Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
8th November 2014
Essence and Free Will of Action
Man believes he has free will, and he is convinced that free will enables him to do what he wishes to do in his daily life. What is free will related to? Free will is related to actions, spoken or written words and thoughts because man is convinced that he has a free will to do what he wishes to do, to speak, to write and to think. To do, speak, write and to think are actions and actions involve movements of the body.
The enlightened have, however, proclaimed that what is meant to happen will happen and no force on earth can stop it from happening. Also, what is meant not to happen will not happen and no force on earth can make it happen. This appears to contradict man’s belief in free will. An explanation is, therefore, required to make the enlightened proclamation clear to man.
The essence reflects consciousness, which in turn evolves life. It is therefore important to understand that the intrinsic characteristic ‘understanding’ and actions have evolved from consciousness. For example, the understanding of an action of drawing a straight line on a paper. Primitive man neither had a pen, pencil to write with, nor paper to draw a line on. Primitive man only had sand to write on and a stick to write with.
Primitive man’s stick did make some dots in sand while he walked, but he did not notice that the stick or he himself made them, nor did he notice the dots as dots. The moment the intrinsic characteristic ‘understanding’ evolved in him, life made him notice the dots. The dots were apart, such as . . . . And later life made the dots happen closer to each other, such as … Eventually evolved his hand movement as a prolonged movement, which made the dots in the sand continuous with each other so as to appear as a line. The understanding of a line happened to primitive man and the belief that he made the line, while in fact the line evolved as a prolonged movement of the hand and primitive man neither made the movement nor the line.
But how could we be sure that the line happened by dots placed together by the prolonged movement of the hand as a process of evolution and that the line was not made by primitive man? The surety is assured if we observe the modern child play with different sizes of wooden rings to be placed on a stick with a base, one on top of each other to form a tower. In the beginning the child struggles to place one ring. Slowly, over days, the child is able to place all the rings with the right size to form a tower. Therefore, the action of making a tower evolved in the child and the child did not make the tower.
This means a line drawn on a paper by modern man is a series of dots made by the pen joined together. Therefore a line is not drawn by man because of his free will. The line is simply an evolved, prolonged movement of the hand, which was meant to happen. This only implies that every action is only an evolved movement of the body. Man has no control of the movement of the body because man is not in control of the essence of life. Free will of any action is therefore a belief and not the truth.
The enlightened have rightly proclaimed that what is meant to happen will happen and no force on earth can stop it from happening. The enlightened have realised that life flows and that man is neither a doer nor does he have a free will. They are therefore compassionate and loving to all who they know, meet and live with.
Gradually and inexorably the undoing of long-established beliefs, which condition the minds of men and women, happens by the grace of wise counsel. Prominent amongst these beliefs and ideologies is the theory of free will – a theory that has become a fiercely guarded right of man. He loses his life in defence of this right.
Man’s mind is so occupied with its daily activities, albeit illusory, that he seldom connects with the moment that is. Man saves his life in the moment that is - for that is where you really are. The author of this article/CD/books (as appropriate), Dr Vijai Shankar, has been gifting priceless insights into the life of mankind for many, many years. He has devoted his own life fully to offering the deep understanding of the sages on the issues and opportunities facing every man and woman every day that he or she is alive. Dr Shankar’s words, spoken and written, are available in books and CDs that can be ordered through the website - www.acadun.com. The books are available in English, Dutch, German and Hindi. Your local bookshop or library may also be able to acquire the books for you. Fortunate are those into whose hands these words of a living, realised being may fall.
Julian Capper. UK.
German Translator’s Note:
Every man and woman, beginning since early childhood, has the will to do what he or she wants. This will, however, is in the flow of life, too, so that free will is nevertheless an illusion, a very persistent one. We take the movements of our body for granted in the same way as we take our life for granted. What importance beliefs of free will of action have gained in our daily experience! A clear understanding of life’s miraculous movement, which includes every movement of our body, makes man truly humble, a wise one.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany