Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
The Netherlands
19th April 2016


“A must?”

Everything that happens is a condition that prevails for that state for that moment, and that state is in time and space. Time and space is always present and, therefore, it is obvious that something always prevails in time and space and there is no state in time and space wherein something does not prevail.

Man accepts when the conditions he believes in prevail because he expects that his conditions should prevail for anything to be accepted. This sounds reasonable and logical to him because man believes that he has a free will to make conditions prevail. 

But are conditions under the control of free will is the question. Man certainly believes so and, therefore, every relationship is believed to be under the behest of conditions.

Now, is there a condition that should prevail for a moment to happen? There is none. A moment prevails in time and space without any conditions and that is the condition for any moment, including time and space as well. Nature happens every moment in time and space without any conditions. Only man expects conditions should prevail for anything to be accepted by him. When conditions that are expected and accepted do not prevail, the relationship becomes difficult and leads to worry and despair. 

Now, what could be the understanding that would help man to understand that his life is neither under the control of his expectations nor his free will? The understanding is simple though difficult for the conditioned mind to understand or to accept.

Everything prevails in the moment spontaneously, uncontrollably and unpredictably no matter how meticulous man’s planning or how logical and reasonable his conditioned expectations may be. 

Now, since man cannot make a moment, it is obvious that he neither can make what prevails within the moment nor the conditions which he expects and accepts to be in the moment as well. If man understands that life is unconditional, it de-conditions his mind and his love, care and concern become unconditional as well.

Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2015

Editor’s note:
What an opportunity the understanding of life in this article provides for any and every human being both living and yet to be born. It is like when a stone is thrown into a pond and the ripples from the impact travel onwards and outwards of their own accord without limitation or even purpose. Once the stone is cast, once the words of the wise are heard there is no telling of their reach in the healing of souls.
The love, care and concern for humanity is total and unconditional. We are truly blessed. 
Julian Capper, UK

German Translator’s Note: 
What is unconditional love, care and concern? And how can we attain it? This question is asked by a ripe woman or man or even a child! And it is answered by the wise. However, to live unconditionally, is not attained by will and choice, but by grace or understanding. Let us be grateful for the response given here to mankind and each and every one of us. 
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany

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