Inspired by a quote from one of my books on Ayurveda, the ancient system of Indian medicine, nutrition and well-being:
Evolution is the manifestation of latent potentials… another way of saying this is that consciousness exists in all forms of life. It is the very basis of creation, the power of evolution. Life, creation and evolution are the stages in the unfoldment of consciousness. There is nothing in existence that is unfeeling, nothing that is profane or unspiritual, nothing without a unique value in the cosmos. Life is relational, interdependent, interconnective, a system of mutual nourishment and care, not only physically, but also psychologically and spiritually. [..]
Life forms are stations for the reception and transmission of forces, through which all are nourished. [..]
The earth, like a giant receptor or radio-station, inhales and exhales stellar and cosmic forces, the absorbed essence of which grows and unfolds as life. These forces are not all material, but include subtle energies of an occult or spiritual nature. Plants transmit the vital-emotional impulses, the life-force that is hidden in light. That is the gift, the grace, the power of plants…They offer us not only their nutritive value but the very light and love from the stars, from the cosmos whose messengers they are. They bring to us the universal light so that we can enter the universal life.
— Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley, Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine
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