stanza 3, slokas 2-4

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.

“The President:  You said something to us about the three first gases the other day, some little time ago, which may bear upon it. There is something in The Secret Doctrine about it.

Mr. B. Keightley:  We want to agree upon some word we can apply to these things that at present are called elements.

Mme. Blavatsky:  Shall we call it Anu? That means atom, but it is the name of Brahma.

Mr. B. Keightley:  What I want is to name these bodies which exist on this physical plane which possesses these characteristics.

The President:  If you call them chemical elements, that answers the purpose.

Mme. Blavatsky:  I think so; what name can we give? People will say we have a jumble.

The President:  If we say chemical elements, we know perfectly well we don’t mean fire, water, earth and air.

Mr. B. Keightley:  As long as it is said that the term chemical elements is not used with any idea that they are elemental bodies, but simply these stages of evolution, according to Crookes’ view; we can adopt that phrase.

Mme. Blavatsky:  They are the false noses of the molecule.

Mr. B. Keightley:  That is rather an idea, that.

The President:  You could not exactly call them the false noses of the elements.

Mme. Blavatsky:  Well it is not a mask, it is a false nose.

Mr. B. Keightley:  The whole position is that we don’t know what they are.

Mr. Hall:  They are considered apparent, anyway, by chemists.

The President:  I think the phrase best for them is, “chemical elements”.

Mr. B. Keightley:  Have you got any more about the radiant essence, or did you read it all?

Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes, I read it all. It is number 7 already we are at.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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