and one obscuration of each planet. The minor manwantara is composed of seven rounds, 49 rings and 7 obscurations, the solar period of 49 rounds, etc.
The periods with pralaya and manwantara are called by Dikshita "Surya manwantaras and pralayas." Thought is baffled in speculating how many of our solar pralayas must come before the great Cosmic night — but that will come.
. . . In the minor pralayas there is no starting de novo — only resumption of arrested activity. The vegetable and animal kingdoms which at the end of the minor manwantara had reached only a partial development are not destroyed. Their life or vital entities, call some of them nati if you will — find also their corresponding night and rest — they also have a Nirvana of their own. And why should they
Dikshita Sanskrit for: one who is initiated, a pupil of a spiritual teacher.
Surya Sanskrit for:solar
Nati is the plural for the Latin word "natus". It means "sons" or "children". However, the word in Sinnett's transcription is not very clear. It may also have been nats, in which case it is a Sanskrit term meaning "mime" or "dumb actor", and may be referring to the lower kingdoms that have not developed speech.