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.

 
“The President:  Are all numbers that we have or can get all to be reduced to their various relations to the first seven rays? They all do fit in, don’t they, in some way.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  All, yes, all; because the seven are seven principles, but the first one counts for ten. So it is with the Sephiroth; if you take the seven lower Sephiroth and the three higher, it makes ten, that is the perfect number.

 
The President:  So that all those combinations, all possible combinations, will belong to one or other of the rays.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Surely, the white ray, and then after that, its gradation come and form the first one.

 
You take the prism; in what order do you have the colors, do you remember? The colors are given. So it begins and you can see how it is.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Why is the radiant essence here spoken of as seven inside and seven outside?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Because it has seven principles on the plane of manifestation and seven principles on the plane of non-manifestation. Can I say to you anything better? What cross examiners you are.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Not cross!

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  No, cross-examiners.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  There you get back to the planes of non-being.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  I can assure you if you only took the trouble to read the things and immediately from a conception in your head, it would bring you to the correspondences and analogies , and you would understand it without putting any of these questions;

 
because, as I say, it is an axiom and a rule you must not depart from:  as below so it is above, as above so it is below. Only put it on another plane and it comes to the same thing.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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