Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
2 June 2021
Can You (3)
“Is it possible”
You know that you think what you want to think. You know that because you thought something yesterday. The same premise applies to the first man or woman who thought.
The question is: The first man or woman who thought, however, did not think anything in their yesterday because they did not have a yesterday or the past in which they could think.
This implies that as many people who did not have yesterday or the past thought anything. Yet, neither the first nor the many did know that they thought something.
As memory evolved, man or woman came to know that they thought after their thinking got said in the morning. This signifies that humans came to know that they thought something after the thinking happened to them, without their speaking it.
As evolution progressed, so did the movements of man and woman progress and sophisticate instinctively. The sophisticated, instinctive movements of thoughts were registered as thinking and stored in the memory of humans.
The sophisticated, instinctive human movements of sounds that evolved are numerous and were registered in the memory as thoughts of thinking of daily, household chores. These were only sophisticated, evolved movements of thoughts, as thinking of actions in games, which were only sophisticated, evolved movements of thoughts, as numerous actions of humans, which are only sophisticated, evolved movements of humans.
When humans moved in modern times their evolved, sophisticated movements were recognised as actions because of the memory of movements as actions. This implies that humans do not recognise the evolved, sophisticated movements as evolved movements, but label them as actions.
This is obvious as modern man or woman comes to know what action has happened with certainty only after some movements happen. But, in fact, an action has not happened - only memory of singular movement in every moment as an action has happened.
The memory of thinking, therefore, is an illusion of evolved, sophisticated movements of thoughts and not thinking in each moment.
So wisdom reveals that it is not possible for you to know what you will think with certainty before it actually gets thought. It is not possible because thinking does not happen, only sophisticated, human movements of sound as illusory thoughts happen.
The enlightened realise that everything in nature, including humans, is only moving in every moment of their life-time. The enlightened realise that humans are not the doers, speakers or thinkers.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2021
Thinking is considered to be an exclusively human phenomenon and is almost continuous in the waking state. It has gained the status of both serious and idle thinking. The realisation gifted by the wise here that this perpetual process of thinking is illusory may be transformative in man’s pathway to life itself.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator‘s Note:
Close observation of nature reveals to us the secrets of life; thinking, speaking and acting in the human mind as an illusory world. Speaking must have preceded thinking in the human being. Sound outside of the individual is produced in nature by objects, for example when rocks crash on each other or water rushes, by plants, when trees creak or reeds rustle in the wind, by animals by instinctive courtship sounds or by the whales' whining under water. In humans, the making of sounds came through the organs of speech. Gradually, all the sounds of nature in man produced an echo in the mind, where subtle, externally inaudible sounds, audible only to the individual, manifest words with meanings and a private, illusory world is born in the human individual. Thus, external sound echos in the human mind. Thus, thinking, speaking and acting are a singular movement in which acting as a gross movement of the body precedes speaking as a more evolved gross movement of the organs of speech, and finally the subtle movement of thinking and understanding has evolved in the mind. To the highly sophisticated and increasingly conditioned mind, however, it seems as if this natural process is exactly reversed, namely, that man first accomplishes thought and from it forms speech and action. Dr. Shankar's series of articles "Can you" puts man's worldview back on its feet and frees him from the top-heavy conceit of having to think in order to be able to speak and act.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.