10,000 B.C.

Tracing our evolution

Entering the modern era

About this time, ice sheets as much as two miles deep are thought to have covered much of the northern hemisphere and a dramatic climate change is about to take place.

There are people on all continents, in Europe the population extending across Doggerland and perhaps parts of what we would recognise as today's United Kingdom and Western Europe are hunter gatherers. They are dark skinned and little is known of their evolution: they are mixing with Neanderthal and peoples migrating from the East where life was more evolved.

The 'out of Africa theory' has been disproved, there may have been some small amount of migration from Africa but it seems there were other groups of 'modern humans' in central Asia, Southeast Asia, India, Australia and possibly the Americas. There is no doubt that we all began as hunter gatherers yet it was in India that people fared better.

There is archaeological evidence linking trade and communication between India and Germany at around thirty-five thousand BC and it seems probable that there was a long period of exploration and connecting of people's across Asia. Some of the latest archaeological research has the Indus Valley civilisation as being existent at nine thousand BC yet there are other evidences of what may loosely be termed as Hindu technology pre-existing this period.

It is thought that people have collected as hunter gatherer tribes on the periphery of the continents but in some regions what we recognise as civilisation and agriculture are well-developed.  There is reason for this, on the periphery of civilisation existence was hand to mouth and those peoples never established themselves in great enough numbers and nor did they develop sufficient complexity of language to communicate abstract ideas. But in India, the population flourished and we have cities documented as existing at nine thousand BC. Given that people were building with fired brick during this time, it is reasonable to presume that people were likely building towns and cities with mud bricks and timber for many millennia before this.

It is thought that about twelve thousand BC, the character we know as Shiva was born and he began to share the technology of being human. If you don't know what that means, I will attempt to summarise: human beings are regarded as the most sophisticated piece of technology on the planet and yet our body-mind combination did not come with an instruction manual. Like all the other mammals, our metabolism converts food into body parts and energy, but what sets us apart is our ability to think and imagine then to create.

The teachings of that first yogi revealed the complexity of being human and how to manage one's life in order to remain happy. For the hunter gatherer life was all about existence, basic survival and happiness came on the irregular occasions when everyone had a full belly. The teachings of yoga made clear that every individual wanted to be happy and although the technical meaning of the word yoga means 'United or enlightened', it's more common use typifies the steps all the disciplines required to achieve that unity.

One of Lord Shiva's first disciples was Agustaya Muni and it said that he travelled the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent sharing that wisdom. While this knowledge had existed across India and Central Asia for many thousands of years, Lord Shiva clarified this knowledge and utilising improvements in language and communication made it more widely available.

One of the key aspects of our lives is that happiness is a state of mind, yet as physical beings, our bodies have certain requirements therefore thought went into how we lived our lives, how we acquired food, how we made shelter and how we related with each other. The core idea was one of harmony with self, with others and with the environment giving rise to what we know today as Sanatana Dharma.

So while the hunter gatherer tribes were competing with each other for territory and developing a self-centred existence based on physical needs, Hindu culture was developing a civilisation centred around enquiry. They understood that everyone wanted to be happy and that everyone needed to eat and have shelter.

This gave rise to scientific enquiry, how to produce food, how to fix the human body when it was ill or damaged, how to build better homes and fostering the evolution of social graces. By taking a scientific approach to life the welfare of the people increased as did the population. There are of course no records but some estimate that the global population may have been as high as four million with the majority in India, China and Africa. This could put the Indian population at over one million but even if it was nowhere near that, the larger technologically minded population would have created not only improvements in the standard of living, but greater knowledge of our place in the universe.

We know today that the basis for all science, language and numbers came from India so it seems logical to presume a large settled population experimenting with various forms of record-keeping (writing), refinement of language and the passing on of knowledge through an exacting oral tradition that may well have been in use for many thousands of years.

This ten thousand BC period is a time where population and acquisition of knowledge begins to markedly accelerate. The peoples of India in their search to know the planet and to know how to improve human life explored the corners of the planet and discovered it was circular. There is even an account of earth seen from space that conjures up legends of Vimana's substantiated by anomalies like the Indus Valley script also appearing on Easter island. Explorers from India are freely sharing their knowledge and enriching the lives of all the peoples of Asia and the idea of civilisation begins to rapidly expand. Over the next few thousand years as the ice caps melt, sea level rises and the Indians residing on the present-day continental shelf and the city of Dwarka begin to migrate and this is coincidental with a genetic mutation and the evolution of fair skin. Lighter coloured skin comes to dominate Europe and create an artificial idea of difference between those of North and South India.

We are also being challenged because the established history is based on eighteenth and nineteenth century understandings and history books written to validate the capitalist overlords and help to shape consumer society.

By NZYogi


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