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Meher Baba. Reincarnation and Karma. Part IV

Specific conditions of an incarnation*

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Sex a specific form of duality. The individualised soul has its beginning and source in the infinite, formless, sexless and indivisible being of God, Who is beyond all forms of duality or evolution. With the beginning of the individualised soul there is the beginning of duality and evolution, though the specific form of duality consisting in the distinction and attraction based upon sex makes its appearance at a later stage of evolution. Duality exists as soon as there is subject and object—a centre of consciousness (howsoever dim) and its environment. Sex, however, is a specific kind of bodily attraction which presupposes differentiation of forms, a specific kind of psychic entanglement with the forms, and specific expression of life and energy.


Sex in minerals and plants. In the mineral kingdom there is no sex. In the kingdom of plants and trees the bodily differentiations of sex, with specialized biological functions, have come into existence. Plants and trees do not generate sex-consciousness, since the development of consciousness in plants and trees is rudimentary and its expressions are not influenced by these bodily differentiations. Contact between the male and the female in plants and trees is (due to their being fixed in the ground) not direct, but only indirect, through the intermediate agency of winds, bees, etc. Therefore, while from the standpoint of evolution of forms sex-differentiation may be said to have begun to emerge even at the level of plants and trees, from the point of view of their own consciousness they cannot be said to have any sex because their consciousness of duality is not in any way coloured by sex.


Sex in birds and animals.  In the evolution of sex-duality, plants and trees stand midway between minerals which have no sex, and birds and animals which have it in its complete form. Just before the soul incarnates in human form, it arrives at full consciousness and energy in the last animal forms. It then drops the animal body to take a human body. Reincarnation of the individualised soul through human forms is preceded by its successive incarnations in the subhuman forms.


Psyche modified by sex.  In animals, sex not only expresses itself through the bodily differences and activities, but is a deep-rooted factor which affects consciousness. Since humans inherit their bodies as well as consciousness from highly evolved animals like apes, the humans also find themselves subject to sex-duality. In humans sex is so completely developed that it is no longer a matter merely of the body. It substantially modifies the psyche and seeks its expression through the body in accordance with whether the form is male or female.


Male and female incarnations.  After attaining the human form, as a rule there is no reversion to animal forms; the case of retrogression to sub-human forms comes under special and rare exceptions. For the soul which has once attained human status, the normal course is to go through countless reincarnations in the human form itself. The human form may sometimes be male and sometimes female according to the sanskaras and the spiritual requirements of the soul.


* Excerpt from Meher Baba. Discourses 6. Vol3. Reincarnation and Karma. Part IV


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