Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academ-advaita.com
30 January 2020
“Knowledge and Wisdom”
Wisdom can only be shared. Knowledge can be taught. Knowledge which is in memory or the past can be taught. Wisdom which is in the moment cannot be taught because wisdom is not in the memory.
Only the illusory is understood as either knowledge or as wisdom. There is nothing real in this world.
What is it that we could see in life, which could give you a conviction that the past is seen in the present? Visually, can the past be demonstrated to be present in the present?
Can you see the past in the present is the question? Can man see the past in the present?
Understand that you do not see the star which is in the present; you see the star which is in the past in the present. That which you see is not the star which is in the present. You see the star which was in the past in the present.
Understand that you do not see the sun which is in the present; you see the sun which is in the past in the present. That which you see is not the sun which is in the present. You see the sun which was in the past in the present.
Understand that you do not see the moon which is in the present; you see the moon which is in the past in the present. That which you see is not the moon which is in the present. You see the moon which was in the past in the present.
Do you know how far the star, the sun and the moon are from where you are? The sun is 91.491 million miles from you. The moon is 238,900 miles from you. The star is 25 trillion miles from you.
You are not looking at the sun, the moon and the star which are in the present. They are not the star, sun and moon which they are as they are in their moment.
It takes some time for you to receive the light waves which shine from the sun, the moon and the stars. You see the past sun, moon and the past star as well in the present ‘here and now’, where you are in every moment.
This proves that the past is as the present, which is the here and now.
Do you see a man as he is? Or do you think a man how he was. You think a man how he was and you think that it is he who is in front of you. You think you see a star that is, but it is not. You see a star that was, which is as it is now.
You accept the sun, moon and the stars as they are in the present, even though they are in the past and appreciate them as they are in the present, because they cannot be other than what they are.
Similarly, every man and every woman you see in the present, where, who they were in the past but are still now in the present as they are, which includes the past as the present.
So, what you see and what you believe you see is a transforming process that happens every moment here and now. The transforming process happens as a whole.
The transforming process does not happen linearly, one after the other, meaning with a beginning and an end. Understand that energy has neither a beginning nor an end. Energy is eternal and is here and now.
When you understand this wisdom, you will appreciate the seeing that is present no matter what is seen.
The enlightened accept the illusory as it is.
Author: Dr. Vijai S .Shankar
© Copyright V.S. Shankar 2020
A man, persuaded by curiosity, once went to a gathering of people invited to meet an ‘unusual’ guest. The curious man gradually began to realise, without thinking, that the guest was not seeing a group of people as a man usually sees a group of people. The guest was seeing not what was in front of him. There was understanding and appreciation of those who were seeking – and still are seeking –reality in their lives; the reality that makes no appearance, save that which is illusory. It is now, after many years in the company of the guest, known as Dr Shankar, that his gift to mankind is not as a teacher, but as one who shares his wisdom with all who meet him. A lifetime of sharing wisdom is an immeasurable gift.