Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
30th May 2017
Human beings blame. Human beings usually blame the other and rarely themselves. Human beings blame the other for a variety of reasons, which are justified as well to the one who blames.
But why do humans blame the other at all needs to be pondered upon deeply, because ‘blame’ does no good to anyone?
Humans blame the other, who is at fault by logic and reason, according to them. The fault may be in the content of what he or she says or the way in which he or she talks, or in the way he or she is doing or has done.
This implies that there is a right way to talk and the right context in which to talk. But humans know what is spoken with certainty only after it gets spoken. There is no way to correct the way it is spoken or correct what is spoken once speaking happens or once it is spoken.
This also implies that there is not only a right way to do things, but also what is the right thing to do. But humans know what he or she is doing only after it has begun or only after it is finished. There is no way to correct what is being done or has been done, once doing happens or once it is done.
Paradoxically, the one who blames is also at fault because, not only are all who they are and cannot be other than who they are, but they cannot be blamed. Also, the one who blames is not free from blame either, and only he or she who is free from blame can blame.
Blame arises because of superficial understanding that has evolved in humans. The superficial understanding, which has conditioned the mind, is that man speaks and does as well and can control and change it as well.
The fact that superficial understanding has evolved in humans implies that wisdom too evolves in the mind. Wisdom, when it evolves, de-conditions the human mind of its beliefs, namely that man speaks and does and can control and change it as well.
Wisdom understands that life is precise every moment and the moment in life cannot be made by humans. This indicates that whatever the moment contains can neither be made by man nor can it contain other than what it contains.
Wisdom understands that to blame amounts to blaming life, which cannot be other than it is. The wise accept others as they are in any moment of life, despite logic and reason.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2017
The lawyer’s slogan ‘No win, no fee’ has attracted a huge following of citizens encouraged to benefit from any harm or injury they can claim - and prove - to have suffered from the actions or inactions of another, be it another citizen or an institution. This is known as the ‘blame-game’ that is played relentlessly by adults and no less by children as well. Understanding that every moment and everything that is spoken, thought and enacted within each moment, including the moment itself, is the gift of life is the beginning of wisdom. It is as it is.
Julian Capper, U.K
German Translator’s Note:
For blaming others, an action is needed. Because actions are not real in life, but illusory in the mind, blaming is illusory too. Nevertheless, it happens, due to the conditioning of the mind, that actions are real and they cause an effect and are the effect of a cause, and man is the cause. This is logic and reason of the conditioned mind and it is rarely doubted whether it is true or not. This article “Blame“ by Dr. Shankar is one of the rare opportunities to doubt what is accepted as real all over the world without thinking twice. This is the gift of the wise.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.