Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
18th October 2017
Every individual has an identity. An individual’s identity is labelled, meaning it is identified by a name. Humans label everything with a name and that becomes its identity.
Objects, vegetation and animals are identified by the name given to each of them by man. The identity of objects, vegetation and animals convinces man that they are separate from each other, including him.
Food too is identified by man and the identification convinces man that not only is each food separate from each other food, but that food is separate from him or her as well. The knowledge of identity, therefore, creates a feeling of separateness with everything by which man is surrounded.
The intelligence in life gives man a clue through food that separateness does not exist in life. Separateness is merely a belief and deep understanding of that belief reveals it is not the truth.
The deep understanding of the structure and function of food reveals that nothing in life is separate from each other, including man and woman.
The intelligence in life, as wisdom, reveals that every atom of food is not food, but every atom of food is light. Wisdom further reveals that light is one and not separate from another intensity of light.
The intelligence in life, as wisdom, reveals that in the function of food a definite cut-off point between proteins, fats and carbohydrates is absent. This signifies that every form of food is not separate from another.
The intelligence in life, as wisdom, reveals that every atom of objects, vegetation, animals and humans is not object, vegetation, animal or human, but their every atom is light.
The intelligence in life, as wisdom, reveals that, in the functions of animals and human beings, the knower, the knowing and the known are one; the seer, the seeing and the seen are one; the experiencer, the experiencing and the experienced are one. This signifies that separateness does not exist in life, though it is believed to exist.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2017
Through the prism of a conditioned mind every man and woman knows, sees and experiences the world in which he and she lives. And will continue to do so. Thus, there is no doubt in the conditioned mind that that world is real. What is more, he may proclaim his own identity and defend it, if necessary, with his life and even with the lives of others: such is the pride in his separate identity. They will continue in this way. And then one day they may be blessed by meeting a wise man in whose enlightened presence the process of deconditioning may start. This is the light of the enlightened man; such is the light of the author of this article.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator’s Note:
Everybody searches for unity with the other. A deep rooted sense of loneliness is built up in the process of conditioning of the mind, beginning from early childhood, beginning with the happening of words and meanings in a human child’s mind. Words divide and words unite, but the understanding of words as illusory sounds makes us realise that the separation does not actually exist in the first place. This illusory separation in the mind but not in life, could be understood if everything apparently physical, including food humans eat every day, is revealed as one and not two. Dr. Shankar’s article “Intelligence 21“ gives a clue of whole life’s oneness.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany