Rebirth Surah 71:13-14 Nuh (Noah)
"What is the matter with you, that ye place not your hope for
kindness and long-suffering in Allah —
Seeing that it is He that created you in diverse stages?
surah 71:13-14 (Nuh)
Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Holy Qur'n, Amana Corporation, 1989.
This surah reinforces verse 23:12-15 (Al Mu'minun.) If Allah says that He produced humans in diverse stages then they cannot grasp the enormity of this diverseness. The Holy Scriptures proclaim that each individual spirit have to pass through 6,400,000 stages of diverse life forms before the stage of a human being is reached. That is the diversity that the Qur'n talks about, not what their interpreters think it is. These are the evolutionary rebirths that Allah is talking about, not what Islamic mullahs conjecture.
We all existed from the very beginning of creation. You and me were there the very instant the universe burst into existence in a nano-second from within the Primordial Atom of Divine Desire. Everything that we see and do not see, everything that we know and do not know existed since that Primordial Beginning.
Since then we have all taken a long, torturous path, ever evolving into higher life forms in His infinitely complex, interlinked, interdependent Circle of Life. We are not a single life that the Creator just molded out of clay and sent to Earth. It was far easier for Allah to just simply say that He created humans out of clay (earth elements) than explain even the faintest hint of evolution to unsophisticated, uneducated desert dwellers hundreds of 600 AD. The evolutionary pattern now emerging is that the Homo erectus are now Homo sapiens and have to evolve into Homo spiritus. It is only in the last 30,000 years or so that humans have become conscious of God. During the last 10,000 years Primordial Messengers of Allah began descending on Earth, one after another in different parts and times, to illumine the human race of the existence of their Creator. After thousands of years we now have the religious education and spiritual maturity to realize The Almighty Creator within our own beings and communicate with Him. Humans have now reached a critical point in their long evolutionary trek and today, after experiencing all the life-forms of God Almighty, are ready for the next and final stage — becoming the spirit! (This awareness that we were, at one point of our evolution, all that we see around us — from the minute plankton to the mighty blue whale, from the tiny ant to the magnificent elephant, from the primitive primate to the modern Homo sapiens — humbles our arrogant ego and halts our senseless destruction of Nature to satisfy wanton needs. Evolution is much more than a Darwinian science. It is the faintest Reality of being born in a conscious Cosmic Womb called Mother Earth.)
In this we will begin to metamorphose ourselves into the spirit. This evolutionary process is within us, its triggering point located at the Mooladhara Chakra. Every human is endowed with absolutely equal means of self-metamorphosis, without any threat of excommunication or fear of apostasy from any religious regime. All seekers of the Spirit are free to abandon the Idols of organized sects and commune directly with Allah. This is the Age of the Homo Spiritus, the promised Resurrection.
"Karma literally means 'ction' ... the system of rewards and punishments attached to various actions. Thus it refers to a system of cause and effect that may span several lifetimes. That is, human beings get rewarded or punished according to the merits and demerits of their behavior. The theory of karma also implies continuing rebirths (samsara.) Liberation from them (moksa), according to the Upanishads, comes from a supreme, experiential, transforming wisdom. When one gets this transforming knowledge, one is never reborn and never dies; one attains immortality. The word for 'immortal' in Sanskrit is a-mrta ('without death)'. Rebirth or reincarnation and its connection with karma — notions that are central to the later Hindu tradition — are articulated clearly in the Upanishads. So also is the ultimate goal, liberation from the cycle of birth and death. The quest for a unifying truth is a distinctive feature of the Upanisads, and recurs in Hindu philosophical traditions of later centuries. In the Mundaka Upanisad (1.1.3), the one who seeks the truth phrases his question, 'What is it that being known, all else becomes known?'
Unifying truth comes with enlightenment, which may be related to but quite distinct from book learning. The Brihadaranyaka Upanisad of the Yajur Veda has some lines reflecting the quest for wisdom that characterizes the Upanisads:
Lead me from the unreal to reality. Lead me from darkness to light. Lead me from death to immortality. Om, let there be peace, peace, peace.
The Upanisads distinguish 'lower' knowledge, or that which can be conceptualized and articulated, from the 'higher' knowledge of true wisdom. Significantly enough, in later centuries the 'higher' wisdom is divorced from Vedic or any book learning or conceptual knowledge. One is freed from the birth-and-death cycle by an enlightenment experience.
This higher wisdom comes from experientially knowing the relationship between the human soul (Atman) and the Supreme Being (Brahman.) Brahman pervades and yet transcends the universe as well as human thought. Ultimately, Brahman cannot be described ... To know Brahman is to enter a new state of consciousness; to know Brahman is to reach the Supreme."
Professor Vasudha Narayanan, World Religions: The Hindu Tradition,
Oxford University Press Canada, 1996 p. 31-2.
"Steps in Evolution
Life originated more than 3.4 billion years ago, when the Earth's environment was much different than that of today. Especially important was the lack of significant amounts of free oxygen in the atmosphere. Experiments have shown that rather complicated organic molecules, including amino acids, can arise spontaneously under conditions that are believed to simulate the Earth's primitive environment. Concentration of such molecules evidently led to the synthesis of active chemical groupings of molecules, such as proteins, and eventually to interactions among chemical compounds. A rudimentary genetic system eventually arose and was elaborated by natural selection into the complicated mechanisms of inheritance known today. The earliest organisms must have fed on nonliving organic compounds, but chemical and solar energy sources were soon tapped. Photosynthesis freed organisms from their dependence on organic compounds and also released oxygen so the atmosphere and oceans gradually became more hospitable to advanced life forms ... In order for complex animal communities to develop, plants must first become established to support herbivore populations, which in turn may support predators and scavengers. Land plants appeared about 400 million years ago, spreading from lowland swamps as expanding greenbelts. Arthropods (some evolving into insects) and other invertebrate groups followed them onto land, and finally land vertebrates (amphibians at first) rose from freshwater fish nearly 360 million years ago. In general, the subsequent radiations of land vertebrates made them increasingly independent of water and increasingly active. Dinosaurs and mammals shared the terrestrial environment for 135 million years; dinosaurs may well have been more active, and certainly were larger, than their mammalian contemporaries, which were small and possibly nocturnal. The mammals, however, survived a wave of extinction that eliminated dinosaurs about 65 million years ago, and subsequently diversified into many of the habitats and modes of life that formerly had been dinosaurian.
Humans belong to an order of mammals, the primates, which existed before the dinosaurs became extinct. Early primates seem to have been tree dwelling and may have resembled squirrels in their habits. Many of the primate attributes — the short face, overlapping visual fields, grasping hands, large brains, and perhaps even alertness and curiosity — must have been acquired as arboreal adaptations. Descent from tree habitats to forest floors and eventually to more open country, however, was associated with the development of many of the unique features of the human primate, including erect posture and reduced canine teeth, which suggest new habits of feeding. A shift to cooperative hunting and gathering, with concomitant requirements for a high level of intelligence and social organization, accompanied the rise of the modern human species within the last 2 million years or so."
Microsoft Encarta 96 Encyclopedia. Microsoft Corporation, 1993-1995.)
1. Surah 2.28 Al Baqarah (The Heifer)
2. Surah 4:97-99 Al Nisa (The Women)
3. Surah 22:5 Al Hajj (The Pilgrimage)
4. Surah 23:12-15 Al-Mu'minum (The True Believers)
5. Surah 39:42 Al Zumar (Crowds)
6. Surah 56:60-61 Al Waqi'h (The Inevitable)
7. Surah 71:13-14 Nuh (Noah)
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