stanza 2, slokas 3-4

STANZA II.
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. Forsyth:  Then are we to understand, Madame, that the whole of the writing in The Secret Doctrine has reference only to the solar system, as we understand the solar system?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It has reference to that chiefly. The second volume is simply the development of life on our earth, not even in the solar system, for the thing is so tremendous that it would require 100 volumes to write all this.

 
Sometimes I make remarks about larger questions, but as a whole the exposition begins and ends on this earth and with the development of life from the first day of Manvantara.

 
You see how they are confused even on this terrestrial plane; so what would it be if I mixed up the evolution of life on Neptune, or beyond the solar system? Why, they would not understand a word.

 
The esoteric doctrine teaches all that, but then it is not in a few months you can learn. You have to study for 20 or 30 years, and according to your capacity it will be given to you, because a man may be spirit-blind just as he is color-blind on this plane, and I know unfortunately too many of those who are perfectly spirit-blind.

 
The President:  But yet the Stanzas up to the point we have reached them do deal with the awakening from the Pralaya.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Most assuredly; but after that, when I come and say that so many Stanzas are left out, then it begins with the solar system.

 
The President:  That is really the point I wanted to get at, whether the second Stanza was still entirely dealing with that awakening from the Maha Pralaya. We have not come to the point you mentioned yet, have we?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Certainly not, but as it deals with this awakening on all the planes, you can apply it to any plane, because one covers the other.

 
The President:  Because, we are feebly and vaguely attempting to apply it to the highest plane of which we have the faintest idea.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  There is also this, that the Stanzas deal with the abstract, and the commentaries are applied more particularly to the system.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  But the Stanzas contain seven meanings, and every one of them may be applied to the highest, and the second, the third, and so on to the seventh plane of matter.

 
But certainly I speak more about the four lower planes. As you will see there, when we come to the part about the moon and the evolution of the stars and so on, there I speak more about the solar system. I limit myself to that in the commentaries. Not in the Stanzas, because I have rendered them just as they are.”

 

H. P. Blavatsky

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