stanza 3, slokas 1-3

STANZA III.
1. . . . The last vibration of the seventh eternity thrills through infinitude. The mother swells, expanding from within without, like the bud of the lotus.
2. The vibration sweeps along, touching with its swift wing the whole universe and the germ that dwelleth in darkness: the darkness that breathes over the slumbering waters of life. . .
3. Darkness radiates light, and light drops one solitary ray into the mother-deep. The ray shoots through the virgin egg the ray causes the eternal egg to thrill, and drop the non- eternal germ, which condenses into the world-egg.

 

“Mr. Scott-Elliot:  What bearing has Manu on the hosts of the Dhyani-Buddhas?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  He has no bearing at all. The hosts of the Dhyani-Buddhas evolve a lower set of Dhyani-Buddhas, these Dhyani-Buddhas a third, and so on.

 
There are seven of them, though in Tibet they take only five Buddhas – after that they begin to be Cosmocratores, the builders (call them whatever names you like, they have all got special names in the Sanskrit) – then the builders of the Astral Light; and it is an endless hierarchy of one kind of Dhyanis evoluting another kind of Dhyans.

 
Every one becomes more consolidated, more material, until it comes to the builders of this universe, some of which are Manus, the Pitris and the Lunar ancestors. It has a task, to give birth to men; and they give birth by projecting their astral shadows, and the first humanity (if humanity it can be called) are those Chayas of those Lunar ancestors over which physical nature begins building the physical body, which first begins to be formless; then the Second Race begins to be more and more {formed}.

 
Then they are sexless; then they become bisexual; and then hermaphrodites, and they separate and go all kinds of ways for the propagation of mankind. This is all given in The Secret Doctrine.

 
Mr. Scott-Elliot:  Then, talking of Manvantara, the Manvantara is the period which is embraced by the seven rounds of seven planets.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  The Manvantara of our planetary chain.

 
Mr. Scott-Elliot:  But I see you talk in The Secret Doctrine of a minor Manvantara.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  There is a minor Manvantara, and there is a major Manvantara, and there are various kinds of Manvantaras.

 
Mr. Scott-Elliot:  Or rather, I thought Manvantara meant the circle, a single round of the seven worlds, and that Kalpa represented the total seven rounds of the seven worlds.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Minor Manvantara means between two Manus, but as I show also there, there are fourteen Manus in reality. There are seven Root Manus at the beginning of the round and Seed Manu, as it is called, at the end of the round. Therefore they make fourteen.

 
There are two Manus for each round, but these Manus are simply figures of speech – they are symbols {of] the beginning of humanity and the end, and the Manus are simply synonymous with the Pitris, the fathers, the progenitors of mankind, the Lunar ancestors. These are Manus.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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