Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
17th April 2016
To wisdom, harmony is an understanding that it is contentment without a trace of discord in every moment of daily life. To knowledge, harmony is a state of agreement which is present when mutual beliefs are accepted for what they should be and are expected to be as well.
Now, what is the understanding that differentiates wisdom from knowledge regarding harmony is the question. The understanding that the beliefs of knowledge regarding harmony are refutable, while the beliefs of harmony to wisdom are irrefutable is what differentiates wisdom from knowledge.
Now, what could be the beliefs of harmony that are irrefutable is the question. When the beliefs of knowledge regarding harmony, which are accepted for what they should be and expected to be, are deeply understood they would be irrefutable.
Knowledge acknowledges harmony if what is expected and should be is present.
Therefore, it is wise to ponder how everything comes to be in life. Knowledge believes that it is up to man as to how things are in life. But is this true is the question.
The intelligence in nature makes everything in nature. Every living entity in nature does not have the ability to be what it is; it is what nature has made it to be. Only man believes that he can be what he should be and is expected to be, also he can be what he wishes or wants to be, whether anybody accepts it or not.
Man is made up of the same five elements as nature is. But yet, every living entity in nature is what it is and does not expect what it should be. Also no living entity in nature either wishes or wants to be other than who they are.
The intelligence in nature, however, has evolved intellect in the mind of man that manifests a belief that he can be who he is expected to be and should be and also who he wishes or wants to be, while everything that is meant to be in nature is as it is meant to be.
When man understands that the intelligence in nature makes him who he is and his belief does not make him who he is, just as it makes every living entity what it is, he would accept everyone as they are and will not expect them to be other than who they are. This deep understanding of life brings harmony to every moment of daily life.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V.S. Shankar 2016
Man has a deep-rooted conviction that he has responsibility for outcomes in life that influence not only his or her environment, but also the character and behaviour of living beings, including himself or herself. This conviction places a heavy burden on man and inevitably leads to dissatisfaction, disharmony and distress.
The belief in his own responsibility is partial, however, for he has readily accepted that it is nature rather than nurture that determines phenomena that he believes are outside his own scope of influence. When the moment of appreciating the impartial intelligence in nature arises, acceptance of life as it is is realised.
Julian Capper, UK.