=1 "The Glory of Man"
The Glory of Man
When the time came that man realized he was the weakest of all the animals, he built himself weapons and machines. Later he realized that he was the most stupid, so he built himself computers. Perhaps a day will come when he realizes that he is also the most bestial, and then he will start to build the machinery he needs to transform himself into transbestia. Only by recognizing the truth about himself and his weaknesses can man conquer.
According to yoga philosophy there is no man. What we call man is either an animal or a demon, or it is divine. Man is the battlefield. Perhaps some day there will really be a man?
Machines have been blamed for everything from stomach ulcers to the breakdown of family life.
In intellectual circles it is good style to criticise radio, television and moving pictures as low-brow, vulgar, brutal, forgetting that it is we, we human animals, who are low-brow, vulgar and brutal. It is not our machinery; machinery is that which is the most spiritual about us.
We should have heard what our ancestors talked about by means of their drum signals; then we would appreciate what is said over the walky-talky, and recognize the progress.
Perhaps we realize how completely we depend on machines for our life – the water we drink, the food we eat and the light we live by – but we don't yet realize that we are already dependent on automation too.
The entire female population of the United States would be insufficient today to manage the telephone switchboards in the way they were operated only a few years ago.
In the garden of paradise there was another tree, a third one, which the Pentateuch does not mention but which is clearly pictured on the clay tablets of ancient Sumeria. The fruit of this tree the gods had forbidden also, afraid that by eating of it man would become like them.
The first tree, the knowledge of good and evil, and the second one, the knowledge of eternal life, are named in the accounts, but the third seems to have no name.
Today we know its fruits. It gives us the knowledge of how to build machines, and it is because of this knowledge that we are no longer subject to the malediction of jealous gods condemning man to eat bread in the sweat of his brow. Modern cafeterias are air-conditioned.
The great machines have already given us a new conception of time and more and more they impose on use their precision of thought. A teacher may still be permitted to talk in vague terms to his students, but if he wants to play tit-tat-to with his computer he has to give it such precise instructions that the computer is obliged to beat him at his own game.
In line with the evolution of the whole universe the machine also, since its crude beginnings, has become more and more refined, less material and more spiritual. Perhaps by the end of evolution there will be a machine so subtle, so receptive, so intelligent and obedient that the spirit of the Elohim, moving above the console of the machine, will be able to give it commands.