stanza 1, slokas 6-9

STANZA 1
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.
9. BUT WHERE WAS THE DANGMA WHEN THE ALAYA OF THE UNIVERSE WAS IN PARAMARTHA AND THE GREAT WHEEL WAS ANUPADAKA?

 

“Mr. A. Keightley:  The first question is in connection with sloka 6, Stanza 1 (reads passage from The Secret Doctrine). Now, with reference to the “Seven Lords”, question 1 runs: “Since confusion is apt to arise in the correct application of the terms, will you please distinguish between Dhyan-Chohans, Planetary Spirits, Builders and Dhyani Buddhas?”

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes; but you know, really, it will take a volume if you want to know all the hierarchies and every distinct class of angels among the Dhyan-Chohans, the Planetary Spirits, the Dhyani-Buddhas, the Builders, etc. Now, Dhyan-Chohan is a generic name for all Devas, or celestial beings. They are one and all called Dhyan-Chohans.

 
Now, a Planetary Spirit is the ruler of a planet, a kind of personal God, but finite; that is the difference you see. A Planetary Spirit is the one that has to rule and watch over each globe of a chain, or every planet, and there is some difference between those who are over the great sacred planets, and those over small chains like ours, because the earth has never been one of the sacred planets – never.

 
It was simply taken as a substitute, like the moon and the sun, because the sun is the central star, and the moon has never been a {sacred} planet. It is dead long ago.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  But does the earth belong to a chain which belongs to the train of one of the sacred planets?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Oh no, not at all. The earth has its own chain. Then there are six companions which are not seen, which are on three different planes.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Are none of those other six, one of the sacred planets?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  No, sir, not one, and it is not feasible.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Then how are we to distinguish between them?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  The seven sacred planets of antiquity were the planets which astrologers take now, minus the sun and the moon, which are substitutes.

 
The Chairman {T. H. Harbottle}:  And plus two that we do not know.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes, of which one is an intra-Mecurial planet, which they are trying to find and cannot. They wanted to call it Vulcan, or to give it a name before it was found out; they think they have found it, but they are not sure.

 
Some say there are several, others one, but they do not know. When they find out they will know that it is one of the secret {sacred?} planets, and the other one is what I cannot explain.

 
It was as the substitute of this planet that the moon was taken, and it was seen at a certain hour of the night just as though it was near the moon, but it was not; it is this planet which was not known at all. I think sometimes they do not give the name, but as to my astronomical ideas, I would not trust them.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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