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Gnani Yoga of Wisdom

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Publisher's Notice - The One - Omnipresent Life - The Creative Will - The Unity of Life - The One and the Many - Within the Mind of the One - Cosmic Evolution - The Ascent of Man - Metempsychosis - Spiritual Evolution - The Law of Karma - Occult Miscellany - Contents -


Lesson 9 - Metempsychosis - p. 203

As we have said in our last lesson, while the Yogi Teachings throw an important light upon the Western theory of Evolution, still there is a vital difference between the Western scientific teachings on the subject and the Eastern theories and teachings. The Western idea is that the process is a mechanical, material one, and that "mind" is a "by-product" of Matter in its evolution. But the Eastern Teachings hold that Mind is under, back of, and antecedent to all the work of Evolution, and that Matter is a "by-product" of Mind, rather than the reverse.

The Eastern Teachings hold that Evolution is caused by Mind striving, struggling, and pressing forward toward fuller and fuller expression, using Matter as a material, and yet always struggling to free itself from the confining and retarding influence of the latter. The struggle results in an Unfoldment, causing sheath after sheath of the confining material bonds to be thrown off and discarded, as the Spirit presses upon the Mind, and the Mind moulds and shapes the Matter. Evolution is but the process of birth of the Individualized Spirit, from the web of Matter in which it has been confined. And the pains and struggles are but incidents of the spiritual parturition.

In this and following lessons we shall consider the "Spiritual Evolution, of the race --- that is the Unfoldment of Individualized Spirit --- just as we did the subject Physical Evolution in the last two lessons.


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