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Is God Evolving?
Ken: Dear Ram, ironically, the satsang you sent me is a back-and-forth we two had a while ago. I don’t know why the person is identified as “Peter” when it is me, Ken. LOL
James: I changed the name to protect your identity when I post it at the website. We don’t want people knowing what a dunce you are.
Ken: But this illustrates how hard it is to keep all this straight in my mind. I find myself often drawing diagrams as visual aids for myself. For example, yesterday I drew one that shows the five sheaths as concentric circles radiating outward from the self, like a bullseye. Then I tried to draw another one that illustrates the same thing on the macrocosmic level, with Isvara in the place of the ego, but didn’t know what the next three sheaths would be. The one in the place of the gross body I had as the cosmos. Are there considered to be equivalents to the intellect, mind and causal body, macrocosmically?
James: Yes. They are the same. They have technical terms.
Ken: I’ve been thinking about the gunas as macrocosmic principles as well. It seems that rajas would manifest as evolution, and tamas as entropy. But what would sattva be? The force that moves all toward enlightenment? In that case, can we say that Isvara is evolving as well, toward an ultimate resolution into the self?
James: Sattva is the knowledge that directs evolution. Tamas is the substance, the matter. Sattva is the idea of how to shape the matter, and rajas is the energy required to transform the matter according to the idea.
The gunas are consciousness. It is the substance of the creation, the intelligence that cooks up the idea of the creation and works it all out in its amazingly complex interconnectedness and the energy to bring it into being.
In the apparent reality there are two forces, knowledge and ignorance. One creates involution, the identification of consciousness with its matter vestures, and the other creates evolution, the attempt of consciousness to disentangle itself from said matter vestures.
No, Isvara is not evolving. Isvara is the self as pure sattva operating maya. It is uncontaminated by rajas and tamas. As the effect of maya, the three bodies, Isvara is both involving and evolving. But Isvara is the cause of maya, not the effects. We say that Isvara is the effect so it seems like it is evolving, but only because the effect is the cause in a different form. So it seems that Isvara is evolving when maya is operating.
Ken: Is karma yoga the same as discrimination? If so, I feel that I am becoming more skilled at that. I often find myself detaching from my thoughts and feelings and watching them. My usual reaction to that is laughter. There is a joy in knowing one isn’t “that.” And a delight in the absurdity of all the unnecessary drama.
James: Yes. Karma yoga is just knowledge. It is actually the knowledge that the results of actions are not up to the doer, the effect of which is to detach the doer, which is the same result that comes from discriminating the self from the thoughts, specifically the thought, “I am the doer.”