Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
12th July 2018
To every educated man or woman, action is known by a word or by a thought. To them how to do an action can be understood by seeing and knowing it as words as well.
The deep reason and logic present in wisdom reveal that every atom of anything that exists in nature, for example, matter, vegetation, animal kingdom and humans are made up of elements found in nature. This wisdom signifies that humans are part of nature.
Deep reason and logic present in wisdom reveal that vegetation grows and it neither knows that it grows nor knows how to grow. Vegetation grows flowers, fruits and food grains.
Vegetation neither knows that they grow, nor how to grow them. Without vegetation the animal kingdom and humans will not exist. Growing, nevertheless, is an action in nature.
Deep reason and logic present in wisdom reveal that flowers blossom and flowers neither know that they blossom nor know how to blossom. Blossoming is nevertheless an action in nature.
Deep reason and logic present in wisdom reveal that fruits ripen and fruits neither know that they ripen nor know how to ripen. Ripening is, nevertheless, an action in nature.
Deep reason and logic present in wisdom reveal that animals grow and animals neither know that they grow nor know how to grow. Animals hunt, but they do not know that they hunt. Hunting, nevertheless, is an action in nature.
Deep reason and logic present in wisdom reveal that birds fly and build nests and birds neither know that they fly and build nests nor know how to fly and build nests. Flying and building nests are nevertheless an action in nature.
Deep reason and logic present in wisdom revealthat bees and ants collectively build bee hives and ant hills respectively. They neither know that they build nor know that they build collectively. Collective building is, nevertheless, an action in nature.
Man too builds individually and collectively. Man builds individually and collectively, though he does not know how he speaks a word called ‘action’ or how he makes a thought of a word ‘action’. He merely believes that he does an action.
Whatever actions the animal kingdom does individually or collectively, man thinks for the animals that they are doing an action, while the animal kingdom does not know that they do an action. Everything happens instinctively to the animal kingdom and animals do not control instinct.
Similarly, as man is part of nature, every action that man believes he does individually or collectively happens instinctively to man as well and man does not do an action, because man does not control instinct.
The enlightened realise that man is not the doer. This signifies that man or woman does not do any action and the action happens to them instinctively, just as actions happen to the animal kingdom instinctively.
The enlightened understand that an action is gifted by the intelligence in life through the instinct in man, woman and the animal kingdom. They also understand that the gift of an action cannot be any other action in the moment than the gift of the action which is in the moment for man or animal kingdom.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
©Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018
From actions seen and believed to be the work of human beings, from actions seen and believed to be the work of living animals and creatures arise man’s understanding of their nature and even the motivation for their actions. Psychological studies may be carried out to assist in this, which then gain the status of authority. Authority for understanding in knowledge-based study and observation is the gift of the intelligence of life through the intellect of man. Authority for deep understanding in wisdom is the gift of the intelligence of life revealed by the wise, as in this article.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator’s Note:
"Why did you not listen to me? !!" "Why does that happen to me ?!" "That's just your fault!" "That's all my fault!" "Who did this?!!" ... the conditioned sayings of the ego only mean something in the mind, but are meaningless in life, where actions are optical and auditory illusions and not real. Life is a singular, continuous flow of light and sound. The mind, however, imagines life as a succession of separate actions, so it hangs in the record groove of its conditioning and always plays the same place on the old record. If actions were real, the flow would have to be interrupted, which is not the case. Life is not an old record, but fresh and new every moment. And "alive"!
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.