Friday, February 29, 2008

Evolution, intelligent design and evolution


Q

So Advaita does not believe in evolution and is founded on Intelligent design?

Am I correct?

A

Advaita pertains to a paramarthic truth - What is True

is Brahman alone, one without a second.

At a vyavaharic level, it is not opposed to science.

The watchmaker theory is very much in tune with the

vedanta - anything "put together" must have a

efficient cause.

Evolution is accepted in vedanta - but the focus is

different. According to Darwin, evolution is about

survival. In its most basic sense atoms and chemicals

interact - per chance life begins - and from this

point on its a eternal struggle for this created life

form to survive and perpetuate its species - helped by

this innate survival instinct more refined bodies are

fashioned. - I do not know which is more far fetched -

this or adam,eve and the apple!

In Vedanta evolution is about dissolution of the

I-sense and "dis"covery of one's true nature - so good

deeds beget better shareeras and environs in future

births each leading the jiva progressively in the

direction of that rarest of entities - the human birth

and even in this one endowed with viveka and

mumukshutvam - the very gateway to moksha. This too is

"evolution" isnt it? While better births than a human

one is accepted from the standpoint of enjoinment of

fruits such as devas etc these are decidedly inferior

as one has to again be reborn once the "frequent

flier" miles expire.

Again all these theories have limited value for a

vedantic student/seeker - the focus must forever be on

what is satyam - theories about what is in the realm

of mithya should only be understood to the extent they

help one account for what is seemingly seen - to be

discarded once their puport is served.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

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Koushik

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