Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
23th November 2014
Essence and Now
Every man or woman believes that the word ‘now’ refers to immediacy in the present, where an action, word or thought happens. Basically, for practical reasons, the now is the present to all human beings, knowledgeable, scientific, spiritualistic or religious. The essence of life reflects the now as the ‘present’ moment in life, and in the mind as well, to everyone. Therefore, man and woman believe that the ‘now’ in life is the same as the ‘now’ in the mind.
The essence of life present in evolution evolves both the intellect and the inherent characteristic ‘understanding’. An evolved understanding enables the enlightened human being to know that the ‘now’ in life is not the same as the ‘now’ in the mind.
The enlightened realise that the mind is after the ‘now’ in life and life is before the ‘now’ of the mind. And also the mind is a delay in the ‘now’ in life, and life is ahead of the ‘now’ of the mind. The enlightened further understand that in the mind there is before and after, ahead and delay, whereas life is before, meaning ahead of the mind. The enlightened also understand that the mind stagnates, while life moves on.
Now what could be the proof that the ‘now’ in life is not the same as the ‘now’ in the mind, meaning that the ‘now’ of the mind is either a delay or comes after the ‘now’ in life?
Firstly, a child just moves about and does not know it is doing or speaking. The child later knows that it can do and speak. The child and the adult, however, do not realise that they do know an action, word or thought with certainty in the ‘now’ of the mind only after it happens, and never before it happens in the ‘now’ in life. Before the act, word or thought does happen in the ‘now’ in life, an adult knows what should and should not happen, but an adult never knows with certainty the exact moment and the exact act, word or thought that will happen in the ‘now’ in life. This proves that the ‘now’ in life is ahead of the ‘now’ in the mind.
Secondly, man or woman recognises with certainty in the ‘now’ of the mind that the flower has blossomed, only after it has blossomed in the ‘now’ in life and never before. Man surely knows that a flower will blossom, but he never knows with certainty, in the ‘now’ of the mind, the exact flower that will blossom and the precise moment that exact flower will blossom in the ‘now’ in life. Similarly, with the ripening of a fruit too.
Therefore, the ‘now’ in life is not the same as the ‘now’ in the mind. The enlightened understand that the mind is a delay in life, while life is ahead of the mind.
The enlightened also understand that the essence of life projects man as the illusory doer, speaker and thinker. Therefore, the enlightened are always compassionate and loving to everyone, and never upset or blame those with whom they live or associate or meet.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
The enlightened are revealing to man that his or her existence is wrapped in an illusion. There is no fault in this for both man’s conviction in the reality of the illusion and the evolving understanding of the illusion is not of man’s doing.
The present moment ‘now’ reveals the mind’s understanding of the world in which man lives. The understanding of the author of this article, the enlightened, reveals the true nature of ‘now’, ever blossoming.
German Translator’s Note:
What man calls „now“ is always vague and he knows it. How would it ever be possible to pinpoint a moment with exact precision? This to know is not new at all; it is common sense and part of the history of philosophy since thousands of years too. However, the implications, that the now in life is something completely different from what man believes it is, even though he should know better, have not been explained so clearly until this article by Dr. Shankar.
Marcus Stegmaier. Germany