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

26 April 2020

Hope (6)



You need not have to go out and play golf. The mind plays golf with the thoughts wherever you are. Hitting a thought here and hitting a thought there. But the mind does not get a right thought every time and neither does playing golf get the ball right where you want it to be. 

Understand that you hope to get the right thought you want, just as you hope for every ball in golf you want to get it right. Understand that the ball in golf will go where it is meant to go and you have no control over where it will go. 

Similarly, understand that a thought, which is meant to come, will come in the mind and you have no control over which thought comes in the mind. Be mature. Be brave. Face your mind. Examine your mind.  

Life has thrown a beautiful mind in it. Nothing wrong with it. There is nothing wrong in life, nor is there anything wrong with the thought in the mind. 

Life is too intelligent for it to allow anything wrong with the mind or life. Why does man hope? Why does the mind hope? The mind hopes for a better life. But how sure is the mind that life, as it is, is not better?  

What is the proof that life is not good, as it is? What is his proof that life, as it is, is not good? Have you tasted life to say that it is not as good as it is now? What have you tasted? 

You have tasted your own mind and you say that life is not good. When you say, you hope for a better life, you do not know that you are only hoping for a better mind. 

Understand that the mind will remain the same, no matter what, until the mind evolves further with wisdom.  Understand that the mind is functioning well with knowledge until it evolves as wisdom. 

Understand that if you hope for a better life and life becomes better, you will still hope for a better life. This is normal, because there is nothing wrong with the mind or the thought in the mind. 

When the mind evolves with wisdom, you will understand that the mind cannot be better than the mind is in any moment.  

The enlightened are patient with whatever thought is in any moment.

Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V.S. Shankar 2020 

Editor’s Note:
The wise declare that life is a mystery. It is unknown to man for it cannot be the object of knowing. Knowledge declares that there is a line, albeit conceptual, between right and wrong, a line that may be framed in law for the protection and convenience of community-life. Thus, what is termed wrong in any daily context is unacceptable and in need of improvement. Not so, reveals the enlightened author of this article. As the mind of the reader gradually evolves with wisdom, the realisation that there are no exceptions in any moment will happen, if it is meant to. Live life as it happens and appreciate its intelligence.
Julian Capper. UK

German Translator‘s Note: 
Why should we doubt the phenomenon of hope, since it seems to have proved so helpful for mankind? Hope gives support to get through difficult situations, so the opinion of those who hope. Hope is the only thing that should never be allowed to perish, because how else should one be able to bear the present when it brings unwanted burdens and difficulties? Dr. Shankar points out in this article that it takes a lot of courage and maturity to examine the mind more closely to see whether or not it is proclaiming truth when hope arises. The reason why hope does not bring the desired success, although it may appear so, is explained in detail. May the reader examine this closely to gain clarity himself about this illusion of the mind, which life manifests so tricky that it is not easy to see through. The illusion of hope is understood when it is meant for you. 
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany. 

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