Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
1th July 2017
There are many games as a sport that are played by humans. A game evolved in primitive man as his movements evolved and sophisticated. Therefore, a game primitive man played was primitive.
Primitive man played a game instinctively and, as intellect evolved knowledge in primitive man, he came to know that he played a game. This indicates that a game was being played instinctively, even though he did not know that he was playing a game.
Later, as knowledge evolved further in primitive man, he came to know how to play a game. This indicates that a game was being played the way it was meant to play, meaning instinctively, even though primitive man did not know how to play a game.
Similarly, as evolution progressed knowledge further, primitive man came to know that he was playing a game with others as well, even though he was playing with others instinctively before he came to know that he was playing with others.
This progression of evolution indicates that primitive man did not play. It indicates that playing evolved to man though it appears now to modern man that he knows how to play and how to play with others.
In modern games plenty of ways how to play a game are taught. So too the opponents are taught how to play a game. Both the opponents do not, however, have the same teachers to teach them how to play.
Neither do the teachers teach their respective teams how to play every moment of the game. This is impossible because the entire movements involved in the game from the start to the finish are not known with certainty either to the teachers or to the players.
Similarly, neither the movement of the game in every moment nor the movement of an individual player in each moment of the game is known by the teacher or by the individual player himself.
More importantly, if the game involves many individuals as players, it is impossible for the teacher and the players to know every movement of the game with certainty from start to finish, and also the movement of each player in every moment of the game.
This signifies that any game goes the way it is meant to go, due to the intelligence present in every moment of life that expresses as evolution and sophistication.
This also signifies that everyone’s life is like a game and goes the way it is meant to go, due to the intelligence present in every moment of life that expresses as evolution and sophistication, and not due to the intellect present in man.
The enlightened have rightly pointed out that what is meant to happen will happen and no force on earth can stop it from happening and also that what is not meant to happen will not happen and no force on earth can make it happen.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2017
The entire population, from kings to paupers, from those in education to those not, from the young to the old in every generation that has ever been enjoys a game. There are no exceptions. Everyone has, does and will play for that enjoyment. There may, of course, be experiences of disappointment in the playing, but the game goes on. Life expresses itself fully in the game, whatever the outcome: the winner or the loser, albeit illusory. Understanding this is enlightenment, for life is the game.
Julian Capper, U.K
German Translator’s Note:
The games man plays are very sophisticated in modern man, such as the entire life and in every detail has sophisticated very much and will further sophisticate itself. There are simple games, such as easy board games for children, and there are highly evolved and complex games, chess for example. Even chess is now played by children as well and adults like it because of its unpredictably and complexity, too. The chess player thinks, that he can predict what will happen, and this is known as the skill of the chess player, however, in the same manner as life is unpredictable, the chess-game too is unpredictable. Not very long ago in the history of mankind, computers began to play chess, too. And they play even better than humans today. Such is the evolution of games in life. That life is a game too is conveyed in this article by Dr. Shankar. So, while playing we can begin to understand life deeply.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.