Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
24 March 2018
“Knowledge and Wisdom”
A word in any language has a superficial meaning and a deep meaning as well. The superficial meaning of any word signifies knowledge, while a deep meaning of the same word signifies wisdom.
The meaning conveyed by words as knowledge keeps man oscillating in duality. The meaning conveyed by the same words as wisdom, however, keeps man steady, calm and patient and he trusts life in every moment.
The word impossible is an example of a superficial meaning that implies knowledge, as well as a deep meaning which signifies wisdom.
The superficial meaning of the word ‘impossible’, implied by knowledge, makes man believe that anything, which seems impossible in any moment, is possible if effort and hard work are applied.
The deep meaning of the word ‘impossible’, signified by wisdom, is that nothing is possible in any moment by applying effort and hard work. This is because the wisdom of any moment reveals that it is not possible for man to do anything in the moment.
So what could the deep understanding of a moment and the word ‘impossible’ be is the question?
Now, that a moment is followed by the next moment is knowledge. Wisdom reveals that if there are many moments, there would be in between a moment and the next a moment as well. Wisdom signifies that a moment is eternal and a division between moments is not an actuality.
Now science, as knowledge, informs that the smallest unit of numerical time is one zepto second, which is one trillionth of a trillionth of a second. Firstly, within this duration of time nothing could be done or be known. Yet things are done in the moment and are known in the moment as well.
Secondly, if the smallest unit of time could be added to make the next moment, then too to do any action or to know would NOT be possible. This is because to do any action or to know anything, a duration of time is needed. If the time needed to do or to know were to happen, no action or the known could ever take place, as every action gets done and the known happens with different durations of time from minimum to maximum. Yet actions do happen in the moment and also the knowing of different durations of time from minimum to maximum. This is the proof that it is impossible for man to do anything in the moment by effort or hard work.
Therefore, impossible means that it is not possible. The enlightened have rightly proclaimed that what is meant to happen, albeit illusory, will happen.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018
Fortunate indeed is humanity to be guided by the enlightened steps of the wise. Fortunate indeed are the men and women who, in their daily lives, are guided by the enlightened steps of a wise man. Fortunate indeed are those who come to read and understand deeply the revelations of a living sage. Fortunate indeed are you and I who come to read and understand deeply the words of Dr Shankar. Our gratitude for his words is profound. Thank you.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator‘s Note:
Making the impossible possible is the motto of ambition. If this were possible, the impossible would not be impossible, but it is well known that ambition lives from exaggeration. That even the possible, that is, what seems possible, is impossible until it has actually happened is a paradox for man. The paradox dissolves through the wisdom of the enlightened ones, as explained in this article, that only what is destined to happen is possible, because only that happens and everything else can not possibly happen.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.