Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
2th July 2017
There are many games as a sport that are played by humans. A game evolved in primitive man as his movements evolved and sophisticated. Therefore, a game primitive man played was primitive.
Primitive man played a game instinctively and, as intellect evolved knowledge in primitive man, he came to know that he played a game. This indicates that a game was being played instinctively, even though he did not know that he was playing a game.
Later, as knowledge evolved further in primitive man, he came to know how to play a game. This indicates that a game was being played the way it was meant to play, meaning instinctively, even though primitive man did not know how to play a game.
Similarly, as evolution evolved knowledge further, primitive man came to know that he was playing a game to win, even though he was playing to win instinctively before he came to know that he was playing to win.
This progression of evolution indicates that primitive man did not play to win. It indicates that playing to win evolved to man, though it appears now to modern man that he plays to win.
In modern games plenty of ways how to win a game are taught. So too the opponents are taught how to win a game. Both the opponents do not, however, have the same coach or trainer to coach or train them to win.
Neither does a coach or trainer teach their respective teams how to play every moment of the game. This is impossible because the entire movements involved in the game from the start to the finish are not known with certainty either to the coach or trainer or to the players.
Similarly, neither the movement of the game, in every moment, nor the movement of an individual player, in each moment of the game, is known by the coach or trainer or by the individual player himself.
More importantly, if the game involves many individuals as players, it is impossible for the coach or trainer and the players to know every movement of the game with certainty from start to finish, and also the movement of each player in every moment of the game.
This signifies that any game goes the way it is meant to go, i.e. there is always either as a win or as a loss. This is due to the intelligence present in every moment of life that expresses as evolution and sophistication and not due to the coach, trainer or the player.
This also signifies that everyone’s life is like a game and goes the way it is meant to go. This means that there is always either success or failure due to the intelligence present in every moment of life that expresses as evolution and sophistication and not due to the intellect in the mind of the coach, trainer or the individual.
The enlightened have rightly pointed out that what is meant to happen will happen and no force on earth can stop it from happening. Likewise, what is not meant to happen will not happen and no force on earth can make it happen.
This signifies that failure is the stepping stone to success and so too is loss a stepping stone to a win. Patience and trust in life is vital.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2017
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