stanza 3, slokas 10-11

Stanza III
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.

 
“Mr. B. Keightley:  Then what were you driving at about the triple aspect?

 
The President:  That was only, I think, because Arch was somewhat misunderstanding the way in which HPB was using the word ether.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  You look at the Orientalists – they translate invariably Akasa as ether, I say nothing can be more erroneous than that, because ether is something which science suspects of being particled or something equivocal. What do they call it? Some strange name – “hypothetical agent” and so on.

 
And of course it must be something particled, since it says if it were not matter it could not do the functions that it does in the eyes of science, and Akasa is a perfectly homogeneous thing, it is the rootless root of all, it is Mulaprakriti, it is the rootless root of Nature, that which is perfectly unknown to us.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  That is the Akasa in its highest aspect.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes, but not ether. Ether is the Astral Light of the Kabalists; it is devilish infernal sight, as they call it, it is Astral Light in its earliest aspects.

 
The President:  Arch is confusing again aether and ether.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  No, I am not. There we get a distinction between ether, the fifth element of those five.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It is not yet developed, and therefore you can hardly call it an element. It is to be developed with the Fifth Race.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Then that is the lowest aspect of Akasa.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes. It is the lowest aspect to us who are the lowest aspect of all kinds of beings and of the celestial aristocracy. Of course it appears very grand, because as the proverb says:  “a little eel by itself imagines itself a Himalaya.”  So we do not in our conceit, but it is a very low thing.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  But that ether you were speaking of is actually what science calls the hypothetical medium which transmits light.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Yes, and poor science does not know whether to believe it or not.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Still, there it is.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Well, what is question 2.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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