4. He builds them in the likeness of older wheels, placing them on the Imperishable Centres.
How does Fohat build them? He collects the fiery dust. He makes balls of fire, runs through them, and round them, infusing life thereinto, then sets them into motion; some one way, some the other way. They are cold, he makes them hot. They are dry, he makes them moist. They shine, he fans and cools them. Thus acts Fohat from one twilight to the other, during Seven Eternities.”
“Mr. B. Keightley: Question 1 (b): How is the atmosphere of our Earth a crucible of its own?
Mme. Blavatsky: Between any two planets – say between the Earth and the Moon – there is a regular gradation of density and purity in the etheric atmosphere which lies between the two. It commences on a planet with the densely material air, which is the rupa, or body of ether, and is as opaque to the light of its higher principle as the body of man is to the light of the Divine Spirit.
From that material darkness the etheric atmosphere shades off gradually, till it reaches a point of – say, the perfect brightness or luminosity. This is the Laya point, or line on our plane, of the atmosphere between two planets. It is the condition of Laya which preserves the due equilibrium between the planets and prevents them being precipitated one upon the other.
Therefore, in occult science it is impossible for anything in the shape of a material body to pass from one planet to another. From the occult standpoint, the fallacy of the meteorite theory is great indeed. Now have you got any questions, if you understand that which I said?
Mr. Kingsland: It would almost appear from that first answer to that question that the chemical elements as we know them now have not been differentiated, so to speak, but they have gone through a lot of processes on other globes.
Mme. Blavatsky: Most assuredly. I believe these diagrams drawn by Crookes are very fine on this plane, but certainly they have no rapport at all, no relation to the first differentiation from primordial matter. This I have never regarded.
Mr. Kingsland: Our idea – or rather mine – has been that the chemical elements have been differentiated from the cosmic fire mists in situ, so to speak, on this globe.
Mme. Blavatsky: No, not on this globe: every one of them has passed. Matter is eternal, and all this whatever-it-is that goes and whirls about is once concerned with one globe, then with another body on this plane, on the other and so on, until it goes down to our plane, which is the lowest.
Mr. B. Keightley: So that all the matter that we know and perceive practically has passed through an endless series of combinations before it reaches our plane of perception state?
Mme. Blavatsky: Most assuredly, because you never see it; you could never perceive or sense it.
Mr. B. Keightley: Even for instance, when Thomas Vaughan (Welsh philosopher & mystical writer) said: “no man had ever seen Earth”, he was not speaking of earth in the sense of the primordial differentiation.
Mme. Blavatsky: He was speaking about here. “No man had seen Earth.” Don’t forget that – that it has to pass from the seventh or the highest to the lowest, which is our Earth, to the first.
Why, our Earth was created – this planetary chain – milliards after others. This is one of the things; and you see how many millions they give in the occult science. If you look at their calculations of the yugas in the Manvantara and so on, why it makes the brains whirl, so to say, and get giddy to read those things.”
H. P. Blavatsky