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:  I don’t know if I am right, but the difference as I understand it between atom and molecule, strictly speaking, is this: that a molecule must be composed of several atoms. The idea it conveys to one is that.

 
The President:  It need not, there are also non-atomic molecules.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  That is only a chemical term.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  And an atom is only one.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  May I tell you a thing and try to impress it upon you? You take a molecule, and fancy to yourselves that this molecule is an independent being per se.

 
The seventh principle of every molecule will be the atom of which you speak. But you cannot catch it in your scales or your retorts or your chemical combinations.

 
Now do you understand what we mean by atom? The atom is the seventh principle of every molecule, the finest, the smallest that you can find in this world.

 
Why, what is one of the names of Brahma? It is “atom”. He is called atom, and at the same time he is an atom, he is the whole.

 
Mr. Gardner:  Is it Atma?

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Now you are saying it in a purely metaphysical sense. It is very important it should be distinguished from the way in which chemists use it.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  But you are all taking your ideas and the correctness of your language from how the chemists use it. I am the biggest ignoramus in the world in regard to chemistry. Why should I go and stuff my head with the speculations of today, when tomorrow I may have to throw them off, and take up some other speculations?

 
You have {not} come to that point that there is one single thing you can feel perfectly sure of, that it is there, and that the truth will remain. It is an axiom that the truth, or the axiom of today, is the error of tomorrow.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  I think it would be a good thing if you can give us – not from our standpoint, but from the occult standpoint – the definition of atom and molecule – simply that we may understand.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Look here, to do such a thing as that you have to make a glossary and dictionary of occult terms. For instance, such a glossary as we have now, trying to give some correct conception of words which the Orientalists use without knowing what they mean; and therefore enlarge the ideas, giving them more definitions, more meanings, and trying to do something for the better and clearer comprehension of the people.

 
But if we begin now to use the terms from the occult standpoint, none of you would understand a word, because you have not got a conception of the thing itself. You have to study first the science and just penetrate yourself with all these things that do really exist on the occult side of Nature, before you can understand those terms. What is the use?

 
Now give one question please, and let me try to see if I can answer you, so that I may see whether you understand it or not. What is it that you want?

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  We want to know about this atom.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  I am quite ready.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  If the atom is such an abstract metaphysical conception of a single metaphysical point, how is it that we can speak of molecules as being composed of atoms?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  I never said that. A molecule, one of these that you speak of, is composed of an enormous quantity of other molecules that you cannot see, and each one is composed of as great a number again and the atom is – that which you call atom, I don’t know in what sense, is some fiction of your imagination, but what we call an atom is simply the seventh principle of the molecule, as of everything else – of the smallest molecule you can find.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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