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Re: Numberless Universes

Dec 06, 1996 12:11 PM
by Jerry Hejka-Ekins

>>When HPB was referring to the physical "universe," she was
>>using the word in the same sense as was used by Kant.  That is,
>>she believed that there were numberless island universes.
>>Today, we call them galaxies.

>I am glad to hear this, since the alternative view implied by
>her ideas of universal (taken literally) manvantaras and
>pralayas applies what I believe to be a universal principle

One of the big problems with the SD is that HPB is trying to
cover a lot a different concepts with a very limited vocabulary.
Words like "cosmos"; "Kosmos", "Solar System", "Universal solar
system", and "universe" all have different meanings, though in
ordinary conversation, people not used to HPB's terms might tend
to blur them all together.

Another thing: HPB differentiates between "infinite" and
"absolute."  Though the ladder term may be incomprehensible to
us, it is not infinite.

>The idea that everything is part of something greater implies
>that there is no ultimate whole, but that, infinitely higher and
>infinitely lower, the same cyclic principle applies.  It makes
>much more sense if "universal" manvantaras and pralayas are
>regarded as applying to something definite and limited.

Every planet and star is supposed to have its own manvantara and
pralaya.  This is also supposed to be true of the solar system,
which is basically the subject of the Stanzas of Dzyan.  By the
rule of analogy and correspondence, I guess we can assume that
there are manvantaras and pralayas on the galactic and super-
galactic string levels too.  I'm sure that there is a limit (an
"ultimate whole" as you say) somewhere, but so far that limit is
beyond the reach of our telescopes.

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