Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
14 May 2023
Birds fly in the sky. Birds fly at different heights and at different speeds. Birds are of different shapes, sizes and colours. Birds do not know food, nests, procreation or how to raise children, yet birds eat, build nests, procreate and raise their children. No bird knows this, yet they do.
Some birds are more intelligent than other birds. No bird knows this, yet they appear to be. Man knows men and women are intelligent, so he thinks the birds know too. The birds neither know that they are male or female birds nor that they are intelligent.
Birds do age and reach old age as well. Birds neither know their age nor old age.
Men and women know what to do and they believe that birds also know what to do as well.
Birds neither make the moment that they are alive nor their movement that is present in any moment. Birds do not know sound, yet birds make the sound, not by themselves: sounds happen to them.
Life has evolved miraculously that has made men and women know. Particular sounds that have evolved in them convince them that they know, because particular sounds have evolved as alphabets and languages. Alphabets and languages have evolved as knowledge only in humans.
Birds walk, fly, eat, age, procreate, build and make sounds. The fact is that they do not know that they do or know how to do everything, but nevertheless everything happens to them.
Man and woman know that they can walk, talk, eat, work, dress, procreate, raise children, build, entertain, play games, travel, sense, educate and think how to do all these activities.
Man and woman are yet to understand that they do not make the moment in which they are alive. Man and woman are yet to understand that they do not make the movement in which they are alive.
Man and woman are yet to understand that everything happens to them just as it happens to the birds. Man and woman are yet to understand that they only believe that they do everything.
The enlightened realise that humans too are nature and that nature happens as it happens with all its colour, shape, size, structure and knowledge only in humans.
The enlightened realise that wisdom happens only in humans that gives them an understanding that they are nature as it is.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2023
Respect for nature and deep understanding of its precise path of evolution are the unique gifts from the wisdom that flows in this article from Dr Shankar. So elegant are the warp and weft of the tapestry of life that is revealed here. Every man and woman is heir to this life. Thank you.
German Translator‘s Note:
Man is the most evolved creature on earth, because the mind happens to him with all the thoughts about "his" life, which he seems to have under control. But some humans will evolve even further and understand that there is only life and nature and not "his" life here and nature there. Life, nature and man are one. The proverbial freedom of the bird in the air, of which the bird is not aware, man will attain in full conscience as he learns to fly beyond the chains of the mind.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.