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. Kingsland:  I think we are making a little mistake in this way. Instead of following the process entirely out on the first plane, and then taking it on to the lowest plane, we are supposing it takes place on the higher plane, and we immediately jump down on the lower, instead of following the whole process on one plane.

Mme. Blavatsky:  Perfectly so; but it did not begin on a Thursday, and it won’t end on a Thursday. The creation began on Monday, didn’t it – because Sunday is the day of rest?

Mr. B. Keightley:  Because he took his day off on Sunday.


Mme. Blavatsky:  Sabbath breaking, I call it.

The President:  No, Sabbath is Saturday.

Mme. Blavatsky:  You call it Sabbath, it is no fault of mine. Well, then, we will go on. Moreover, you have to learn the etymology of the word Fohat. There is where it becomes difficult to understand. It is a Turanian compound word.

“Pho” is the word. “Pho” was once and is derived from the Sanskrit “bhu”, meaning existence, or rather the essence of existence.

Now, “Swayambhu” is Brahma and man at the same time. “Swayambhu” means self-existence and self-existing; it means also Manvantara. It means many, many things according to the sense in which you take it, and one must know exactly whether the accent is on the “m” or on the “u”, or where it is, for therein lies the difference.

Take “bhu”. It means earth, our earth. Take “Swayambhu”. It means divine breath, self-existence, that which is everlasting, the eternal breath. To this day in China, Buddha is call “Pho”.

A Lady:  Is not the first meaning, breath?

Mme. Blavatsky:  It is not. It is self-essence. It is very difficult for me to translate it to you. Look at the Sanskrit dictionaries. They will give you 100 etymologies, and they won’t know what it is. It is existence, it is self-evolution, it is earth, it is spirit, everything you like.

It depends on the accent, and how it is placed. That is a very difficult thing. In this sense, certainly it comes from bhu and sva. Now, they don’t pronounce the “b” generally, it is “Pho”, which is bhu or Budha, which means wisdom.

Fohat comes from Mahat, and it is the reflection of the Universal Mind – the synthesis of all the seven and the intelligences of all the seven creative builders or kosmocratores. Hence the word, you understand – for life and electricity are one in our philosophy.

I told you, I think, Mr. Kingsland, that they say life is electricity, and the one life is simply the essence and the root of all the electric phenomena that you have in this world on this manifested plane.”


H. P. Blavatsky

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