stanza 2, slokas 3-4

3. The hour had not yet struck; the ray had not yet flashed into the Germ; the Matripadma had not yet swollen.
4. Her heart had not yet opened for the one ray to enter, thence to fall, as three into four, into the lap of Maya.


“Mr. A. Keightley:  Then may one say the Germ is the active point within the Alayic condition of substance?

Mme. Blavatsky:  The Germ is simply a figurative way of speaking. The Germ is everywhere. Just as when ones speak of the circle whose center and circumference is everywhere and nowhere; because, given the proposition that the circle is endless, surely it is infinite, and you cannot place the circumference anywhere, or put any center to that which is limitless. It is simply a way of talking, just to bring to your conception something more clearly than you could otherwise imagine it.

Just the same with the Germ. They call it the Germ, and the Germ is all the Germs, that is to say, the whole of Nature: the whole creative power that will emanate, that they call Brahma or any name you like, for on every plane it has got another name.

Mr. A. Keightley:  Then you practically answer the third question. “What stage of manifestation is symbolized by the Mundane Egg?”

Mme. Blavatsky:  I say the Mundane Egg is on the plane of differentiation, the first stage if you like; but from the plane of non-differentiation it is the third, as I just told you.

The Egg represents the just differentiated cosmic matter in which the vital creative Germ receives its first spiritual impulse, and potentiality becomes potency. I think that is answered.

The President:  Yes.

Mr. B. Keightley:  That s a very good phrase, “potentiality becomes potency”; it just expresses the difference between the first and the second Stanzas.

Mme. Blavatsky:  That is my difficulty, you see, I don’t know English well enough to come and explain it to you.”


H. P. Blavatsky


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