Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD. PhD
Published on www.acadun.com
28th February 2010
Man believes that a thought or thoughts, a word or words and instinct are the cause of an action. He believes he has learnt gradually and that his actions have been sophisticated by his efforts and determination to progress in life.
Man is convinced that his actions are and take place in life. He is convinced that he can see actions being performed, executed and completed in life. Arts, science, technology, warfare, administration of every sort and kind, academics, spiritual and religious practices and daily life involve a mulitude of actions which man claims to do.
He knows about the actions he has done in the past, is doing in the present and can do in the future. He also believes that practice improves his actions to achieve better results and even enlightenment.
Time is required for any action to take place and also for completion, be it by thought, word or instinct. The question is when and how thought, word or instinct began.
Present-day man relies more on thoughts or words to conduct his actions rather than his instincts
Primitive man solely relied on instinct to survive, though he was neither aware nor knew that he did so, for thoughts and words evolved much later than his instincts. Man, therefore, did not make his instinct happen: instinct happened to man.
Primitive man moved by instinct just as animals do. Action by instinct is merely sophisticated movement not governed by thought or word, for mind had not evolved as yet.
Initially, a photon, which is a unit of light, appeared within man’s mind and its density increased to evolve and sophisticate into images as forms and shapes. These images gradually evolved and sophisticated as thoughts and words.
Over evolutionary time images within the mind were superimposed with words and meanings in sync, such that the mind was conditioned to believe that words were real and the images corresponded to the known in the mind.
Due to superimposition of words and meanings to images, man began to believe that actions happened in life and he was the doer. He believed time existed in life and he did and could perform mundane, sophisticated, spiritual and religious actions in life, and still does.
Man was convinced that he was the doer, speaker and thinker. This conviction is universal and escapes no man except the enlightened beings, who realise that man is not the doer, speaker and thinker and the world, man and mind are illusory.
Man soon came to believe that his mind controls actions, words and thoughts. Life to man is his thoughts, words and actions. He is therefore convinced that his mind is in control of life and its outcome is dependent on his mind.
Man is not aware that innumerable movements happen to his body and that his mind neither reports them nor is aware of them. The mind reports intermittently about actions that the body does and can do.
This intermittent report has evolved since aeons of time when mind’s reports initially were few and far between. Present-day man needs to understand what is happening in life and the mind. He needs to understand further that mind is not synonymous with life.
Man could only have come to know that action could happen instinctively after he came to know that action is present in life and he could do it. Before an action became known to the mind man never knew that action was present in life or that he could do it or has done it. Nevertheless, he was doing actions, but never knew he was doing them.
Present-day man never says: ‘I thought instinctively’; he says: ‘I thought suddenly’ or ‘I need time to think’. At no point in the evolution and sophistication of the mind could man have known that he ‘thought instinctively’, for he came to know about instinct and attributed actions to instinct only after he was convinced that thoughts and words conduct action and that some actions, but never thought or words, happen by instinct.
If actions did happen by instinct in life, they would nevertheless require time. Science has so far been able to measure a time-duration of an attosecond. An attosecond is a billionth of a billionth of a second. Man is made to believe that an attosecond exists in a moment of life.
How much of an action could possibly happen in an attosecond? Possibly none, for the mind can never imagine, comprehend, see or recognise anything within an attosecond. So man can never act on instinct, for an action happens much faster than an instinct. Action, therefore, simply happens to man and he cannot see them.
Time is required to think of an action to be done or that which has happened. How much of a thought could possibly happen within an attosecond? Possibly none, for the mind can never imagine, comprehend, see or recognise anything within an attosecond. So man can never think about what to do for an action happens much faster than a thought. Action, therefore, which man cannot see, simply happens to him and not because of thought.
Time is required to speak words such as ‘go to the market and buy me a gift’ - approximately a few seconds – but it depends upon how fast speech happens to you. The journey to the market to purchase a gift entails much more time than a few seconds.
If words controlled action, man would require an exact amount of time to describe the action as it would require him to complete the action. There is, however, disparity in the duration of the two.
Hence, man can never speak to describe every moment of an action or about what happens within an attosecond. Action, therefore, which man cannot see, simply happens to him and not because of a word or words.
Life moves faster than the mind, for life is light and the mind is sound. Though the mind is superimposed upon life in sync, there is nevertheless a delay which the mind cannot decipher. Mind lags behind life by much longer than an attosecond. The speed of sound through air is about one mile per second, whereas life moves at the speed of light.
Only at a certain speed of the mind does an auditory illusion of sound as words happen to man. This speed is much less than that which happens within an attosecond, which science has not discovered as yet.
Man needs to understand that life is a singular movement of light, which projects a multitude of optical illusions of colour, shape and size spontaneously, uncontrollably and unpredictably.
Man needs to understand that certain wave-lengths of sound transform into words and meanings that, when superimposed upon life, manifest the deception of an action, where there is none.
Life is timeless and thoughtless and the known, no matter how revered, scientific or informative, is illusory.
© Copyright 2010 V. S. Shankar