Consciousness impulse drives evolution
“The very stones cry out and raise themselves to Spirit “. Georg Hegel, the German philosopher. Intriguing? it folows that the consciousness impulse drives evolution.
Consider our planet’s evolution. It started as atoms and molecules in the form of matter, gases and liquids. Matter existed but life did not.
Then something happens. Life emerges. First in its most basic form as single celled organisms. Onwards to more complexity. Then, multi-celled organisms, bacteria, protozoa, sponges, fungi.
Then we have fish and reptiles. Initially, basic emotions emerge, mainly fear and aggression. Thereafter, a brain develops. A reptilian brain that can control the body’s vital functions: heart rate, breathing, body temperature and balance. It decides fight or flight. Or can I eat this or will it eat me? Mate?
Evolution progresses to mammals. And the limbic brain develops. This can record memories of behaviours that produced agreeable and disagreeable experiences. Next is the beginning of emotions, like love, and nurturing progeny. These are the first traces of what will become human emotions.
Evolution progresses to primates and humans. The neocortex assumes importance in primates and culminates in the human brain.
Language emerges. Abstract thought, imagination and consciousness.
Consciousness seeks the spirit
Consciousness seeks the Spirit. Beyond thinking. Beyond the mind. Stone reaches out to God. This is the Consciousness Impulse.
- Life/Vital Energy – Prana
- Mind/ Emotions
- Higher Mind of discrimination- Buddhi
Do you see the pattern? The same impulse towards the Spirit is seen in us. But only when we transcend the Ego. When we traverse the 3 Shariras (Bodies): Sthula (Gross), Sukshma (Subtle), Karana (Causal). Or the 5 Koshas (Sheaths): Annamaya, Pranamaya, Manomaya, Vijñānamaya and Anandamaya. And the same impulse exists in the Chakras. But, for that, the energies have to be activated.
There is a rule and a structure. Each level builds on the other and does not exist without it. Atoms build on electrons, protons, neutrons. Molecules build on atoms. Chemicals build on molecules. Life builds on chemicals.
First the Gross exists. Then Life builds on the Gross. It is now Gross + Life. Now, Mind builds on Life. And the Structure now is Gross+ Life+ Mind. Higher Mind is built upon and envelopes all the previous layers. And so on.
Observe the pattern: from matter to life to sensations. And then to emotions onto mind and thought and higher abstract thinking. Finally, the desire for Spiritual growth.