Evolution of Life and Form: Four Lectures Delivered at the Twenty-third Anniversary Meeting of the Theosophical Society at Adyar, Madras, 1898

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Theosophical Pub. Society, 1900 - Evolution - 161 pages
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Page 92 - A mass of living protoplasm is simply a molecular machine of great complexity, the total results of the working of which or its vital phenomena depend on the one hand on its construction and on the other...
Page 94 - I see no escape from the conclusion that, at the moment when life first arose, a directive force came into play — a force of precisely the same character as that which enables the intelligent operator, by the exercise of his Will, to select one crystallised enantiomorph and reject its asymmetric opposite.
Page 99 - Genesis, in which it is said, that " the Spirit of God " moved on the face of the waters.
Page 12 - ... in that matter, which we, in our ignorance of its latent powers, and notwithstanding our professed reverence for its Creator, have hitherto covered with opprobrium, the potency and promise of all terrestrial life.
Page 29 - All pleasure is due to harmonious vibration, and that quality of harmonious inter-related vibrations is the quality that Sattva gives to matter. These three fundamental qualities of matter — answering to three fundamental modifications in the consciousness of Ishvara — inertia, activity, and harmony, these are the famous three Gunas without which Prakriti cannot manifest. Fundamental, essential, and unchangeable, they are present in every particle in the manifested universe, and according to...
Page 93 - ... a guiding power is exercised by the operator which is akin in its results to that of the living organism and is entirely beyond the reach of the symmetric forces of inorganic nature. Only the living organism with its asymmetric tissues, or the asymmetric products of the living organism, or the living intelligence with its conception of asymmetry, can bring about the isolation of the single asymmetric compound.
Page 108 - ... maintaining the outline of the mineral form, but showing the plasticity of the vegetable, and thus yielding far more readily to the moulding influences of the life within. The life thus encased in more plastic material receives vibrations from without more easily and responds more strongly, until in the ascent that it is beginning to make, it adds the early beginnings of a power of consciousness that in the mineral was not present. We call it sensation : the power of feeling pleasure and pain,...
Page 160 - A'kasha around it. Thus it may develop vehicle after vehicle until the whole of the human series is builded for use, but none of them is prison for limitation ; then we say that the man is a Jivanmukta, He is free, and all matter has become His servant, to use when He has need of it, to cast aside when He needs it not ; every region of the world is His to use, no region of the world is its own to bind Him ; He is liberated, and as the liberated Self He may, if He will, still work for His brother...
Page 134 - Vayu; the matter and life of A'kasha : so that on the physical plane, the physical atom is a mass of five interpenetrating spheres in which is present as life the whole of the matter and the life of the worlds above it, the envelope, or wall, of the physical atom alone showing forth any characteristics of the physical world — a fact inexpressibly important for evolution.
Page 24 - We may think of Him as an eternal Centre of Self-consciousness, able to merge in Super-consciousness and to again limit Himself to Self-consciousness, when a new universe is to be brought into existence. Isvara enveloped in maya, brings forth a universe and is enclosed, as it were, in the universe of which He is the light. Breaking the shade, the light shines forth in every direction. Dissolving the universe, He still remains. The centre remains, but the circumference that circumscribed it is gone.—...

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