stanza 6, slokas 5-6

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:  “‘The abodes of Fohat are many’, it is said”, etc. (Reads from The Secret Doctrine. {I:204}) Question 14.  “The ancients made the polar circles seven instead of two.” Are we to assign four of these to the North Pole, and three to the South; or are the seven lokas counted from the equator, north and south?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  If I were you I would, every one of you, go and ask to become a critic in The Saturday Review, because you are so crotchety. I now say this is not my fault, but as the proverb says:  “Seven cooks spoil the broth”,  so I had seven editors. I wrote and wrote and they took it and corrected; and so, if you please, there would be no mistakes.

 
And the result is that they have allowed to pass such flapdoodles and corrected some that were well written, only “to better the English”, and they have made a flapdoodle of it. And this is one of the flapdoodles, because it is not in this way that it ought to read.

 
The sentence should be:  “The ancients counted seven circles and at each pole” instead of one at each – instead of two; or to have said: “at every pole there is one”; but the Brahmins have counted seven at each.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  Counting from the equator?

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  The seven circles which are the seven steps of Meru are the seven below – are the seven hells, as they call them.

 
Mr. Mead:  The seven silver ones down, and the seven golden ones up.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  They divide the twenty-eight degrees from the Pole to the Arctic Circle into seven sets, each four degrees apart, which is not the whole space from the equator to the pole. From 0 to 28 degrees latitude, that space is divided into seven circles, each four degrees apart.

 
Mr. Kingsland:  I understood HPB to say from the equator.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  The seven in the north and the seven in the south; not at the equator, at the poles.

 
Mr. B. Keightley:  I will tell you where the expression is derived from. She is really referring to speculations by a man named Mackey. Where you speak about Mackey is another place in The Secret Doctrine.

 
Mme. Blavatsky:  It is written in such a way that it leads to entirely another thing. Modern science gives one ring, or pole, and the Brahmins gave seven to the top and seven to the South Pole.

 
The southern pole represented the seven Arakas in Patala; but their idea of hell was not our idea. There it was a place of rejoicing. When [   ] went to hell he said he never had a more pleasant time, just like one going now to the Paris Exhibition; and he learned his wisdom, his astronomy there from Sesha, the serpent of eternity on which Vishnu sleeps; and that serpent gave him hospitality and taught him astronomy magnificently. That is where you ought to go and learn.”

 
H. P. Blavatsky

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