Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
4th June 2014
Aliveness is life
Every moment in life is alive. The aliveness could be growth, action, speech, thought, light, sound or darkness. The moment by itself is not under man’s control, because it is not man who makes a moment, but it is a moment that has received man within it. Man has not made and also does not make the aliveness within a moment either, for he can never premeditate the aliveness within a moment with certainty. If man makes the aliveness within a moment, he would certainly be able to premeditate the aliveness within a moment with certainty. He is only convinced that he can do, he can speak or he can think, and only comes to know that he has after they happen and not before they happen. If man can make growth happen, do an action, speak a word or think a thought, he would be able to premeditate the aliveness of any moment with certainty. Since he cannot, it only means that he has never brought the aliveness in any moment of life. They all, however, do happen in an illusory manner and not as an actuality.
Man is not the doer as the enlightened have rightly proclaimed. Doing speaking, thinking and growth happen to man and man does not do them.
Any experience of "a reaction or a response" will, therefore, be illusory and not actual. The enlightened such as Buddha, Adi Shankara, Ramana Maharishi and Nisargadatta Maharaj have proclaimed that life cannot be controlled, meaning the aliveness within the moment. It is true, however, that the ‘Now’ is all there is, meaning the aliveness. But it is to be understood that whatever happens as an experience, perception of a reaction or a response, which is aliveness, is illusory in man's mind - illusion meaning that the experience or perception of a reaction or a response is not an actuality in life. Life’s flow is spontaneous, unpredictable and uncontrollable movement of energy or light, just as the movement of an ocean is, therefore, illusory, which means it exists, yet it does not exist as an actuality. This means that aliveness happens just as a wave happens, yet a wave is not there; all there is is a moving ocean, and a wave is a thought in the mind - just as a reaction or response as an experience is a thought in the mind and not an actuality in life. Aliveness is the intelligence of life.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
Dutch translator’s note:
This article leaves us no room to escape, it’s about our life. There is no other life than the life we live and which is happening here and now for all of us. The fact we are alive, however that life may seem in our eyes, offers everyone the possibility to see it without labels and concepts. There is no better life or future life we should wait for in order to understand life happens. Neither do we have to become a better human being. Amidst all feelings, thoughts and beliefs we are alive. This is our life and we are all alive so we may witness it.
Paula Smit, the Netherlands