The author belongs to the Vaishnav Chaitanya Gaudiya spiritual tradition in India. Previously he worked as a systems analyst with Govt. of Canada after graduation in electrical engineering and computer sciences from IIT Delhi and University of Ottawa.
Creation vs. Evolution The Vedic Perspective By Vimal Sehgal
Topics covered are:
What is Life? – Life vs. Matter,
Proof of God’s existence,
Evolution of consciousness,
In this book the author has described the Vedic theory of Life which incorporates consciousness as the primary characteristic of life. The author has given a scientific analysis of what life is and described the characteristics of both Life and Matter and their points of similarity and distinction. The author has discussed evolution and then described an alternate theory namely the Vedic theory of evolution of consciousness as opposed to Darwin’s theory of evolution of species. The theory of evolution of consciousness is based on creation of various species by God so as to accommodate the varied desires of an infinite number of living beings.
The Vedic theory of evolution of consciousness marks the dawning of a new era in which consciousness will come to be incorporated as an essential item in our scientific theories about life and its origin.
What is Life? What are the characteristics of life? Is life an evolved form of matter or is it distinct from matter? Is life simply a product of or combination of material elements? Is it possible for material elements that have no life at all to combine to give rise to life? Life is characterised by consciousness. Matter is devoid of consciousness. How can matter which is devoid of consciousness give rise to life which is conscious? The effect must exist in the cause as well. These are some pertinent questions to ask when we analyse what life is. These questions are the basis of a scientific analysis of life and the debate: creation vs. evolution.
The author has also discussed the moral and spiritual ramifications of these theories. These fundamental theories of life have far reaching moral consequences on the course of development and well being of mankind. The significance of these theories cannot be over estimated as these are fundamental theories of life. The course of mankind depends on its thinking as regards life and thinking of mankind is greatly influenced by what is taught in schools about life and its origin. Hence this discussion: creation vs. evolution is very important. By teaching Darwin’s theory of evolution mankind is on the perilous course of a godless society where the moral fabric of society is being eroded. And without morality what kind of present or future can we expect? Morality is essential for the development of mind and spiritual consciousness. Morality is essential for the well being of the individual and society.
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