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Hinduism - Who Is Considered A Mahant In Hinduism?

 (“great”) An ascetic who is the head of a monastery is given this honorific title.

Mahants are selected by their forefathers and are responsible for naming their successors.

Even though they do not own the monastery or its assets, they have nearly complete authority over them while they are alive.

Because he is the undisputed lord of his limited area, the mahant holds extremely high rank in any particular ascetic institute.

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Yogic Philosophy - Svadhyaya: Yoga And The Quest For Knowledge


Svadhyaya - Study Of Self

Knowledge is a powerful tool. Is it, however, the case? 

This famous adage, in my opinion, is terribly inaccurate. 

Nonetheless, information that leads to self-understanding is priceless, since it is self-understanding that allows us to live a life free of the unconscious's dictates. 

And this is ultimately what Yoga and other spiritual traditions are about. 

As a result, study is seen as an essential method of self-knowledge in the Yoga tradition. 

Svadhyaya is the Sanskrit term for study, and it literally means "one's own (sva) entering into (adhyaya)." 

It denotes a careful and methodical examination of the Yoga tradition as well as one's own self. 

Both traditional knowledge and self­-knowledge are intertwined. 

Traditional scriptures contain the distilled wisdom of sages who have reached the peak of self-knowledge, and therefore these writings may help us get a better understanding of ourselves. 

Study is always a journey of self-discovery, self-understanding, and self-transcendence in the yogic sense. 

It has been a part of the yogic path from the beginning of time. 

Patanjali mentions it as one of the component practices of self-restraint (niyama), the second "limb" of his eightfold path, in his Yoga-Sutra (2.32). 

Study is an important component of Yoga's pragmatic approach. 

Although yoga does not advocate blind faith, it does emphasize the supreme necessity of true, profound faith (shraddhd), or trust. 

Belief alone will not assist us in realizing what exists beyond the conditioned or egoic self. 

Instead, Yoga has always been a very experimental and experiential practice, with research being one part of this sound methodology. 

From study, one should move to practice (yoga), and from practice to study, according to the Vishnu-Purana (6.6.2), an ancient encyclopedic Sanskrit book. 

Perfection in study and practice leads to the revelation of the ultimate Self. 

"Whoever neglects learning in his youth loses the past and is dead for the future."

- Euripedes

Many Western Yoga practitioners, particularly those with a dominant right brain, avoid research. 

They'd much prefer improve their performance in one of the two postures. 

  • However, it seems that they often miss the target because they are unaware of the appropriate environment in which these methods should be developed. 
  • Frequently, they do not have a thorough understanding of the methods. 

They may attempt to compensate for their lack of understanding by attempting to re-invent the wheel and create their own yoga practices. 

  • While innovation is admirable—after all, our whole civilization is built on it—in the case of Yoga, we would be well to be humble; after all, the Yo ga tradition can boast of at least 5,000 years of rigorous experimentation. 
  • A solely left-brained (thought-driven) approach to Yoga is similarly risky, if not entirely useless, just as a mainly right-brained (action-driven) approach to Yoga has its drawbacks. 

"Armchair Yoga" isn't a substitute for hands-on experience. 

"It is better to learn late than never."
- Shakespeare

Our accomplishments will be little if our exercise is simply nominal. 

Both theory and practice, like space-time, constitute a continuum in Yoga. 

It necessitates our entire participation, as the Buddhists describe it: with body, voice, and mind. 

The Bhagavad-Gita (2.48) reminds us that yoga is about finding equilibrium (samatva). 

As a result, when we devote ourselves to the yogic path, we should activate both brain hemispheres. 

Let us not forget that "integration" is one of the definitions of the term yoga. 

Study is a source of pleasure for diligent students, according to the Shata-Patha-Brahmana ( 1 1.5. 7.1), an ancient text. 

It concentrates the student's mind and allows him or her to sleep well. It also provides wisdom and the ability to master life. 

What more could a person want? 

An Exercise In Self-Reflection.

1. What is your relationship with knowledge? 

  • Do you gather knowledge in the same way that some people collect trinkets?

  • Do you consider knowledge to be a path to wisdom?
  • Or do you think wisdom is a whole different animal than knowledge? 


2. What piece of information has had the most profound impact on you, and how has it shaped you? 


3. Do you believe in the concept of "objective" knowledge? 

  • Can we ever get out of our shell and see things for what they are? 


4. According to Alexander Pope, the appropriate topic of study should be humanity itself. What would you say to him if you were in his shoes? 


5. What is the difference between information and knowledge? 

  • The terms "information overflow" and "knowledge explosion" are often used. How do you feel about both of them? 


6. Sometimes we mean "I suppose" when we say "I know." Examine some of your basic "knowledges" to see whether you are really knowledgeable or simply making assumptions. 

  • In your situation, where do you draw the boundary between knowledge and faith? 


7. In religious and spiritual issues, what function do you think knowledge plays? 

  • Is it okay to accept things at face value, or should we constantly strive for perfect certainty? 


8. Many, if not all, Western Yoga practitioners are uninterested in studying Yoga, believing that practicing is more essential. 

  • Do you think it's possible to really practice Yoga without also studying it? 


9. While studying Yoga would undoubtedly provide us with useful knowledge, do you believe it may also inspire, elevate, and encourage us? 

  • What motivates you to pursue a degree? 


10. Do you ever have the feeling that you "don't know anything"? 

  • Or are you proud of your knowledge? 
  • Do you believe that knowledge is a kind of power?

Yogic Philosophy - Finding The Creative Purpose Of Life.

Among the other characteristics and attributes that the rules of our reason forced us to believe the Absolute was Omnipotence or the notion of All-Power. 

In other words, we are forced to see the One as the source and font of all the power that exists, has ever been, or ever will exist in the Universe. 

Not only is it often assumed that the One's Power is greater than any other Power, but that there can be no other power, and that, as a result, all manifestations or forms of Power, Force, or Energy must be a part of the great one Energy that emanates from the One. 

There is no way out of this conclusion, no matter how shocking it may seem to the untrained mind. 

If there is any force that is not from and of the One, where does it come from, since there is nothing else? Outside of the One, who or what can manifest even the tiniest degree of power of any kind? All power must emanate from the Absolute, and it must be one in nature. 

Modern science has acknowledged this fact, and the Unity of Energy—the idea that all forms of energy are, in the end, One—is one of its basic concepts. 

The theory of the Conservation of Energy or Correlation of Force is based on the notion that all types of energy are interchangeable. 

From the action of the law of gravity to the greatest form of mental force, science teaches that every manifestation of energy, power, or force is merely the activity of the One Energy of the Universe. 

Science has no idea what this Energy is in its true form. 

It contains a lot of hypotheses, but none of them are made into laws. 

It mentions the Infinite and Eternal Energy that all things arise from, but declares its nature unknown. 

However, some modern scientists are turning their attention to the teachings of the occultists, implying that it is more than just mechanical energy. 

They're talking about it in terms of the mind. 

The driving force of Energy, according to Wundt, a German physicist whose school of thinking is known as voluntarism, is something that may be termed Will. 

“Will is the dominant power of the world,” Crusius said in 1744. 

And Schopenhauer built his intriguing but bleak philosophy and metaphysics on the fundamental concept of an active kind of energy he termed the WilltoLive, which he believed to be the Absolute or the ThinginItself. 

The writer Balzac believed that the driving power of the Universe was something similar to Will. 

Bulwer proposed a similar idea, which he mentioned in a number of his books. 

Various philosophers and intellectuals have entertained this concept of an active, creative Will at work in the Universe, building up; taking down; replacing; mending; changing—always at work—ever active—under various names and styles. 

Some, such as Schopenhauer, consider this Will to be the ultimate thing—that which replaced God as the First Cause. 

Others, on the other hand, have recognized in this Will an active living force originating from the Absolute or God and operating in line with the rules imposed by Him. 

This latter concept may be found in different forms throughout the history of philosophical thinking. 

The English philosopher William Cudsworth developed the concept of "Plastic Nature," which is so similar to the Yogi concept of the Creative Will that we feel comfortable in citing a sentence from his book. 

“It does not seem so agreeable to reason that Nature, as a separate thing from the Deity, should be completely superseded or made to signify nothing, God Himself doing all things immediately and miraculously; from which it would follow that they are all done either forcibly and violently, or artificially only, and none of them by any inward principle of their own,” he writes. 

This belief is further shattered by the slow and gradual process that occurs in the generation of things, which would appear to be nothing more than a vain and insignificant pomp or a trifling formality if the moving power were omnipotent; as well as by the errors and blunders that occur when matter is inept and contumacious; which argue that the moving power is not irresistible, and that Nature is such a thing as i. 

Whereas an almighty moving force, since it could complete its task in a flash, would always do so infallibly and irresistibly, no matter's ineptness or stubbornness being able to thwart such a one, or cause him to bumble or fumble in anything. 

As a result, since neither all things are produced by chance, nor by the unguided mechanism of matter, nor God himself can be reasonably thought to do all things immediately and miraculously, it is reasonable to conclude that there is a Plastic Nature under him, which, as an inferior and subordinate instrument, drudgingly executes that part of his providence which consists in the regular and orderly execution of that part of his providence which consists in the regular and orderly execution of that part of his providence which The Yogi Philosophy believes that there is a Universal Creative Will that emanates from the Absolute, is infused with the Absolute's force, and acts according to natural principles, and conducts the active job of creation in the universe, similar to what "Cudsworth's Plastic Nature" does. 

This Creative Will is not to be confused with Schopenhauer's Will to Live. 

It is a vehicle or instrument of the Absolute, rather than a thing in and of itself. 

It is an emission of the Absolute's mind—a demonstration of its Will in action—a mental rather than physical product filled with the life force of its projection. 

This Creative Will is much more than a blind, mechanical energy or force. 

We can only explain it by pointing you to your own expression of the Will. 

Your arm moves when you want it to. 

The immediate force may seem to be mechanical, but what lies behind it—what is the force's essence? The Power of Will! All kinds of energy—all sources of motion—all forces—are expressions of the One's Will—the Creative Will—operating according to natural laws created by the One, always moving, acting, compelling, pushing, driving, and leading. 

We don't mean that every small deed is a fleeting idea on the part of the Absolute, followed by the Will extending out in response to that notion. 

On the contrary, we mean that the One activated the Will as a whole, thinking of rules and limits in its activity, the Will continuously acting in accordance with that idea, and the consequences appearing in what we term natural law; natural forces, and so on. 

Furthermore, it is thought that the Absolute manifests its Will on certain times, and that it also allows its Will to be applied and utilized by the particular wills of individual Egos, all within the framework of the One's general Law and rules, and plan. 

However, you must not believe that the Will can only be expressed via mechanical forces, cohesion, chemical attraction, electricity, gravity, and so forth. 

It does a lot more. 

In all kinds of life and living creatures, it is fully functional. 

It's all over the place. 

We identify a moving cause—usually a Pressure—behind all kinds of movement and activity. 

This is true of the mechanical forces we've been talking about, as well as all kinds of what we've been calling Life Energy. 

Now, take notice of this: the Creative Will—the Will Principle of the One—bending toward the fulfillment of the Great Plan of Life. 

Look about us, on living things, and we may see the presence of a creative force at work— building up; shaping, guiding; breaking down; replacing, and so on— constantly engaged in its attempts to create, maintain, and conserve life. 

This apparent creative force is referred to as "the Creative Will" in Yogi philosophy, and it is the topic of this lecture. 

The Creative Will is the striving, yearning, pushing forward, unfolding, advancing evolutionary endeavor that all thinking people see in all forms of life—across all of Nature. 

Effort, Energy, and Pressure may be seen at action in all forms of life, from the simplest to the most complex, creating, maintaining, feeding, and developing them. 

When we talk of "Nature's Forces" at work in plant growth and animal behavior, we're referring to that Something. 

You will be able to more clearly develop the mental notion of the Creative Will if you maintain the term and idea—“NATURE”—in front of you. 

The Creative Will is what you've been calling "Nature at Work" in the plant's development; the seed's sprouting; the curling and reaching of the tendril; the fertilization of the flowers, and so on. 

If you've ever observed growing things, you've probably seen Will at work. 

Because it is the objective expression of the Absolute's Creative Energy—Its visible Will expressed in the direction of physical life—we name this energy "the Creative Will." It's as much Will at work as the Will that moves your arm in response to its strength. 

It's not just a coincidence or a mechanical rule; it's life in action. 

This Creative Volition not only generates movement in finished life, but all movement and activity in life, regardless of the individual forms' own will.

It encompasses all of the so-called Unconscious's phenomena. 

It helps the body develop by taking care of the intricacies of nutrition, absorption, digestion, excretion, and everything else. 

It maintains the functioning and function of bodies, organs, and components. 

The Creative Will is oriented toward the objectification of Life—its outer manifestation. 

You may name this energy the "Universal Life Energy," but to those who have experienced it, it is a Will— an active, alive Will in full function and force, pushing ahead toward the realization of objective life. 

There seems to be a tremendous desire to manifest in the Creative Will. 

It yearns to be heard and to give birth to new kinds of action. 

Desire may be found underneath and in all of its expressions. 

The ever-present Desire of the Creative Will causes lesser forms to be replaced by higher forms—and is the driving force behind evolution—it is the Evolutionary Urge itself, which constantly calls out to its manifestations, "Go on; move upward." Brahma created the most beautiful female creature ever known and named her Tillotama, according to the Hindu epic “Mahabarata.” He showed her to each deity in turn, allowing them to see their awe and adoration. 

As she made her way around the gathering, Siva's yearning to see her was so strong that he acquired four faces in succession; and Indra's need was so strong that his whole body became all eyes. 

The effect of Desire and Will in the forms of life, function, and shape—all following Desire and Need—can be seen exemplified in this myth, as in the case of the giraffe's long neck, which allows him to reach for the high branches of the trees in his native land; and in the long neck and high legs of the fisher birds, such as the crane, stork, ibis, and others. 

The Creative Will discovers a yearning to generate suns inside itself, and they are born. 

Planets were flung off in accordance with the rule since it wanted them to revolve around the suns. 

It wanted plant life, and plant life emerged in many forms, starting with the highest and moving down to the lowest. 

Then there was animal life, which evolved from nomad to man. 

Some animal forms gave in to the urge to fly, and wings developed gradually, giving rise to the term "birdlife." Some felt compelled to dig into the earth, and voila! moles, gophers, and other rodents appeared. 

It needed a thinking creature, thus Man, with his amazing intellect, was created. 

Natural selection, for example, is more than just survival of the fittest in evolution. 

Although it employs these principles as tools and instruments, at the heart of them is that unquenchable urge—that unquenchable desire—that unquenchable Creative Will. 

When Lamark argued that Desire was at the root of everything and came before function and form, he was closer to the mark than Darwin. 

Desire desired shape and purpose, which the Creative Will provided via its activity. 

This Creative Will seems to be a living force—and it is—but it is not a thinking, intellectual Something in the sense that it exhibits the "feeling," desiring, yearning, instinctual phase of mind, similar to the "feelings" and consequent behaviors that we discover inside our natures. 

Evolution shows us Life continually pushing ahead toward greater and higher forms of expression, and the Will operates on the Instinctive Plane. 

The desire to go higher and forward is continuous. 

True, some species fade from view when their job in the world is completed, but they are replaced by species that are more in tune with their environment and the demands of their time. 

Some races of men deteriorate, while others grow on their roots to achieve new heights. 

Reason and Intellect are not the same as the Creative Will. 

However, it lurks underneath them. 

In the lowest forms of life, when the intellect plays a little role, the Will is active, appearing as so-called Instinct and Automatic Life Action. 

It does not rely on brains for manifestation—these lower forms of life lack brains—but rather works via every aspect of the living thing's body. 

If we study the life activity in the lowest forms of life, we may find compelling evidence of the presence of the Creative Will working independently of the brains of animal and plant life. 

The Life Principle was operating in lowly animal and plant life millions of years before brains capable of expressing Thought were created, according to the evidence of investigators who follow the Evolutionary school of thought. 

According to Haekel, no animal sufficiently evolved to have a brain existed for more than half of the vast period that has passed since biological life first appeared. 

In line with the Great Plan, brains developed according to the law of want or need, but they were not required to continue the great job of creating and preserving living forms. 

They aren't today, either. 

Despite the lack of thinking brains, the small baby and the stupid moron are able to think intelligently, and their life processes continue to run smoothly and according to law. 

Plants and lower kinds of animal life go about their daily lives in the same way. 

The expression of the Creative Will, which comes from the One Life, or the Absolute, is known as instinct. 

We can witness the Creative Will in motion as far down the scale of life as the Monera. 

The Monera are small pieces of slimy, jellylike substances—mere specks of glue with no organs of any kind—yet they perform biological life functions like feeding, reproduction, sensing, and movement, all of which are normally associated with an ordered structure. 

These beings are unable to think for themselves, therefore the phenomena is caused by the Will acting through them. 

As greater kinds of creatures are put up, this instinctive drive and activity can be observed everywhere, expressing on higher and higher levels. 

The word "appetency" has been coined by scientists and is defined as "the innate propensity of living creatures to do particular behaviors; the tendency of an unorganized body to seek that which fulfills the needs of its organism." So, what is this inclination? It can't be a rational endeavor since the low form of life has nothing to reason with. 

It's also difficult to conceive of "purposive inclination" without presuming the presence of some sort of mental strength. 

And where else might such force be found except in the shape itself? We can immediately identify the source of the strength and activity when we realize that the Will is working in and through all forms of Life, from the greatest to the lowest—from Moneron to Man. 

It's the manifestation of the Great Life Principle—the Creative Will. 

We may have a better understanding of the Creative Will by looking at its outward and apparent manifestations. 

We can't see the Will—the Pressure and Urge—but we can witness it in action via living things. 

We can't see a guy behind a curtain, but we can see him by observing the motions of his body as he pushes up against it, just as we can see the Will by watching it press up against the living curtain of forms of life. 

A few years ago, a play was performed on the American stage in which one of the acts depicted the location of departed souls according to Japanese religion. 

Although the audience couldn't see the performers portraying the spirits, they could see their movements as they pushed up against a thin silky curtain that extended across the stage, and their motions as they went to and fro behind the curtain were easily recognizable. 

The deceit was flawless, and the result was astonishing. 

It was almost as if he was seeing the shapes of formless entities. 

And this is what we can do when we observe the activity of the Creative Will: we may peek beyond the curtain of the forms of life's expression to see the moving form of the Will. 

We could see it pushing and urging here, and bending there—building up here, and altering there—always acting, always moving, striving, doing, in answer to that insatiable need and longing of its inner desire. 

Let's take a look behind the curtain and see what's going on with Will! We may now move on to plant life, starting with the instances of crystal formation discussed in our last session. 

But first, let's take a last look at the Will creating crystal forms. 

One of the most recent scientific works mentions the experiments of a scientist who has been studying the formation of crystals and reports that he noticed that certain crystals of organic compounds were "enationmorphic," that is, opposed to each other in rights and lefts, like hands or gloves, or shoes, instead of being built up symmetrically, as is typical of crystals. 

These crystals are usually discovered in pairs and never found alone. 

Can't you see Will lurking behind the curtain here? Let us search for the Will in nature. 

Consider how the seed is distributed after quickly going through the amazing evidences in the instances of insect fertilization of plants, the plant modifying its bloom to allow the entry of the specific insect that serves as the carrier of its pollen. 

Fruit trees and plants wrap the seed with a delicious coating so that insects and animals may eat it and spread the seed.

Others have a hard coating that protects the seed or nut from winter frosts, but that covering rots away with spring rains, allowing the germ to grow. 

Others surround the seed with a fleecy material, allowing the wind to move it about and give it a chance to choose a less crowded home. 

Another tree has a little popgun setup that allows it to launch its seed many feet away. 

Other plants contain seeds that have a burr or "sticky" bristles on them, allowing them to attach themselves to the wool of sheep and other animals, and therefore be carried about and eventually deposited at a location far away from the parent plant, allowing the species to disperse. 

Some plants have the most amazing plans and arrangements for dispersing the seed in new habitats where there is a greater chance for growth and development, the arrangements for this goal resembling what we would term "ingenuity" if it were the product of a thinking mind. 

Cockle burs are plants whose seedpods are covered with stickers in every direction, ensuring that anything brushing across them will pick them up. 

Each sticker has a small hook at the end that clings to anything that brushes across it, such as animal wool, hair, or clothes. 

Some of these seeds have been known to be transported to other parts of the world in wool and other materials in order to find new homes and a larger field. 

Other plants, such as the thistle, have downy wings that allow the wind to carry their seeds to other areas. 

Other seeds, due to their unique shape and structure, have the ability to tumble and roll around the ground for vast distances. 

The maple seed has a strange structure, similar to a propeller screw, that whirls the seed into the air to a distance of a hundred yards or more when the wind hits the trees and looses it. 

Other seeds have floating equipment, allowing them to move hundreds of kilometers via stream, river, or rain washes. 

Some of these seeds not only float, but swim as well, thanks to spiderlike filaments that wiggle like legs and push the tiny seed along to its new home. 

“These small things, making excellent progress through the water, are almost hard to believe that these tiny objects, making good progress through the water, are truly seeds, and not insects,” writes a recent writer of these seeds. 

The Venus' Flytrap's leaves fold inwards to imprison the insect attracted by the delicious juice on the leaf, three highly sensitive bristles or hairs alerting the plant that the insect is touching them. 

The following is a description of a strange plant from a recent writer. 

“On the banks of Lake Nicaragua is to be found an eerie product of the botanical world known among the locals as ‘the Devil‘s Noose,' he adds. 

Dunstan, the naturalist, found it while walking along the lake's beaches many years ago. 

He was drawn in by his dog's screams of agony and fear, and he discovered the animal restrained by black sticky bands that had chafed the skin to the point of bleeding. 

These bands were the branches of a recently discovered carnivorous plant known as the 'land octopus.' Flexible, black, glossy, and leafless, the branches exude a viscid fluid.” You've probably seen flowers that close when touched. 

You may recall the Golden Poppy, which shuts as the sun sets. 

Another orchid has a long, thin, flat stem, or tube, approximately an eighth of an inch thick, with an aperture at one end and a succession of fine tubes where it meets the plant. 

When the plant needs water (it usually grows on the trunks of trees overhanging swampy areas), it slowly uncoils the little tube and bends it over until it dips into the water, then sucks up the water until it is full, then slowly coils around and discharges the water directly onto the plant, or its roots. 

The procedure is then repeated until the plant is happy. 

When there is no water beneath the plant, the tube travels this way and that until it finds what it is looking for, much like an elephant's trunk. 

When the plant's tube or trunk is touched when it is stretched seeking water, it becomes very sensitive and quickly coils up. 

So, what is the source of this living action? The plant does not have a brain, therefore it could not have reasoned out this procedure or even acted on it using reasoning processes. 

It has nothing with which to ponder to such an extent. 

Behind the curtain, the Will is going this way and that, accomplishing things. 

Duhamel was a French scientist who lived in the 1800s. 

He grew beans in a cylinder that looked like a long tomato can on its side. 

According to nature's invariable law, he waited until the beans started to sprout and send out roots below and shoots upward. 

Then he shifted the cylinder around a little, rolling it over an inch or two. 

He rolled it over a bit more the following day. 

Every day after that, I'd roll it over a little more. 

Duhamel shook the dirt and growing beans out of the cylinder after a while, and what did he find? This, that the beans, in their effort to grow their roots downward, had kept on bending downward a little each day, and in their effort to send shoots upward, had kept on bending upward a little each day, until at last two complete spirals had formed—the one spiral representing the roots ever turning downward, and the other representing the shoots ever bending upward. 

How did the plant know which way to go? What was the driving force behind the movement? You may glimpse the Creative Will behind the curtain once again! In order to reach light, potatoes in dark basements have sent out roots or sprouts extending twenty to thirty feet. 

To access water, plants will shoot out several feet of roots. 

They are aware of the locations of water and light, as well as how to get to them. 

Plant tendrils recognize the location of the stake or cable and stretch out to wrap themselves around it. 

Untangle them, and they're discovered twined around it the following day. 

When you move the stake or rope, the tendril follows. 

Insect-eating plants can tell the difference between nitrogenous and nonnitrogenous food and will take one or reject the other. 

They understand that cheese has the same nutritious qualities as the bug, and they accept it despite the fact that it feels, tastes, looks, and feels nothing like their usual meal. 

Instance after case may be presented and referenced to demonstrate the Will's functioning in plant life. 

But, as amazing as many of these instances are, the simple activity of the Will as shown by the plant's growth is as amazing. 

Imagine a small seed sprouting and drawing nutrition from water, air, light, and soil, then growing upward until it reaches the size of a large tree, complete with bark, limbs, branches, leaves, flowers, and fruit. 

Consider this miracle and what the strength and character of the Will that produces it must be. 

Examining the sidewalks of suburban cities and parks reveals that the developing plant has the power to shatter large stones and lift large slabs of pavement. 

A story in an English newspaper claims that four gigantic mushrooms removed a massive block of paving stone on a busy roadway overnight. 

Consider this Energy and Power display. 

This amazing ability to exert force, motion, and energy is essential to the Will, since motion is the consequence of all physical change and development, and motion is only possible because of force and pressure. 

Whose force, energy, strength, and motion are we talking about? The Wills are here! We can see this continuous and steady push and pressure behind biological forces, as well as inorganic forms— always a representation of Energy and Power— on all sides of us. 

And all of this power is contained in the Will, which is nothing more than a manifestation of the All Power—the Absolute. 

Keep this in mind. 

And this force shows itself not just in terms of development and everyday motions, but also in a variety of unexpected ways that even contemporary science finds puzzling. 

What allows certain birds to fly straight into a strong wind with no apparent movement of their wings? How can buzzards float in the air and accelerate without using their wings? What is the reason for the motions of tiny organisms without moving organs? Listen to this story told by Benet, a scientist. 

He claims that the Polycystids move in a unique way—a kind of sliding motion to the right or left, upward, backward, sideways, stopping and resuming, fast or slow, as it pleases. 

It lacks locomotive organs, and no movement can be observed in the body from the inside or outside. 

It just glides. 

How? How do eggs become chickens and then pass on to higher animal life? What is the power of the egg's germ? Is it possible for a microbe to think, plan, move, and develop into a chicken? Is it possible that the Will is at work there? And what is true in this instance is also true in the birth and development of all animal life: every animal life begins with a single germ cell. 

How did this happen, and why did it happen? There is no question that the germ cell contains a kind of mental energy. 

And that mental force is the ever-present Creative Will. 

Listen to these remarks from renowned scientist Aldous Huxley. 

“The more familiar a student of Nature gets with her operations, the less surprised he becomes; yet of all the perpetual marvels she presents to his observation, probably the most deserving of his admiration is the growth of a plant or an animal from its embryo,” he adds. 

Examine the egg of a common animal, such as a salamander or a newt, that has just been deposited. 

It's a tiny spheroid that reveals nothing but a structureless sac containing a glairy fluid and retaining grains in suspension under the finest microscope.

Strange possibilities, on the other hand, lay latent in that semifluid globule. 

Allow a modest amount of warmth to reach its aqueous cradle, and the plastic matter experiences fast and purposeful alterations that can only be compared to those made by a master modeller on a formless lump of clay. 

The bulk is split and subdivided into smaller and smaller parts, like an unseen trowel, until it is reduced to an aggregation of granules that are tiny enough to form the newborn organism's finest fibers. 

Then it's as if a delicate finger traced out the line that will be occupied by the spinal column, and moulded the contour of the body, pinching up the head at one end, the tail at the other, and fashioning flank and limb into due salamanderine proportions, in such an artistic way that, after watching the process hour by hour, one is almost involuntarily possessed by the notion that some more subtle amorphous morphology is in the works. 

“As life progresses, and the young amphibian terrorizes his insect contemporaries in the waters, not only are the nutritious particles supplied by its prey (by the addition of which to its frame growth occurs) laid down, each in its proper spot, and in due proportion to the rest, so as to reproduce the form, color, and size, characteristic of the parental stock; but even the wonderfu Cut off the legs, tail, and jaws individually or all at once, and, as Spallanzani shown long ago, these parts not only come back, but the new limb is built on the same type as the ones that were lost. 

The new jaw, or leg, is that of a newt, and never by chance that of a frog.” The real functioning of the Creative Will of the Universe may be seen in this paragraph from Huxley, moving behind the curtain—and a pretty thin veil at that. 

And this amazing work is going on all the time all around us. 

Every second, miracles are performed; they are so frequent that we don't see them. 

Is the Will at work in our bodies? Without a doubt. 

What helped you grow from a single cell to adulthood? Did you do it with your head or your heart? Isn't it true that everything was done without your knowledge? Only when things go wrong, as a result of breaking a law, do you become conscious of your internal organs. 

Despite this, your stomach, liver, heart, and other organs have been working nonstop, day and night, to build you up, mend you, feed you, develop you into a man or woman, and keep you healthy and strong. 

Is this something you're doing for a purpose or out of your own volition? No, it's the Great Creative Will of the Universe, Universe, operating in and through you as a manifestation of the One's purpose and power. 

It is the Creative Will of the One Life unfolding in you. 

This isn't all, however. 

Every power, energy, and principle contains the Creative Will. 

The principle of the Will controlled by our individual brains is the energy we call mental power. 

We may see a glimpse of the tremendous mystery of Mental Force and Power, as well as the so-called Psychic Phenomena, in this remark. 

It also unlocks the door to Mental Healing. 

This isn't the place to go into great depth about these stages, but consider them. 

This Universe's Will Power, in all of its forms and phases, from electricity to thought power, is always at Man's disposal, within limitations and according to the rules of the Universe's Creative Will. 

Anyone who learns the rules of any force has the ability to utilize it. 

And every force may be utilized in a positive or negative way. 

And the closer we come to the One Life and Power in terms of knowledge and consciousness, the bigger our potential power will be, since we are moving closer and closer to the source of All Power. 

We hope to be able to teach you how to become closer to this One Life, of which you and all living things are just forms, shapes, and channels of expression operating under the Creative Will, in these lectures. 

We hope that this lesson has awakened in you the awareness of the Oneness of All—that we are all parts of the one encircling oneness, whose heartbeats and pulsations may be felt even on the outskirts of the circle of life—in Man, Monad, Crystal, and Atom. 

Attempt to sense the inner essence of Creative Will that exists inside you, and to realize your full inner oneness with all other forms of life in it. 

Try to remember that “all the living world is just humanity in the making, and that we are but part of the All,” as one contemporary writer put it. 

Also remember that glorious vistas of future unfoldment stretch themselves out before the awakened soul's gaze, till the intellect fails to comprehend the wonderful sight. 

We will now draw your attention to the CENTRAL THOUGHT of this essay. 

In the universe, there is only one power—one energy—one force. 

And the One Life manifests itself in the form of Power, Energy, and Force. 

There can be no other Power since there is only One from whom Power may be derived. 

And there can be no manifestation of Power other than the Power of the One, since there is no other Power. 

The One's Power manifests itself to us through the natural laws and forces of Nature, which we refer to as the Creative Will. 

The inner moving force, desire, and pressure that underpins all forms and shapes of Life is known as the Creative Will. 

The Life Principle or Creative Will is constantly at work in every atom and molecule; in every monad, cell, plant, fish, animal, and man; This is the Creative Will in operation, which we may refer to as instinct or nature. 

All power, energy, or force—physical, mechanical, or mental—comes from this Will. 

And all of the Force we utilize, whether consciously or subconsciously, originates from the One Great Power Source. 

If we could only see properly, we'd see that behind us lies the Power of the Universe, waiting for us to utilize it intelligently, under the direction of the Will of the All. 

There is nothing to fear because we are manifestations of the One Life, from which all Power emanates, and the Real Self is above the effect because it is a part of the Cause; however, over and above—under and behind—all forms of Being, Matter, Energy, Force, and Power is the ABSOLUTE—ever Calm; ever Peaceful; ever Content. 

Knowing this empowers us to embody the spirit of total trust, faith, and confidence in the goodness and ultimate justice of That which is the only Reality that exists. 

May you be at peace.

Yogic Philosophy - The Eternal Life Of The Universe


We introduced the notion that the human mind was forced to report the fact that it could not conceive of The Absolute without thinking of it as having the characteristic of Omnipresence—Present Everywhere in the first lesson of this series. 

Similarly, the human mind is forced to believe that everything that exists must be The Absolute or of the Absolute. 

And if anything is of the Absolute, it must contain the Absolute in some way—it must be the core of it. 

If we accept this, we must conclude that everything must be imbued with the essence of Life, since Life must be one of the Absolute's characteristics, or rather, what we name Life must be the outward manifestation of the Absolute's fundamental Being. 

And if that's the case, then everything in the Universe must be alive. 

This is a conclusion that the intellect cannot avoid. 

If the evidence do not support this conclusion, we must acknowledge that the whole fundamental idea of the Absolute and its emanations must collapse and be seen as a mistake. 

No chain is stronger than its weakest link, and if this link is too weak to carry the weight of the universe's truths, the chain must be abandoned as flawed and worthless, and another chain must be replaced. 

This reality is seldom addressed by people who talk and write about All Being One or an emanation of the One, but it must be taken into account and met. 

The hypothesis must collapse if there is a single object in the Universe that is “dead”—nonliving—lifeless. 

If something isn't alive, it can't contain the Absolute's essence—it must be alien and foreign to the Absolute, and the Absolute can't be Absolute in that case since there's something outside of itself. 

As a result, it becomes critical to look into the evidences of the existence of Life in all things, organic and inorganic. 

Let us analyze the evidence that has been presented to us. 

All ancient occultists taught that the universe was alive, that there was life in everything, that there was nothing dead in nature, and that death was just a change in the substance of the dead bodies. 

They taught that Life could be found in everything and everything, even the hardest mineral form and the atoms that made it up, in various degrees of manifestation and expression. 

Modern science is quickly approaching the same point, and each month's discoveries and studies serve merely to reinforce the lessons. 

“All my studies have led me away from the concept of a lifeless material world thrown about by different forces, to that of a universe which is completely all force, life, soul, thinking, or whatever term we may want to call it,” says Burbank, that great moulder of plant life. 

Every atom, molecule, plant, animal, or planet is nothing more than a collection of structured unit forces kept in place by larger forces, keeping them dormant for a while despite their immense strength. 

All life on our planet exists on the outskirts of this limitless ocean of power, in a sense. 

The cosmos is fully living, not half-dead.” Today's science is looking at a living cosmos. 

Her hands are lifted as though to shield her eyes from the unaccustomed brightness that is bursting upon her. 

She has not yet grasped the full importance of what she has found. 

She has walked out into the brightness of the noonday light of a Universe AllAlive, even to its tiniest and seemingly most inactive atom, from the dark dungeon of universal lifeless matter. 

We may quickly descend the scale of animal life, witnessing life in full action at each decreasing level, starting with Man, the greatest form of life known to us. 

As we go from the animal to the vegetable kingdoms, we can still observe Life at work, although in varying degrees of expression. 

We will not review the many manifestations of Life among the forms of plantlife because we will have an opportunity to do so in our next lesson, but it must be obvious to all that Life is constantly manifesting in the sprouting of seeds; the putting forth of stalks, leaves, blossoms, fruit, and other forms of plantlife; and in the enormous manifestation of force and energy in such growth and development. 

From the initial sprouting of the seed to the final vital activity on the part of the mature plant or tree, the life force in the plant may be seen pushing forward for expression and manifestation. 

Aside from the essential activity seen in plant growth and development, we also know that plants become ill, die, and exhibit all of the other characteristics associated with living things. 

There is no debate regarding the existence of life in the plant world. 

Other kinds of life, however, exist on a far smaller scale than plants. 

There's the world of bacteria, germs, and infusoria—collections of cells with a common life—single-cell organisms, and then there's the Monera, creatures smaller than single cells—things from the ocean floor slime. 

These little Things—living Things—appear to be nothing more than a particle of goo, devoid of any organs. 

Despite this, they carry out all of life's functions: movement, nourishment, reproduction, sensation, and disintegration. 

Some of these basic forms are all stomachs, which means they are all one organ capable of fulfilling all of the tasks required for an animal's survival. 

The monster has no mouth, so when it wants to consume anything, it just wraps itself around it—wraps itself around it like a gnat—and absorbs the essence of its food via its whole body. 

Scientists have flipped some of these little organisms inside out, yet they have continued to go on with their lives unaffected. 

They dismantled them into even smaller pieces, yet each one continued to exist as a distinct animal, carrying out all of its duties unaffected. 

They're all the same everywhere and all the time. 

They reproduce by first growing to a particular size, then dividing into two, and so on. 

The speed with which the growth has occurred is astounding. 

“The Monera are the simplest permanent cytods,” Haekel says about the Monera. 

Their whole body is made out of soft, unstructured plasm. 

We discover that no matter how carefully we analyze them with the most delicate reagents and the most powerful optical equipment, all of the components are perfectly homogenous. 

These Monera are therefore "organisms without organs" in the strictest meaning of the term, or even "organisms without organs" in a pure philosophical sense, since they lack organs and are not made up of different components. 

They can only be termed creatures if they can engage in the biological processes of life, nourishment, reproduction, sensation, and movement.” Verworn captures an intriguing example of life and consciousness among the Rhizopods, a very primitive form of life. 

He claims that the Difflugia ampula, a creature that lives in a tiny shell made up of minute sand particles, has a long projection of its substance, similar to a feeler or tendril, that it uses to search the seafloor for sandy material to build the shell or outer covering for its offspring, which are born by division from the parent body. 

It takes the sand particle in its feeler and encloses it, passing it into its body. 

Verworn scraped the sand from the tank's bottom and replaced it with tiny pieces of brightly colored glass. 

He observed a collection of these glass particles in the creature's body shortly after, and a small speck of protoplasm released from the parent via separation a short time afterwards. 

At the same time, he observed that the glass pieces gathered by the mother organism were transferred out and wrapped around the new creature's body, glued together by a material produced by the parent's body, creating a shell and covering for the child. 

This demonstrated the existence of a mental something powerful enough to drive the creature to create a shell for the child before to its birth—or rather, to collect the material for such a shell, which would later be utilized; to identify the appropriate material; to mold it into form, and cement it. 

A creature, according to the scientist, always collected precisely the right amount of sand for its purpose—never too little, and never too much. 

And this in a creature that isn't much bigger than a speck of glue! We may take a closer look at the Moneron's life activities since it is the lowest kind of so-called "living matter"—the point at which living forms devolve into nonliving forms (so termed). 

Sensation is a capacity that this little speck of glue—an creature without organs—possesses. 

All in reaction to a basic feeling, it pulls away from that which is likely to harm it and toward that which it wants. 

It possesses a self-preservation and self-protection instinct. 

It hunts for and captures its victim, which it then consumes, digests, and assimilates. 

It can walk about using "falsefeet," or pieces of its body that it can push out of any area of its material at whim. 

It reproduces itself via separation and self-division, as we've seen. 

Many of us are acquainted with the existence of bacteria and germs—the yeasty forms of life. 

However, there are still kinds of life below them. 

The distinction between living and nonliving entities is becoming more blurred as science advances. 

Living animals have now been discovered that are so similar to nonliving organisms that a clear distinction cannot be established. 

Living animals have been reported to be capable of being dried and stored for many years before being resurrected with the introduction of moisture. 

They have the appearance of dust, yet they are alive and well. 

Science has identified some types of bacilli that have been exposed to extremes of heat and cold that are unfathomable to anybody except the scientific mind.

Diatoms, often known as "living crystals," are low-level forms of life. 

They're little geometrical shapes. 

They are made up of a small drop of glue-like plasm that is encased in a thin shell of siliceous or sandy substance. 

They're only visible under a microscope, and they're so tiny that thousands of them might fit on the tip of a pin. 

They are so similar to chemical crystals that it takes a keen and attentive observer to tell them apart. 

Despite this, they are alive and execute all of life's tasks. 

In our quest for life, we leave these animals and explore the realm of crystals. 

Yes, as odd as this remark may seem to those who have not followed the march of Science, crystals manifest life. 

Chemicals or electricity may destroy crystals as they are born, develop, and live. 

The study of crystal life has been given its own department in Science, dubbed "Plasmology." Some researchers have gone so far as to suggest that they've found evidence of basic sex functioning in crystals. 

In any case, crystals are born and develop in the same way as living things do. 

“Crystallization, as we are about to discover, is not just a mechanical gathering of lifeless atoms,” as a contemporary scientific writer put it. 

It's a new life.” The crystal develops from the mother liquor, and its body is constructed methodically, regularly, and according to a well-defined design or pattern, much like the animal form's body and bones, and the tree's wood and bark. 

In the development of the crystal, there is life at work. 

Not only does the crystal develop, but it also reproduces itself by breaking off or splitting off, much like the lesser forms of life described before. 

The main distinction between crystal growth and development and that of the lesser forms of life mentioned is that the crystal gets its nutrition from the outside and develops up from its outer surface, while the Monera gets its nourishment from inside and grows outwards. 

If the crystal had a soft core and drank from it, it would be almost similar to the Diatom; if the Diatom developed from the outside, it would be little more than a crystal. 

It's a razor-thin dividing line. 

Crystals, like biological organisms, may be sterilized and made sterile via chemical or electrical processes. 

They may also be "killed" in this way, preventing further development. 

Doesn't this seem like "Life" to you? To appreciate the significance of this concept of life among the crystals, consider that our toughest rocks and metals are made up of crystals, and that the soil and earth we grow and live on are nothing more than crumbled rock and tiny crystals. 

As a result, the dust under our feet is alive. 

Nothing is in a state of death. 

There is no conversion of "dead stuff" into living plant matter, which is subsequently transformed into live animal matter. 

Chemicals are alive, and there is just a continual change of shape and form of living stuff from chemical to man's body. 

Any man's body, as it decomposes, gets broken down into chemicals anew, and the cycle starts all over again. 

In terms of the bodies, all that exists are modifications in living forms. 

Many instances of life's existence in the inorganic environment may be found in nature. 

All we have to do is glance around to realize that the phrase "All is Alive" is true. 

In metals, there is a phenomenon known as "elasticity fatigue." Razors grow weary and need to take a break. 

Tuning forks lose their vibrational strength to some extent and must be given a break. 

‘ Mills and factories need to take a day off now and again. 

Metals have been poisoned and recovered by antidotes, and they are susceptible to illness and infection. 

Stained glass, in particular, is susceptible to a disease that spreads from pane to pane. 

Men who are used to handling and operating equipment and machinery have the tendency of talking about them as if they were alive. 

They seem to detect the existence of "feeling" in tools and machines, and to view each as having its own "character" or personality, which must be respected, humored, or coaxed in order to get the greatest outcomes. 

Prof. J. Chunder Bose of Calcutta University, a Hindu educated in English universities under the best teachers, and who is now a leading scientific authority in the western world, has given the world some very valuable testimony along these lines, and which goes very far toward proving the centuries' sold theories of the Yogis regarding Omnipresent Life. 

His studies on the collection of evidence of life in inorganic forms changed current scientific ideas and contributed significantly to the notion that life exists everywhere and that there is no such thing as dead matter. 

He based his research on the idea that the best and only genuine test for the existence of life in matter is the material's reaction to external stimuli. 

He has shown via many tests that so-called inorganic matter, minerals, metals, and other materials have a reaction to such stimuli that is comparable, if not identical, to the response of the matter that makes up the bodies of plants, animals, and mankind. 

He developed a delicate device for measuring the degree of reaction to an external stimulus, as well as other data, which was recorded in traces on a rotating cylinder. 

The tracings or curves produced from tin and other metals were discovered to be similar to those obtained from live muscle. 

In his tests, he utilized a galvanometer, a sensitive and precise scientific tool. 

The registering needle, which is gently swung on a small pivot, is deflected by even the tiniest current since the instrument is so perfectly calibrated. 

The needle will register if the galvanometer is connected to a human nerve and the nerve's end is inflamed. 

Prof. Bose discovered that when he hit or twisted different metal bars with the galvanometer, they all produced the same reaction. 

The instrument's reaction is proportional to the amount of irritation given to the metal. 

The similarity between the metal's reaction and that of live muscle was striking. 

For example, much as the reaction of live animal muscle or nerve matter gets tired, the curve recorded by the needle in the metal grew fainter and fainter as the bar became more and more fatigued by the continuous stimulation. 

And, just as the muscle would become rested and react actively after such exhaustion, so would the metal when given a time to recover. 

Tetanus was produced and healed as a result of repeated shocks. 

Metals showed signs of wear and tear. 

Drugs had the same effects on metals and animals: some were stimulating, others were sad, and some were fatal. 

Poisonous chemicals destroyed metal parts, making them immobile and preventing them from recording data on the machine. 

Antidotes were given quickly in some instances, saving the metal's life. 

In the same manner, Prof. Bose performed tests on plants. 

The ability to stimulate, weariness, excitement, sadness, and poison was discovered in pieces of vegetative matter. 

“There is something rather pathetic in seeing the way in which the tiny spot of light which records the pulses in the plant, travels in ever weaker and weaker curves, when the plant is under the influence of poison, then falls into a final despairing straight line,” wrote Mrs. 

Annie Besant, who witnessed some of these experiments in Calcutta. 

It seems as though a murder has been committed, which it has.” Prof. Bose showed in one of his public tests that a bar of iron was completely as sensitive as the human body, that it could be irritated and stimulated in the same manner, and that it could be poisoned and died in the same way. 

“How can we draw the line of demarcation and say, ‘Here the physical stops, and there the physiological starts' among such phenomena?” he wonders. 

There is no such barrier.” Life is present in every item and form of Nature, according to his theory, which, by the way, accords with the earliest occult ideas, and all forms react to external stimuli, which response is evidence of the existence of life in the form. 

Prof. Bose's excellent work is chock-full of surprising experiment findings. 

He proves that metals sleep, can be killed, exhibit torpor and sluggishness, get tired or lazy, wake up, can be stimulated, strengthened, weakened, suffer from extreme cold and heat, and can be drugged or intoxicated, with different metals responding differently to different drugs, just as different men and animals respond differently to different drugs. 

A piece of steel exposed to a chemical poison responds by fluttering and weakening until it eventually fades away, much as animal matter does when poisoned in the same manner. 

The recovery was equally slow in both metal and muscle when awakened in time by an antidote. 

The scientist points out a remarkable fact when he says that the poisons that kill metals are themselves alive and can be killed, drugged, stimulated, and so on, eliciting the same response as the metals, demonstrating the existence of the same life in them as in the metals and animal matter that they influence.

Of course, when these metals are “killed,” the atoms and principles from which they are made remain fully alive and active, just as the atoms in the human body remain fully alive and active after the soul has passed away—the body is as much alive after death as it was during the person's life, with the activity of the parts being along the lines of dissolution instead. 

We hear a lot about scientists claiming that they are on the verge of "making life" out of nonliving materials. 

All of this is foolishness; life can only come from life. 

It's an absurdity to create life from nonlife. 

And the One Life that underpins everything is the source of all life. 

But it is true that Science has done, is doing, and will do something like to "creating life," but this is simply transforming the form of Life into other forms—the lower form into the higher—much as a plant creates a fruit from a seed. 

Life is constantly present and reacts to the right stimuli and circumstances. 

A lot of scientists are attempting to create life organisms from inorganic materials. 

The ancient concept of "spontaneous generation," which had been consigned to Science's scrapheap for many years, is making a comeback. 

Although the theory of evolution force its followers to accept the notion that live forms sprang from nonliving (so called) forms at some point in the past, it has long been assumed that the circumstances that led to this stage of development have gone forever. 

However, all evidence today points to the opposite conclusion: that this stage of evolution is, and has always been, in progress, and that new forms of life are continuously developing from inorganic origins. 

The act of "creation," as the term is known (although it is an absurdity in the Yogi's eyes), is ongoing. 

Dr. Charlton Bastian of London, England, has long been a vocal proponent of the continuous spontaneous generation hypothesis. 

He was mocked and dismissed by the world's top scientists a generation ago, but he persevered, and his latest works were like bombshells in the traditional scientific camp. 

He has shot over 5,000 photomicrographs, all of which reveal surprising truths about the genesis of life organisms from inorganic matter. 

He says that the microscope shows the growth of extremely little black specks in a previously transparent liquid, which eventually expand and change into bacteria—living organisms of the lowest order. 

Prof. Burke of Cambridge, England, has shown that he can create minute live organisms in sterilized boullion that show growth and subdivision when exposed to sterilized radium chloride. 

Science is progressively coming to the opinion that life creatures continue to emerge in the world via natural processes, which is not surprising given that natural law is consistent and continuous. 

These new findings add to an already long list of contemporary scientific concepts that correlate to Yogi teachings that date back millennia. 

When we hear the Occult explanation that there is Living in everything, both organic and inorganic, and that evolution is continuous, we can understand that these tests merely demonstrate that life forms may be altered and evolved, not that life can be “created.” Many examples of the growth and development of forms substantially approaching those seen in the vegetative world may be found in the chemical and mineral worlds. 

The "lead tree," which is known as "metallic vegetation," is an intriguing example of this phenomena. 

The experiment is carried out by putting a clear acidulated solution of lead acetate in a widenecked container. 

The bottle is corked, and a length of copper wire is attached to the cork, from which wire a piece of zinc is hung, the latter hanging as close to the center of the lead solution as feasible. 

When the bottle is corked, the copper wire is instantly surrounded by a thin moss-like growth of metallic lead. 

This moss sprouts branches and limbs, which develop into foliage-like growth, eventually forming a small shrub or tree. 

Other metallic solutions may create similar "metallic vegetation." You've probably seen how frost crystals develop in the forms of leaves, branches, foliage, flowers, blooms, and other objects on window glass. 

When saltpeter is exposed to polarized light, it takes on shapes that are quite similar to those of orchids. 

These parallels abound throughout nature. 

A fascinating experiment with specific metallic salts was just carried out by a German expert. 

He exposed the salts to a galvanic current, and to his astonishment, the salt particles clumped together around the battery's negative pole, then developed into the shape of a small mushroom, complete with tiny stem and umbrella top. 

The top of the umbrella was a brilliant red, with a faint rose shade on the underneath. 

These metallic mushrooms had a translucent look at first, but gradually acquired color, with the top of the umbrella being a bright red, with a faint rose shade on the underside. 

The stems had a light straw tint to them. 

This was fascinating, but the most significant finding of the experiment was the revelation that these mushrooms had tiny veins or tubes running down their stems, via which nutrition or extra material for development is delivered, allowing them to grow from the inside out, as fungi do. 

These artificial metallic growths were, for all intents and purposes, low kinds of vegetal his. 

The quest for Life, however, does not stop with the known forms of the material world. 

Science has broken down material forms into smaller forms, which have been broken down even more. 

And if Life exists in the form of innumerable particles, then Life must exist in the particles themselves. 

Because Life cannot arise from nonlife, and if Life does not exist in the particles, the idea of Omnipresent Life must falter. 

As a result, we must go beyond the mineral's structure and shape, separating it into its component elements and then examining the pieces for signs of life. 

All kinds of matter, according to science, are made up of tiny particles known as molecules. 

Unless the chemical atoms comprising the matter fly apart and the substance is resolved into its basic components, a molecule is the smallest piece of matter that is conceivable. 

Take, for example, the well-known example of a drop of water. 

Let us split and subdivide the drop till we reach the tiniest conceivable water particle. 

A "molecule" of water would be the tiniest conceivable particle. 

We can't split this molecule without forcing the hydrogen and oxygen atoms to fly apart, which would result in no water at all. 

These molecules, on the other hand, exhibit something called Attraction towards one other. 

They attract and are attracted to other molecules of the same kind. 

This law of attraction causes masses of matter to form, whether they be mountains of solid rock, a drop of water, or a volume of gas. 

All masses of matter are made up of molecular aggregations bound together by the law of attraction. 

Cohesion is the name for this rule of attraction. 

This Cohesive Attraction is an exhibition of Life activity, appearing in the presence of the molecule of a "like" or "love" for the comparable molecule, as many people believe. 

And when the Life energies materialize on a particular level and begin to shape the molecules into crystals, allowing us to witness the actual process in action, we understand that there is "something at work" in this building up. 

To people who are unfamiliar with the concept, however, the manifestation of Life amid the atoms is even more amazing. 

You'll recall that the atom is the chemical unit that, when combined with other atoms, forms the molecule. 

For example, if two atoms of the gas hydrogen and one atom of the gas oxygen are placed close together, they will immediately race toward one other and form a partnership known as a molecule of water. 

As it is with all atoms, they are constantly establishing and breaking relationships. 

Marriage and divorce are a natural part of atoms' lives. 

These evidences of atom-to-atom attraction and repulsion are attracting a lot of attention from discerning thinkers, and some of the most sophisticated minds of our day regard this phenomenon as confirmation of the ancient Yogi concept that there is Life and active activity in the tiniest particles of matter. 

Attractions and repulsions are important properties of atoms. 

They create marriages along the lines of their attraction, and by merging, they produce the substances we are acquainted with. 

Remember that when they join, they do not lose their identity and melt into a permanent substance; instead, they just unite while remaining different. 

If the atoms in a combination are destroyed by chemical action, electrical discharge, or other means, they fly apart and resume their individual lives until they come into touch with other atoms with whom they have affinities, at which point they establish a new union or partnership. 

In many chemical reactions, atoms separate from one another, each abandoning its mate or mates in search of a fresh affinity in the form of a more agreeable atom. 

Atoms are fickle, and they will always abandon a smaller attraction in favor of a larger one. 

This isn't just a metaphor or a piece of scientific poetry. 

It's a scientific description of atoms' actions in terms of vital manifestation. 

“I cannot comprehend the simplest chemical and physical processes without attributing the movement of the material particles to unconscious sensation,” remarked Haekel, a renowned German physicist.

Chemical Affinity is defined as “the ability of different chemical elements to detect differences in the characteristics of other elements, to feel pleasure or repulsion when they come into touch with them, and to carry out their respective motions on this ground.” “We may attribute the sensations of pleasure and pain (satisfaction and unhappiness) to all atoms, and so ascribe the elective affinities of chemistry to the attraction between living atoms and the repulsion between hating atoms,” he adds. 

“The feelings in animal and plant life are linked by a lengthy sequence of evolutionary steps with the lower kinds of experience that we find in inorganic materials, and that show themselves in chemical affinity,” he adds. 

“If the molecules contain anything akin to feeling, however distantly, it must be pleasant for them to be able to follow their attractions and repulsions, and painful for them to be compelled to do otherwise,” Naegli adds. 

Page after page of quotes from renowned thinkers might be used to demonstrate the validity of the ancient Yogi teachings that Life is Omnipresent. 

Modern science is fast approaching this point, leaving behind the ancient concept of "dead matter." Even recent ideas of the electron—tiny electrical energy particles currently thought to make up the atom's foundation—doesn't alter this notion, since electrons exhibit attraction and reaction to one other, forming groups that make up the atom. 

Even if we go beyond matter into the mystical Ether that Science assumes to be the material foundation of all things, we must believe that there is life there as well, and that, as Prof. 

Dolbear points out, “the Ether has other inherent properties, out of which could emerge, under proper circumstances, other phenomena, such as life, mind, or whatever may be in the subsoil.” Some scientists even go so far as to claim that not only is Life present in everything, but that Mind is present where Life is as well. 

Indeed, the Yogi fathers' aspirations are coming true, and tangible evidence of spiritual teachings are emerging from the ranks of materialists. 

Listen to what Dr. Saleeby has to say in his latest scientific study, "Evolution, the Master Key." “Life is potential in matter; life energy is not a thing produced at a certain moment in the past,” he adds. 

If evolution is correct, life stuff has developed from seemingly non-living materials via natural processes. 

But, if life is potential in matter, Mind is potential in Life a thousand times more so. 

The evolutionist is compelled to think that Mind exists in matter as a potential. 

(I'll use that form of words for the time being, but expect future criticism.) The promise and seed of consciousness may be found in the minuscule cell, a little speck of substance that will one day become man. 

Isn't it reasonable to conclude that the components of consciousness are contained in the chemical elements found in the cell—carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, and chlorine? We must not only do so, but we must go even farther, since we know that each of these components, and every other, is made up of one invariable unit, the electron, and we must therefore claim that Mind is potential in the unit of Matter itself... 

It is to proclaim Spinoza's magnificent reality that Mind and Matter are the weave and woof of what Goethe referred to as "God's living garment." Both are manifestations of the Unknowable Reality that lurks underneath them. 

” There is no such thing as an attraction or repulsion that is not essential. 

Life is shown by all tendencies for or against another item or thing. 

Each item has enough life energy to continue doing its job. 

And when each form evolves into a higher form, it is able to express more of the Life force. 

Its material mechanism improves, allowing it to express a larger and greater degree of Life. 

It's not that one item has a bad life and another has a good life—this is impossible since there is only One Life. 

It's similar to the electrical current that can power the most sensitive equipment or produce light in an incandescent bulb. 

Give it the organ or machinery of manifestation, and it manifests; give it a low form, and it manifests to a low degree; give it a high form, and it manifests to a high degree. 

The clunky engine or the flawless equipment that powers the most delicate device are both powered by steam. 

As with the One Life, its manifestations may seem low and clunky, or lofty and perfect, depending on the material or mental machinery through which it operates. 

There is only one life, appearing in a myriad of shapes, sizes, and degrees. 

All—in All—is based on One Life. 

We witness Life everywhere present, from the greatest levels of Life down to the animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms—death is an illusion. 

There are still the beginnings of manifested life pushing ahead for expression and manifestation behind all apparent forms of material existence. 

And underneath it all lies the Spirit of Life—desire, effort, emotion, and action. 

All is Life— expressions of the One Life—in the mountain and the ocean—in the flower and the tree—in the sunset, the dawn, the suns, and the stars. 

Everything is alive, pulsing with energy, power, and movement; exciting with vitality; pulsating with emotion; bursting with activity. 

Everything comes from the One Life, and everything that comes from the One Life is alive. 

There can't be any dead matter in the Universe since Life cannot die. 

Everything is still alive. 

And everything is alive. 

Keep this lesson's central idea in mind: CENTRAL CONCEPT: There is only One Life, and all the forms and shapes of the Universe are expressions of it. 

Only Life can come from Life, and only Life can come from Life. 

As a result, we have the right to anticipate Aliveness from all expressions of the One Life. 

And we are not ridiculed for our convictions. 

Not only do the greatest Occult Teachings tell us that everything is alive, but modern science has also proved that life exists everywhere—even in what was previously thought to be dead matter. 

It now recognizes that the atom, as well as what lies beyond it, is charged with Life Energy and Action. 

Life is everlasting and limitless, despite the fact that its forms and shapes vary. 

It can't die because it's LIFE. 

May you be at peace.

You may also want to read more about Gnani Yoga here.

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