All animals who are sacred are on the central path of Sushumna Nadi*. The physical explosion created animals who were physically strong. The extreme of physical achievement were animals like the mammoth which were dropped from the evolutionary process. Of those that remained, the following were chosen as Divine Vahanas:
^ The elephant remained on this earth because it was closer to the central path of evolution than the rest. It is a majestic animal, and is sacred as the conveyance (Vahana) of Sri Laxmi.
^ Among fishes there were also fishes who grew very large and went out of the evolutionary process while smaller, more intelligent fishes survived. Of these the dolphin, a very humane and sacred fish, was closest to the central path.
^ Among physically powerful animals, lions and tigers were retained in the evolutionary process. They are intelligent and majestic, hence sacred, and are the conveyance of Adi Shakti* (the Primordial Mother, the Holy Ghost).
^ Among small intelligent animals a mouse was chosen to be on the central path, and is the humble conveyance of Sri Ganesha.
^ Among birds Garuda (an eagle) was regarded as the highest manifestation of its species and the most evolved bird. It is Sri Vishnu’s conveyance.
^ Among reptiles the snake was the highest evolved and Shesha is the seat of Sri Vishnu in the Bhavasagara or Void.
^ Foxes were the extreme of intelligence in animals and very cunning. They became demons (Rakshasas) like Kolhasura. These types of demons are plentiful in the Kaliyuga. They have incarnated, calling themselves gurus, and with their guile they make sin seem like godliness (Punya).
^ Emotional animals were many of those who came in contact with human beings like horses and dogs. They were animals created from the integration of physical self and emotional self. Cows are worshipped in India because Adi Shakti took one important birth as a cow named Surabhi. Apart from this the cow is a mother to every Indian family. She gives milk for the children so it is very hard for an Indian to eat his mother-like cow. The cow is the epitome of the emotional self.
^ The only animal on the path of Ida Nadi is Nandi (the bull).
^ The most extreme emotional animal is the buffalo, used by Yama the God of Death as his conveyance. The buffalo was an extremely cruel animal and was thrown out of the evolutionary process to become satanic demons like Mahishasura.
^ Monkeys evolved as integrated animals. They raised their heads and stood up on their hind legs. This created a new dimension in animal evolution. They are the so-called missing link between monkeys and man on this earth. They evolved and became angelic identities like Hanumana (St. Gabriel) and Bhairava (St. Michael).
All the elements are guarded by semi-Gods (Devas). Many of the great saints became devas. Their personality is such that they do not enter into the Samsara stage of evolution (human being existence). They remain in the Bhavasagara stage. Out of them, Narada is the only one who moves in every stage of creation. Devas do not take human birth but stay in the realm of the supra-conscious. They are the ones not evolved any further. So far evolution took place without the knowledge of the evolved. The human being was created after the monkey stage. He learns about life by taking births and moves in various searches. Man is very different from animals but can be a barbaric, savage depending on his evolution.
Source: An Extracts from H H Shri mataji Nirmala Devi’s First Book- Creation-The Eternal Play.
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