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. B. Keightley:  Isn’t that rather excluded, because the vertical is four, while the horizontal is three?

Mme. Blavatsky:  My dear sir, that which is above is itself below, but the below is seen as in a looking glass reversed.

I told you it is four and divine; on the divine plane it becomes four, and material on the plane of matter, for matter is four also. That which is three and divine here is, for instance, the three higher principles in man becoming the nothing yet.

It is nothing yet, it is simply the first thing which will become something. You must always take this, that it will be reversed and will be like the reflection in the looking glass, for your right arm will appear to you your left.

Mr. B. Keightley:  Therefore you get your three and your four interchanged.

Mme. Blavatsky:  Just so.

Mr. B. Keightley:  Question 9. “What is meant by Astral Light in the middle paragraph of page 60?”

Mme. Blavatsky:  It means an infernal misprint of the printer, who just put “has’ instead of “lies”, and also carelessness of the bright but not quick-eyed editors. They just ask in the most innocent way what it means. It means an infernal mistake of the printer and an oversight on your part for which I ought to have skinned you if I had seen it.

Mr. B. Keightley:  You saw the proofs too; you are in the same boat.

Mme. Blavatsky:  Read it; see if it has any sense.

Mr. A. Keightley:  (reads the passage: Secret Doctrine, vol. 1, p. {60}.)

Mr. B. Keightley:  That ‘has’ means ‘lies’, that is what it is.

Mr. A. Keightley:  But “has” has distinctly a meaning.

Mme. Blavatsky:  It has not, because Astral Light expands. What is “has” then, if you please?

The President:  You can say a thing has something between it and another thing.

Mr. Forsyth:  What do you wish to say then, madam?

Mme. Blavatsky:  I would say it expands. It is a misprint, I can assure you. Look at my manuscript.”


H. P. Blavatsky

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