Enlightenment vs. Evolution

What seems more plausible?

  • Humans are continually reincarnated until they sufficiently awaken their kundalini energy center to be enlightened.

  • Humans are one of many life-forms on Earth after 3.5 billion years of evolution of life.

I doubt if anyone will want to combine the above choices in order to argue that humans evolved to be enlightened because then they would have to consider that ferns, fish, and ferrets could also become enlightened.

I choose evolution as being more plausible. Then why would so many people spend so much of their lives trying to become enlightened?

The concept of enlightenment has to be the most effective spiritual incentive of all time!  Enlightenment enticed me and millions to go to the ends of the earth.

After starting a spiritual journey, I think that meditators and religious people have misinterpreted experiences as being symptomatic of a kundalini awakening or other metaphysical attainments. I suspect that eventually there will be better scientific explanations for these experiences than kundalini or metaphysics.

Subjective experiences are probably not the best way to understand what is going on during a kundalini crisis and kundalini syndrome. Delusions, excited mental states, and over-confidence are symptoms of a kundalini crisis and don’t make for reliable subjective experiences.

Kundalini theory focuses mainly on the spine and brain areas. There can be other theories for subjective experience that do not involve a kundalini energy center but do relate to the function of the brain, spine, and nerves.

Evolution didn’t shape us for meditation

In 200,000 years of hunter-gatherer evolution, humans have been shaped to be suited for certain types of activity. We can imagine that the brain and spinal functioning were shaped in a certain way with an extremely complex basis of neurotransmitters and other sophisticated mechanisms.

Our brains and spinal cords were not shaped through evolution to withstand intense desire for enlightenment, to spend hours meditating, to spend hours thinking about spiritual topics, and to be devoted to gurus or deities.

What might happen to a hunter-gatherer who meditates a lot? Is it possible that there would be a mixture of some good experiences and some bad experiences? Is it possible that some people would have mania, headaches, spinal pain, and unusual experiences? Is it possible that people would misinterpret experiences and therefore continue to shoot themselves in the foot? Would meditating a lot overload the brain and spine of a hunter-gatherer?

I suspect that meditators and overly-religious people are ungrounded because they spend too much time in spiritual activities instead of the terrestrial-type activities to which mankind has adapted.

I also suspect that chasing a peak experience in an attempt to make it permanent is a fool’s errand.

I think that just feeling good is great! Enjoying your current mind-body state is a better use of life than yearning for something that has never been proven to exist.