Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
28 December 2018
A dance is a series of steps and movements that match the speed and rhythm of a piece of music. There are many types of dance such as: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Highland, Social and Ballroom dance.
Music is sound. There are various sounds and various movements in every moment in nature, such as growth, flowering, blossoming and movements of various species in the animal kingdom.
The various sounds in nature and sounds uttered by the animal kingdom are natural music. Therefore, the various movements and sounds in nature signify that nature is in a dance which is natural.
Man is not separate from nature, but is a part of nature. Nature makes sound and movement in man as well and certain specific sounds appear as words in the human mind, but it is music in nature, because music is sound.
In every moment of human life there is movement and sound. Certain specific sounds intermittently appear as words to a human, but to nature the sounds are music. This signifies that man is in a natural dance in his entire life on a rotating stage, earth.
The earth, sun, moon, stars, planets are in constant movement in every moment as well. This signifies that the solar system is in a natural dance as well. This natural solar dance is constant.
The seasons on earth such as summer, autumn, winter, spring are in constant movement in a cyclic manner. The seasons on earth such as summer, autumn, winter, spring have different sounds in them.
The intensity of a particular season is the movement and the intensity of sound in a particular season, however, varies and is not constant. This implies that earth is in a natural dance as well.
The enlightened have proclaimed that there is only movement and sound in every moment of daily life. They have proclaimed this by the statement: life is a play of light and sound.
The enlightened also realise that the universe is in a cosmic dance in every moment.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018
Understanding the cosmic nature and harmony of the universe in which mankind is destined to make his or her journey in life is the supreme gift of the wise. That it is so is for each one of us to realise, if we are meant to. No part of this universe is out of place or in need of correction or alteration, hard though this may be to acknowledge in the human mind. The human mind experiences diversity and conflict on a daily basis, as it is meant to. Let us welcome the life that is – a play of light and sound, albeit illusory.
Julian Capper, UK
German Translator’s Note:
The ego feels good or even enlightened, if it has the feeling of control, so the mind is conditioned. When the ego enters the stage of life it wants to take over the leadership. If it succeeds, this enables the ego to feel good. And the opposite, failure, makes it feel bad. The ego feels good or bad and this depends on certain conditions. Enlightenment is just the opposite: unconditional trust, patience and love in the timeless here and thoughtless now. There is no goal and no way, they are in the mind with thoughts. Enlightenment is the clarity that the ego has no control and you can trust life because it has always happened without the control of the ego. Enlightenment is simply living of what is, a mysterious and in every moment alive dance of life, because the Enlightened are aware of how the intelligence in life lets everything happen as an illusion that looks as if man created it, which is not the case. The sages by sharing wisdom, like Dr. Shankar in this article, call for dancing with life as it is.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.