Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
18 December 2018
Big Picture of Life (1)
Wisdom reveals that life happens every moment. This signifies that not only life renews itself, life also renews eternally. The renewing is an eternal, evolutionary process.
Wisdom further reveals that in between a moment and the next moment in the evolutionary process is moment as well. This signifies that moment is eternal in life and in mind as well.
Wisdom also reveals that a moment renews itself eternally and that a moment in evolution is specific where it is meant to be and also what is within the moment is specific as well.
Wisdom also signifies that, in the eternal, evolutionary process, the intensity of any function and location of whatever that exists within the moment are specific. The intensity-range, which is specific, is from minimum to maximum and the location of whatever that exists within the moment is specific for that moment. This means that it cannot be other than what is located in a particular moment.
The relative intensity-range of minimum to maximum in functions is slow, intermediate, fast or nil activity. These are specific in the moment as regards location and they cannot be other than what is specific for a particular moment.
Knowledge, however, expects the relative, slow or nil activity in the particular moment to be either intermediate or fast. This expectation leads to anger, anxiety, worries, hate, hope, debates, arguments, beliefs, demands, advice etc.
Knowledge, however, believes that the relative, slow or nil activity in the particular moment could be made to be either intermediate or fast, including no activity at all. This expectation leads to anger, anxiety, worries, hate, hope, debates, arguments, beliefs, demands, advice etc.
Knowledge does not inform that the relative intensity of a specific function cannot be in any other intensity for that specific particular moment than the intensity which prevails for that moment.
Knowledge also does not inform that it is expectation and belief that gives rise to the varied emotions. Wisdom neither expects nor believes and, therefore, wisdom does not give rise to the mentioned emotions.
Wisdom reveals that the big picture renews itself in every moment and the big picture cannot be other than what the big picture is in any given moment. Such is the reality of the big picture which is life as it is and yet cannot be known.
The big picture of life that is, albeit illusory, is not the big picture of life that is known by the mind, because the big picture of life is absolute and not relative.
The enlightened, who are wise, have declared that life is a singular movement, which means that the big picture is merely moving eternally.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018
The revelation of wisdom in moving life has endowed the wise man, notably this article, with an intensity of understanding that casts no shadow. There is no crowd of followers or pretenders to this understanding. There is no response in agreement ‘ah yes’; no response in disagreement. There is no big picture that is seen by mind, nor an alternative that is presented. Here is moving life that seeks no acknowledgment nor approval; no knower nor approver. The shadows of the emotions do not enter into this big picture; there is no birth nor death. What a wonder, albeit illusory.
Julian Capper, UK
German translator’s Note:
The big picture is never in the view of the limited human mind. Actually, this fact is clear to everyone when he or she thinks for a moment. And yet, in everyday life, man or woman considers his perception of the world, of the I and the You, to be reality, even reality itself. But this deception has given man in his private world, in a small world with a small peephole, a small part, but not the overall picture of life as it is. Dr. Shankar explains the big picture as unknowable, but this insight opens up a completely new view of the everyday small portion of our limited lives. A view that brings bliss and love, patience and trust, that can only come from understanding the big picture of life.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.