Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
The Netherlands

16 May 2020

As it is (1) 



You try so many things in everyday life to bring whatever you want. And ‘wants’ keeps you unsteady and not steady. Trying is a manifestation of life. Understand trying will not stop. 

Understand that trying will stop the moment you understand that trying only gives you a desire to try more. That is all trying will give. Seeking will only give a desire to seek more. 

That is all it will give because by seeking and by trying the ego lives on. Life is as it is. Accept life as it is. You want to be just as you are; you want your partner to be what you want him or her to be. You want your children to be what you want them to be. 

Life is as it is. Life is the way it is and you cannot make life the way as it is. If you do not look deep into it, you will be troubled all the time by the way life is as it is at any time. 

Life is as it is because the moment in life is as it is and the moment cannot be other than a moment in life. Life is as it is because the moment in life is as it is and the moment cannot have within it other than what moment has in life.  

If this is life as it is, how on earth can anybody change anything in the moment or be anything in the moment other than who they are in the moment and what they are in any moment of daily life? 

Understand that you cannot change anything or be anything other than who you are in any moment of daily life. This is because life is as it is. Life is meant to be as it is because life manifests the moment in life and you do not manifest the moment in life.

Life is as it is. If you understand that the inconsistency in life is constant, then you will be constant. Normally, the mind will expect the constant to be constant. Nothing in life is constant for ever.

When you understand that inconsistency is constant in life, you will be steady, which will be constant. Therefore, understand that every emotion you experience is life as it is and will be constant until it is no more as it was.

The wise understand that every moment is what it is.

The enlightened live life as it is

Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V.S. Shankar, 2020

Editor’s Note:
Live life as it happens – there is no other play – for it is as it is: the play of sound and light.
Julian Capper. UK

German Translator‘s Note: 
Man and woman wants life either to stay as it appears now or to change for the better in the future. The wise share that this is not life as it is, but the mind as it is conditioned. The conditioned mind is stuck in the perpetuum mobile of fear and desire; of wishes and anxiety that the wishes will not become true. Life, however, is a mystery which cannot be known as it is. It reveals itself for the reader of this article by Dr. Shankar or for anybody, if deep understanding of the mind happens, a very deep, wise understanding. The shadow of wise understanding of life as it is, that is unconditional love and calm witnessing of the intermittently appearing mind as it is with intermittently appearing thoughts and emotions which cannot be other than what they are in any moment. There is no gap, no distance, no difference between the moment and the witness, because life as it is, is oneness appearing as illusory duality. By living life as it is, it is revealed to the enlightened ones who or what they really are. 
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany

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