Issues Surrounding the Next Phase of Earthly Evolution

Because evolutionary change takes place over long periods of time, and the human awareness is more or less fixated on a particular “moment in time”, we act as if the evolutionary process is finished and what we see is the way things are intended to be, now and for all time.  If we step back, however, and try to observe the process from the standpoint of the millions of years involved in the processes of the universe, it becomes evident that matter continues to change and evolve, and that the secret sense behind those changes, a development of ever-higher forms and expressions of consciousness within and through matter, remains active.

We can also see this through the obvious insufficiency and imperfections attendant on the mental consciousness and its limitations due to the nature of matter and the life-energy in matter.  The human aspiration for something higher, truer, unlimited is the will-to-be of the evolutionary force of consciousness faced with the limitations of the current status.

Sri Aurobindo notes in The Life Divine:  “This control by the original Inconscience over the consciousness emerging from it takes the general shape of a mentality struggling towards knowledge but itself, in what seems to be its fundamental nature, an Ignorance.  Thus hampered and burdened, mental man has still to evolve out of himself the fully conscious being, a divine manhood or a spiritual and supramental supermanhood which shall be the next product of the evolution.  That transition will mark the passage from the evolution in the Ignorance to a greater evolution in the Knowledge, founded and proceeding in the light of the Superconscient and no longer in the darkness of the Ignorance and Inconscience.”

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

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