Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
30th April 2017
There are many types of computers and each of them performs not only a specific function but also varied, unlimited functions on command. The computer starts to function both at night and in the day only after it is switched on by electricity.
Similarly, there are many types of human minds and each of them performs not only a specific function but also varied, limited functions and each mind and its memory is always switched on in the daytime by life, but switched off at night during sleep by life as well. Life is electricity or light as well.
A computer is several minds along with their memory, whereas each mind has its own memory and not the memory of other minds.
The memory of a computer, however, is able to function only after it is switched on by electricity. The computer begins to function when commanded, but the command is not an oral command.
The computer remembers the function as memory, but cannot recall the function unless it is switched on and commanded to perform the function. The command is not an oral command, just as driving a car is not brought about by an oral command.
The command to the computer is the pressure applied by the fingers on the keys of the keyboard. Pressing a key on the keyboard makes a letter appear on the computer screen.
Every atom of the finger is light and not a finger. Every atom of the computer and the screen is light as well. This implies that light appears as an illusory letter or word on an illusory computer screen.
Similarly, while driving a car, pressure is applied on the steering wheel, brakes, clutch and manual gear stick by the hand and the feet. Every atom of the hand and the feet is light and every atom is neither a hand nor a foot.
No matter how simple or complicated the function the computer is commanded to perform, the computer performs the function faster than a human mind, because it has memory of several minds.
The computer, however, does not know that it has performed a function, whereas the human mind does know that it has performed a real function. The computer knows more than a human mind, though human minds have made the computer know.
Neither maths nor physics could make light appear as pressure, command or any word to appear on the screen, including light as a screen. Therefore, the function of the mind in daily life, including the command to a computer and the function of the computer, is an illusion of electricity or light and not a reality.
The computer is evidence that proves that daily life is illusory, just as the enlightened have declared.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2017
The computer, in this generation, has become an alternative mind for a majority of human beings, although both the computer and the mind enjoy the same illusory status. There is no competition between the use of the two, yet man, at whatever age, has found the computer to be an essential element, an assumed reality, in his or her daily life – almost even in the nursery. The clarity of this article reveals life’s miraculous gift in the transformation of its light in the service of mankind, albeit illusory.
Julian Capper, U.K
German Translator’s Note:
Less evolved tools are things that represent an external body so to speak, such as a hammer or pliers. A computer, one of the highest evolved tools in the world, is an external mind, and it is more than one mind, as Dr. Shankar reminds us in the article “Computer“ here – what a fascinating product of evolution! A computer is used by many of us in daily life so often that we even forget how intricate the illusion is, created by evolution.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.