stanza 3, slokas 2-4

STANZA III.
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.
4. Then the three fall into the four. The radiant essence becomes seven inside, seven outside. The luminous egg, which in itself is three, curdles and spreads in milk-white curds throughout the depths of mother, the root that grows in the depths of the ocean of life.

 
“Mr. B. Keightley:  First are some additional questions on some points that we just touched upon last time. Stanza 3, Sloka 2: “The vibration sweeps along”, etc. (Reads from {The} Secret Doctrine).

 
The first question is:  How are we to understand the expression that the vibration touches the whole universe and also the germ? For does not the germ mean the germ of the universe not yet called into existence?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Now, will you put me this very long speech in very short sentences, for I don’t understand what you mean here. Maybe I have misunderstood you far more than you have misunderstood me.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  Not having put the question, I cannot say.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Whoever has put the question, let him rise and explain.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  I think the question has reference to the explanation with reference to the germ, that the universe has not yet come into existence, because the germ being only the germ in the primordial triangle –

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Then what do you mean when you say the unmanifested universe? Is not the universe eternal?

 
Mr. Kingsland:  We do not use the term here – unmanifested universe.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Do you say manifested? No.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  We do not use either.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  If you do not use either, it means unmanifested universe, for here both are purely abstract terms. The universe does not mean the Kosmos or world of forms, but the formless space, the future vehicle of the universe which will be manifested. Otherwise how could we speak, as we do, of the unmanifested universe?

 
The same for the germ. The germ is eternal and must be so if matter – or rather the undifferentiated atoms of future matter – are said to be indestructible and eternal. That germ therefore is one with space, as infinite as it is indestructible, and as eternal as abstract space itself.

 
Now do you understand? The same again for the word vibration. Who can imagine that the term is meant here for a real audible sound? Why, it is figurative.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Yes, but it is not figurative in the same sense that the emanation from the first triangle is figurative?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Not at all. It is figurative; but speaking of the universe, how can I say anything else? Shall I say, “the space in which will be the universe?”

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Does not the vibration correspond to the point, the unmanifested Logos?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It does. But it is from darkness, which means here the “beyond”, beyond the first Logos, even. That is what it means.

 
The President:  Is it the ray from the eternal Logos that is the vibration?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  No, no, no. Read the thing again and it will make them understand.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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