We humans are the universal composites of all our cosmic elements, and therefore, in truth we are a microcosm, or little world in and of our self, and as such our very thoughts touch the outer limits of the most distant stars, and also with the tiniest of vibrations, touches those distant stars. All things in universal nature are repetitive in structure and in action . The small mirrors the great, and the great reproduces itself in the small, for in truth the twain is one. "Know ye not that we are gods, and that the spirit of the eternal liveth within you."
You may believe that what we observe about where we are in our present developed behaviors, does not even come close to being god like. What is more, our witness to our behaviors acknowledge that we chose to live at the level of the animals, even though we have evolved further then the animals. We however, cannot be excused because we have evolutionarily surpassed the animal's level of instinct, and as such, have a solid foothold into becoming the highest technological species existing, now on this earth. There is a caveat, this evolutionary component, although locked in, needs more tweaking, before it can operate at its full capacity; which means more time is needed, and in the mean time there is a steady evolutionary march forward. Without taking into account the affect evolution plays within our solar system, one great part of our understanding of its mysteries will not readily become available to us: the Universe's time movements are in sink with evolution.
I know that the above explanation of the working of evolution within Universal Nature seems difficult, but help is on the way. We shall seek that help by invoking the understandings of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition. There is an ancient worldview from India that relates a time, millions of years ago, where the gods walked the earth among nascent mankind. The gods instructed mankind in principles of life, science, and the arts. Then, when it was time for the gods to leave, they took the highest developed members of mankind and trained them to be in charge of Mystery Schools. The Schools were meant to be crucibles of the cosmic truths taught by the gods to fledgling mankind, and though a strict initiation process were meant to establish a trough of truth to feed evolving mankind. Some of the truths have been, over the millennia, let out through master teachers, especially in periods of darkness, to act as beacons of light for struggling mankind. Some of the truths remain within the Mystery Schools , and even today, are to be let out as necessary, to aid humans to unfold their spiritual evolution. When studied comparatively and comprehensively, the truths or the various teachings that have been let out compose the basis for understanding the origin, nature, purpose, and destiny of our lives.
The Ancient Wisdom Tradition breaks down the universal movements of evolution into a series of Seven Rounds; for clarity it helps to think of a circle where the apex of the circle is at Round One, moving downward, clockwise. In each round there is a series of evolutionary movements of durations, lasting from millions to billions of years. Within the evolutionary movement there is a certain quality of manifestations directed by, what are called spiritual monads; there are many monads, each monad moves with its variant acts of its own destiny in accordance with its own inmost character, but nevertheless must obey the architectural plan of the divine ideation. In Round Two, the evolutionary movements of durations are followed, and its own destiny with its own inmost character is manifested, but since the movement is downward, the material quality of the motion has a greater affect towards its material aspect. In Round Three, its trajectory is still downwards, but the quality if its downward movement is beginning to collapse, and its spiritual side or light side is beginning to expand. When Round Four opens up, the spiritual and its evolutionary ascension begins to overlap the material side, with its trajectory now moving upward. Round Five, with its foothold still into the material side, the upward evolutionary movement is beginning to over take the material side. Now there is a greater evolutionary movement spiritually. In Round Six, the evolutionary movements have flipped over the material side, and now has fully expressed the spiritual side. In the Seventh Round, the spiritual side has completely taken over the material side, fulfilling its finial evolutionary act. Now, within the accordance of Universal Nature, it falls into what is called a, Pralaya; a state of rest, between two life-cycles. After the Pralaya, begins a new Seven Round movement, only this time on a higher spiritual level.
Some thoughts from G. de Purucker, a Theosophist. "The great lost cord of modern civilization is forgetfulness of the fact in nature of universal brotherhood, which means not merely a sentimental or political brotherhood; it means that we are all of one common cosmic or spiritual origin, and that what affects one affects all, and therefore that the interests of the unit are insignificant as compared with the interests of of the multitudes."
One truth, many paths. Be good, do good.