Stanza VI, Slokas 5-6
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.
6. The older wheels rotated downwards and upwards….The mother’s spawn filled the whole. There were battles fought between the Creators and the Destroyers, and battles fought for space; the seed appearing and re-appearing continuously.
“Mr. B. Keightley: Question 5, page 200: In the diagram, Hod and Netzah are figured as lying on two planes at once, which is not the case for the corresponding “globes” in the eastern system. Is this intentional?
Mme. Blavatsky: It is done not intentionally, but because it was a thing of necessity. We live in a three-dimensional space, and a certain limited set of geometrical figures are given to us.
The Hod and Netzah are not on two planes at once; but as a sphere cannot be well put astride on a straight line otherwise than by seeming on two planes, how could I do it? The diagram could not be done otherwise, if the orthodox Kabalistic arrangement had to be retained at all. I tried to retain it, and I could not do it otherwise.
Mind you, I take the seven lower Sephiroth, I do not take the whole ten. I leave others, as I don’t mention them here. They put the whole ten on four planes: the archetypal world, the intellectual, and so on; I could not do it because we have a thing of seven, therefore I had to come and cram these in.
Moreover, remembering that the Sephiroth letter is on four planes, and composed of ten Sephiroth and in the Kabalah, how could one arrange the thing otherwise, when only the seven lower Sephiroth were used? The Chaldean Kabalah, moreover, the Book of Numbers, agrees perfectly with the eastern arrangement, and disagrees with the present orthodox Kabalah in its diagrams. This is no fault of The Secret Doctrine.
Now, look here: I had a rabbi who had the real Book of Numbers – and there is another; I have only seen two in my life, and I don’t there exist more. He had fragments of the Chaldean Kabalah. With that, when I came to take notes ( I had large books), when I came to compare with the Rosenroth translation, I saw they had changed it in the most wonderful way.
How can you have the Kabalah of [ ], when the Kabalah was entirely lost in the thirteenth century? Moses de Leon, who is accused of forgery – which is perfect nonsense – took all he could find. What did he do? He had , as so many links were missing, and so many things were lost, to go to the eastern Christians, and to the Chaldean Gnostics to ask them to help, since they had their own Kabalah. And the result is, you find more of Christian eternity – the Virgin Mary, Joseph, etc. – then the wisdom of the old [ ]. That is the result.
Now, in the Chaldean Kabalah, in the Book of Numbers, you have the wisdom of the Hebrew initiates, but you have not got it in this; they have been so interfering with it, that Mr. Isaac Myer may say what he likes, and Mr. Mathers also; I say there is more flapdoodle than truth. There is a thing just as Isaac Myer says: did you her about him, Mr. Cobb, of Mr. Isaac Myer, who wrote the Qabbalah (1888)?
Mr. Cobb. I did not.
Mme. Blavatsky: He writes perfectly truly that the Kabalah written there is one of the eleventh century, which is written by Ben Judah. They thought the man an Arabic philosopher. Very well, he has these things perfectly. Many of his fragments are perfectly Kabalistic, and just the same as the Chaldean Kabalah; whereas you don’t find it, if you compare it with the other. I say it is more than that.”
H. P. Blavatsky