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. Kingsland:  In these dreamless sleeps it is only the higher principles which are active.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  We are talking about what Hall asked about, potentiality.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  In every case we are referring to dreamless sleep.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Dreamless sleep you may not remember, but from the next lower state you may remember, and do a good deal of mischief.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  Then, question 10. What portion of the mind and what principles are active during dreamless sleep?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Now, please, leave this. This will make us go on till twelve o’clock, wool gathering. It belongs, my dear fellow, to these other things. We discussed dreams for four or five evenings, you know.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  We have no record of it.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  I have a record, excuse me. I can repeat it to you. I will take the same things and answer you.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  Then that closes these questions.

 
Colonel Chowne:  There is one thing you talked about: you said there was no other way of expressing how light came except by a cause, and that cause was darkness.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Darkness so far that we don’t know anything about it, and it is perfect darkness for us; we cannot discern anything behind that, it is impossible.

 
Colonel Chowne:  But how does the light come?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  In consequence of an immutable law which manifests itself periodically. Just as I say the clock strikes and shows the hours without being conscious of it at all.

 
Now, the clock is an automatic thing, and the other is a thing which has absolute consciousness. Therefore, to us it is no better than clockwork, because we cannot see how the intellect works.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  Then darkness and light in that Stanza are not used as pairs of opposites.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  No, no; I use darkness because there is no other word suitable. If you say chaos and take that, immediately you create all kinds of confusion. Immediately you will have thoughts of chaotic matter and all kinds of anomalies. Therefore, I use the word darkness, which is a great deal better.

 
Colonel Chowne:  The light that you refer to is not the physical light that we think of?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Oh, no! The light means, well, the first potentiality of all – the first flutter in undifferentiated matter which throws it into objectivity and into a plane which is nearer to manifestation than the other. That is the first light. Light is figuratively used.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

 

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