Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
5 June 2021
“Where is it”
Where is the future? Future is: the place after the existing moment. But the existing place is all there is in life. So where is the place after the existing place?
So, exactly where the future is is not known. But knowledge of the future is well known by humans. Wisdom reveals that the knowledge of the future is known only by humans.
The known is in memory. The known in memory is letters in the alphabet and letters as words. Future too is made up of words, which have letters in alphabets. This signifies that future is a word in memory and not an actual place.
The letters in the alphabet form the word ‘future’. The intellect recalls the word ‘future’ from memory, which deceives man and woman into believing that future is a place that exists. But only the existing moment, which has a place, is here and now, and every moment is only ‘here and now’.
The fact that you know only after something happens in the moment implies that you live the past as the present. This is because every letter in any word is in memory, which is not as an actuality in the here and now.
The actuality in the ‘here and now’ moment is only light and sound.
As evolution progressed, so did the movements of body in man and woman progress and sophisticate instinctively. The sophisticated, instinctive movements of the body are wished to happen in the word ‘future’ in memory. This wishing deceives man and woman that the word ‘future’ is a place.
The sophisticated, instinctive, human movements that evolved are numerous, and were registered in the memory as words which indicated daily, household chores, as actions in games and as other words of actions. These were only sophisticated, evolved movements in humans to happen in the future, which has a place. But the only place this happens is in the mind as words with letters in the alphabet.
The memory of action, therefore, is an illusion of evolved, sophisticated movements of the body. Eachmovement is in each moment and an action is not in each moment.
Wisdom reveals that an action cannot occur in the future, which does not have a place separate from the present.
The enlightened realise that everything in nature, including humans, are only moving in every moment of their life-time. The enlightened realise that human’s mind with thoughts of the future is an imagination.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2021
The power of imagination is enjoyed by every human being progressing on his and her path in life. The enlightened reveal here that the lifetime of every man and woman, including his or her daily experiences, thoughts and actions, is imagined to be placed within the time- frame of the past, the present and the future. Understanding that this is so opens the door to the reality of the here and now - beginningless and endless.
German Translator’s Note:
The sages reveal that future can be a hopeful or a frightening thought, but like any thought, it is illusory and not real. Whoever deeply understands this, flows along full of trust, carried by the eternal flow of the here and now, no matter what kind of future the mind projects in a given moment from building blocks of memory. The future has always been, since the beginning of thought, a mere fiction of the uncontrollable human mind, which indeed gives birth to monsters when it is meant to happen. A wonderful, enlightening article to recommend to every human on his or her journey of revelation of the enlightened eternal play of light and sound!
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.