As you know matter is made of five elements so they wanted to know how to overpower the matter, how to harness it, how to use it and they tried to find out which are the deities which are ruling the material side of life. For example, which is the deity for the sea? What is the deity for water? What is the deity for, say, Sun, Moon and other stars and all those things? And Greeks, I think, went further with it, very much further and they got into a wrong path, they got lost. But this was the search where people tried to excite or to master the methods by which you could control all these five elements. And this method is expressed in our Vedas. Veda means “to know” and the Vedas are the expressions of all the mantras which were used to harness the matter. The result of that is today what we feel is science. That through that now science is manifested as knowledge to us.
But first they try to, say, overpower the fire. Now there is one way of overpowering the fire is from outside is to use the fire for cooking, for this, that, all sort of things or there could be a method by which you find out the deity that rules the fire. If you can excite the deity that rules the fire and can control that deity or you are connected with that deity, then you can manage to use the fire the way you like. So the second type of people who went into these mantras and Yagyas and all these things. They did the fire ceremonies and tried to control the Sun, Moon and all sort of things. they were interested.
But now these third type of people who existed in the center, in the central path. This path is called as a Sushumna path and this path is responsible for our evolution from amoeba to this stage. …
(An extract from talk of H H Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi , Public Program. Hampstead Meeting House, London, UK, 23rd October 1980.)
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