Before one can explore the regeneration of seeds we must agree a defintion of ‘regeneration’. Regeneration means to “generate anew” and this is now a deeply-felt requirement, because observation of Nature makes us aware that Nature Herself is increasingly losing Her vitality.
All of you know that a modern seed of wheat retains its viability for no more than four or five years at best, and everyone knows that was not always so. In fact, wheat has been found in tombs in Egypt that has retained the ablity to germinate for about 5000 years. Perhaps we can say that vitality has declined a thousand-fold.
Without looking quite so far back, those who have attained gray hair know that in the time of their youth alfalfa would last ten years, and more. Today alfalfa lasts three to four years at the most.
The reduced vitality is due in part to errors in cultivation, but is also the consequence of the fact that our planet has now passed the halfway mark of it’s life and is heading towards old age. It is, therefore, only natural that the Earth and her kingdoms are gradually losing their vitality.
If we consider the life of a man, nobody is surprised that a fifty year old no longer has the strength that he had thirty years before. But in the meantime the man has given life to a child who, with his youthful power, is able to take over the father’s heavy labours. Thus the man can reduce his physical load and engage in others work that require the use of the discernment and wisdom that have matured in him over the years.
So a question arises: where in the life of the earth, is this transmission of vitality that we saw in case of man? To find the answer we will try to approach this in a new way.