said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them
have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every
creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:26)
<1>Now the evolutionary process had reached a
God could plan to create
man. All other creation had been done to reach man (atman,
Soul). At this point
God could awaken those
consciousnesses that had gone through the whole evolutionary
process to full awakening as man,<2>or use the
consciousnesses in the higher states to cause further progress.
<3>This was the highest achievement for the evolutionary
<4>Man would be in the image of
God and after His
likeness. He would have a consciousness, a
<5>and also as this universe is God's body which has been
divided into seven spheres (Lokas),
man would have seven spiritual centers (chakras)
in his body, corresponding to the seven divisions of the universe (Lokas)
here is not in the sense which is known by scientists. It is not
used as accidental events based on chance, but
evolution in the sense of readiness of each
consciousness to occupy its place (niche) in the hierarchy of
creation. It is neither life risen from matter nor Spirit fallen to
matter, but both. It is a simultaneous manifestation in all levels
of creation. <7>The higher the
consciousness, the greater (closer to
or God) its place in the Hierarchy.
consciousness is manifested according to its level of awareness
which provides the base for its codification in the ethereal level.
It is this codification (genetic codes) in the ethereal (astral)
level which determines its place in creation. <9>Although the
evolutionary steps described by science, in a limited sense, are
true, they are only a small part of the system.
<10>In any major evolutionary leap, it is a
mass change in the
ethereal body, of those who have reached a higher level, which
dictates a new environment. Then in such an environment new beings
with new genetic codes appear. That is why we can find mass
extinctions of those who have lagged behind, which occur at the leap
periods of evolutionary intervals.
<11>In essence, although the theory of
"survival of the fittest" is correct in a limited sense, truly it
is "the fittest survives!" That is, those who have reached a
higher level of consciousness, or desired level, are first prepared
(codified, their consciousnesses' demand), and then the proper
environments are created to fit them. It is in this new environment
that some offshoots from the main body adapt themselves to
different niches for the continuation of their survival.
<12>The main body which demands the new
environment are those who are the "fittest." Those
themselves to this new situation "survive."
<13>The confusion between different
ideologies, groups, explanations, etc., persists when the question
of "either"/"or" arises; that is, when people create small visions
and so separation among themselves. Therefore they accept "either"
this theory "or" that, such as either creation or
this religion or that.
<14>However, the Universe or
God is an infinite
Being. There is not such a thing as "either" or "or." Indeed when
all are put together, then Its significance and truth can be
realized in whole. Yet because the whole is so vast, many prefer to
limit their vision. With limited vision they feel more comfortable. However, the limited vision also creates separation,
misunderstanding, strife, and suffering.
ego loves limited vision, and that
is the cause of all sufferings!
created man in his own image, in the image of
created he him; male
female created he
them." (Genesis 1:27)
<16>In his image means likeness. <17>One
of the most misunderstood sentences in the Bible is: "In the
God created he him;
female created he
<18>The first part indicates that, "he created him," which
means a single person.
<19>This is referred to as "them" later on, which means
created more than one.
<20>The verse above, therefore, says that
God created each of them
<21>The man had not been separated into
female but these two
complementary parts were together in one being.
<22>Only in this stage was man in the
likeness of God:
female at the same
<23>Later on, God
saw that it was very hard to help man reach
because he was so complete and did not feel any need to be helped.
<24>That is why in chapter 2, verse 18 of Genesis,
God says, "It is not
good that the man should be alone." "Alone" there means "one"
female in the same
being. It does not mean lonely. It was then (in chapter 2) that
divided man into male
created them, in that stage, in His image (male
and female), and
God made more than one. He made "them."
blessed them, and God
said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,
and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over
the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon
the earth." (Genesis 1:28)
blessed them and gave them dominion over everything on earth.
said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is
upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the
fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat."
<27>This man would be vegetarian. <28>That
is what God planned at
the beginning for man to be. <29>"Meat" here means food. It
does not mean the flesh of animals. <30>Meat-eating started
after the flood of Noah (Genesis 9:3) when man became more flesh.
<31>That is why vegetables, herbs, grains, and seeds
are food for consciousness, and meat is for flesh. <32>Therefore
emphasis should be on vegetables in our diets with less meat eaten.
<33>Also, it should be noted that in this
stage man does not eat. This sentence is a decision for when man
becomes a breathing being and will receive a visible body.
"And to every beast of the earth, and to every
fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth,
wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and
it was so." (Genesis 1:30)
<34>Therefore, animals and other beings also
would be vegetarian.
saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And
the evening and the morning were the sixth day." (Genesis 1:31)
looked over all His creation and was very pleased with it. The sixth
phase of creation was finished. So He completed His Plan of creating
everything in order to help
<36>So far everything was in a state of planning and was
created in the ethereal stage.
God was planning now to
consciousnesses to that state of awareness where they could be
more easily helped to reach
<37>The human is that being which can reach
Consciousness. <38>In the next chapter
God started to create everything into a visible form and
continued to perfect it as necessity arose.