Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
25th January 2016
Language is a mystery even to prominent linguists. Language is present and it cannot be denied, because denying language proves its presence. Language is diverse.
Language is identified by the sound the language is made up of. It is obvious that language is sound, because a foreign language appears as sound. This indicates that any language is sound to imply that a word in a language is sound.
It is also obvious that the human ear receives sound-waves that appear as words of a language in the mind. As sound appears as language, it implies that language is an illusion of sound in the mind.
The phenomenon of sound as illusory language baffles not only the linguist, but also the scientist, because in nature sound is present in abundance. But these sounds do not appear as language to the human mind and, if sound is language, then the sounds of nature must be a language as well, but they do not appear as language.
Only particular sounds appear as words of a language to the human mind. To the animal-mind all the sounds of nature appear as sound to which they instinctively respond, including the language of the human, which is sound to a domesticated animal.
Now, there are many diverse things in life just as language is diverse. The diverse things in life are made up of atoms and atoms are made up of many sub-atomic particles as well.
Similarly, the diverse languages are made up of many dialects too. This is a striking similarity between atoms and languages, which one should be aware of in order to understand the illusory nature of language.
Albert Einstein provided a clue for what language is by stating that an atom is a wave and a particle in the same moment. The wave meant by Albert Einstein was light. This statement has intrigued scientists, who are still trying to find a particle in the wave (light), because their premise is that everything is physical.
When understanding happens to man, as it did to Albert Einstein regarding atoms, that as an atom appears as a light-wave and a particle, so too does language appear as a sound-wave and a word at the same moment. This explains the quantum nature of language as do atoms explain the quantum nature of matter.
Similarly, the quantum nature of life is a moment, which is timeless and thoughtless, and a moment in the mind, which is time-filled and thought-filled in the same instant. The understanding and cementing of this quantum nature of life is enlightenment.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2016
Such is the gift of the enlightened to show that language is not the exclusive domain of homo sapiens. Thus the understanding may grow to appreciate that the whole of nature, illusory though it may be, is joined through sound. It really is.
Dr Shankar’s article on Language throws a profound light on the unity of our lives, embracing all that we have come to call animate and inanimate, from the subtlest to the coarsest manifestations. There is nothing of which we are conscious that is outside this remarkable unity.
Julian Capper, UK
German Translator’s note:
In the article ‘Language’, Dr Shankar as a scientist and as THE enlightened advaita- author of the 21st century, reveals the essence of understanding life as an illusory manifestation of light and sound, beautifully with little words albeit illusory. Enlightenment, language and science explained together and reciprocally in a most exciting way! Einstein would probably have enjoyed reading it too.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany