Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academ-advaita.com
28 February 2020
Life has brought you into this world. Life will prepare you to know who you really are. The animal does not know it is in the animal kingdom. Vegetation too does not know it is vegetation.
It is understandable that they do not know who they are. Even you do not know who you really are. You only think that you know who you are. You are not sure. You keep changing your identity as you pass by this world.
But life will teach you in its own mysterious way and, if you understand this, it is a great leap into life. The intelligence in life makes you know who you really are by making you become very observant in life.
Understand that life is light and sound. Light is the intelligence in life. This intelligence has got the information you need to understand who you really are. You need just to observe life.
Life has everything in it to let you have that understanding as to who you really are. If everything in front of you is light, you will come to know that light is really who you are. Not as a knowledge. As light itself. It is a beautiful happening that keeps you steady and in balance all the time.
To be in balance and steady in life is a happening when you are observant in life. Life is a happening. You cannot know when it will start or end. The happening will happen mysteriously within you.
The mind with thoughts will not know who you really are. The mind is busy thinking intermittently in life. It is helpful because the mind with thoughts helps you to know your surroundings and needs.
When the body gets tired, you want to rest. Is it not so? You simply rest. Understand that life gets the body to get tired so that the body can rest. In the same way, life will make the mind get tired of thinking.
Once the mind gets tired of thinking, very tired, that peak of tiredness will come when you yourself realise one day that your thinking is hopeless. I am simply rotating in a wheel. You will realise it yourself.
Then the mind will take some rest. Then you will come to know that thinking does not keep you steady and in balance. Understand that enlightenment keeps you steady and in balance and enlightenment does not come through a thinking mind.
The enlightened realise that the thinking mind with thoughts is illusory and not real.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright: V.S. Shankar, 2020
There is thinking and there is thinking. In knowledge, there are few renowned and respected thinkers, regarded as of a philosophical nature. They are heavily outnumbered by the constant thinkers who have difficulty in escaping from this repetitive process. However, in wisdom, the intelligence of life has endowed man with the gift of thinking in managing daily living; the gift of excess in regulating excessive eating, excessive drinking, excessive exercise, excessive thinking, etc.
Life has gifted man’s transformation through the deep understanding of enlightened beings revealed in these articles and elsewhere. Enlightenment is transformation to who you really are – light – if it is meant to be so, with the further gift of patient observation.
Julian Capper. UK
German Translator’s Note:
In the search for balance in life, there are various approaches, such as numerous tips and tricks to create work-life balance. Man believes that a proper balance of opposites in his mind leads to a sense of right balance. The enlightened, as in this article by Dr. Shankar, understand the need of the mind for balance, but they explain that in the mind based on the polarity of mutually dependent opposites, there can be no permanent, that is real, but only temporary, that is illusory, balance. The very necessity that the balance in the mind must be constantly maintained and always observed brings the human being out of balance, as paradoxical as that may sound. Only those who understand the mind as an eternal pendulum between the opposites of duality are in unshakable balance, because witnessing happens to them without the sense of being a thinker, speaker and doer. Life is always in balance, the conditioned mind never is.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.