The planet Earth stabilized after eons of time and, when the surface of Earth cooled sufficiently, after many millennia, it separated into five distinct states of matter. In the Vedic Scriptures, these five different states of matter are called “Panch Mahabhootas” which literally means, Five Great Spirits. Rev. Dadaji referred to them as the Five Elementals – not elements. This is because these elementals are the source of the elements identified in chemistry, which have been organized into the Periodic Table.
The Five Elementals, or Panch Mahabhootas, are space, heat/light, air, water and earth earthy. Space is also referred to as sky or ether. As a primal elemental, space is much more than the sky or the ether, as the terms are commonly understood. In the Vedas, space is referred to as “akash” and is phonetically pronounced (aaa-kaaa-sh). Akash, or space, contains within it subatomic particles and is a medium through which the life principle, known as “prana”, gets created. Further, akash is also a medium through which spiritual records are stored within the realm of consciousness that is referred to as “Living Silence”.
The physical mass of space is greater than all the galaxies that float within it. Indeed, all the galaxies are a part of space, just as all the creatures that live in the ocean are a part of the ocean. Life begins and evolves wherever these Five Elementals are present. This is so, even in those areas on the ocean floor where the environment is toxic and there is great physical pressure. Life which forms on the surface of the earth cannot survive in the high pressure and toxic environments found on the bottom. However, biological life forms have evolved in the depths of the ocean even in these high pressure toxic environments where all the Five Elementals are present and these life forms cannot survive on the surface of the earth. These biological life forms on the ocean floor can be generally found where, through cracks in the earth’s mantle, hot gases and other matter such as molten lava from within the earth are spewing forth. At these depths, the molten lava and hot gases provide heat/light. Air is dissolved in the water in the ocean as is matter that is earth earthy. Earth earthy matter also wells up from cracks in the earth’s mantle along the ocean floor and space is present in every atom. So, because all the Five Elementals are present in sections of the deep ocean, biological life began and evolved even in environments that are very toxic to other biological life forms.
It has been recorded in the Vedic Scriptures that wherever these Five Elementals meet in the right proportions, life begins spontaneously.
Revered Dadaji, Dr. Dinshah K. Mehta, explains this in modern scientific terms, and most people who have had some basic scientific education can understand these explanations. When the Five Elementals combine in the right proportion and right combinations, this combination of the elementals provides the platform which enables DNA molecules to come into being. Life, as we know it, begins when the Five Elementals come together in the right proportions and combinations, and at the same time, the spiritual life principle (soul or spirit) and the material life principle (prana) intersect with the Five Elementals.
The initial biological life forms are ultra-microscopic and have very short life spans. But after these ultra-microscopic life forms stabilized, in due course of time, they evolved unto microscopic life forms, and over thousands of years these microscopic life forms evolved into the different species of plants and animals. However, unlike the understanding of present-day scientists, Revered Dr. Dinshah K.Mehta says that the different life forms did not evolve from the same DNA and RNA molecules. It has been revealed through Dr. Mehta that each species of animals, birds, plants etc. originated from a DNA molecule that is unique to that particular species and that this distinction will be discovered by the ascending physical sciences sometime in the future. Eventually, beginning with a distinct set of DNA molecules, human beings evolved in stages and went through various life forms till what is accepted as modern man became.
Ascending sciences are those sciences which piece together information, which is called knowledge, by taking the mind outwards and observing the physical universe outside oneself. Descending sciences on the other hand observe what emanates from the Source of All Sources by going within and learning from the various sources. Just like mind, consciousness and all principles are physically invisible, the Source of All Sources is physically invisible. The following Script will shed some light on this topic.
Intellect, as people on the earth plane know it, is absent on the Spirit plane. There is the All-Knowing Intelligence present there and not merely that intellect which is a collection of memories and rationality which is a relative faculty. The knowledge on the earth plane is a collection of memories of observations through the senses and various deductions and logical conclusions derived from such observations. On the Spirit plane, the Knowledge is not a product of so-called intellect, but awareness of Truth. Some people may be able to put this in words but only up to a point, but it needs to be realized.
(End of Script received on August 15, 1953)