Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
19 February 2018
Birth of Effect
“Gross and Subtle”
A man or woman believes that he or she can think of the effect for doing, speaking or thinking. A man or woman further believes that he or she can think of the effect by what others do, speak or think.
The enlightened have, however, indicated that man or woman is not a doer, speaker or thinker. They have declared that doing, thinking and speaking happen to man or woman. But man and woman believe that they can think of the effect for doing anything or think of what the effect could be by anything others do, speak and think.
So what is the understanding of the enlightened that man and woman are neither the speaker nor the thinker of an effect, though speaking and thinking happen? So how could this be understood by both man and woman is the question?
Now everything in life is in movement, because life moves spontaneously, uncontrollably and unpredictably every moment. This signifies that any movement in life is spontaneous, uncontrollable and unpredictable. Man or woman, however, does not bring this movement about because they do not make any moment in life.
If man and woman were able to make a moment in life, they would be able to know the effect by doing anything. For the same reason, man and woman would be able to make thinking happen as well, if they were able to make a moment.
Thinking is a movement of function in intellect, which is spontaneous, uncontrollable and unpredictable and thinking happens in the moment. Neither man nor woman makes thinking happen.
As evolution evolved thinking, it evolved logic as effect in the movement of thinking by the intellect. It is evident that man and woman, only by thinking, can think of an effect of anything.
Logic evolved as effect in the human mind. As logic evolved as effect, it suggested what reason was implying, for example, the logic of a primitive container.
By logic, primitive man and woman understood that a container can be used to collect water to drink if his hands were steady. The moment logic evolved as effect man believed the effect of steady hands. This was the birth of subtle effect in humans.
Similarly, the moment speaking happened to primitive man and woman that a container for collecting water is possible if his hands were steady, it was the birth of gross effect in humans.
The phenomenon of effect as evolved logic is observed in a modern child. The child, by logic, places a square block of wood over another square block and believes that square blocks are the effect of steady blocks.
Therefore, birth of subtle or gross effect is a function of intellect in the movement of evolution. Effect is a function in the movement of intellect and neither man nor woman makes an effect happen.
This signifies that logic and effect are two sides of the same coin and the coin is the movement of functions in the intellect. The two sides of coin are together and cannot be separated. This signifies that logic and effect cannot be separated.
The enlightened have rightly proclaimed that man is not the doer, speaker or thinker and what is meant to happen will happen.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018
On the one hand, there is the doing, the speaking and the thinking that the mind of man, woman and child attributes to the agency of man, woman or child. On the other hand, here is the deep understanding of the enlightened who are declaring that that has never been so, is not so and never will be so. Man is not the doer, speaker or thinker. Dr Shankar is revealing that logic and effect are phenomena evolving in the function of intellect. This is the guidance for every man and woman on their journey in life.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator’s Note:
To plan daily life and make right decisions, the ego relies on effects which it knows. The effect may be positive, then the cause is needed to repeat the positive effect. Or the event may be negative, then the cause is required in order to prevent it from repetition. Cause and effect are not separate, neither in life, because there is no gap in between cause and effect, but only a singular movement, nor in the mind, in which any cause is the effect of a previous cause and any effect is the cause of a further effect. That effect is not an actuality, as shown by Dr. Shankar’s article, questions the belief that cause and effect are real fundamentally. Thank you, Dr. Shankar for explaining the wise statements of the enlightened in depth for daily life.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.