Our Evolutionary Dynamics
The confusion among
scholars about the factor or factors responsible for the birth and the growth of
the moral sense is due to the fact that there is no awareness about the
evolutionary dynamics of the brain. The evolution of morals has not occurred
either through the exercise of reason or through experience.
Where the Error Lies
The crude struggle for existence draws into play those
resources of the body and properties of the mind which help one to overcome the
other competitors and rivals in the race for survival. The emphasis of this
struggle would therefore be on the strength of brain and muscle, on endurance
and courage, on cleverness and wit, on strategy and cunning, on deceit and
trickery, planning and plotting, falsehood and sham, or on violence and
aggression, to achieve the dominating position in the battle.
These are the traits that we continually see at work in
the animal kingdom everywhere on land, in the ocean or the air. But the moral
virtues that have been highly regarded since the dawn of civilization and are
admired even today are the very opposite of these traits.
Innocence has a greater appeal to the heart than
cleverness, frankness than duplicity, truth than falsehood, simplicity than
sophistication, humility than pride, honesty than deception, self denial than
indulgence, pacifism than aggression, calmness than violence, artlessness than
deceit and trickery and so on.
Some of these virtues are in direct opposition to the
essential qualifications needed for the ruthless battle for self existence. But
the learned have no awareness of the factors that have brought about this change
in the instinctive armor necessary for survival. The theologian ascribes the
emergence of morals to divine commandments transmitted through Revelation.
Scholars ascribe their growth to mundane causes, ˇfor instance the demands of
civilization ˇbut without convincing evidence. The inference is obvious that
for any kind of moral behavior which militates against the demands of the
struggle for existence, there must occur changes in the depth of the human
psyche and consequently in those intricate mechanisms of the cerebrospinal
system that give rise to it.
Ethics and reason represent the two branches of the
same tree confused by the vicissitudes through which mankind has passed and the
variances in the moral impulse displayed throughout.
We find it difficult to reconcile the erratic behavior
of the ethical sense with the action of a consistent evolutionary principle in
the human mind. But this is exactly where the error lies. Looking at the past we
can easily find that the growth of reason has always been attended by absurd
behavior, irrationality and superstition, as if two opposite forces were
contending for supremacy through the human mind.
In the same way morality has been accompanied by
immorality and even diabolic traits of character, deceit, untruth, ruthlessness
and inhumanity to this day.
Pinholes in Other Planes of Infinity
We often do not give sufficient thought to the
colossal task that evolution has to accomplish. It represents a rise from the
earth to the sky. A clod of earth has to gain the power of thinking, of
awakening to the knowledge of itself and then of the universe around it. A
handful of insensitive matter has to win a state of awareness where it can
mingle with a consciousness which pervades the universe from a handful of dust
to be one with the All. It is a stupendous transformation, a mighty drama which
only an absolute power could design, stage and play.
We are wont to underestimate the inconceivably vast
dimensions of creation and the stupendous proportions of the power of it because
our mind and senses, like the brain and the eyes of an ant on a log floating
upon the surface of an ocean, are not able to register our own insignificant
position compared with the titanic forces by which we are encompassed. We
believe that the picture of the universe presented to us by the mind and
intellect is all that there is, and we start to speculate how the entity we
picture could have come into existence. We never expand our thinking to be
conscious of the fact that we are staring at an infinity through a pinhole and
that there are countless other pinholes in other planes of creation through
which this infinity can be viewed.
In countless different ways each pinhole presents a
different image of it. The colossal nature of consciousness begins to dawn only
when the human limit of perception is exceeded through the grace of the still
partially hidden biological mechanism responsible for evolution. For the
attainment of a transhuman dimension of consciousness, the evolution of morals
is as much, if not more, necessary than the evolution of the intellect. A monkey
who knows how to ignite the fuse leading to a store of gun powder cannot be
expected to be nice about it when his instinct drives him to set fire to it.
Modern man, with the power to use the awful force of
nuclear fusion for destructive purposes, is hesitant to employ it partly because
of moral scruples and partly because of the equally terrible retaliatory action
that would follow.
But he has certainly not attained to the moral stature
yet when the very idea of using such a weapon either for offense or for defense
would be repugnant to him. Wars can be fought even without the use of
instruments that can annihilate the whole of humankind and even wipe off life
from the earth. He has also not attained to the moral height where the massacre
of defenseless and innocent men, women and children, not involved in actual
fighting, would be repellent to his mind. The fact that both these moral
considerations were thrown to the winds in the wars fought during this century
is a clear indication of the fact that moral evolution has not kept pace with
the evolution of the intellect.
The Effect of the First Nuclear Blast
The effect of this disposition between the moral
and intellectual evolution of humanity can be disastrous in the extreme. This is
the real cause behind the highly explosive and dangerous situation of today. By
creating these tensions and pressures, the aim of Nature is to teach this
important lesson to humankind. The overgrown intellect, denied true insight,
exhausts itself in ferreting out the causes for the crisis and proposes remedies
without ever lighting upon the truth.
All the academic hair-splitting and the noisy hubbub of
the learned world will vanish with the first blast of nuclear weapons in the
next World War. Until then, unable to see into the future, it will continue to
thrust its opinions on a multitude already hopelessly lost in the confusion it
Entry to transhuman consciousness highly adds to the
responsibilities of man. We have gained the awareness now of the potentialities
of the intellect and the almost limitless power it can exercise both for
destructive and constructive purposes. Our forefathers only a century back had
no awareness of the technological achievements possible to man with the exercise
of his mental ability and skill. What undreamed of possibilities will open
before man and what stupendous forces will come under his sway with the further
evolution of his mind to the transhuman state is impossible to conceive of at
It might become possible for him then to extend his
sovereignty over all the solar system as he now extends it over the earth. But
how can Nature allow man to win this sovereign position unless he has also
gained the capability to shoulder the highly increased responsibility in a
befitting manner, and not to abuse the almost unlimited powers gained?
This is the reason
why in every case of the awakening of the evolutionary mechanism secret devices
in the brain come into play to mold the individual towards a state of mind where
the possibility of abuse of psychic power is eliminated. The desire for self
reform is the first sign of the activity of this dormant psycho-physiological
The Supermundane Forces
This is also the reason why almost all those who
possess psychic talents are never able to control the power, or to exhibit them
at their own will and choice, or often even to remain alert and conscious when
the phenomena come to pass. This is also the reason why through all the past, in
spite of the great advances made in spiritual science, as for instance in India,
the secret of domination over the super-intelligent forces of creation was never
revealed. It is also why discoveries, whether in the spiritual or the material
realm, were made in a series of different minds and were not vouchsafed to but
one individual, including Buddha and Christ, however high their spiritual
stature might have been.
Unfortunately, our notions of immorality are still
distorted. War is not considered to be an immoral act. If it were, then the
armed forces of nations would not receive the approbation, the honor and the
homage that they do.
But prostitution on the part of a woman who is driven
to it by starvation, by reduction or by other pressures in her life is
considered to be a grossly immoral act. This disorientation and confusion in our
ethical values and ideas about immorality is due to the fact that there is no
awareness at all about the aim of evolution and the moral code of behavior that
must be followed, by individuals and the race, to achieve it.
Excess Erudition Damages the Brain
Excess of erudition can be as damaging to the
evolutionary activity of the brain as excess of any other kind. If it were the
aim of Nature to turn it into a computer then inspiration and the flash of
discovery would have been denied and great writers and thinkers provided with
the resources of the intellect to compose their great works or to initiate the
laws of science.
But according to the affirmations of some of the
greatest minds which humankind has produced, it is obvious that all really great
works of literature, all great masterpieces of painting, music, sculpture, of
philosophy, and all the discoveries of science were made by minds which, in
addition to accumulated knowledge and intelligence, had the gift of intuitive
insight or inspiration.
To say that inspiration or creativity comes from the
subconscious is to make the confusion worse confounded. If the subconscious has
access to new knowledge never gathered before, or to laws of the physical world
never discovered in the past or has the capacity to create works of art never
thought of previously, it then clearly means that it excels the surface
consciousness in all that is original and creative.
In all our thinking about man, about his social,
political, cultural behavior and dietetic needs, the factor of evolution has
never been taken into consideration. But there can be no doubt that it will be
necessary to revise our thinking and to overhaul all the existing systems to
conform when once the reality is established beyond dispute.
The experience of life imparts a knowledge that cannot
be gained in any other way. Even the study of the whole existing literature on
human behavior cannot make us so wise about the complex nature of human life as
experience can do. It is a great mistake to suppose that entry to the
transcendental stake of consciousness can make one infallible, all wise and all
Attribution of infallibility and absolute wisdom to
prophets and sages has been mainly responsible for the evils of religion. If the
race is not to stagnate human knowledge must continue to grow to the end. The
dogma of infallibility precludes further progress in knowledge and is,
therefore, inimical to the evolution of the mind.
Religious Dogma Precludes Progress
I do not feel myself to be superior in any way to
my fellow human beings. There is no idea of purity or chastity, virtue or
saintliness in my mind to inflate my ego. Our whole constitution stands on
frailty. We live at the mercy of forces beyond our ken. I still continue to
learn from my friends and associates.
There is hardly any man or woman who has not a
beautiful trait of character or a small store of wisdom lying inside. It is
through the inherent goodness in human beings that humankind is able to prosper
Legions hesitate to speak an untruth, to sell dear, to
adulterate, to be unjust, to deceive, to blackmail, to be mean or avaricious,
not out of fear of the law but because of an impulse in their interior which
keeps them on the side of right. The great importance of religions and their
founders has lain in the fact that they sowed and nurtured this righteous
impulse. The materialistic thinking of the last two centuries now poses a great
threat to humanity because it tends to uproot and destroy this natural,
The only exceptional knowledge I possess is the harvest
of the extraordinary experience I have undergone. I still keep my intellect free
and benefit immensely from the books I read. In my contact with the world, in my
knowledge of it, I am no better than millions of my fellow beings and, maybe, at
times display even less practical sense than many of them.
In my contact with the transcendental world to which I
slowly gained entry, after the awakening, I am but a child, constantly wondering
at what I perceive, trying to pick up the alphabet of a language more difficult
than any knowledge of the physical universe ever gained.
The supreme experience is staggering, enrapturing,
blissful and inspiring but, at the same time, inexplicable and ungraspable by
the intellect. The experience is illuminating, no doubt, because it reveals the
grandeur, sublimity and eternal nature of the soul but beyond that what? All
that is beyond lies out of the reach of the intellect and hence cannot be
translated into any language devised by the mind.
The inscrutable and ineffable nature of mystical
ecstasy cannot constitute a permanent barrier to the unraveling of the Great
Mystery. The evolution of man is a transition from darkness to light. But this
transition has to occur in millions of years.
A New Concept of Religion
At the first dim dawn of reason the new processes
of thought must have appeared strange and inexplicable to the evolving primate.
He must have felt bewildered when the new-born faculty began to overrule the
instinctive behavior of the mind.
Entry to another dimension of consciousness, where
reason is superseded, must have the same perplexing and mystifying effect on the
mind. When this area of study is accurately demarcated with painstaking research
of the phenomenon, a new alphabet, a new language and new symbols will develop
to understand and interpret the experience.
A time will shortly come when all the resources of
science and the intellect will be mobilized to gain more and more insight into
this extraordinary state expressible in terms of the intellect.
The evolutionary concept puts a different complexion on
religion. The myths of divine birth, miraculous transformations and special
delegation are entirely ruled out. It has to be conceded then that the whole
race is evolving in the same direction followed by the great prophets, sages and
mystics of the past and has to achieve the same goal. It has also to be admitted
then that what we call miraculous, supernatural or paranormal might be the
outcome of laws ruling the spiritual world or the forces compounding it of which
we have no real awareness at present.
There can be no two opinions about the fact that all
the great spiritual prodigies of the past had the same kind of body, the same
physiognomy, the same brain, the same power of reasoning and the same emotions
as other normal human beings. They were prone to hunger and thirst, to age and
decay; were vulnerable to disease and death; and even in the length of their
life span they were like other human beings.
The only remarkable difference between them and the
others has been that they claimed to be in communion with an absolute Power or
Cosmic Intelligence which they called by different names. The proof of this
inner experience was furnished by the revelations which they made and the way in
which they molded their life. Their revelations are still before our eyes. There
is nothing supernatural or miraculous coming out of them, save that for
thousands of years they have had a most profound influence in shaping the life
and thought of millions of followers who reposed their faith in them.
The Reverse Effect of Today's Religion
The current concept of religion has the very
reverse effect of that which was intended by the founders. They prescribed a
certain way of life and behavior for the multitudes that accepted their
teaching, but due to a travesty of fate, their self-appointed deputies, instead
of persuading others to conform to their directions themselves took the lead in
Instead of laying stress on inner discipline and
purification they put more emphasis on outer show, ceremony and ritual. But when
it came to making the teaching an actual part and parcel of life they treated it
as a dead letter meant to be pondered over and admired but not to be practiced
This is the reason why the modern world took a sudden
spurt in the opposite direction and now is filled with fear at the consequences
of this step. An ordered life free of immoderate ambition, desire and lust is a
primary need of evolution. The transformative processes ceaselessly going on in
the brain become disorganized with uncontrollable outbursts of anger or passion,
constant preoccupation with ambitious projects, greed, lust for power and
ignoble thought or propensity. The basic teaching of all revealed scriptures
tends to keep man from yielding blindly to passion, desire, malice, envy or
other evil tendencies of the mind.
A good many readers
of my autobiography are appalled at the suffering I underwent for years after
the awakening of the evolutionary mechanism. Some even believe that the results
achieved were not at all in proportion to the ordeal I had faced. Since no one
can visualize my inner being, it is rather difficult for me to convince the
world that I have been compensated a hundred times over.
The World of Science Tomorrow
If I were offered the choice to brave the same grueling
ordeal again to reach the same state of inner illumination and beatitude, I
would accept it without a moment's hesitation, even if I had a kingdom to throw
The reason for a deprecative frame of mind lies in that
the colossal nature of the transformation is not realized. If a certain practice
of meditation were to culminate in the production of an Einstein, a
Shankaracharya or a Plato right before the eyes of the learned, they would
readily acknowledge the efficacy of the discipline and there would spring up
thousands of emulators fired with the hope of attaining to the same state of
consciousness. The trials and tribulations suffered will be considered to be
trivial compared to the eminence achieved.
In fact, the whole world of science would stir to
activity if confronted with the phenomenon of a voluntarily produced Einstein,
Plato or Shankara, because their matchless intellectual contributions would be a
sufficient proof to validate the transformation. We can be sure that, in such an
event, the most eminent scientists would vie with each other to be the first to
announce the discovery.
My writings mainly revolve around a still unrecognized
organic device in the human body and its activity. I write on a subject still
obscure and unknown, centering round the still unsuspected evolution of the
brain and the future of the race.
All that I say appears hypothetical and speculative in
the extreme, awaiting the confirmation of empirical science to receive
acceptance as a branch of accurate knowledge. I am, therefore, a controversial
figure still awaiting recognition for any talents that I possess. I have made
this comparison only to show how different would be the reaction if, instead of
an unknown, mediocre man like me, an Einstein would have resulted from the
experience that I had.
The reason why I am not disturbed at this lack of a
correct evaluation of the result in my case is because I know that there is no
awareness at all about what I am trying to expound, both among the scholars and
the average readers of my books.
When this awareness dawns on a successful termination
of the experiments done, all that I am writing about this subject and the
evolutionary target of the human race will then be priced at its correct value
and allotted its due position in the annals of science. The pain and agony that
I suffered will not then loom large in the imagination of the people but may
even be treated as a cheap price paid for the exceptional knowledge gained.
Evolution Active in Millions Everywhere
The evolutionary mechanism can be active, in
varying degrees, in thousands, ˇeven millions of peopleˇ, without resulting in
any spectacular mental transformation. But with enhanced knowledge about the
mechanism, executed with the right knowledge of the human body, spectacular
results can be achieved.
The dangers inherent in a metamorphosis of the brain,
as a result of the awakening, to give rise to a transcendental state of
consciousness, will come to light when the phenomenon is subjected to
A glance at the hazardous practices and disciplines of
certain forms of spiritual disciplines of Yoga is sufficient to show what
mastery over the vital functions of the body had to be gained and what a will of
iron had to be cultivated by those who ventured to arouse the evolutionary
mechanism from its dormant state.
The first experience of a sudden awakening of the power
is that of a raging psychic storm, as if a tornado has been let loose in the
system which, if not handled with an iron grip on the mind, can drive one crazy
with its unimaginable violence. Long years of careful preparation will always be
needed in the case of those who would like to brave the hazard of arousing
evolution to accelerated activity before the due time.
The explosion of the inner world is far more beset with
dangers than the exploration of outer space. In less than another half a century
these and other pressures from the psyche must cause drastic changes in the
structure of human society in all parts of the world. These shifts will not be
confined to the western nations alone. The less-developed lands will also
participate in this transmutation. The growing urge in the younger generations
of all countries for a more equitable social order, for a simpler and more
natural life, and for the brotherhood of all nations, will find fulfillment in
some way. The urge betokens a certain advanced stage of evolution demanding a
new form of society and a new world order for its fulfillment.
A Paranoid Mental Condition
A storm is brewing in the psychological depths of
the race to bring about radical changes in all spheres of human life. It will be
so radical and unthought of that scholars will be taken completely by surprise
at the onslaught of superconscious forces of which they had no knowledge at all.
It is this approaching revolution in the life of individuals and the nations
that will bear clinching testimony to what I say.
The participants in the New Age movement, with
followers in many parts of the world, are all motivated by the same urge. There
is no possibility of escape from the operation of an impulse which will
overmaster the mental activity of the whole race.
The only cause for anxiety is that a conflict between
the progressive and the retrogressive forces by retrogressive I mean those who
stubbornly refuse to change with the times might result in a global strike,
causing colossal loss of lives and unbearable agony to myriads. The huge armies
and vast arsenals of the most destructive weapons ever devised by the ingenuity
of man, which we see filling the earth on every side, are the outcome of a kink
in the human mind. The whole nuclear armory, that can destroy mankind many times
over, owes its existence not to a real threat but to the overexcited and
paranoid mental condition of a few nations not able to adapt themselves to the
idea of peaceful coexistence with other human beings.
Were they compelled by a superior extraterrestrial
species of life to sink their differences on pain of total annihilation the
whole military situation of the earth can change in a few days. The same brain,
brawn and muscle which was employed to create the gigantic forces of destruction
would be engaged now to disband the armies and destroy the armaments in but a
tiny fraction of the time in which they had been built up.
The commanders, designers, scientists, technicians and
the rest would vie with each other to be the first to complete the task of
liquidation, spurred on by the frantic exhortations of the public and the media.
All nations would be galvanized into activity to undo what had taken decades to
Let us suppose that at the very moment when the last
sign of military power is removed and every nation is left without any weapons
or armed personnel, the extraterrestrials disappear from the scene. But before
they vanish, they voice a parting admonition that any revival of the old
practice and any sign of military preparation would be immediately visited with
a terrible retribution. With such a threat constantly at the elbow, would any
nation then dare to violate the conditions of truce in any way or to circumvent
them to suit their ends?
If the threat of annihilation at the hands of a
concrete extraterrestrial power can work the miracle of establishing lasting
peace on earth, why does not the more concrete threat to total extinction with
nuclear weapons, now scattered over the globe, have the same effect on the minds
of those who are piling them up?
This one example is enough to show the erratic behavior
of the human mind and the vagrancy of the intellect on which we pride ourselves.
But alas, man is not able himself to solve his social or political problems in a
rational way with his own intellect. He would readily do it under duress or
terror but not with his own free will.
--Adapted from Living With Kundalini, by Gopi