For learning any subject knowledge of its ABC is necessary. No one can learn to read or write unless the ABC Primer is not learned. For learning Spiritualism the study of a primer is a prerequisite just like the otherworldly sciences. The difference between the two is that for worldly sciences and knowledge the alphabet of the respective subject is studied and for learning the spiritual sciences thinking approach has to be changed. No primer like the primers of the worldly sciences has yet been published for teaching and learning spiritualism. Although it is such a knowledge that is based upon certain rules and regulations but it cannot be acquired by reading books, cramming them, or practicing its writing on the papers time and again. Learning the mother-tongue by a child is a very close example in this regard. No mother ever teaches her child the alphabet of the mother tongue in order to teach him the mother tongue but still, the child speaks the same language which is spoken by his mother. The thinking approach of the parents is transferred to the child automatically. A lamb, for instance, graze grass, a cub doesn’t graze grass but eats the meat; pigeon-chick neither eats the grass nor takes the meat but pecks the grains. Man’s child cats and consumes the meat, the roots, the wood, the stone, and even the soil, because all these are part of his parents’ diet and food. Had all this been a part of the lion’s food the cub would have also eaten the same. Habits of eating and drinking, hunting, and other activities of life are transferred to the child from his parents, that is, he doesn’t learn them through primers or books. It is also worth noticing that every creature has its own particular language to communicate its feelings and emotions. When it is feared by a hen that a falcon would prey upon its chicks it emits a particular sound and all the chicks assemble under her feathers. In short, every species knows its own language. Besides the conversational language there exists another way of communication as well, -the Sign-Language.
Everyone is well acquainted with it. When a father wants his child to do something he gives him a particular look that clearly tells his child what his father wants. The way a child cries tells his mother why he is crying, whether he is hungry or in pain. There can be other examples too, for instance, you are having a good time with your friends and such a conversation is going on which, according to you, is improper for a child to hear and if your child comes in, you look toward the child with the thought in your mind that he shouldn’t have come over there. Despite the absence of a forbidding notion, the child understands that he is not wanted there and he retreats, not to intrude again. Sometimes someone dear to you living far away faces some sort of difficulty and you start worrying about him regarding his difficulties and later on, all the worries and the difficulties faced by him are proved to be real. Sometimes it occurs to you that you haven’t met a particular friend of yours for a long time. When you come out of your residence you meet him, as if, by chance.
Sometimes, all of a sudden, you start imagining an accident and it causes such a tremendous tension upon your nerves that you feel exhausted. This also happens that without any ostensible reason you start feeling pleasant and happy. You cannot figure out a reason for the cheerfulness but still, it persists and cannot be ignored.
The Soul and the Computer
The only conclusion one can draw from all these things is that there is an inbuilt computer, installed in man which is directing him for the various situations of his life. Sometimes the nature of the instructions pleases him and sometimes makes him pensive, sometimes he receives instructions to have food, and sometimes he is directed to drink water. Sometimes the computer directs him to go to sleep in order to give rest to the body then it informs him to get up so that the oversleeping should not make him lazy and cause lethargy and he gets up on receiving this directive. Man or any living being cannot do anything unless some information by the inbuilt computer is not furnished to him and this data informing machine is installed in everything irrespective and regardless of the type of the species of the plants, animals, or minerals. This machine supplies only that information which is required. This computer is the soul. All the living and the non-living things have the same computer but the only man has been granted the knowledge of this computer. It is the same knowledge, which has been mentioned in the story of the Angels and Adam. God said, “I am to appoint my Vicegerent on the earth”. The angels said, “Will Thou place therein one that will make mischief and shed blood, whilst we do celebrate Thy praises and glorify Thy Holy Name”. God said, “I know what you know not!” and to further clarify Adam was taught the Knowledge of the Names and was told to express that Knowledge. And then the angels were asked,” Tell me about this Knowledge if you are in the right”. The angel submitted humbly, “Glory to Thee, of Knowledge we know none, save what you have taught us”.
The ‘children of Adam being the descendants of Adam experience the same set of observations which were experienced by their father; Adam’ if anyone, who cannot observe what Adam did, i.e., the dialogue which took place between the angels and God, the prostration of angels for Adam as commanded by God, then he has no right to be called the child of Adam and he is not supposed to enjoy the status of that Adam who was declared the deputy and the Vicegerent of God. In short, if man is not aware of the granted vicegerency of God on the day of his creation and he does not observe these events in this worldly life then he is not the revered child of Adam. On the basis of mere physical resemblance with his father; Adam cannot be regarded as more than a disobedient child of Adam. Because if someone does not know the Knowledge of the Names of God he cannot be the vicegerent of God. Man has supremacy over the other creatures only because he possesses the Knowledge of the Names of God.