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. Old: Five simple letters conveys a great deal to you, but to us it is far from expressive under the name of Fohat.
Mme. Blavatsky: I explained it to Mr. Sinnett seven years ago. Rome was not built in one day. You have got to learn. There are thousands and thousands of things here, but if I were to come and speak in relation to these two forms there would be ten volumes and nobody would buy it, and they would put me into a lunatic asylum.
Mr. B. Keightley: You say here – speaking of the death and rebirth of planetary chains – you describe at the end of the Seventh Round on a planetary chain how the planets die, one after the other, and their principles and energies are thrown out from the dying planet and thrown upon a Laya centre, and then proceed to evolve round that Laya centre a new planetary chain.
And you give, as an instance, that the Earth proceeds, so to speak, from the Moon in that way – that the Earth is the child of the Moon.
The Question asked is this: Question 8, page 155. Under what law may we account for the production by the Moon of a child (the Earth) much greater in point of size than its parent?
Mme. Blavatsky: I have seen the sons that were six-footers from very small parents. This is nothing. But it is not the question. What do you want to know?
Mr. B. Keightley: Is it that in the transfer of the astral principles from the material body of the Moon to that Laya centre which becomes the Earth there is produced a falling in upon itself of the gross matter of the lunar body?
And if so, may we say that the life-current, passing from the Laya centre of the parent to that of the offspring, contains the potentiality which is afterwards manifested in the development of the child-orb?
Mme. Blavatsky: The materials of the Earth were there in undifferentiated condition, for substance is eternal. There was never a moment when they were not a substance, the materials of which the Earth is now created, the whole chain; there was never a time when it was not. They were only awakened by the Moon’s principles when one after the other they were transferred from the Moon to the nascent Earth when its turn came in the awakening of the chain.
The phrase would run better in The Secret Doctrine, where it said, all this, “the Moon’s principles are sent out onto”, instead of “into” the Laya centre, because a Laya centre is just as I told you, not differentiated, though everything around it can be differentiated.
The Laya centre is the Atma, in this case, of the body that forms. The Moon shrinks after the loss of her principles as the dead body of a man shrinks after its vital and other principles have quitted it, and as it is so, the occultists say that, of course, the life current of the parent carries with it a potentiality of all that will be developed in the new planet.
In the Moon there are no more principles, there is a kind of – how shall I say it? It is ridiculous to say vegetable – the life planet. There is a kind of shadowy life. That is to say, you just think about a body in a trance condition: some of those bodies that are for 20, 30, or 40 days and live.
There is the kind of life going on, but everything is dead to all appearances. Only there is something in the body that keeps up the vitality, and if certain substances are brought in contact with that body, that body will absorb it not withstanding, by osmosis.
You can perfume a body which is in such a condition as that. If you go and burn incense then the body for many hours afterwards will smell, which shows it absorbs. Now a thing which is perfectly dead will not, it will absorb nothing. Therefore, the Moon in the same way is said to vampirize.
Now look at the terrible illnesses that are produced through the Moon. Look at the effects produced when you are in the Red Sea. Not a single sailor is allowed, when it is a full moon, to sleep on deck without covered head, because he is sure to have his face paralyzed and burnt. I have seen two cases like that. I have seen a man become perfectly insane, and he kept so for five or six months; simply moonstruck during the passage in the Red Sea.
Mr. Gardner: Is there no remedy to obviate that? Is there nothing in nature?
Mme. Blavatsky: Certainly Nature herself will perhaps restore her equilibrium. The doctor’s don’t know anything. The yogi’s have a plant, the moonplant. They will use it and of course restore the man. I have seen the Lascars (Indian workers on British ships), but then you must go to a yogi who knows it, a European doctor will not know anything at all.”
H. P. Blavatsky