On Science, Evolution, and Mahapralaya – Part 1

After Shri had completed these splendid explanations, the Gita was read out, particularly those chapters that deal with the love and bhakti for a Guru, Anand, and related matters.18 the elucidations and similes that the Gita gave were indeed beautiful. Turning from this topic to matters of general discussion, Shri went on:

The scientists of today shall have to accept that theory that everything eventually reverts to the atom state. For that theory will be confirmed with proofs positive. Further, it will not only be proved logically but actually shown and demonstrated that the “root,” that is, the base (paya) or foot of a tree, is at the top while the “head” is at the root and bottom.

Then Shri embarked on some general explanation about the ocean, Chaitanya, and the drop, saying, “since Chaitanya is created in the ocean of truth, a drop gets formed; several—or really speaking, innumerable—such drops converge to form waves, and several waves in turn combine to create Bharti (tides). In other words, when Chaitanya (life or jiv) begins, it identifies with the atom (which is to say, stone form); and from there it gradually rises to the vegetative world, where it assumes vegetative form, and on to the forms of animal life. Finally, it assumes human form and it continues on from there. Now when Chaitanya is in the vegetative state, growth commences in a reverse, opposite. upside-down direction, with the head turned downwards. Now at this juncture—” (and all this process Shri illustrated concretely by lifting up and setting down the slates that he had been using for writing out his dictation). “The Chaitanya gets a shock as it falls flat from its vertical (upside-down) posture. Slowly it rises again in the form of animals (quadrupeds), at first with short fore-feet and the head turned downwards, gradually with the head turned up and longer front legs. Eventually Chaitanya takes the form of apes and monkeys who can actually stand up like human beings.”

– “Meher Baba’s Tiffin lectures”, p327
28-November-1926; Lonavala

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