stanza 1, slokas 5-8

STANZA I.
5. DARKNESS ALONE FILLED THE BOUNDLESS ALL, FOR FATHER, MOTHER AND SON WERE ONCE MORE ONE, AND THE SON HAD NOT AWAKENED YET FOR THE NEW WHEEL, AND HIS PILGRIMAGE THEREON.
6. THE SEVEN SUBLIME LORDS AND THE SEVEN TRUTHS HAD CEASED TO BE, AND THE UNIVERSE, THE SON OF NECESSITY, WAS IMMERSED IN PARANISHPANNA, TO BE OUTBREATHED BY THAT WHICH IS AND YET IS NOT. NAUGHT WAS.
7. THE CAUSES OF EXISTENCE HAD BEEN DONE AWAY WITH; THE VISIBLE THAT WAS, AND THE INVISIBLE THAT IS, RESTED IN ETERNAL NON-BEING — THE ONE BEING.
8. ALONE THE ONE FORM OF EXISTENCE STRETCHED BOUNDLESS, INFINITE, CAUSELESS, IN DREAMLESS SLEEP; AND LIFE PULSATED UNCONSCIOUS IN UNIVERSAL SPACE, THROUGHOUT THAT ALL-PRESENCE WHICH IS SENSED BY THE OPENED EYE OF THE DANGMA.

 

“Mr. A. Keightley:  Then we pass on. The Secret Doctrine, Stanza 1, Sloka 5. “Darkness alone filled the boundless All.” Is “darkness” the same as the “Eternal Parent: Space”, spoken of in Sloka 1?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  How can it be the same thing? To me, Space is something already with attributes, at least in potentiality; it is differentiated matter, and “darkness” is something of which no attributes can be predicated, surely, for it is chaos; it is the Absoluteness. How can it be the same?

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  But then is “darkness” there used in the sense of the opposite pole to light?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes, the opposite pole to manifestation. “Darkness” means something that is perfectly void of any attributes or qualities – all negative.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  It is not opposed to light, then, but opposed to differentiation?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  There is no light yet.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  But it is really taken as the symbolism of negativeness.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It is taken as that which you can find in the Bible, the void, “Tohu-va-bo,hu” (Genesis, 1:2, “And the earth was without form, and void.”), as they call it, the “chaos”; as it is said: “everything was darkness, and on the darkness the spirit of God was.”

 
Just the same as in the sense. There was nothing in it – in the Universe.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Is it that there is no light, or simply nothing to manifest it?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  There is nothing to manifest it. It is not darkness as absence of light, but it is darkness as Absoluteness in the absence of any manifestation.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Quite so; just the same as the Universal Mind we were discussing last time?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Just so.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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