Rambrahma Babu: What is your opinion of the evolution theory of Darwin and the causes he has put forward for it?
Swamiji: Taking for granted that Darwin is right, I cannot yet admit that it is the final conclusion about the causes of evolution.
From another discussion with Harvard students in March, 1896:
In the matter of the projection of Akāsha and Prāna into manifested form and the return to fine state, there is a good deal of similarity between Indian thought and modern science. The moderns have their evolution, and so have the Yogis. But I think that the Yogis' explanation of evolution is the better one. "The change of one species into another is attained by the infilling of nature." The basic idea is that we are changing from one species to another, and that man is the highest species.
122 years have passed since those conversations.
Do followers of Vivekananda still feel the same way about Darwin's Theory of Evolution or do they now accept it in some form?
Do they still believe man is the highest among species i.e., there cannot be a higher, more intelligent, more sophisticated life form?
Asking if a particular sect of Hinduism (Ramakrishna Math or Ramakrishna Mission) considers Evolution to be a fact is not off-topic especially when the sect's founder (Vivekananda) has already commented up on it. Also, according to this article, the Catholic Church now officially accepts Evolution and the Big Bang to be factually true. In my question, I'm asking if Vivekananda's opinions from a 100 years ago are still held to be true by his followers or have they changed recently in light of new discoveries in the field of evolutionary biology.