THE complex mental and emotional activity evidenced in the kingdoms of nature — from microbes to man’s best friend — was largely unappreciated by science until recent years.
Perhaps we were too lost in our large physical brains to notice our interconnectedness with nature.
Intellect develops in man at the expense of instinct, according to Theosophy. And what remains is a “flickering reminiscence of a once divine spiritual omniscience.”
“Reason — the badge of sovereignty of physical man over all other organisms in nature — is often put to shame by the instinct of an animal,” Blavatsky wrote in Isis Unveiled.
A human’s brain is larger and more complex than that of any other creature, and his intellect is therefore more pronounced. But, intellect alone “serves humans only for material concerns” she says.
Mentality is incapable of leading us to any useful appreciation of either the innate order, or the spiritual intelligence displayed by nature. Continue reading