10. Father-Mother spin a web whose upper end is fastened to spirit—the light of the one darkness—and the lower one to its shadowy end, matter; and this web is the universe spun out of the two substances made in one, which is Svâbhâvat.
11. It expands when the breath of fire is upon it; it contracts when the breath of the mother touches it. Then the sons dissociate and scatter, to return into their mother’s bosom at the end of the great day, and re-become one with her; when it is cooling it becomes radiant, and the sons expand and contract through their own selves and hearts; they embrace infinitude.
“The President: Isn’t it rather true to describe those elements as the different stages?
Mme. Blavatsky: Of course. Now that physical science has given the name of elements to everything it believes to be homogeneous and finds after a time it is esoteric, of course this is different; but otherwise I don’t see it.
The elements are those which are manifested here as the element of fire, the element of water, or the element of earth and so on. They are certainly elements because they are entirely distinct from each other, though there is not an element that has not got some other element in it. It is simply that one aspect predominates.
Mr. A. Keightley: That is the point I was meaning. Are there three main aspects, say, in fire?
Mme. Blavatsky: What three main aspects? You may make three. Ether is dual, certainly, because ether is the first differentiated celestial fire, as we call it.
Mr. A. Keightley: Is there a triple aspect in the element next below ether in differentiation?
Mme. Blavatsky: You must not mix ether with the others. Ether is an element which follows the four elements that we admit and accept, and aether is its abstract or general sense. One you will spell “ether” and the other “aether”.
The President: When you speak of the dual ether, you speak of the Aether of the Greek.
Mme. Blavatsky: Certainly. That is why they made all the other gods androgynous. They made the god or the goddess just as the Hindus had: it is the two aspects of the deity, and every one of them is certainly or does certainly belong to ether.
You may call them solar or lunar gods; they are the gods of the ether. They all return to that first element, to the god of Brahma, from which they emanated.
Mr. Kingsland: Do you call that dual because it is the middle point, so to speak, between spirit and matter that is mentioned in the Stanza?
Mme. Blavatsky: Yes, because otherwise it will be no more on the higher planes, it will become Akasa.
Mr. Kingsland: It is exactly the intermediate point.
Mme. Blavatsky: Yes. It plays the same relation between the cosmos and the moon, our little earth, as Manas plays between the Monad and the body, just in the same way as it is mentioned in The Secret Doctrine.”
H. P. Blavatsky