Evolution is generally thought of as something objective.
But objective evolution is a misperception of reality. Evolution is actually
based on consciousness, which is subjective. Subjective evolution, however,
seems to be objective evolution to the ignorant.
In ignorance we think of ourselves as subjects,
although in reality the Lord is the subject and we are His objects. We think of
ourselves as proprietors although we are His property.
It is said that all things happen by the will of the
Vaisnavas, the devotees of the Lord. A Vaisnava is like a faithful employee who speaks the will of
the employer; he has no will of his own: the will of the pure Vaisnava is nothing but the will of God. In ignorance,
however, we try to make the Lord our servant, but this is like using a Salagrama sila
to crack nuts. The
Lord is not an object. He is the seer, the doer, and the knower the Supreme
Subject but we foolishly think of ourselves as such.
The concept of subjective evolution is explained in
jagad asesam asat-svanipam
By an illusion created by the Lord the universe
appears to real, although it is not, just as miseries
we suffer in a dream are only imaginary.”
Unintelligent people take the subject as an object.
It is ignorance to confuse the eye with the seer, or the brain with the knower.
This is described in Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.3.31):
“The unintelligent equate the sky with the clouds,
the air with the dust parricle floating in it, and
think that the sky is cloudy or that the air is dirty.”
Consciousness is nor a product of the world; the
world is a product of consciousness. This world is a perverted reflection of
the spiritual world. In the material world, the world of exploitation, as
Darwin says, it is a question of survival of the fittest. We must exploit to
survive: jivo jivasya jivanam. But in the spiritual world,
the land of dedication, everyone is a serving unit. There we will find a happy
life through dedication.
In that super subjective realm, Sri Krishna is
eternally engaged in His divine play with His most intimate servitors. And as
our consciousness evolves through dedication, we will find our highest prospect
there, where we have a part to play in the Pastimes of the Sweet Absolute.
FLOATING WORLD OF EXPERIENCE
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