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: Statement to question 12. In Sloka 11 the sons are spoken of as dissociating and scattering, and this appears to be opposed to the action of returning to their mother’s bosom at the end of the “Great Day.”
Does the dissociating and scattering refer to the formation of the globes from the universally diffused world stuff? In other words, emerging from a state of Pralaya? What is meant by the expanding and contracting through their own selves and hearts, and how is this connected with the last line of the Sloka: “they embrace infinitude”?
Mme. Blavatsky: That has been answered. The dissociating and scattering refers to Nitya Pralaya in general. I explained to you what Nitya Pralaya is, so you may explain it in your turn. You brought it to me the other day. I explained to you what it was.
It is an eternal and perpetual Pralaya which took place ever since the worlds were created, ever since there was something on the globes. It is going on always, and ever will be going on.
The President: It is death, simply – death in the sense of change.
Mme. Blavatsky: We are all of us in Nitya Pralaya. None of us has got the atoms that he or she had on entering the room an hour ago, and in an hour more, we will all be entirely changed.
Mr. A. Keightley: It is atomic change and nothing else.
Mme. Blavatsky: Yes. Nothing else. All the change is Nitya Pralaya.
Mr. A. Keightley: Question 13. What is meant by the expanding and contracting “through their own selves and hearts”, and how is this connected with the last line of the Sloka: “they embrace infinitude”?
Mme. Blavatsky: It is just an Eastern metaphor in figurative language, meaning that which was already said – through their own inherent force imprisoned and each striving collectively to join in the universal forces, “embraces infinitude”. This is, I think, very clear.”
H. P. Blavatsky