Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.

Published on www.acadun.com

The Netherlands

26th October 2014



Essence and Understanding


Every man, woman and child wants and wishes to understand in order to learn. Obviously, primitive man did learn because he too understood. But how could primitive man have understood a letter or a word, because neither did he have a letter nor a word in his mind?


Primitive man was nevertheless alive, but neither knew nor understood that he was alive. Primitive man made sounds just as any animal does. The essence in his consciousness made consciousness evolve the intrinsic characteristic ‘understanding’ in him. But how?


As man-made sounds began to evolve, the intrinsic characteristic ‘understanding’ evolved in the sound that primitive man made as a letter, letters, words, meanings, and eventually sentences with logic and reason. This process of evolved understanding gave rise to knowledge and science in modern man.


The process of understanding has been present in every generation of homo sapiens since primitive times. What does this imply? It implies that academic knowledge and knowledge of daily life in every generation will always be more than the previous generation. What does this imply?


This implies that the understanding of more knowledge (academic and of daily life) will always lead to more knowledge, and that the understanding of more knowledge is not wisdom but just knowledge. But man believes that more knowledge is wisdom. Why cannot understanding more knowledge be wisdom?


Understanding more knowledge cannot be wisdom because every letter or word evolves as knowledge, and neither a wise letter nor a wise word exists to evolve as wisdom. Therefore, the moment that evolved understanding reveals to man that knowledge (academic and of daily life) is an illusory manifestation of evolved sound, absolute understanding dawns on man.


Therefore, relative understanding leads man to knowledge and absolute understanding reveals that relative understanding is illusory and not real, and this understanding is wisdom.


Therefore, knowledge is a subject that can be studied, taught or practised. The knowledgeable, therefore, are just more knowledgeable in daily life and about life in general in any generation, but never wise because to them knowledge is real and not illusory.


Wisdom, on the other hand, is not a subject that can be studied, taught or practised. The enlightened are wise because the enlightened realise that knowledge is illusory and not real. The enlightened are therefore wise in daily life, about life in general and knowledgeable too.


Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2014


Editor’s Note:

The evolutionary journey of understanding available to homo sapiens, arising from his essence, is described clearly in this important article. Man, from his earliest years, is encouraged to achieve his academic and skills potential - and not without good reason. Training, study and regular practice to gain the relevant knowledge are his or her means. Understanding the illusory nature of these achievements does not diminish their significance in his or her journey. Understanding their illusory nature, however, alone leads to wisdom - and completion. Therefore, in every generation men or women of knowledge are highly rated and accorded special status, whilst men or women of understanding, the wise, are highly respected: their wisdom is valued beyond measure.

Julian Capper. UK.


German Translator’s Note:

Man thinks that when he understands knowledge this is enough. Yes, it is enough for his daily life, because understanding knowledge will make him lead his daily life intelligently, according to society’s standards. However, as soon as man embarks on a quest of who or what he really is, and he or she wants to understand life more deeply, often confusion arises, because understanding knowledge and wisdom are quite different. The difference is important and very much made clear here in this article “Essence and Understanding“ written by a wise sage. May it help man to understand life better, not only as knowledge but also as wisdom. 

Marcus Stegmaier, Germany


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