on illusion and our spiritual evolution
- Blavatsky - Q.
But who is it that creates each time the Universe?
No one creates it. Science would call the process evolution; the
pre-Christian philosophers and the Orientalists called it emanation:
we, Occultists and Theosophists, see in it the only universal and
eternal reality casting a periodical reflection of itself on the
infinite Spatial depths. This reflection, which you regard as the
objective material universe, we consider as a temporary illusion and
nothing else. That alone which is eternal is real.
Q. At that rate, you and I are also illusions.
A. As flitting personalities, today one person, tomorrow another — we
are. Would you call the sudden flashes of the aurora borealis, the
Northern lights, a “reality” , though it is as real as can be while you
look at it? Certainly not; it is the cause that produces it, if
permanent and eternal, which is the only reality, while the other is
but a passing illusion.
by Blavatsky on maya or illusion