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The Evolutionary Series

If we look attentively at the totality of beings we perceive a

progressive series of forms expressing a parallel series of qualities

and states of consciousness. The portion of this scale we are able to

compass extends from the amorphous state[42]--which represents the

minimum of consciousness--up to those organic complexities which have

allowed of a terrestrial expression being given to the soul of the

Saviours of the world. In this glorious hierarchy each step forms so

delicate a transition between the one preceding and the one following

that on the borders of the different kingdoms it becomes impossible to

trace a line of demarcation between different beings; thus one does

not know whether such or such a family should be classed among

minerals, or vegetables or animals. It is this that science has called

the evolutionary series.[43]