The most graphic allegory ever made: the Universe evolving from….
Commentary from The Secret Doctrine by H.P. Blavatsky
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“AN Archaic Manuscript . . . is before the writer's eye.
On the first page is an immaculate white disk within a dull black ground.
On the following page, the same disk, but with a central point.
The first . . . represent[s] Kosmos in Eternity, before the re-awakening of still slumbering Energy, the emanation of the Word in later systems.
The point in the hitherto immaculate Disk, Space and Eternity in Pralaya, denotes the dawn of differentiation. It is the Point in the Mundane Egg…the germ within the latter which will become the Universe, the ALL, the boundless, periodical Kosmos, this germ being latent and active, periodically and by turns.
The one circle is divine Unity, from which all proceeds, whither all returns. Its circumference -- a forcibly limited symbol, in view of the limitation of the human mind -- indicates the abstract, ever incognisable PRESENCE, and its plane, the Universal Soul, although the two are one. . . .
It is on this plane that the Manvantaric manifestations begin; for it is in this SOUL that slumbers, during the Pralaya, the Divine Thought, wherein lies concealed the plan of every future Cosmogony and Theogony.
It is the ONE LIFE, eternal, invisible, yet Omnipresent, without beginning or end, yet periodical in its regular manifestations, between which periods reigns the dark mystery of non-Being; unconscious, yet absolute Consciousness; unrealisable, yet the one self-existing reality; truly, ‘a chaos to the sense, a Kosmos to the reason.’
Its one absolute attribute, which is ITSELF, eternal, ceaseless Motion, is called in esoteric parlance the ‘Great Breath,’ which is the perpetual motion of the universe, in the sense of limitless, ever-present SPACE. That which is motionless cannot be Divine. But then there is nothing in fact and reality absolutely motionless within the universal soul….” SD, I, 1-2.
“The first illustration being a plain disc the second one in the Archaic symbol shows , a disc with a point in it -- the first differentiation in the periodical manifestations of the ever-eternal nature, sexless and infinite ‘Aditi in THAT’ (Rig Veda), the point in the disc, or potential Space within abstract Space.
In its third stage the point is transformed into a diameter, thus It now symbolises a divine immaculate Mother-Nature within the all-embracing absolute Infinitude.
When the diameter line is crossed by a vertical one , it becomes the mundane cross….” SD, I, pp. 4-5
“….The lotus flower, represented as growing out of Vishnu's navel -- that God resting on the waters of space and his Serpent of Infinity -- is the most graphic allegory ever made: the Universe evolving from the central Sun, the POINT, the ever-concealed germ. Lakshmi, who is the female aspect of Vishnu, and who is also called Padma, the lotus, is likewise shown floating at ‘Creation,’ on a lotus flower….” SD, I, 380
“…the Hindu serpent Sesha or Ananta, ‘the Infinite,’ [is] a name of Vishnu, whose first Vahan or vehicle on the primordial waters is this serpent….
Sesha or Ananta, ‘the couch of Vishnu,’ is an allegorical abstraction, symbolizing infinite Time in Space, which contains the germ and throws off periodically the efflorescence of this germ, the manifested Universe….” SD, I, 73
“…what is Ananta? As Sesha, it is the almost endless Manvantaric cycle of time, and becomes infinite Time itself, when called Ananta, the great seven-headed Serpent, on which rests Vishnu, the eternal Deity, during Pralayic inactivity.” SD, II, 98
“…the lotus, containing Brahma, the Universe, is shown growing out of Vishnu's navel, the Central point in the Waters of Infinite Space….” SD, II, 472
“…Vishnu….is …represented with a lotus growing out of his navel -- or the Universe of Brahma evolving out of the central point….” SD, II, 31
“Chaos-Theos-Kosmos are but the three aspects of their synthesis – SPACE….
CHAOS-THEOS-KOSMOS = SPACE, are identified in all Eternity, as the One Unknown Space….
…Brahma is the Theos, evolving out of Chaos, or the great ‘Deep,’ the waters, over which Spirit = SPACE, personified by ayana -- the Spirit moving over the face of the future boundless Kosmos -- is silently hovering, in the first hour of re-awakening. It is also Vishnu, sleeping on Ananta-Sesha, the great Serpent of Eternity. . . .
It is the first triangle or the Pythagorean triad, the ‘God of the three Aspects,’ before it is transformed through its perfect quadrature of the infinite Circle into the ‘four-faced Brahma.’ ” SD, I, 344
“…In Indian Puranas it is Vishnu, the first, and Brahma, the second logos, or the ideal and practical creators, who are respectively represented, one as manifesting the lotus, the other as issuing from it.” SD, I, 381
“…Ananta, the Serpent of Eternity . . . carries Vishnu through the Manvantara….” SD, I, 407