Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academ-advaita.com
11 April 2020
“Right and wrong”
Understand that oneness means you cannot separate any duality. You cannot separate a right feeling from a wrong feeling no matter how hard you try. If you say something is right, look carefully, you will find something wrong in it.
If you cannot find anything wrong in it, ask someone else and one will surely find something wrong in it for him. If you find something wrong, the tune is the same. Ask others and surely someone will find something right for him.
How can a woman or a man be right sometimes and wrong at other times? How is it possible? What it is that makes him or her like that must be understood.
Understand that life will give you so many solutions to get rid of the wrong and develop the right. Your eventual finding will be that you are still both right and wrong and nothing has changed to be just the right feeling.
The paradox is that every parent will tell their children to have only right feelings and never wrong feelings. In their daily life parents are either right or wrong and never right.
Understand the beauty of life. There is nothing to run away from. Enlightenment is a thoughtless state and a timeless state because life is timeless and thoughtless in every moment.
Understand that where you are alive, whether you like it or not, every moment is thoughtless and timeless. If there is a single thought in your mind, which appears to you as right or as wrong, it gives no chance for you to be enlightened.
Understand that the mind with thoughts of right and wrong feelings is not life as life is. How to understand the right or wrong feelings that happen to you in your daily lives?
Where do feelings come from? If you are the doer, why do you allow these feelings to come to you? So you must ponder what these feelings are? Where do they come from? And what are they trying to teach you?
Do you always have to hope to be right always and never wrong with another man or woman? Do you have to pray that the other is right and never wrong to you? Is it a question of controlling each other’s behaviour and expecting each other’s behaviour?
Life looks such a gamble. You are gambling in life and, in a gamble, you may win or you may lose. Where do feelings leave you then?
The wise understand that right and wrong feelings leave you accepted or rejected. The wise understand that the depth of understanding life reflects the quality of feeling within you. The wise understand that the feeling in any moment cannot be other than the feeling which is in the moment.
The enlightened live the feelings that happen to them.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V.S. Shankar 2020
In a court of law it is the function of the jury to determine whether the defendant’s actions, for which he is charged, are wrong or not wrong or whether he committed them or did not commit them. The outcome of the determination will then pass to the presiding judge for confirmation of punishment or acquittal. This system has long been the respected cornerstone for the regulation of daily life in a community. The duality of right and wrong is thus widely accepted by thinking man as well as the part it plays in forming daily judgements. However, this understanding of duality is not as the wise understand it. It is life as the wise that conveys the understanding. There is no second in life. There is no rejection in life. The source is one without judgement; all else is illusion.
Julian Capper. UK
German Translator‘s Note:
Normally, for example, jealousy, envy, hatred and anger are considered wrong feelings. In certain situations, however, these feelings are considered appropriate, for example, when you or others feel that you have been treated badly. However, the relativity of the evaluation of feelings is outside the everyday perception of a person, even if it is occasionally explained in philosophical or psychological, religious or spiritual contexts. Dr. Shankar rearranges the entire range of human emotions on a different level that goes beyond philosophy, psychology, religion and spirituality, in short, beyond the duality of mind. Right and wrong are not real in life, but illusory ideas that accompany the one, always right life, in the mind as duality of right and wrong. That right is minimally wrong and wrong is minimally right has been explained elsewhere in Dr. Shankar's work. This article clearly illuminates the quality of relationships and how the superficiality or depth of understanding of right and wrong feelings affects them. May readers observe and experience this for themselves in their lives.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.