From the inanimate to the animate goes the process of evolution.
Consider a piece of stone for instance. It has neither the power of action nor the sensation of mind. What is the reason? It is because hitherto there has been no manifestation of mind in the stone at all.
Consider the trees and plants that are more animate than the stone. There is activity in them. They grow, draw the vital juice from the earth, maintain their species by creating seeds in their own bodies, and enjoy and suffer pleasure and pain when taken care of or hurt. We see in them the manifestation of consciousness, for mind has awakened in them.
Thus progressing on the path of mental development, we see in humanity its greatest manifestation. Just as evolution takes place from the subtle to the crude, similarly the unit entity reverts step by step from the crude to the subtle, towards the same Absolute Consciousness from whence it came. It is just like the waves of the sea, rippling back from whence they have come.Reprinted with permission of Ananda Marga Central Publications. PR Sarkar / Shrii Shrii Ánandamúrti, "The Intuitional Science of the Vedas" in 'Subhasita Samgraha part 2' (Ananda Marga Publications). © Ánanda Márga Pracáraka Sam'gha.