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:  What is the relation of the tail of the comet to the nucleus?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Oh, don’t ask me this. I am not a man of science, and I could not come and tell you this. I cannot go and invent. You wise men of the West ought to tell me what it is. And once you tell me the cause, I will proceed and give you a little more. I suppose you astronomers ought to know better.

 
Mr. A. Keightley:  I don’t see that.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  Then I am not ashamed to say I don’t know, either. I am glad they confess they don’t know. There are, however, a few things they say they don’t know.

 
Mr. Atkinson:  Is not the relation rather like that of a ship traveling through the water, leaving a luminous trail behind her?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  That is a very good suggestion. It leaves a luminous trail because this friction produces it. This is a very good suggestion.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Then the tail of the comet does not always correspond with its orbit?

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  This has brought back to my mind the suggestion I was speaking about before, that the luminous appearance caused by attraction in the other is owing to some peculiarity in the action of the Sun upon the waves, upon the vibrations so produced.

 

They are so affected by the Sun that they appear to us to be an extension of the line which joins the nucleus of the comet at any moment; but the detailed explanation of that I do not know.

 
Mr. Atkinson:  The head of the comet, the nucleus of the comet, acts simply like a lens; and where the tail is curved it is simply due to refraction through the nucleus.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  Refracted through the nucleus and forming a long tail; really refracted from fire particles of matter.

 
Mr. Atkinson:  Round the substance of the Sun.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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