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. A. Keightley:  Then, question 11. In the passage of a globe into Pralaya, does it remain “in situ”, i.e. still being part of a planetary chain, and maintaining its proper position in relation to the other globes? Does the dissociation by means of heat play any part in the passage of a globe into Pralaya.

Mme. Blavatsky:  I think this is in Esoteric Buddhism, and it is explained there in the obscuration of the planets. Of course, when one of the globes of a planetary chain goes into obscuration, heat retires from it – it remains statu quo. It is like the sleeping beauty:  it remains so, until it is awakened by a kiss. It is like a frozen paralyzed thing, it remains as it is. There is no disruption, but there is no correlation going on, no renovation of atoms, no life.

Mr. Kingsland:  And does it pass through the stage in which the mind is now?

Mme. Blavatsky:  No, no; it will return again when its time comes, because, mind you, there is the planetary chain in every globe. One after the other passes into obscuration.

Mr. A. Keightley:  Is that period of obscuration really and genuinely what is ordinarily meant by Pralaya?

Mme. Blavatsky:  It is the Pralaya of the globe, but the globe above us will go on into activity.

Mr. A. Keightley:  Is it a Pralaya of the globe, or is it a Pralaya only of the things upon the globe?

Mme. Blavatsky:  No, it is a Pralaya of the globe, when it goes into obscuration – Pralaya of everything, of every atom.

Mr. A. Keightley:  Take, for instance, the earth at the present moment, supposing this member of this particular chain went into obscuration. At the present moment it probably is visible to Mars. We will say, will the earth still continue to be visible?

Mme. Blavatsky:  Certainly, it would continue to be visible. It would be just like the moon. You think the moon is a dead planet, because it has no more trees than that.

It is a soulless planet, dead spiritually, but not dead – well, if you please, do not speak to me about it. It is a thing that Sinnett received on his fingers for asking too many questions. I know you are all dangerous fellows.

Mr. Kingsland:  When our earth goes into Pralaya, it will become like the moon.

Mme. Blavatsky:  I think it has become like the moon already. We are all lunatics, everyone of us here; mankind has become a perfect lunatic.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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