[Advaita-l] The riddle of evolution
sgadkari2001 at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 10 01:39:31 CDT 2016
Important typo correction:
read adhidaiva instead of adidaiva.
macrocosm is where the gods dwell.
adhiSThAna of a tattva in realm of gods = adhi-daiva
adhiSThAna of a tattva in microcosm/ body (AtmA) = adhi-Atma
Quite some time ago (in 2002) I had posted an essay summarizing
my views on creation and evolution. The following message has a
copy of the original essay.
With more than a decade of continued contemplation, I feel the
question about why it took so long for humans to evolve
or why evolution was such a stretched out process is not
well answered. (In fact today I do not agree with many of
the details in this essay. May revisit this at some other
In this post will only focus on this question:
What was the primary purpose of evolution of species from
the view point advocated in the essay?
Proposed answer: The primary problem the ancient perfected
masters of yoga (the sAdhyA-s) were trying to solve during
creation of life on Earth is: how to establish a universal
mechanism wherein the balance between the different tattvas
would be automatically maintained, and imbalances corrected.
Their solution was to create and firmly establish a
correspondence/ link/ correlation/ dependency between the
manifestation of each tattva at the level of macrocosm and
microcosm. That is, establish a correspondence between
adidaiva (macrocosm) and adhyatma (microcosm) aspects of
every tattva. And for this purpose specific species were
created, and the ancient yogis (the gods) incarnated in these
bodies. The bodies of these species were specialized to
experience some specific tattvas in an amplified manner and
thus enable incarnating yogis to rapidly establish the
adhyatma-adidaiva correspondence for these specific tattvas.
Once the correspondence was established, the purpose of creation
of the specific species was achieved. Then new species with
bolides tailored for amplified experience of some other tattvas
were brought into existence. "the gods"/ yogis then incarnated
in these new bodies for their next assignment. The species
whose purpose of creation had been served were slowly phased out.
In this manner species after species was brought into existence
and then phased out.Finally when the desired level of correspondence
between adhyatma and adidaiva for all the important tattvas had
been established the time was considered ripe for fully competent,
"universal puruSa" to manifest. This is the process of "waking up"
of the "virATa puruSa" described in Chapter 3.26 of Bhagavatam,
and in, my opinion, puruSa sUkta.
With the "waking up" of virATa puruSa, the universal mechanism for
correcting imbalances in tattvas for fully activated. In this
process the incarnating yogis/ "gods" themselves attained
greatness ("mahimA") and came closer to the ancient perfected
masters of yoga ("sAdhyA-s").
Now refer to the last mantra of puruSa sUka:
yajnena yajnam ayjanta devaH, tAni dharmANI prathamAni Asana
te ha nAkam mahimAna sacanta yatra pUrve sAdhyA santi devAH
1. yajnena : efforts of ancient yogis incarnating in bodies of different
species to establish the adidaiva adyAtma correspondence
2. yajnam : viraTA puruSa
3. prathama Asana of dharmA : universal mechanism for correcting
imbalances in tattvas
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