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Evolution, The Theory of
An evolutionary theory in the occult sciences, prominent in Hinduism and Theosophy, that perceives the process of evolution in a more complex sense than it is presented in contemporary biology. The process is seen as cyclic, linear and incomprehensible. Man passes through cycles of birth-death-reincarnation until he reaches a state of perfection, or, in Hinduism man finally evolves into the state of Nirvana. A.G.H.