In those prehistoric days, the early human beings progressed at a snail’s pace. They did not know how to use fire. They used to live on fruits, roots, tender green leaves and raw meat. They used to wear animal skins to save themselves from the cold’s fierce grip. They used to band together and live in trees and mountain caves. With the help of stone and bone implements they would draw pictures on cave walls depicting their prehistoric thinking and experiences.
<<Time continued its inexorable march. Human beings discovered fire. The discovery of fire, or better to say, the invention of fire, marked the most significant day in human history. After the invention of fire, people began to use it. It took a few more centuries to refine the uses of fire. Gradually, people learned to use fire properly. They learned to eat roasted meat instead of raw meat and to make other kinds of food much tastier by partially cooking them. They learned the use of salt. Earlier they used to satisfy their bodies’ need for salt by licking salty earth. Ultimately, with the help of fire and other means, they were able to produce salt and learned how to use it.
We can look at this special stage of human civilization as the time when prehistoric humans stepped into the periphery and power of history. After the terrifying night of their dark caves, the first dawn of optimism started to peep over their eastern horizon.
This first moment of the invention of fire distinguished human beings as the greatest of living creatures. Those who first discovered how to make fire by friction, providing comforting warmth to the human body when it was chilled by cold winter nights, came to be viewed as the greatest people, not because of their physical strength, but due to their merit and intellect.
That human clan of the prehistoric era which first discovered fire was considered the most civilized and advanced clan of its time. Gradually the use of fire became prevalent in all human communities. >>
Thus the present human beings evolved in various parts of the world over the past 100, 000 years and left archaeological foot prints behind which are still being discovered.
<<The speed of social progress in those days was very slow and only began to accelerate during the last 15,000 years, after the composition of the Rk Veda. The history of these 15,000 years of progress can be considered as the real history of human civilization.>>
(Text in <<>> by Shrii PR Sarkar)