Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
The Netherlands

30th October 2016


“Illusions of light”


Colour convinces man or woman that life is real and not illusory. Logic and reason support this conviction. The enlightened, however, have indicated that life that is known and experienced is a play of light and sound, meaning that life is illusory and not real.

Life is very colourful for a reason. The reason is, if life were without colours, it would be impossible for man either to identify or recognise anything that exists in life. It would also not be possible for man to recognise dimensions or directions in life.

In short, life would be impossible for man to live in without the help of colours. Now, light is information and it is obvious that light is information, because the smart phone and the computer that give us information function due to electricity and electricity is light.

Therefore, light not only gives us information of colours, light also gives us hints on the existential nature of colours. The hints are experienced in daily life. For example, it is obvious that colours appear different in sunlight outside the shop than the colours that appear in the light present in the shop.

Science informs that when white light passes through a triangular, glass prism at a point, white light appears as the coloured lights of a rainbow. The rainbow is an arch of seven colours visible in the sky. This is produced by the dispersion of sun’s light at a point through raindrops in the atmosphere. 

The raindrops act as a tiny, glass prism splitting the sunlight into a spectrum of coloured lights of a rainbow. In the same way light disperses as coloured lights of a rainbow when light passes through a point in a triangular, glass prism. 

This implies that the complete mixture of all the coloured lights of a rainbow should result in white light. This is exactly what happens when all the beams of coloured lights of the rainbow are focused onto a single spot - the combination of all the coloured lights results in a beam of white light.

Therefore, it is obvious by the hints given by life that the existential nature of colours is light and that colours are illusions of light. The illusions of light, as colours, enable man to identify and recognise not only objects that exist in life, but he is also able to determine directions and dimensions in daily life.

The significance of colours is that man and woman know and experience a play of light and sound, meaning that life is illusory and not real, just as the enlightened have indicated.

Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2016

Editor’s Note:
We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the enlightened beings who unlock the secrets of the universe we inhabit and who share their profound understanding of the life that is gifted. Awareness of colour enlivens the mind of man and woman and offers an uninhibited experience of the precision and joy of life, albeit illusory, as the shackles of conditioned thinking are loosened. A play of light and sound.
Julian Capper, U.K

German Translator’s Note: 
Children when growing up, soon begin to find their favorite colour. Some love red, others blue or green. The mind evolves to have preferences. The preference makes the mind like and dislike. A deeper understanding of colour is presented by the wise in this deep article.The wise love every colour equally, because they are aware that the preference of the mind is illusory and not real. In the same manner unconditional love happens to all colours of people, opinions and happenings in life in general. 
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.

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