"Do we descend from pure spirit?"
“Every man bears within himself partial beings that are unaware of each other’s existence: we are born many, we die only one — or none — and to recount is to remember oneself.”
(Love Is Not Loved)
"Michael A. Cremo, associate researcher of Sicilian origin at the Bhaktivedanta Institute, is co-author, with R.L. Thompson, of a famous and controversial book entitled Forbidden Archaeology. The book presents palaeontological proof of human presence beyond the “knowledge filtration” of evolutionism which excludes any evidence pre-dating 100,000 years.
"Yet, notwithstanding the convincing nature of many documents, which beg a reconsideration of the current view of human evolution, the extreme boundaries (two billion years) are perplexing. They are based more on religious revelation, like the duration of Brahma’s day, than on any real evidence.
"The question here is whether scientific truth and revealed truth can (and should) be subjected to the same validation criteria. My personal opinion is that sacred texts contain an immense legacy of truth, and that they have promoted and conformed science. Nevertheless, I do not think that they deserve the same treatment as scientific data. On the contrary, as Oscar Wilde wrote, “religions die when they are proven to be true”.
"Cremo does not concur with this idea, but sets reality on different planes and refuses to confine science to the material level. On the ‘spiritual’ level, human (and divine) potentialities are increased so much that no limit can be assigned to them a priori. “What is man?” Cremo asks, and the answer is clear and insistent: ordinary matter + mind + consciousness.
"Matter is what it is, the mind is subtle matter, and consciousness is immaterial (or nearly so). The cosmos, Cremo adds, is divided into regions that contain different proportions of these three substances: purely spiritual consciousnesses, mental organizations, and ordinary matter prevail in that order.