stanza 4, sloka 5

Stanza IV
5. “Darkness” The Boundless, or the No-Number, Adi-Nidana Svabhavat: –
I. The Adi-Sanat, the number, for He is One.
II. The voice of the Lord Svabhavat, the numbers, for he is one and nine.
III. The “Formless Square.”
And these three enclosed with the O are the Sacred Four; and the ten are the Arupa Universe. Then come the “sons”, the seven fighters, the one, the eighth left out, and His breath which is the light-maker.

 
“Mr. A. Keightley:  Can you also add to this by explaining what you state in SD as to the behavior of comets to the Sun?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Well, the behavior of comets to the Sun is caused by the difference in density of the head and the tail. If science did not insist so dogmatically on its pretended laws of gravity, it would accept our explanation, which satisfies every condition. That is to say that we do not believe in the law of gravity as it is, but in attraction and repulsion, and if it is once accepted, then we should find it leaves no gaps and it explains many things that are not to be explained now on the hypothesis of science.

 
Postulate instead of gravity the twin forces of attraction and repulsion, and many phenomena will be explained. In this case the Sun exerts a very much more powerful influence of attraction upon the head of the comet, which is approximately solid, than it does upon the tail of the comet, which though enormous in size is a phenomenon of vision, not of our perception.

 
Consequently, it is perfectly that that which is most attracted will always be nearest to the Sun. You know what we spoke about, that the comets act most impudently towards the Sun, and that instead of following the law of gravity they turn tail and go off making faces at the Sun.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  And actually flap their tails in the face of the Sun.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  They almost stare him out of countenance.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Just in the same fashion, a man endeavoring with bladders upon his feet to walk upon the water will be drowned – his legs, which are necessarily the heaviest, will be buoyed up by the bladders.

 
In addition to this is the fact that the tail of the comet is so attenuous, corresponding to the soul or spirit of gas, that it approaches in condition to the radiant robes of the Sun. Hence there is also a repulsive force exerted upon the tail of the comet by reason of the somewhat smaller polarities. Now you understand what I mean by this.

 
You see, I don’t know what the men of science say about the matter of the comet’s tails. I know it is not matter, and it cannot be called matter. It is not matter that falls under the perceptive faculties, so to say, of the men of science here; they could not, if they had a bit of it, do anything with it. It is perfectly impossible. It is the spirit or the soul of gases, if that expression can be allowed.

 
Certainly it is dreadfully unscientific, and all those who have been brought up in scientific reverence, of course, will be much shocked. Many will be; but I don’t teach it out of my head. I teach simply that which the occult sciences teach. It remains now to be proved who is right, ancient wisdom or modern wisdom. It is a duel between them.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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