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The Secret Doctrine
The Synthesis of Science, Religion, and Philosophy
by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
Verbatim first edition
volume 1 Cosmogenesis, part 1 Cosmic Evolution, stanza 4 The Septenary Hierarchies, sloka 2
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the secret doctrine.

STANZA IV. — Continued.
2. Learn what we, who descend from the Primordial Seven, we, who are born from the Primordial Flame, have learned from our Fathers (a).

(a) This is explained in Book II., and this name, “ Primordial Flame,” corroborates what is said in the first paragraph of the preceding commentary on Stanza IV.

The distinction between the “ Primordial ” and the subsequent seven Builders is this : The former are the Ray and direct emanation of the first “ Sacred Four,” the Tetraktis, that is, the eternally Self-Existent One (Eternal in Essence note well, not in manifestation, and distinct from the universal one). Latent, during Pralaya, and active, during Manvantara, the “ Primordial ” proceed from “ Father-Mother ” (SpiritHyle, or Ilus) ; whereas the other manifested Quaternary and the Seven proceed from the Mother alone. It is the latter who is the immaculate Virgin-Mother, who is overshadowed, not impregnated, by the Universal Mystery — when she emerges from her state of Laya or undifferentiated condition. In reality, they are, of course, all one ; but their aspects on the various planes of being are different. (See Part II., “ Theogony of the Creative Gods.”)

The first “ Primordial ” are the highest Beings on the Scale of Existence. They are the Archangels of Christianity, those who refuse — as Michael did in the latter system, and as did the eldest “ Mind-born sons ” of Brahmâ (Veddhas) — to create or rather to multiply.