“THE idea that things can cease to exist and still be, is a fundamental one in Eastern psychology.
“Under this apparent contradiction in terms,” wrote H. P. Blavatsky in The Secret Doctrine, “there rests a fact of Nature to realize is the important thing.”
“A familiar instance of a similar paradox is afforded by chemical combination,” she pointed out.
“The question whether Hydrogen and Oxygen cease to exist, when they combine to form water, is still a moot one.”
“Some [argue] that since they are found again when the water is decomposed, they must be there all the while—others contending that as they actually turn into something totally different, they must cease to exist as themselves for the time being.”
“Neither side is able to form the faintest conception of the real condition of a thing, which has become something else, and yet has not ceased to be itself.”
“Existence as water may be said to be, for Oxygen and Hydrogen, a state of Non-being which is ‘more real being’ than their existence as gases. And it may faintly symbolize the condition of the Universe when it goes to sleep, or ceases to be — “to awaken or reappear again, when the dawn of the new [Universe] recalls it to what we call existence.”
This masterful treatise on reality and illusion by Mme. Blavatsky might have been written by one of today’s quantum physicists or frontier cosmologists.
Instead, they are her words, the ideas of a master Theosophical thought leader, excerpted from the Fundamentals of her magnum opus The Secret Doctrine [1:54-5] — the quintessence of physics, metaphysics and ethics.