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.
5. The spark hangs from the flame by the finest thread of Fohat. It journeys through the Seven Worlds of Maya. It stops in the first, and is a metal and a stone; it passes into the second and behold – a plant; the plant whirls through seven changes and becomes a sacred animal. From the combined attributes of these, Manu, the thinker is formed. Who forms him? The seven lives, and the one life. Who completes him? The five-fold Lha. And who perfects the last body? Fish, sin, and soma…..
“Mr. Old: Question 4 (page 233). Since each round, globe, etc., is under the guidance of a “Creator”, “Builder”, or “Watcher”, can you tell us what part, if any, these Manus play in polity of nations on the terrestrial plane?
Mme. Blavatsky: None at all. The “Watchers” or “Builders” are commissioned by law to guide and animate, so to say, the elements of which our globe is composed; but they have no power to interfere with Karmic law, because they are not anthropomorphic gods. They are simply powers, cosmic powers, of which we have no ideas; not what you men of science and naturalists would call cosmic powers, but what we Occultists would call cosmic powers.
Mr. Old: Question 5. During the reign of one Manu or Race, have the other six any direct influence on human affairs?
Mme. Blavatsky: Well, I would say to you with the French. When the king dies they say: “The king is dead; long live the king!” How can six Manus have anything to do with the Manus now? When an age or race has passed away, nothing that has caused the Nidanas, or the concatenation of causes of the previous, act on the new one. It is only the Karmic effect that develops. When Victoria dies, and you have your next royal – ninny, shall I say – shall the four Georges (the monarchs of Great Britain who preceded Queen Victoria) have any direct influence on the forces of England?
Mr. Old: Question 6, page 238, Sloka 5: “Sacred Animals”. Elsewhere you explain the term “Sacred Animals” as referring symbolically to the signs of the zodiac. How is this meaning of the term connected with the explanation given here of it as “the first shadow of physical man”?
Mme. Blavatsky: How many times shall I have to repeat that each symbol has a septenary significance? Did I tell you one, or twenty, or a hundred times, that everything has seven meanings?
In astronomy, the “Sacred Animals” mean the zodiacal signs; in geology, they mean the globes, which are also the planets (Which may be taken astronomically), or geologically, as worlds; in zoology, they are sacrificial animals; in anthropology it is physical man. It has in every department, some meaning, just as you apply it.”
H. P. Blavatsky