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From the worm state, the latent form begins to rise again with face upward. Its THIRD TURN, say to an angle of sixty degrees, occurs in the fish form, whose feet are down, but the upper part of whose body is raised. Even when the fish dives down into the water, its eyes remain turned upward—which may be contrasted to those of a human being whose eyes, while diving, are turned downward. The wings of every fish are its compact hands and feet. The last fish form is the water-fowl in which this latent form is found to be somewhat erect and the THIRD TURN is completed.

 

Once again, through various changes, comes the FOURTH TURN, with face downward, in the shape of a crab. From the fourth turn, the feet remain in a compressed form till the inverse turn takes place. The FIFTH TURN takes place in the kangaroo form, and it is inverse, because the head begins rising up and manifesting itself.

 

The principal manifestations of the latent human form in the animal kingdom are those of the kangaroo, the dog, and the monkey. The kangaroo is the first animal form in which the soul incarnates after passing through the last bird form, and that is why its front two legs are so very small. With further progress, the feet begin to get higher and higher, as in bears, lions, etc. (but the eyes remain turned downward), till in the dog form, the latent human corm can actually sit on its hind legs. The last stepping stone which helps the latent human form in completely manifesting itself is the monkey. The fifth turn is completed in the human form, which is its complete manifestation.

 

Simultaneously with the clash between Prima and Akasha or Energy and Emptiness, fire, water, air and earth became manifested. Stones, metals and vegetables during their organic evolution, have chief connection with earth; fish have connection with water, birds with air, animals with fire, and human beings have connection with all the four elements.

 

The earth is found everywhere in the world, since not only dry land but also the beds of seas, rivers and lakes contain it. Similarly, water, though visible only in oceans, rivers, lakes, etc., is everywhere—if not on the surface, under the earth in large or small quantities. In other words, just as earth lies below the water in seas, rivers, etc., so water lies everywhere under the dry earth. There is no question of air being not present anywhere in this world. As regards fire, in the broad sense, viz., a kind of blaze, or "tej" (as it is called in the vernacular), it is certainly everywhere in the world; but it is covered under the layer of ether.

 

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