Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
31th August 2014
Essence and Jealousy
Jealousy is present in humans, and is abhorred and loathed by one and all. It is a quality of character that no one would like to be endowed with, but nevertheless is unable to renounce.
The essence that propagates life and is present in every function of life surely would be present in jealousy too. Jealousy, therefore, needs to be understood rather than despised or ignored.
The essence present in life that has evolved doing, speaking and thinking in man, includes understanding and knowledge. The enlightened have rightly proclaimed that man is not the doer, speaker or thinker, which the enlightened have realised.
The essence in evolution is unique in the sense that the intensity of doing, speaking, thinking, understanding and knowledge is not the same in every individual. This includes anger, hate, jealousy, greed and pride. The intensities are different and this makes every individual unique.
Man as he evolved began to like what he got in daily life, as the characteristic of liking evolved in him. The knowledge that he could get also evolved because of the notion that he was a doer. Man has knowledge of what he can do to get what he likes, but not the understanding that the doing will happen precisely at the right moment due to the process of evolution by the essence. This means that whatever is done gets done only in one way, meaning life flows in only one way and the mind can never know the way with certainty.
The enlightened realise that man gets what he is meant to get and life flows in only one way. Those to whom this wisdom has not happened feel jealous when things, which they like and want, do not happen to them. This means that man is jealous of what he likes and not what he dislikes.
The enlightened have rightly proclaimed that ‘to want’ invites jealousy. It is normal to feel jealous when what is wanted is not got. When wisdom happens to man that what man is meant to get he will surely get, he becomes patient and not jealous. He would neither abhor, loathe, despise nor ignore those who are jealous. He would in fact be compassionate with those to whom jealousy still happens.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
German translator’s Note
Spiritual seekers are even jealous about the enlightened because they want to become enlightened. They know that despite of all endeavors which they believe are their actions a deeper understanding of life still has not happened to them as yet. Little do they understand that this jealousy itself needs to be understood, not rejected, in order to come to a wise understanding of daily life as well as what enlightenment could be. This article gives man a clue of what could be the role of jealously in the mind: Rightly understood, it could become a constant reminder that you get what you are meant to get and not what the ego wants to have. This would make anybody live wisely, from moment to moment, instead of wanting something for the moments to come.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany