stanza 2, slokas 1-2

1. . . . Where were the builders, the luminous sons of Manvantaric dawn? . . . In the unknown darkness in their Ah-hi Paranishpanna. The producers of form from no-form—the root of the world—the Devamatri and Svâbhâvat, rested in the bliss of non-being.
2. . . . Where was silence? Where the ears to sense it? No, there was neither silence nor sound; naught save ceaseless eternal breath, which knows itself not.

“Mr. Kingsland:  It is only in the last few years that we have had the privilege of learning this.

Mme. Blavatsky:  You had the privilege nearly 1,900 years ago. You knew it all. It was only in the fifth century that you succeeded in destroying every temple. You have been hunting the occultists and have been acting so that those who knew went away, hid themselves and never came near the civilized minds.

Everything was destroyed; your poor scientists are nothing but the children of the reaction, and the men of science who have eyes will not see, and will not permit that anyone in antiquity was greater than themselves.

You go and read your best men from Oxford and Cambridge. When they speak about Plato, they say, “Oh! He did not know anything about the circulation of the blood. Pythagoras – well, he knew a little bit of arithmetic, but we are the kings, you know, and the gods in the nineteenth century.”  And it has led to something very beautiful, your civilization – the highest morality, to begin with.

Mr. B. Keightley:  The whole point lies in this: as to the way you are going to set to work to build your hypothesis. Suppose you are hypothesis building, which I don’t expect. I am quite sure, not by the physical senses, but by the use of strict logic and strict reasoning, you can form a basis of thought.

If you look at Schopenhauer and read him carefully, and Hartmann and others, you will find that step-by-step they have come to the same bases of thought as have been adopted in India, particularly in the Vedantin system.”

Mr. Kingsland:  By the inductive method.

Mr. B. Keightley:  No, though they pretended to do it by the inductive method. They started by an intuition. Schopenhauer got the idea, it came upon him like a flash. He then set to work, having got the hypothetical idea and started with the broad basis of facts. He got his facts together, and so, you reading his book are nicely led up to reach the point which came to him as a flash, but he did not get it by the inductive method. He says he did not.

Mme. Blavatsky:  Every fact yo get you do get by intuition, you get it by a flash.

Mr. B. Keightley:  Every scientist of the nineteenth century, from the time science has become anything like science, has said the same thing, that he has made his great discoveries not by a system of classifying facts in the nice Baconian method, but by having the facts in his mind.

The Chairman:  Darwin especially says so. He gives you the moment at which the idea first occurred to him, and it was in comparing some of the physical flora and fauna.

Mr. Kingsland:  But they have been working for years, if the idea came to them apparently in the form of intuition –

The Chairman:  But they might have been quite unconsciously working up to it in various ways. If you read what Darwin says himself, you will come to the same conclusion as I did, that the thing came to him almost as a finished idea.

Mme. Blavatsky:  All of them come just in that way: intuitionally.

The Chairman:  I cannot quote it, I wish I could, but I will turn it up.

Mme. Blavatsky:  There is somewhere a book which says that all the greatest discoveries that have ever been made in the world came just like flashes of lightning, everything, even to the law of gravitation. How did Newton discover that? Through the apple.”


H. P. Blavatsky

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