1. Behold the beginnings of sentient formless life. First the Divine, the one from the Mother-Spirit; then the Spiritual; the three from the one, the four from the one, and the five from which the three, the five, and the seven. These are the three-fold, the four-fold downward; the “mind-born” sons of the first Lord; the shining seven. It is they who are thou, me, him, oh Lanoo. They, who watch over thee, and thy mother earth.
2. The one ray multiplies the smaller rays. Life precedes form, and life survives the last atom of form. Through the countless rays proceeds the life-ray, the one, like a thread through many jewels.
3. When the one becomes two, the threefold appears, and the three are one; and it is our thread, oh Lanoo, the heart of the man-plant called Saptaparna.
“Mr. Kingsland: I understood you just now, the intellectuality does not depend upon Manas at all, but upon physical qualifications.
Mme. Blavatsky: Intellectuality and music are quite different things. I have known idiots who played beautifully. I said the parents did not give to the child anything but the form, and certainly there is the lower Manas and the higher Manas.
If they made the form fit enough to receive this higher light, or to have untrammeled this light from the Manas, he will be intellectual. If the Kama-rupa, or the lower Manas, predominates too much, then he won’t receive, because he will be dull. There will be no light coming from Manas. Manas, itself, depends upon Buddhi.
Mr. Kingsland: Then, as a matter of fact, there is a large portion of everyone’s Manas, that does not incarnate at all, that always remains undeveloped, unrepresented, in the present personality of the person.
Mme. Blavatsky: Remember that we are in the Fifth Race and only at the end of the Fifth Race will Manas be entirely developed, and we are yet on the Fourth Round only. I could not tell you all that I would like to. There are three more rounds.
Mr. Kingsland: Take the case of the person who has got this inherent quality. Suppose he doesn’t find the physical conditions?
Mme. Blavatsky: Then he won’t be a musician. There is Karma that will always find that.
Mr. Kingsland: Surely the whole of your Karma does not find all the development. Where is it during the present incarnation?
Mme. Blavatsky: I can’t understand what you mean.
Mr. Old: I can understand your question, because it was one that arose in my mind.
Mr. Kingsland: Instead of saying music or intellectuality, let us say the character. Isn’t it the Manas or distinctive quality that gives character to the person?
Mme. Blavatsky: To give character to the person, do you mean that the Manas would have to change and become a different Manas every time? Where would be, if you please, the incarnating ego, the Sutratman?
Mr. Old: Then you think character is only an expression of mind?
Mme. Blavatsky: I only know one thing. Let us say this pair of spectacles is the Manas. It is always forever eternally the same. Now, I put the spectacles in mud; something will remain on it of this mud. Then I will put them in jam, there will be some jam left. Then I will put in something else.
Every incarnation gives to the Manas some personality, and at the end of the Manvantaric round, that is to say, at the end of the cycles of incarnation, there will be the Manas with all the experiences it has acquired. For personality dies.
It is only the secret of spirituality, of the spiritual qualities, of the eternal qualities, that will survive. You read Esoteric Buddhism, and Esoteric Buddhism is well-enough written. You read it, Dr. Berridge, I can’t explain it any better.
Mr. _____: Putting it into very bold English, supposing you always dropped them into jam?
Mme. Blavatsky: They will be very sweet then.”
H. P. Blavatsky