Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
8 August 2019
“Knowledge and Memory”
The intelligence in life evolved primitive man to live instinctively just as animals live instinctively. Primitive man reacted instinctively only after the intelligence in life made life happen to primitive man.
Primitive man lived instinctively, but he did not know that he lived instinctively until the intelligence in life in the moment evolved intellect in primitive man. The evolved intellect in primitive man evolved sound as illusory letter, words and beliefs.
The evolved intellect eventually evolved words and beliefs as knowledge in primitive man’s mind. Intellect enabled primitive man to know. The evolved intellect later identified what happened to him instinctively with a word from knowledge.
The accumulated knowledge in primitive man’s mind worked as memory. The daily function of intellect’s use of words from knowledge identified what happened to him in daily life only after life happened to him.
The familiarity of what happened to primitive man in daily life from knowledge made him believe that he is the doer. Knowledge did not reveal to primitive man nor does it to modern man that he comes to know from knowledge only after the intelligence in life makes it happen to him in daily life.
As intellect evolved further, the amount of words in knowledge in primitive man’s mind far exceeded the daily requirement of words from knowledge to navigate primitive man’s daily life.
The intelligence in life stored the excess of words in knowledge that were not needed to navigate primitive man’s daily life, including the words in knowledge needed to navigate man’s daily life as memory.
The intelligence in life later enabled intellect only to reach into memory for words that were of recent past to man and woman. Intellect in man later informed man and woman what he or she could do in the present and future from the stored words in memory, which was the past.
The intelligence in life in the moment later evolved wisdom through the intellect in ancient man and modern man as well. Wisdom in modern man or woman revealed to him or her that their minds come to know what has happened in daily life only after it happens and what they did only after it happens to them.
Wisdom reveals that knowledge in memory deceives man and woman that he or she is the doer. Wisdom reveals that neither man nor woman is the doer because he and she come to know after anything happens in daily life.
The enlightened have proclaimed that man, meaning neither man nor woman, is a doer.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2019
The intelligence of life must be congratulated and admired for its quite remarkable and precise task in this entire evolutionary process. It is faultless and compassionate. It is being thus described by its own provision of language and speaks to you, albeit the illusory listener, through these very words which are its own. Remarkable too is the precision and depth of understanding gifted by Dr Shankar in this article. What, then, is man that you are mindful of him and the son of man that you care for him? Such have been and continue to be the reflections of man through countless generations.
Julian Capper, UK
German Translator‘s Note:
The everyday life of modern man is full of thoughts about what is still to be done, what is still to come. This is the source of all kinds of stress. Hardly anyone thinks that man in the history of mankind as a species has not always had an everyday life full of thoughts. At some point the first thought must have evolved in man. But obviously he could only know about this first thought after it had happened to him. And that is still the case today with every thought. Therefore man cannot be the doer. In this profound article Dr Shankar leads us back to the beginnings of the human mind and offers us the key to a deeper understanding of our everyday life. He or she for whom the door opens comes out of the house of the mind into the open, into, stress-free, life.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.