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:  They say a sensitive plant has consciousness. I meant coordinating consciousness.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  Du Prel (Baron Carl Du Prel, German philosopher) cites some very curious experiments showing there is a kind of local consciousness.

 
Dr. Williams:  That is why they call reflex connection?

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  He goes further than that in the cases of clairvoyants who perceive through the stomach. He cites a number of well authenticated cases that were experiments of his own, in that direction, in which he shows that the threshold of consciousness is capable of a very wide range of variation, very much wider than we are accustomed to attribute to it, both upwards and downwards.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  The point I was about to raise is this. You get your cerebrum acting from the point of your consciousness at the beginning and end of sleep. Very well then, in the intervening period, a period of deep sleep, the consciousness of the man is not lost; that goes on.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  The consciousness of the man is then inherent in the higher Ego.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  But the brain is not a sufficiently sensitive registering organ under those circumstances.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  No; except what is impressed upon it at the moment of awakening, and that is liable, of course, to get mixed up with the suggestions and stimuli and sensations that have been going on during the night in the cerebellum.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  Now, query; The cerebellum has sometimes been called the coordinating organ of the physiological senses.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  Of the sense of sight, do you mean?

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  Coordinating organ – I want to query whether it is possible for the cerebrum to be the coordinating organ of ideas?

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  As opposed to sensations?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Sensations. I suppose the animal also will have its sensations coordinated. If you give it a name in man, it is a different thing. In man there are the ideas, whereas an animal has nothing of the kind. It is simply an instinctual feeling; the animal does not think.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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