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.

 

“Dr. Williams:  When we are awakening, it is cerebrum which is coming into consciousness.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It is just like something that has been very much heated during the day and which will emanate or irradiate during the night, but not at all because there is something acting there; it is the energy of the brain that comes out unconsciously.

 
The President:  Didn’t you describe it just a moment ago as being that portion of the brain which received the impression of the senses? Is not it exactly during sleep when we receive such impressions? The reception of a very vivid impression.

 
Dr. Williams:  Of course, you cannot reproduce anything except from that portion of the brain where it has been registered. The cerebellum does not receive and register impressions through the cerebrum.

 
The President:  It is because the senses are producing no impressions at all that we sleep, really.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  Not quite “no impressions at all”, because if you make a noise over a sleeping man he will awake, and very likely will be able to trace his dream to the sense of oppression which awoke him.

 
The President:  Don’t you think that seems to show, from the very fact that brain activity is required to register it, that the brain must be brought into activity again? Or in other words, he must be woke up.

 
Dr. Williams:  All that you are describing is the function of the cerebrum.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  You have no consciousness of the activity of the cerebrum and it acts mechanically.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  One notices it often in ordinary life.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  In dreams, in the same way the memory comes into play. You must have a memory and perception of this thing, and if you can catch one glimpse of it, maybe you will be able to reconstruct the dreams. I knew persons who could reconstruct their dreams in the most extraordinary way; if they only caught one little bit, it was enough.

 
They would just throw themselves into a kind of negative state, and little by little it would come to them again, so that they could pump out again these things that were present unconsciously; but those persons are very rare.

 
The average person dreams what is perfect nonsense, dreams of digestion, of nervous disturbances, etc., but I speak with respect to dreams that really are dreams.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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