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May 07, 1999 07:53 AM
by Gerald Schueler
[Rich]<< As humans have been growing ever more populous this millenium, other species have been forced out. The monads embodied in animals and presumably in plants have been pushed out at an alarming rate. >> Agreed. As humans increase, animals decrease. Buddhism, and probably Hinduism, would explain this as more animals becoming humans, but HPB says that this is not possible so I don't know the Theosophical answer to this phenomenon. >> I am certainly not suggesting that those monads have immediately turned around to reincarnate as humans. But I recall a parallel that HPB gave, which was that dinosaurs for a long time were using in their persons all the available matter for embodiment of sentient monads. As they died off more matter was freed up for other life forms.>> According to HPB's SD (which, as far as I know is very unique to HPB) the "door" from animals to humans closed millions of years ago when the Arc of Descent ended and the Arc of Ascent began. >>If humans are on the rise, they are in an exponentially inverse ratio with other mammals at least, if not all vertebrates -- all declining in diversity and numbers dramatically. (I suspect the number of bacteria, amoeba etc. haven't changed that much at all but I really wouldn't know.) This suggests that the number of relatively developed MONADS may be all along constant in incarnation on the earth, as one or another species dominates and kills off the others temporarily (until they re-evolve new forms from their archetypes in the astral).>> This is an interesting idea. I am not aware of any law or rule about maintaining a constant number of monads, but I am aware that our human lifewave is said to be limited in number--that number having been fixed at the turn of this 4th Round when the "door" closed. The fact that our human population is so large suggests that most of the entire human lifewave is currently incarnating. Perhaps they have all done so at some point millions of years in the past, but I can only wonder where they have all been in the interim. Jerry S. -- THEOSOPHY WORLD -- Theosophical Talk -- email@example.com Letters to the Editor, and discussion of theosophical ideas and teachings. To subscribe or unsubscribe, send a message consisting of "subscribe" or "unsubscribe" to firstname.lastname@example.org.