The Central Significant Motive of Earthly Existence

When we focus exclusively on the external forms of evolution, we see the vast array of forms and beings, and the process through which they undertake the transformations, over time.  The span of time involved is many thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years, or in the case of the transformations of Matter to prepare for the advent of Life, millions of years.  Once Life was able to manifest, first in single-celled creatures in the medium of water, a further process of Time built more complex living beings, each time advancing the progression.  Eventually, creatures rose up out of the oceans and began to move on land.  Further progressions and differentiations through a slow process of mutation led to enhancements in both life-functionality and the preparation for the advent of Mind.  When primates evolved, they also went through transformations to enhance their mobility on land, walking upright, and the use of hands, with opposable thumbs, which permitted grasping and tool use.  While this physical change was taking place, the power to utilize these enhancements developed in the mind of the creatures.  Eventually, several iterations of mankind evolved with increasing powers of perception, analysis, and inventive or imaginative capacity.

Sri Aurobindo, in The Life Divine, describes the purpose or motive of this systematic process of development of life and mind out of material substance:  “A spiritual evolution, an evolution of consciousness in Matter in a constant developing self-formation till the form can reveal the indwelling spirit, is … the key-note, the central significant motive of the terrestrial existence.  This significance is concealed at the outset by the involution of the Spirit, the Divine Reality, in a dense material Inconscience; a veil of Inconscience, a veil of insensibility of Matter hides the universal Consciousness-Force which works within it, so that the Energy, which is the first form the Force of creation assumes in the physical universe, appears to be itself inconscient and yet does the works of a vast occult intelligence.  The obscure mysterious creatrix ends indeed by delivering the secret consciousness out of its thick and tenebrous prison; but she delivers it slowly, little by little, in minute infinitesimal drops, in thin jets, in small vibrant concretions of energy and substance, of life, of mind, as if that were all she could get out through the crass obstacle, the dull reluctant medium of an inconscient stuff of existence.  At first she houses herself in forms of Matter which appear to be altogether unconscious, then struggles towards mentality in the guise of living Matter and attains to it imperfectly in the conscious animal.  This consciousness is at first rudimentary, mostly a half subconscious or just conscious instinct; it develops slowly till in more organised forms of living Matter it reaches its climax of intelligence and exceeds itself in Man, the thinking animal who develops into the reasoning mental being but carries along with him even at his highest elevation the mould of original animality, the dead weight of subconscience of body, the downward pull of gravitation towards the original Inertia and Nescience, the control of an inconscient material Nature over his conscious evolution, its power for limitation, its law of difficult development, its immense force for retardation and frustration.”

The complexity and precision of the encoding of details of each being in the progression makes it clear that there is a secret meaning and significance to the evolutionary process.

Sri Aurobindo, The Future Evolution of Man, Chapter Two, The Place of Man in Evolution, pp. 5-13

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