Question: Does this mean that when these souls take human incarnation they will not have animal qualities?Sri Chinmoy: No, they may not carry animal qualities. But you have to know that animal qualities are not all bad. True, animals have aggression and other undivine qualities. But many animals also have dynamism, sweetness, playfulness, enthusiasm and affection. So when a soul goes directly from the plant to the human level, it may lack those qualities as well as aggression and restlessness. Each step along the way gives the soul something solid. But these souls are willing to sacrifice enthusiasm, along with aggression, so they say, "Let us go directly to the human incarnation where we can consciously aspire and again go higher." Who knows whether it is really a sacrifice? Perhaps if they had not skipped the animal life, they would have remained at that stage for a long, long time.
Sri Chinmoy, Sri Chinmoy answers, part 5, Agni Press, 1995