Stanza VI, Sloka 5
5. At the fourth, the sons are told to create their images. One third refuses – to obey.
The curse is pronounced; they will be born on the fourth suffer and cause suffering; this is the first war.
“Mr. Old: You speak of it in The Secret Doctrine as the root number of nature.
Mme. Blavatsky: In this Manvantara.
Mr. Old: You say in another Manvantara we may have five.
Mme. Blavatsky: Most assuredly we may, because Nature changes entirely in her manifestations and forms. Now go and see, if you please, and ask medicine, ask botany – you find in every department the septenary everywhere. Even the diseases can be septenary, 7, 14, 21, and so on.
Here is a doctor; he will tell you everything is in seven. Take the flakes of snow, you will find in it the septenary number. You find six little spots, and a seventh in the middle. You take a drop of water, it splashes, and becomes a pentagon, and a six-pointed star. See what Tyndall writes about it. Once we had a discussion about it. There is not a thing where you can escape it. All this goes by the weeks of the Moon, weeks by septenates and everything.
Mr. Old: Of course that is quite true, but our scope of observation is so limited, that it is tied down to this plane.
Mme. Blavatsky: Then extend it. Try to see it with your third eye, and don’t look only with your two eyes. And try also to think with your spiritual brain.
Mr. Old: I want to identify myself with somebody or some Monad outside our solar system altogether.
Mme. Blavatsky: You cannot fail to identify yourself because it will identify you if you don’t. Every one of us, we were before and will be afterwards – not in our personalities, but in our higher selves. We may defy those selves as much as we like, yet they remain immortal. We cannot get rid of them, but they can get rid of us. Every and each consciousness of ours will feel it, and will see that it is entirely linked to it. It cannot be separated.
Mr. Old: Then the number of changes in mere units for the basic number would be seven. 2 you do not count, 1 is Absolute, 2 is nothing, and you have 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 as possibilities, that is to say, you have 7 possibilities.
Mme. Blavatsky: But the 7 are the principle forces in Nature. The 7 are all the 7 planets, the 7 planes of consciousness. It is the great mystery number.
Take the Kabalah; you know yourself how the name is written, even the name of Tetragrammaton. If you put it in the Jewish letters, you make of it 3 and 4. Out of these, the 4 represents the 7 lower Sephiroth, and the 3, the 3 higher Sephiroth.
If you add Shekhinah and Ain-Soph, you will have 9, not the 12, because the 3 are apart. Even the year is divided, because it divides itself naturally. Everything is divided into that.
Mr. Old: Then the term Nature – does that apply to everything in the solar system, or right away to infinity?
Mme. Blavatsky: It occurs in our solar system. At all events, I can’t say to anything outside of it, and you won’t find adepts who will tell you much outside of the solar system.”
H. P. Blavatsky