faculty. I do not know that scientific men have attempted to determine what part of the brain it is.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It does not act in sleep.

 
Dr. Williams:  But the cerebrum certainly does act, and the proof of it is this: that the nearer we approach the waking sleep, the more vivid our dreams become.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Just so, when you are awakening, but not before.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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