We all have wondered how the universe evolved from nothingness to life. The first thing that comes to our minds when we look into the sky is how did universe come into it’s existence. Lets see what is written in the ancient texts about the evolution of life from a non-living universe.
But what if first life came into existence and later on the non-living parts of the cosmos.
It should be clearly understood that this occult theory of evolution does not refer to the physical universe. It represents the gradual awakening of the individual’s consciousness. Therefore, it refers to the psychological and psychic universe. The evolution of this microcosm/ macrocosm is the result of an interaction between the “principle of consciousness” (Purusha) or the positive/male element and the “energy of nature” (Prakriti) or the negative/female element. In the beginning, the three potentials or qualities of the universe (gunas) – luminosity, existence, goodness (sattva), activity, movement, motor energy (rajas); and sloth, static inertia, darkness (tamas) lay in perfect and homogeneous balance within Energy of nature.
Ego has a role to play in our existence
Then, in time, the proximity of the Principle of consciousness to the Energy of nature upset the perfect primordial equilibrium and the process of evolution was set in motion. From the transformations that took place within the Energy of nature, the essence of intellect and the foundation of all mental functions (buddhi) was born. Drawn by the force of evolution, Energy of nature was transformed from the state of mind to that of ego; the sense of I-ness and the basic notion of individual existence (ego). From ego, evolution proceeded in two directions: the objective or external world and the subjective or psycho-mental world.
The evolutionary direction that ego took depended upon which of the three qualities predominated.
When sattva, or luminosity, predominated, then the mind (manas), five sense organs ( jnana indriya : ears, skin, eyes, tongue, and nose ) and the five sense perceptions (hearing, feeling, seeing, tasting, and smelling) were evolved.
When rajas, or movement, was dominant, the five organs of action (karma senses) – mouth, hands, legs, bowels, and genitals-and the five basic actions-speaking, grasping, walking, excreting, and copulating-came into being.
With the predominance of tamas, or inertia, there appeared the five potential elements, their subtle qualities of sound, touch, form, flavor, and odor, and the five gross elements –space (akash), air (vayu), fire (tejas), water, and earth (prithvi).
The five gross elements make up the physical world we see around us. But they never exist in their pure state. The actual earth, for instance, is only 50 percent earth and about 12 percent of each of the other four-water, fire, air, and space. All material and visible forms of the five gross elements have a similar composition. After a set period of time, the microcosm/ macrocosm dissolves in a reverse order until it reaches the primordial state of equilibrium of the three qualities in Energy of nature. This is said to be the end of one “cosmic cycle.” This process is repeated again and again for an infinite number of times. This is personified as the all-manifesting and all-devouring cosmic form of the Lord.
The life of all living bodies depends upon the air that is breathed in and out. Without breathing life would not be possible. Similarly, the subtle body depends on the vital energy of prana or chi, which circulates throughout the body and flows in and out along with the physical breath. Like the physical breath, prana energy also needs to be constantly replenished from the universal energy that pervades the cosmos. As the normal rate of respiration in human beings is about fifteen breaths per minute, this adds up to a total of about 21,600 respiration-s every twenty-four hours. The vital energy that sustains the subtle body also flows in and out with the gross breath.
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As life depends on the process of breathing, and as some vital energy is lost during respiration, it is quite natural that if the rate of inhalation and exhalation is controlled and reduced, the vital energy can be preserved and life prolonged. Some himalayan shamans are said to have lived for many centuries or become immortal by carefully halting the flow of their vital energy. The in and out flow of the vital energy along with the breath has observable effects on the human body. The claims made by himalayan shamans that they can stop their heartbeats and reduce the rate of respiration have been scientifically studied.
Experiments were conducted with Yogi Ramananda, who was sealed in an airtight metal box for up to ten hours. As he went into a trance, air samples measuring his body’s oxygen uptake and heartbeat were monitored every half hour. These experiments showed dramatically that himalyan shamans were indeed capable of slowing normal body processes. They claim that if the flow of vital energy can be brought under conscious control, diseases can be prevented or cured, the course of human destiny altered, and a deep insight into the past and the future can be gained.