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The Law of Evolution

 

 

Ladies and gentlemen,

 

I am pleased to welcome you to Broadcasting 4 of our Series "Introduction to Agni Yoga".

 

Today we will be talking about one of the fundamental laws of the cosmic order: The law of evolution.

 

Without the knowledge of this law, there is no orientation and no progress.

 

 

1. The Significance of the Law of Evolution

 

Why is it so important for you to know the law of evolution?

 

Evolution - is the plan of God for humanity, for the earth, for the solar system and for the whole universe. The evolution prescribes the direction that the further development will take.

 

Every beginning depends on the understanding of the affirmation of the cosmic evolution. (Infinity I, 46)

 

Each conscious, thinking individual seeks anxiously for the future direction of evolution. If this direction is sensed, then common sense will strive to approach the right path more speedily. Our Teaching does not coerce, but indicates the way. Those who find the time for study of the books will enter the new world structures as welcome guests. We all must command ourselves to move with evolution; then every day becomes a day of victory. (Agni Yoga 580)

 

You and I and humanity as a whole can only proceed successfully if we subject ourselves to this higher plan. He who goes in the wrong direction, who tries to swim against the current of evolution, is bound to fail. He who does not adapt himself falls back and loses the connection with progress. He will eventually, like the dinosaurs, be thrown out as unfit for the further development.

 

Thus, one should first establish the direction of evolution. There cannot be two directions of progress. There can be but one true direction, and all other efforts will be errant. (Fiery World I, 396)

 

It is sad to see how many enormous, well-intentioned efforts remain fruitless, because they do not correspond to the higher order.

 

The anguish of the wrong path is most cruel, most devouring! In the end such a man finally abrogates his progress and is in torture without understanding his own error. (Brotherhood 459)

 

You can imagine that the fate of the one who separates himself from evolution is terrible. (Supermundane 635)

 

 

2. No Standstill

 

Life is movement. The symbol of life is the river.

 

The world lives by motion. Life is in motion. (Brotherhood 188)

 

Only eternal motion gives life to all forms. (Infinity II, 637 [237]

 

Life is symbolized by a river or rushing current, but never by a lake or a well. Movement is predicated by life. Movement of all and in everything is the basis of existence. One needs to grow to love motion, not so much the external as the internal. (AUM 494)

 

Everything is in motion and exists on account of motion. There cannot be a moment without motion. (Herat 260)

 

Everything flows. Everything, including man, is in perpetual motion and in constant transformation.

 

Man must develop a deep understanding that he is in eternal motion and in a state of continuous transformation. (Supermundane 756)

 

He who just does not do anything, he who does not move, he who does not strive forward but comes to a standstill, will fall behind automatically because of the general progress around him.

 

Due to the motion of the Cosmos, it is impossible to remain immobile. There is either backward or forward movement. (Community 127)

 

In a universe that is characterized by eternity, there is no perfection, only unlimited development. What is apparently finished - is in reality dead.

 

Finiteness We call deadliness. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden II, 353 [357]

 

Nothing is finite, nothing is immovable. (Community 135)

 

In completion there is death! It is impossible to conceive a point of cosmic suspension. (Infinity I, 40)

 

Evolution is the incessant creation of ever new, ever higher forms. The idea that a certain state of affairs could be preserved for ever, is contrary to nature. Nowhere there is a standstill. Everything moves forward continually. There are no limits to the upward development.

 

For evolution a constant renewal and broadening is required. It is correct to think about the spiral, because eternal growth affirms infinity. (Fiery World III, 78)

 

Thus, from old forms new forms are born, in an eternal evolutionary process. (Infinity I, 274)

 

There can be no stagnation in Eternity; all is in motion—in the striving toward perfection. (Supermundane 791)

 

The Great Architect builds eternally. It is senseless to suppose that certain parts of the Universe are completed and remain static. A great deal is made of the term evolution, but people have absolutely no conception of this process in its actuality. One can see how the human consciousness evades everything that threatens its established comfort. Likewise, the concept of evolution is turned into an abstraction, thus not disturbing the consciousness of the petrified heart in the least. But does not the heavenly vault evoke thoughts about eternal motion? Only through such evolutionary concepts can one absorb the beauty of the earthly pilgrimage as the sojourn for ascent. (Fiery World I, 408)

 

Through expansion of consciousness one grows to love this incessant motion. The manifested is continually evolving. There cannot be even a single static moment. Only the ignorant can attempt to hold everything back in a motionless state. (Brotherhood 531, 534, 535)

 

 

3. Body, Soul, Spirit

 

The driving force of evolution is the spirit. To understand this, we first need to expand our view of ourselves.

 

We had already explained in detail in our Series "Experiment Immortality": Man, besides his physical, mortal body, has an immortal part: the soul. This is our true, imperishable self, our eternal individuality.

 

Today, we go a step further and add a third part to the human construction: the spirit.

 

The spiritual grain, the monad is the highest level of the pyramid "man": A spark of the divine spirit or fire which animates matter. A particle of God dwells in each of us. You, too, are a "pharaoh" - a "house of God".

 

The monad is not individual. It does not develop. It remains unchanged. Our individuality is formed from the accumulations that we build up around the spiritual grain over the eons of our eternal life.

 

The spirit remains inviolable. The fiery seed of the spirit maintains its elementary wholeness, because the essence of the elements is immutable. But the emanations of the seed change with the growth of consciousness. One should understand that the seed of the spirit is a fragment of the element of fire, and the energy accumulated around it is consciousness. (Agni Yoga 275)

 

The seed in its essence is eternal. It is changes from one form into another, but it preserves its ineradicable essence. Guard and honor greatly each grain, each seed of life, in it is contained the highest fiery energy. (Fiery World II, 357)

 

To each is given a seed of good so that he may form around it his earthly experience. (Supermundane 105)

 

The seed of the spirit is immutable, but it is clothed in garments that are woven by man himself. (Supermundane 553)

 

The structure of these acquired and accumulated energies is our individuality and destiny. (Helena Roerich Letters Vol. I, letter of 03.12.1930)

 

The spirit or monad always remains in its primeval purity whether in an animal or a man. But only the deposits which accumulate from contact with other energies build the individuality, or, if you prefer, the soul. (Helena Roerich Letter Vol. I, letter of 16.01.1935)

 

The divine Monad is to be found in every mineral, every plant, in every manifestation, as without this fiery grain there is no life. While gradually, ascending from the simple to the more complex organisms, the monad, or seed of the spirit, remains unchanged in its elementary wholeness. But the emanations from this seed change according to the growth of the consciousness of the organism which has been animated by the seed. Consequently, the more complex and refined is the organism, the richer and more subtle are the emanations of the monad. (Helena Roerich Letter Vol. I, letter of 18.06.1935)

 

 

4. Spirit in all Matter

 

This divine spark is incorporated in all other matter as well: In minerals, plants and animals, in planets, suns and universes.

 

Nothing in cosmos, from the tiniest atom over the most insignificant pebble stone up to the biggest stars, is without spirit. The divine spirit reveals itself in all creation. Without it, there is no life. The whole creation is "animalis": animated. "Inanimate" nature does not exist.

 

You will only understand a stone or a piece of wood only if you perceive God in it. (Medieval wisdom)

 

There is spirituality in all existence, and the very clay upon which we tread can be changed into children of truth. (Helena Roerich Foundations of Buddhism)

 

Every molecule of matter is a conscious life on the path of evolution Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 193 “Why Waste is an Evil”)

 

This is the basis for the correct feeling of your affinity with every stone, every tree and every star: These are all, like you, revelations of the one God.

 

Only a very refined spirit will find within himself the courage to acknowledge a brother even in a rock. (Hierarchy 439)

 

The only difference is that the divine spirit is able to express itself relatively more perfectly in matter of a higher level than in matter of a lower level.

 

 

5. Spirit forms Matter

 

No one with a healthy heart can seriously believe that finest organs such as the eye, highly complex, meaningful structures such as plants and animals, or even a creation like man have evolved "by chance" by Darwinian processes alone. This is a miserable idea.

 

He who does not close his spiritual senses willingly, must recognize that a spirit prevails that creates all these material forms and keeps them alive.

 

Who then will doubt that in every earthly object is expressed someone’s will? Without will no earthly object can be created, nor set into motion. (Fiery World II, 16)

 

Each stone on the planet has been created by thought. Each object has been unfolded by the creative power of thought. (AUM 23)

 

Nothing evolves randomly. Everything takes place according to necessity. Everything forms itself outwardly to something that it already is on the spiritual plane, according to its innermost, highest nature.

 

The spirit is manifested as the engenderer of all that exists, and as the bearer of what has been engendered (Fiery World III, 316)

 

The spirit is the creator of each form. (FW III, 363)

 

Our fingernails grow, as distorted and crooked we may have cut them, again and again to a particular form – according to a picture that is predetermined by the spirit.

 

 

6. Spiritualization of Matter

 

The spirit seeks to perfect, to lead up higher and higher, to deify the substance in which it is enclosed – human beings as well as all the other matter.

 

If we consider the course of evolution, we see that the trend is towards ever greater spirituality and refinement. The higher levels are more subtle, more spiritual beings.

 

In the evolutionary development, the plant stands higher than the stone, the animal higher than the plant and man higher than the animal, because in each of the following steps the inner, divine nature is able to express itself more perfectly in matter.

 

Even the stones and the plants are on their way to Mastery however far they are in the distance, the time will be when they arrive at that point. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. III, Questions and Answers after Lesson “Chakras”, answer to question No. 7)

 

God - or logos - sends out particles (spiritual grains) of himself. They collect matter around themselves. This matter evolves in the course of an infinite development towards ever higher creatures and will one day itself become a god. Thus, God reproduces himself!

 

 

7. Spirit as the driving Force of Evolution

 

All this is not theory: Each of you feels the third element of human nature as a permanent driving force: The spirit in us pushes us constantly, so that we relentlessly continue to develop.

 

The World is striving for the crowning perfection. (Fiery World III, 23)

 

It must be understood that the process toward perfection lies at the basis of evolution. (Hierarchy 297)

 

We are satisfied with nothing that we have achieved. We constantly put new challenges in front of us. We always want to move higher and higher.

 

Spirit and Matter are united in space. In this unity forms of life are created, and they pass through their circles of perfectionment. Being unified with matter, the spirit can be liberated only by the path of perfectionment. In the Cosmic Laboratory these two principles—unification and liberation—are the fundamentals of creativeness. The spirit, being made manifest in matter, must aspire to higher functions together with matter. (Fiery World III, 303, 304)

 

A Wimbledon champion like Boris Becker, of whom one should think that he has achieved long ago everything worth being desired, tries himself in ever new projects (and sometimes offers a pitiful picture, because there he is only a beginner).

 

The great cellist Pablo Casals was asked, why at the age of 92 he still continued to do exercises on his instrument. He replied: Because he believed that he could still make progress.

 

It is the divine spirit within you that gives you no rest. It is God’s image within you that drives you on. It puts before your eyes the distant ideal of a higher being, which you can be – which you should be. You feel that it is your destiny to mould yourself according to this image, and to develop and realize more and more the huge potential that lies within you.

 

The physical body must be raised by the power of evolution to the rank of the spiritual entity which inhabits that body. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. II, Lesson “Fall of the Angels”)

 

 

8. Man as Transition to the next Stage of Evolution

Hans Olde „Friedrich Nietzsche“

 

With today’s humanity, the end of the development is far from being achieved: We express the divine spirit still very imperfectly. The potential of our possibilities is far from being exhausted. We still carry many animal qualities within us that need to be overcome in the course of further evolution.

 

Every such molecule of living matter embodies an embryonic – a rudimentary – soul, that is on its way to self-conscious existence. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 135 “Blood Sacrifice”)

 

A great number of cells of the organism are to be found in a dormant state. It has been pointed out that their awakening would make a man luminous and able to fly. Is it conceivable that people in their present state could achieve such an awakening of light within themselves? Reflect that people are fully equipped for the furthermost evolution, but the treasure must be left asleep. The state of consciousness does not permit rapid advance. (Brotherhood 492)

 

Modern man is nothing more than a transitional stage on the way to the higher steps of evolution which will come after us. Let us listen to the classical words of Friedrich Nietzsche:

 

I teach you the Superman. Man is something that is to be surpassed. What have ye done to surpass man?

What is the ape to man? A laughing-stock, a thing of shame. And just the same shall man be to the Superman: a laughing-stock, a thing of shame.

Ye have made your way from the worm to man, and much within you is still worm. Once were ye apes, and even yet man is more of an ape than any of the apes.

The Superman is the meaning of the earth.

Man is a rope stretched between the animal and the Superman

What is great in man is that he is a bridge and not a goal: what is lovable in man is that he is an over-going and a down-going.

I love those that know not how to live except as down-goers, for they are the over-goers.

I love him who liveth in order to know, and seeketh to know in order that the Superman may hereafter live.” (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)

 

The next stage will be a species of a new kind, much greater than modern man; just as we are greater than our ape-like ancestors.

 

The energy will then be guided and controlled by the higher or Spiritual will of man, for the perfecting of a body as much superior to the bodies of the present races of mankind as the latter are superior to those of the animal creation. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 12 “The Phenomena of Sleep and Death”)

 

The present races of the earth are not as yet perfectly human. They retain many animal characteristics and qualities. When their evolution as perfect human beings is complete they will have become something altogether different from any race of beings that has ever inhabited this planet. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. II, Lesson “Ingratitude”)

 

The world's greatest need is a higher type of humanity. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. II, Lesson “Unity–Spiritual and Material”)

 

The deplorable condition of the earth is due to the fact that nobody wants to know anything about elevation. "We do not see anything today that wants to become greater" complains again Nietzsche (On the Genealogy of Morals).

 

The fundamental impulse which has brought the human species out of the minerals must not weaken on the level we have reached today. It must take us even higher up!

 

The fundamental impulse, which has brought the human species out of the mineral cell, must not subside when the stone cell has gotten up on stilts. Losing aspiration, man ceases to be a conscious being. (Community 227)

 

Let us strive forward to the next higher level, to the God-Man – to a creature that reveals the divine within us even more perfectly than modern man.

 

Much has been spoken about Man-God aspiring toward deification. We Brothers of Humanity seek and proclaim Man-God on Earth. Ready for flight, he is bearing his full Chalice on Earth. Man-God is a fiery creator. Man-God is the carrier of the fiery sign of the New Race. Man-God advances as an evident aspiring Redeemer of Humanity. (Hierarchy 14, 15)

 

The worlds are begotten and dissolved, whereas man, after having transmuted all his feelings in the fire of the spirit, is transfigured into an overman and takes a place amidst the Highest Spirits, thus living in Eternity. (Helena Roerich Letters Vol II, letter of 02.09.1937)

 

 

9. Development of Spirituality

 

You understand evolution wrongly if you foresee the future of humanity with ever new technical facilities. Development takes place when man himself is transforming himself. Evolution is not synonymous with the advancement of technology, with the perfection of our external tools. Rather it means a transformation and elevation of our own being. Evolution will create a higher species out of today’s man.

 

If people are trying to improve even scientific instruments, then how desirable it is to refine the human apparatus itself! (Heart 76)

 

You yourselves have to become greater, not your house, your car, your bank account, your library, your equipment, aircrafts or weapons.

 

In which direction will this transformation proceed? Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will not hunt through space, brandishing weapons like cowboys. Such ideas only extend without imagination today's conditions into the future.

 

A higher being will be a more spiritual being. In order to grow, we need to grow spiritually.

 

Not the factory, but the workshop of the spirit will renovate the world. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 333 [389])

 

The time which humanity is now experiencing is one of transition from the evolution of the intellect to the evolution of spirituality. (Helena Roerich Letters Vol. I, letter of 07.06.1934 [English version, 23.06.1934 Russian version])

 

The possibilities of our body are largely exhausted. Whether we can run the 100 meters a few milliseconds faster, is irrelevant. But the potential of our eternal, spiritual individuality is still almost completely left unexploited. Here slumber treasures for a development without limits!

 

The predestined dates for the spirit are approaching. (Leaves of Morya’s Garden I, 249 [285])

 

The skills that are reachable through the potential of our spirit include, for example: mind reading, telepathy, levitation, telekinesis, psychic healing and other spiritual powers more. One day we will even learn to fly! Then we will no longer need mobile phones, television sets or aircrafts: Then we will replace these devices by our own organism!

 

The significance of the heart is great, for in the future it will make many apparatuses unnecessary. Verily, in the New Era people will appear who replace by themselves the most complex apparatuses. At present, people invent robots, but after this mechanical fever has abated man’s attention will turn to the powers within himself. (Supermundane 22)

 

All this is far in the future. We are just beginning to develop the power of our spirit. The first exercises can be found at Agni Yoga Web TV in our Series "Experiment Immortality ".

 

 

10. Cycles of Involution and Evolution

 

We have spoken so far about “evolution” only. However, necessary for an understanding of the whole development is also the term “involution”.

 

The development proceeds in cycles of involution and evolution, as illustrated by the following sketch (from Mahatma-Letters No. 14 of 09.07.1882):

 

 

 

 

 

At the beginning of a cycle, at the highest point of the circle (point N), the spirit sinks into matter. At the beginning, matter is still very similar to the spirit, that is, all fine and ethereal, mostly spiritual, hardly material.

 

The experienced swimmer springs from the heights into the depths of the water. He feels daring and joy at returning to the surface. So, too, the conscious spirit plunges into carnate matter, in order to rise again to the mountain heights. (Brotherhood 320)

 

During the involution of the spirit in the first, descending half of the cycle, matter becomes harder and harder; denser and denser bodies are developing. The initial spiritual knowledge gives way to intellectual development. Man forgets his divine origin and loses his higher, spiritual senses and skills.

 

At the lowest point of the circle (point S), the descent of spirit into matter, the involution, is completed. Material and intellectual development have reached their peak. The spirit has attained its lowest point. This means: The beings that stand here are intelligent, but with hardly any spirituality.

 

At this turning point, the ascending half of the round begins (evolution): The spirit slowly frees itself from matter by spiritualizing it. Thus, matter is becoming fine again. The spirituality increases, the materiality decreases. The spiritual knowledge grows and replaces the intellectual.

 

At the end of the cycle (point N), the spirit has arrived again at its highest point. The matter in which it is included, is again fine and ethereal. A new cycle can begin - but from a higher starting point.

 

The entire future is founded upon the return of coarse matter into the domain of light. (AY 531)

 

The God in him is crying out to the God who created him for readmission to the Garden of Eden – the state of equilibrium, perfection from which he was driven by divine law in order that he might return clothed in immortality. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 184 “No God”)

 

 

11. Development in the Form of a Spiral

 

The whole evolution proceeds in the form of a spiral: unlimited and forever growing. A new cycle always starts one level higher than the starting point of the previous cycle.

 

All that exists grows spirally. (AY 413)

 

The spiral structure is contained in all currents; one can see the same spiral foundation in all existence. (Fiery World II, 360)

 

It is important to recognize this principle: The development again and again touches the same points and passes through the same phases - but in each case in more depth, on a higher level than before.

 

Not only human beings, but also minerals, plants and animals go through this cyclical, spiral-like development. Even our planet, the earth, parallel to the human cycle, goes the same way from an ethereal beginning down to cooling off and hardening and back up again to spiritualization.

 

 

12. Corresponding Development of the Individual

 

Each of us undergoes a corresponding development: As a child, in the first seven years, we are very spiritual in the sense that the soul determines our life: We still have a connection to the Upper World, from which we just came. All material things are alien to us. We still live largely in the world of the soul - in the realm of our own fantasy. The soul needs a few years to completely take possession of the body and to enter the physical, earthly life.

 

Then comes the time of sexuality, the building up of a material existence, the foundation of a family, the forming of the earthly world. The concerns of the soul step into the background.

 

Towards the end of our life, the material things lose their importance. The longing to live the life of the soul increases. The earthly matters no longer satisfy us. We turn to spiritual tasks and pleasures. We are preparing for our return to the spiritual world.

 

So, the top half of the cycle of life, at the beginning and at the end of our lives, is ruled by spirit and spirituality, the lower half by matter and intellect. For a new life on earth, we start again from the top - but from a higher starting point, enriched by all the experiences, achievements and accumulations of the previous life.

 

 

13. Seven Cycles

 

Out of the unlimited evolution, at the present time, seven cycles are recognizable: The monad first runs through a mineral, then a plant, further an animal and today through the IV, the human-earthly cycle. A monad which begins this IV. Cycle, therefore, was previously embodied as a stone, as a plant and as an animal, and has successfully completed the development of these lower species.

 

To put it bluntly: You - your true self, your eternal individuality – were once, millions of years ago, a stone. You then developed yourself further into a plant and later into an animal, before you have finally advanced so far as to be able to appear in the body of a human being.

 

The above sketch shows these cycles I to VII. Only the IV., the human cycle takes place on earth, the other cycles are on other planets. Man comes from a lower planet. Once he has learned what he can learn on earth, he will continue his way in the V. cycle on a higher planet.

 

In the I. cycle, an ordinary pebble stone becomes a "more spiritual" mineral, for example a crystal, which is already growing and thus getting closer to the plant kingdom.

 

In the II., the vegetable cycle, grass develops into higher standing plants such as roses, orchids and trees, as well as to forms of life representing the transition to the next cycle, the animal world.

 

Simplest examples of the animal sphere, such as cockroaches, in the III. cycle become "more spiritual", higher animals such as dolphins, horses, dogs or apes. They thus approach the level of human beings and get ready for the IV. cycle.

 

The later V., VI., and VII. cycles offer opportunities for development beyond today's humanity – to creatures which will no longer be human beings, but "God-Men" or "Supermen".

 

The duration of a cycle is about 4.3 billion years.

 

 

14. Man is not descended from the Apes

 

Once you understand this system, you realize: Modern man does not originate from today’s apes:

 

The monads of today's apes are a whole cycle backwards compared to the monads of today’s man, namely in their III., the animal cycle. Today's earthly apes will become something like human beings only in their next, their IV. cycle on another planet. Then today’s mankind will already be higher beings in their V. cycle.

 

However, the bodies of modern man-monads were ape-like in their previous animal cycle on a lower planet.

 

 

15. Seven Rounds

 

Each of the seven cycles is divided into seven rounds. Within a cycle, the already described procedure is repeated: The cycle starts at the highest point with round 1 and ethereal, spiritual, almost immaterial beings. In rounds 2 and 3, the monad is getting more and more material, reaches in round 4 the lowest point of the circle, in order then to spiritualize itself again in rounds 5, 6 and 7.

 

Our current, earthly IV. cycle began with its 1. round about 1.9 billion years ago. The monads, which came from other planets to the (ethereal) earth, had, in their 1., 2. and 3. round, first to go again through the mineral, vegetable and animal development, this time under the particular conditions of the earth. That lasted about 300 million years, so that the actual, human development began about 1.6 billion years ago with the 4. round.

 

We are now at the bottom of the IV. cycle, in the 4. round. Here, the physical development of mankind (and of the earth) takes place. The creatures of the earlier rounds were essentially ethereal models, not physical men as we know them today.

 

 

16. Seven Races

 

Each of the seven rounds of a cycle is divided into seven races. Again, the development is analogous to that in the rounds and cycles: Involution beginning at the ethereal highest point down to the low point and the densest material stage, and from there evolution with increasing spiritualization.

 

Little is known of the first race. The second race were the Hyperboreans, the third race the Lemurians, the fourth race the Atlanteans, and today we are in the fifth race of the Aryans.

 

Each of these races occupied its own continent, which perished with the end of the race. For the upcoming sixth race, too, a new continent will emerge, and much of the existing surface of the earth will sink into the sea (which means that the importance of the much discussed climate change is relative).

 

Let us look now more closely at these races:

 

 

17. Hyperboreans 

 

The fourth round of the IV. earthly cycle began about 300 million years ago with the first race. The first bodies were huge, bulky and made of very fine, ethereal matter.

 

The second race inhabited the Hyperborean continent that lay around the North Pole and is now drowned.

 

The first two races were "Gods" by their spirituality and purity, but had no intellect yet. They were immortal because they had no physical body. They were far superior to present humanity regarding spirituality.

 

 

18. Lemuria

 

The third race lived in Lemuria, a continent that was located on the site of the present Pacific Ocean between Madagascar and South America. It has now perished due to earthquakes and volcanic eruptions - except for Australia, New Zealand, Ceylon and some other islands.

 

This race was initially sexless, then androgynous. In the middle of the third race, about 18 million years ago, the bodies separated into male and female, and humanity as we know it today begins.

 

The spiritual senses withered away more and more due to the increasing corporeality. The monads of this race were initially without intellect, led by instinct and the remains of spirituality. The intellect only began to form at the middle of the third race.

 

The bodies were gigantic, initially 18, later 6 meters tall. The famous statues on the Easter Islands, remnants of the continent of Lemuria, are evidence of these giants who had to grapple with the dinosaurs. Remains of the ancient Lemurians are today peoples such as the Ethiopians, the indigenous Australians (Aborigines) and the Bushmen.

 

 

19. Atlantis

 

The fourth race, which began 4-5 million years ago, lived in Atlantis. This continent was located on the site of the present Atlantic Ocean between West Africa and South America, stretching as far north as Iceland. It was destroyed about 850,000 years ago by a flood. There remained a few little islands, which perished through subsequent floods. The last of them, Poseidonia, mentioned by Platon, went down through the biblical flood of Noah some 9500 years ago

 

Very last remnants of Atlantis are the islands of the Canaries, Cape Verdes and the Azores. If you go there on holidays, you will feel that you tread on age-old soil.

 

The Atlanteans had a high culture. They already used aircrafts that were operated with ether. The intellectual development of mankind reached its peak at that time. In its prime – about 1 million years ago, - the capital, the "City of The Golden Gates", had 2 million inhabitants, and the whole continent 2 billion. The Atlanteans, too, were initially giants with a size of almost 4 meters. Over time, their size decreased down to that of modern man.

 

The fifth race of the 4. round, the Aryans, which makes up the largest part of humanity today, originated about 1 million years ago in Asia.

 

 

20. Current Time: Lowest Point

 

We modern men belong predominantly to the fifth race of the 4. round of the IV. Cycle. That means, we have thus just passed the lowest turning point of the 7 cycles (point S).

 

Your straight-knowledge confirms this: Intellect, materialism, science and technology have already passed their peak before our time. They cannot show us the way any longer. The spirit has reached the low point. We are now in the very early stages of an awakening, itself slowly liberating spirituality. Therefore, the current times are hard for the few spiritually minded people.

 

Our further way on the ascending arc will be a path of inwardness, of the development of the spirit, of the augmentation of the powers of the immortal self: The Spiritual Path. The New Age is that of the evolution of the spirit from matter.

 

The next step of the evolution will be the sixth race of the 4. round. It is the very purpose of Agni Yoga to prepare humanity for this step.

 

Now, We assemble the spirits of the sixth race, and Agni Yoga is the Call! (Infinity 188)

 

Let us not think that the next race will fall from heaven on rosy wings. No, here also one cannot dispense with a laboratory. We welcome it if now thoughts about the transformation of the race are strengthened. Thus the human spirit will receive a regenerated garment. (Hierarchy 207)

 

It would be more correct to say that the cycle of Kali Yuga is approaching its end on our planet and that we are now going through a transitory stage. Satya Yuga must begin with the affirmation of the sixth race, individual groups of which are already appearing on Earth. But the true era of Satya Yuga on our planet can begin only after the planet is purified of its unfit material and new continents are formed. (Helena Roerich Letters Vol. I, letter of 31.05.1935)

 

 

21. Development up to the highest Levels

 

There are no limits to our further upward development. Each of you can reach the next level and become a Mahatma Gandhi, a Mozart, a Raphael, or a saint. They have worked their way up before times from lower levels, and since then proceed further to even higher steps.

 

It is ridiculous to think of the essence of an Arhat as being something unearthly. An Arhat evolves on Earth as a Leader of hearts. (Heart 585)

 

Beyond them come even higher levels: “sons of God” like Jesus or Buddha, angels and archangels. By virtue of the indwelling divine fire, every man is a potential Christ!

 

The Spiritual Light is reflected within the mentality of man, and also in that of every living creature in varying degrees; therefore every man is a potential Christ. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 207 “The coming Avatar”)

 

First you were a mineral, then a plant, then an animal, then a human being. You will become an angel, and that too you will leave behind. There are still a thousand other forms of existence waiting for you. What you cannot imagine, you will be. (Rumi)

 

All these higher levels have outgrown the lowlands of the normal material human life. They have worked their way up out of external circumstances that were no better than ours today. Their greater proximity to God is based on nothing else than a purer life and a higher striving, on a more successful development of their divine core.

 

The word Mahatma is translated as Great Soul. Some imagine the Mahatmas as a completely distinct race. One should not conceive a Great Soul to be entirely distinct. Each Mahatma began his ascent from the very midst of the people, having only dared to choose the difficult path of the Great Soul. (Hierarchy 304)

 

I must also remind you that all the Archangels and Angels had to go through human evolution. And the Archangel Varahael, or Uriel, was and is a Man. Likewise the Archangel Michael, though ranking amongst the Highest Archangels, nevertheless walked on our sinful Earth, bringing salvation. (Helena Roerich Letters Vol. I, letter of 12.12.1934)

 

How could it be otherwise? How else than by work can you reach such high levels? How could a being like Jesus understand and lead mankind, if He had not Himself met human labour and human suffering, and had not Himself risen above it?

 

How, then, can the heart realize all the beauty of Existence if it has not penetrated into all the joys and sorrows of life? (Fiery World III, 308)

 

Many have heard about the Kumaras [Archangels], but few have rightly understood about them. This manifestation is something superearthly—thus do people say, but they forget with what labor the attainment is built. Scholars are already beginning to understand how a human personality enters into the pantheon of heroes. By the same path also are the qualities of the Leaders of humanity accumulated. If they do not pass through earthly sufferings, they cannot respond to people’s sufferings. If they do not experience the sweat of toil, they cannot guide people in their labor. Self-abnegation, mercy, compassion, courage are forged in life. Nothing abstract can mold the strength of the spirit. Thus let people understand the Kumaras as the true Leaders. (Brotherhood 489)

 

It would be unscientific to believe that Jesus or the angels stand outside the law of evolution. There is nothing in the universe that is not subject to this law.

 

Mme. Blavatsky accepted Jesus’ divinity only so far as He had cultivated the Spark of the divine in His nature to a greater degree than had the masses of humanity. (Teachings of the Temple Vol. II, Lesson “Faith in Christ a Spiritual Guidepost”)

 

The divinity of Jesus does not rest upon a miraculous or supernatural conception, birth and resurrection. The life and conduct accredited to Him are sufficient to show the action of Divinity through Him. He is the one perfect pattern in ages of human effort handed down to the races of mankind now upon the earth.

The fundamental cause of the difference between Jesus and countless other men of similar potentialities, lies in the fact that through many lives the inner Ego, the Self of that entity, had prepared conditions by self-sacrifice, indefatigable labor, purity of life and purpose intense love and unremitting service for others, in and through His whole nature for the acceptance and radiation of that divine light we call the Christos.

This made of Him "One set apart", a "Light to Lighten the world", a pattern for all men to copy if they would reach the altitude where He dwells, and at the same time and by the same means furnish the vehicle through which the phenomena noted in the various accounts of the descent of the Holy Spirit, could be manifested to a wondering people.

 (Teachings of the Temple Vol. I, Lesson 64 “Let there be Light”)

 

 

22. The Path to God

 

If we have come this far, we cannot stop before the top of the pyramid: It is one of the most terrible mistakes of mankind to imagine God as an unattainable creature outside of nature and evolution.

 

He, too, eons ago, has gone through the natural evolution from the lowest beginnings, and has reached the highest height through nothing but work. One of the central teachings of Agni Yoga says:

 

There is no God who has not been a human being before. All Gods have to go through the human evolution. (Helena Roerich Letters Vol. I, letter of 31.05.1935)

 

We are called forth to follow the same path!

 

It is of the utmost importance that you recognize the evolutionary line that leads from the blade of grass via man to beings that stand far higher than we. Only thus you can make yourself a scientific picture of the higher spheres that does not contradict reason. Only thus you can gather courage for your own development. Only thus we can overcome the unfruitful abstraction of today's understanding of God.

 

Man is on the Path to God: This idea of our evolutionary path is neither new nor unworldly mysticism: Jesus himself has given this advice to us 2000 years ago, when he taught in the Sermon on the Mount:

 

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5, 48)

 

If you are really aware that you wear, with your higher nature, God’s image within yourself, you will endeavour to be as similar as possible to this inner model.

 

This is not a chimera, not an unreachable goal: We carry, with our higher self, the attributes of God already within us. It is now important to develop this potential in millions of years step by step up to its highest perfection.

 

To become like a god: Will that not be a proud, a dignified - will that not be the highest goal?

 

To conclude this Broadcasting, let us hear another paragraph from Agni Yoga:

 

The wayfarer affirms that he goes to the Lord Himself. It is true, people are amazed at such a resolution, but they respect such steadfastness. One must set before oneself the loftiest goal; only then does the road not appear forbidding. One must adjoin the highest quality throughout all existence. One must accept higher measures as alone worthy of the Highest Forces. (Fiery World 2, 370)