The Original Man
Time evolved man. Man evolved time. Man’s very existence became related to time. He forgot his true state of timelessness. He forgot his true nature. Man became another species on earth, detached from the “Father”. A vulnerable species. His basic existence revolved around his emotions, feelings, impressions and ego. He reduced his divine stature, to the stature of his own mind. He looked at the world through his own eyes, as he steadily lost his capacity to look at the world through his soul. Then began the long and winding journey of explorations of himself and the deep quest to find himself. Man’s search for himself continued through time and existence in various times. To find himself, man wandered through lands and oceans. Time after time, drop by drop, his consciousness evolved. Thus, we reached the study of evolution of consciousness of man. This is the story of the Original Man.
The evolution Theory
Dr.Charles Darwin said that man evolved into his current state from the Ape. Let it be so. No arguments. Darwin contributed a lot in molding the mind of the 20th century man. He, along with Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, sowed great imaginations into the minds of 20th century men and influenced the thought process of the entire generation, thus changing the course of history and thought pattern of the modern man. Respecting the contributions of Charles Darwin, especially in making people think differently, let us look at the evolution theory objectively.
If liberation, as we spiritual seekers feel, is the reason for existence, why did we reincarnate again and again? Why this tedious process of trial and error? Well, one cannot reach the highest class without going through the lower classes. That’s the answer. In that case, we have to agree that God has been experimenting with beings with lower consciousness, allowing them time and space to reach His consciousness by themselves. If this is true, then, the old Vedic principle of “Nethi” “Nethi”, or “Not That” “Not That”, becomes more relevant. The Guru never taught the truth to the disciple; instead, he just gave hints. The student meditated on those hints and came back to the master asking if his finding is the final knowledge. The master would just say “Not That”. The student went back and contemplated further. Thus, with the aid of nature and sheer contemplation into himself and his own existence, he would eventually reach his own soul. When the student culminates his search on his own soul and from there to God-consciousness, he would never go back to his Master. Till then, he kept going back asking the same question and receiving the same answer – “Not That”. So, if we follow the theory of evolution of man from uni-cellular being to the super conscious being, our consciousness has taken ages to reach here. This is quite a possibility. Right?
The Devolution Theory
If we contemplate on the fall of man - God created man in his own image. This means, with all the power and potential of God Himself. Let’s call him Adam. We must consider a few things here. God is formless. God is omnipresent. God is not prone to emotions. God has unlimited intelligence. God exists in super conscious state. God can multiply Himself at will. God expresses Himself through all materials. God creates, maintains and dissolves all materials from Himself into Himself. So, Adam should have all those powers. But the difference here is, Adam is made up of elements while God is consciousness. Adam is matter, even if the identification is temporary. God is pure energy. That difference became too expensive for Adam. God operates through His consciousness and Adam operates through his mind and intellect. Heavy limitation. But, when God created Adam, He also gave him the potential to realize his true stature by installing the three (subtle energy meridians branching out throughout the etheric body) and a three-and-a-half-coiled Serpent (Kundalini) near the root chakra (energy centre at the bottom of the spine). The serpent always sleeps and that allows Adam to believe that he is the limited body. When the serpent is awakened, and especially when it moves, he experiences strange sensations happening to him. He often becomes helpless, emotional, vulnerable, erratic… So, in order to feel control over himself and the space outside of him, he had unconsciously allowed the serpent to sleep. Therefore, the theory of devolution amounts to the fall of Adam from his original stature of “God Man” ( Man who had the potential and power of his Creator) to that of ordinary Man, who is close to animals in stature.
The male Adam wanted a female body as his companion because he saw animals procreating and his identifications naturally drifted to that of animals. He was indeed more superior than animals, but, he had nothing to compare himself with. At least not anything higher than himself. So, he asked for Eve. He had the power to create Eve at will. Some species still possess that power. When all the beings of that species becomes one gender, some of them convert themselves into the other gender to help continue the species. This is usual with certain amphibians – frogs, etc. Since Adam was superior to amphibians and since he had the power of God, he created Eve. Actually Adam did not realize that He had the power to create as many as himself at Will, because that’s the way God creates. With creation, his Kundalini also got awakened. When Kundalini started moving through his chakras, strange emotions started to surge and spurt out. Sexual Desire was the most powerful of them all. Thus, as Kundalini moved through the earth (Root Chakra) and pierced the Water element (Swadhishtana Chakra), he could not control his sexual urge anymore. The call of the elements and the surging Kundalini, the serpent, tilted Adam. He ate the forbidden fruit. He procreated with Eve. He started feeling “naked”. He fell in consciousness, from the supreme consciousness of God and creation at will, to a lower consciousness of having to procreate to keep the species going. The fall was from unlimited super consciousness to limited consciousness associated with his body, mind and intellect.Thus he reduced himself to the nature of elements, or, in other words, the nature of animals, and inherited all the associated woes. The fall of consciousness happened there. Body, which is made out of elements, had to be re-created through procreation, not will. Man lost the power to conglomerate raw energy into matter and thus create another man. Consciousness fell to the level of animals. Then, through Generations, with the help of many masters and evolved souls, man started climbing up, step by step, to the highest of consciousness. It was a difficult process. It was an uphill task, especially as he had to fight his basic, inherited primal nature and grow in consciousness, while the primal nature always lurked behind. Nature and environment intensified the fall. He slipped again and again. Ignorance shrouded the truth. He lost his direction. He forgot his way back home. He lost his destination. God patiently waited. He allowed the time for his son to find his way home because God has always been existing in timelessness. Man played with Maya (worldly illusion). Maya played with Man.
The Territorial Man
As the consciousness fell, man became territorial, like animals. He started guarding his territory, property and people. He became possessive and vengeful. He guarded his territory and, whenever he could, he tried to expand his territory. “Dissatisfaction” got written in bold letters on his forehead. Man could never satisfy himself. He came back again and again, to further satisfy his ever-growing desires. Ignorance helped here. He always lost his memories of his bizarre quests and thus repeated them, basking in his ignorance. He asked many questions, to himself and to others, which were just expressions of his confusion, but never lived the true answers. He kept avoiding truth for the available tangible delusion or Maya.
The Greedy Man
Man fell to greed and extreme possessiveness, associated with ignorance of his true nature. Along with defined territory, power happened. Power bred greed for more. Possessions were displayed in tangible formats, such as Gold, Precious stones, captive women for pleasure or many wives, many captivated animals, many soldiers, etc. Man collected trophees to prove his one-up-man-ship to others about his own status. The vacuum created by loss of stature was filled with greed for social status. He groomed himself to do anything to make money, attain power, and enhance his social status. His society also blindly supported material success, ignoring the crimes behind the unlimited money.
The Saintly Man
There have been detached beings in every society, who could have anything, but needed nothing. When money, power, wealth and women lured the average man, these people stayed afloat in the social existence, unaffected, like a lotus flower above the water. Even when they were standing in knee-deep mud of existence, they expressed beauty and shine of divine on the surface. Early kings were advised by such saints. They advised the kings to rule the country based on Dharma or basic noble duty. Their advice kept the kings grounded, pious and their subjects at peace and harmony. They sowed unconditional love on the paths of existence of the kings as well as their subjects. They said, “where ever all people are not protected without discrimination, where ever mothers cannot feel safe, where ever children cannot play without fear, where ever power is not used to help and save the poor and hungry, where ever animals are not protected, where ever trees and plants are not respected, where ever life is not respected and nurtured, disease and decay will happen. Downfall and destruction will take place.”
The Business Man
Man learned to wield power effectively. Power and Control. Power was the key. Control was the method. Fear was the tool. As the time evolved, the duel between the positive and negative continued in every mind. The saints were discarded and the glitter-bitten kings chose business men as their kins and advisors. They believed in profits. They believed in time equated with profits. Time will never be spent for free ever again. Time will be spent, provided there are gains. Life became transactional. Relationships became transactional. Love became conditional. Rule became profit based. Power was with the business men. They also started creating rulers. Wars happened to satisfy the greed of man. Weapon manufacturers became the ones who decide the future of societies and countries. People assassinated people. People tortured and killed people. People were exploited. Everything was camouflaged and done in the name of religion and dharma!!! Man fell further and further in consciousness. His consciousness became demonic. Some people who lost everything in the bargain, had nothing further to lose and started rising up in consciousness. Higher masters held their hand and helped them to walk the wounded path. Some struggled and fell disillusioned. Some clung on to the faith and survived. The business man thought he is having the last laugh. But that was an illusion too. Time after time, the new replaced the old and the more cunning survived. They insensitively ravaged their very seat of power – The Mother Earth. The Mother watched the whole show in tears, helplessly. On her chest, men killed men, destroyed property and dug deep holes into the very existence of future generations. Greed for profits spilled the very guts of the Mother Earth. It imbalanced her very existence. Greed continued and profits justified all aberrations of man kind.
The Family Man
Man shrunk. He became family oriented and started shrinking to responsibilities only related to his immediate family. His territory became his family. He became reasonably selfish. His whole world became himself and his family. This narrow mindedness and insensitiveness about others, glued his consciousness to the limits of his family. Poor man. Every blow in the harmony of his family affected his heart deeply. Expectations killed him. He often died heart broken.
The Social Man
The social man was a bit better. He also cared for his society and the poor and down trodden. Karl Marx provided wind to his wings and 20th century saw the fertile imaginations of many social people taking flights and organizing revolutions. Their intentions were good. They cared for people. Maybe only people. Still, it was better than gross insensitiveness and inertia. Yet, every society consists of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Each carved his own dimension into the social structure. In all these times, those who slipped into higher consciousness or those who could see beyond the box and dared to talk about what they see, were assassinated or eradicated. As human beings, we always despised those who chose to be different. We loved to burn challengers of our beliefs. We hated to think differently. We chose continuity of thoughts and beliefs. We have always been afraid of changes. Thus, the society killed Socrates, Jesus and many others, who were different and had the ability to show the light of higher consciousness, to the average man. We can be proud of our tenacity to stick to our path!!!
Society created Do’s and Don’ts. The society also created morality and acceptable code of conduct. Some society even created rigid morality and severe punishments for those who dis obeyed. Men started to pretend. Pretensions became the acceptable mode of existence. Pretensions entangled men further to social bindings. Some people live their whole life on pretensions and waste it completely. They pretend happiness, they pretend love, they pretend care, they pretend benevolence, they pretend spirituality, they pretend knowledge etc. Eventually, when they have to meet the reality, they would have already lost their life. This sad story gets repeated in every society, to many people. Yet, people refuse to get real and resort to their pretensions to gain social acceptance. Those few who dare to walk alone, stays liberated, despite social persecutions. Pretension is one thing that is definitely anti-spiritual.
Society created morality for the middle class. The rich and the poor had nothing to do with it. The middle class contains the most pretenders too. They are neither rich, nor poor. Since by nature, with erect spine, man likes to look above his eye level, they try to be what they are not. ( If you ask a child to write on the wall, he will write above his eye level. This is the nature of man) The more the morality, the more are violations too. Along with violations, gross suppressions also happen. Suppressions lead to restlessness. Social restlessness leads to calamities and revolution. Thus, the ignorance of man, combined with no effort to keep the hygiene of the inner world, makes our society a filthy alley.
The Cunning Man
The cunning man always survived. He is street smart. He is intelligent. He is manipulative and well-spoken. He has beautiful presentation skills. He is selfish, but conceals that skillfully. He is handsome and effective. He is considered a good businessman. With the fall of consciousness, those who displayed their intellect in anyway possible, and those who successfully attracted money or power, were worshiped. Cunningness became a symbol of success. It was often re-named as strategy for success. We saw many cunning men, who effectively eradicated good and passive people and climbed up the ladders of material success. We made their statues and we honored them wherever possible.
The Political Man
The cunning man often left his business and opted power instead, or played the dual game. They played the game of politics and business simultaneously. Everything is fair in politics and war. They re-defined territories and walking spaces of the common man. Passive social men, who are often called ”donkeys” were led, mis-lead and, at convenience, manipulated to gain their ends. Political man blamed all the sufferings as inevitable in the path of ultimate freedom and independence. Generation after generation saw the same dish served in different ornamental plates. The donkey men were happy to see the changes in the plate and ignored the dish. As long as there is food, life goes on. So, suffering never ended. The promised freedom never happened. Political man changed his costumes time and again and appeared to appease the bonded minds with promises which they never meant to keep. All manipulations were called ‘strategic decisions’, which confused the social man. They knew that the best way to rule is to confuse. Faces changed. Confusions remained. Life went on. Dictators came and went. Wars came and went. Many got killed. Many survived. Life went on. Never was any politician punished by the law. The long hands of the law managed to reach only till the gates of the politician, but never dared to touch him. When the law got too close, he gave someone else to satisfy the hunger of the law and escaped from that situation. Law was applicable only to ordinary people. The rich politician had nothing to do with it. They were law makers. They have always been immune to law. Even when saints who guided generations to liberation were burnt at stake, politicians were never touched for even grosser crimes that they committed. History has seen this phenomenon consistently repeated time and again with every generation, since time began.
The God Man
There were a few God men, who stayed away from the eyes of the society, maintaining the higher consciousness and
avoiding the contamination of the social life. Who ever came to the society out of compassion, were scandalized, ridiculed, imprisoned or even assassinated. Those who escaped the society, searched for the princes among the frogs. They had to kiss many frogs to get a few princes. They guided those true seekers and elevated them to the highest possible level of consciousness within the possible time. They left the rest to fight out their survival in the quagmire of lower consciousness. God men were very few, but, they helped balance the gross negativity. they often burnt themselves like candles. They served without expecting anything in return.
Negativity never needed any nurturing. It came uninvited, like the weed, and overtook the garden by force. It feasted on trees, plants and sometimes, even the gardener. Many fell. Some survived. Those who survived, showed the rest, the light of true existence and evolution. Some followed the light. Those who missed the glow and procrastinated, got dissolved in time.
Man who fell from super consciousness to the animal consciousness, is slowly climbing back up, step by step. The path is difficult. It is filled with thorns and danger. The luring and uncontrollable mind is the biggest danger. The ego and all identifications too. This journey of liberation is only possible through determination and awareness of the present. Those who get there will rejoice. Those who fall back, will come back, to try again.
The Types of Men
An ancient classification states:
Mineral Man – Selfish, Not interested in anyone else but himself. Usually Greedy and Self-centered.
Plant Man – Selfish to the extent of his family. He is not interested in anything else beyond his close family.
Animal Man – Selfish to the extent of his family and his community. He is not interested in anything beyond his community.
Human Man – Selfish to the extent of his family, his community and his country. He is not interested in any welfare beyond his country.
God Man – Selfless. He loves beyond all man-made barriers. He does not care of caste, creed, communities, countries, colors and classifications. He loves everyone just like the sun spreads its rays equally around, without discrimination. Man’s consciousness reaches its human zenith when he spontaneously becomes a “God Man” – a man beyond barriers.
Where do we stand? CONTEMPLATE!!! It’s worth knowing….