Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
The Netherlands

22th May 2018



Gesture is a movement of a part of the body, especially a hand or the head, to express an idea or meaning. A gesture is unique to every individual man, woman or a child. A gesture is never identical.

The gesture may be a movement of only the hand, hands or the head or may even be combined with the movement of the head and hands. It may also be parts of the hand or head and also the entire hand or head.

A gesture or gestures, while expressing an idea or meaning, is present not only while standing, but also while walking when expressing an idea or meaning during communication.

Gesture or gestures are also present during daily activity. This implies that gestures are also a means of communication as wellas an activity, because talking is an activity that all are involved in.

Gestures emphasise the expressionof feelings as well. For example, while expressing happiness, sadness, despair, anger etc., gestures are very evident in humans to communicate an idea of their feelings.

Gestures emphasise the communication of feelings of an activity as well. For example, gestures are very evident in communicating feelings while watching a sporting event, either in the place or at home.

Knowledge informs that a gesture or gestures that are present while expressing an idea of communication, either of an activity or feeling, are instinctive in nature and cannot be avoided.

Both instinct and activity are merged together because, in between a moment and the next moment, is a moment as well. A distinct, actual division between moments does not exist.

This implies that an instinct could be an activity and also an activity could very well be an instinct as well. Man and woman are certain that the activity of the instinct is not controlled by their mind. 

Man and woman are certain that communication is controlled by their mind. It is impossible, however, to determine an exact, actual division between one moment and the next. 

This implies that the mind cannot control the moment because every moment is merged together. This signifies that the mind neither controls the communication that happens in the moment nor the instinct that happens in the moment.

This signifies that instinct and gesture are a movement in the moment and the movement cannot be controlled by the mind. This also signifies that man is not the doer of any activity, speaker or thinker, though when they happen it is albeit illusory, just as the enlightened have proclaimed.

Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
©Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018

Editor’s Note:
Yet again, through the understanding of the wise presented in this article, the mind of the human being is discharged from any responsibility for basic actions or movements. This signifies that the existential state of humanity is no stopping place for the evolution of life. Here is the dawning of trust.
Julian Capper, UK.

German Translator’s Note: 
Gestures are perceived by humans when one is in a conversation with others. When they are perceived, they are interpreted, analyzed and evaluated. For example, the crossing of the arms in front of the body can be interpreted as rejection. There are no limits to the interpretation of gestures, as the growing psychological literature on body language shows. Gestures are thus perceived as body language. It is part of the conditioning of the mind to interpret through language all that is perceived. Therefore, man not only tries to control his language, but also to control his gestures and facial expressions. How illusory this endeavor is, shows Dr. Shankar's article "Gesture".
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany. 

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