Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
23th July 2017
Modern man’s mind is conditioned and, therefore, man believes that there is a cause for anything that happens in everyday life. A cause is a reason for his mind’s reaction to everything that happens in everyday life.
But the question is, is there a cause for everything that happens in daily life at all? On deep pondering, it is evident that a cause cannot be found for everything that happens in everyday life.
Therefore, the important point that needs to be understood is: if that which in daily life does not have a cause, it could not be the cause for anything in daily life as well. This implies that there is no cause for a beginning point.
For instance, everything has evolved and there is no cause for evolution to be evolution. Similarly, science has evolved and there is no cause for knowledge as science to have evolved.
Science, which has no cause, informs that everything in life is made up of atoms. But science knows no cause that makes atoms evolve. This implies that science, which has no cause, could not be the cause for atoms to be in daily life. Atoms are in life without a cause
Similarly, a cause for air can never be determined. A cause for fire can never be determined. A cause for water can never be determined. This signifies that whatever exists as air, water and heat (fire), which is in everything, exists without a cause.
Growth has no cause for it to grow. The reason for a cause to grow is not known by the human mind. Nevertheless, every living entity grows. This signifies that everything that grows exists as the grown without a cause.
Every living entity obviously eats and does to survive. Humans too eat, do, speak and think to survive. But survival has no cause to be survival, because survival is evolutionary and evolution has no cause.
This signifies that there can never be a cause for a cause to exist. Everything and every living entity exists as it is meant to exist and there is no cause that makes it exist.
This signifies that the intelligence in evolution takes care of everything that happens in everyday life, without a cause or a reason. When deep understanding of this fact happens, trust in the intelligence in life too happens without a cause or a reason. The enlightened in ancient times have declared that cause in everyday life is absent, to mean that a reason for a cause is absent as well.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2017
Direct appreciation and understanding of whatever happens in a man or woman’s life seldom occur. For anything to happen in life - it is believed with conviction and even supported by argumentation - it must have been triggered by something else. Thus begins the quest for the cause, which may even draw more interest than the happening itself. This article indicates with clarity that this cannot be the case. Sharing the understanding of the wise that there is no cause for whatever happens in your life or my life opens the way for trusting in the intelligence in life.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator’s Note:
The wise understanding of cause and effect is the basis for trust in life without being disturbed by the illusions of the mind. The mind gets easily disturbed by anything because the mind believes that causes are real. Dr. Shankar in the article “Cause“ makes this clear to everyone and if the understanding happens it happens without a cause, too. Such is the intelligence of life’s singular, inseparable flow.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.