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:  We seem to have gone suddenly from the stage of the first manifested Logos, and landed ourselves on the other side of the plane of Astral Light and Tetragrammaton.

Mme. Blavatsky:  Now, what do you mean? Allow me. “Thus is repeated on earth the mystery enacted, according to the seers, on the divine plane.” (continues reading from the passage in The Secret Doctrine.)

That is to say, the second Logos becomes a Tetragrammaton, the triangle and the four. I think it is as plain as can be. “It is now in the ‘Lap of Maya’ or illusion and between itself and the Reality HAS the Astral Light”, etc.

Now, why did you come and pitch into me in my old age and dishonor me? I believe this thing is the most clear of all the blessed paragraphs that are here in the book. Is it, or not? I put it to the justice of those here. You see how I am ill-treated?

Mr. Forsyth:  It is a shame, madam. I think your interpretation, “lies” in place of “has”, has a somewhat different meaning to the general reader. It certainly to me has a slightly different meaning.

Mme. Blavatsky:  Maybe it is more English, but I would not put it.

Mr. Forsyth:  If you put it in classic English, “has” is strictly a matter of possession.

Mme. Blavatsky:  I suppose they understand it just as it is. What is it Mr. Kingsland just proceeded to scold me for?

Mr. Kingsland:  I do not think it has been perfectly made clear yet how the three becomes the four.

The President:  Yes, I think it has. I think the explanation of that is that the “four” really and truly means what we call the third dimension of space, and consequently is Maya – the Tetragrammaton, in one sense.

You mean a different sort of four, and if it can do that, obviously there is Maya and the highest triangle. It answers itself, that use of the pyramid to explain the four.

Mme. Blavatsky:  Just so.

Mr. Kingsland:  Is the Astral Light used there in the sense of Maya?

Mme. Blavatsky:  Most assuredly. When you come there to a certain passage where I speak of the seven principles and the moon and all that, I show there are only four planes, that the three which are above do not belong to our terrestrial chain or to the chain of any planet.

You do not know anything about it. You can’t speculate. I am not a high adept. I am a poor old woman ill-treated here. We speak only of the four planes that we can conceive.”


H. P. Blavatsky

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