Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
4th June 2014
Life is a play of light and sound
The scriptures have mentioned and the sages have proclaimed that life is a play of light and sound, but it has yet to appear to the human mind that it is so. The statement and the proclamation remain confined to the annals of spiritual philosophy, and are left to be realised as an actuality. Is it possible is the question? It certainly would be. If not, how it could have been possible for the sages, as they are humans too?
Man does not see light as he believes he does; he thinks light that is inherently visible to him. This means man’s sight spans a certain range of sunlight and not the entire range of sunlight. Man’s sight does not reach beyond the range that is visible to him. His sight does not include small insects, bacteria and viruses, though they are within the visible range. If they were included in sight, his daily life would be a nightmare the whole day. This means sight is finite, while light is infinite as is space. Similarly, man hears sound as words with meanings within a certain range and not beyond the range. Sounds remain as sound beyond this range, but not as words with meanings. Even within the range of audible sounds, all sounds are not heard as words with meanings. If every sound within the audible range were a word with meaning, life would be impossible for man to bear. The ability to hear sound as words and meanings is finite too.
Man sees and hears words because he has a mind, without which he can neither see nor hear.
Similarly, man believes a CD contains music, songs and speech. A CD, in fact, contains just electromagnetic signals. The speaker transmits magnified, electromagnetic signals which the mind hears as music, songs and speech. When man speaks or sings, he utters sound waves which again are electromagnetic. The mind nevertheless hears them as words. The human mouth is similar to a speaker: both emit electromagnetic signals, which the mind converts to words, songs and music. The word and music is an auditory illusion of a range of sound waves - a play of sound.
So what is life? Life is a play of light and sound.
The gift of Knowing and Understanding inherent in man distinguishes him from all other creatures that cohabit this earth and share this life. Libraries full of books, treatises, manifestos, ancient scrolls, etc. and museums displaying countless expressions of this knowledge and understanding are a powerful demonstration of man's status and potential. Human beings too are distinguished from each other by their acquisition of knowledge, at the highest level often referred to as scholarship, and their depth of understanding. Knowledge is of the mind and is of the knowable and the known. This is the region of the past, where mind is active. With maturity a human being may understand what they have understood and rejoice in their knowledge.
Absolute Understanding is beyond mind, however. It is always alive and present. Here human beings are distinguished by the completeness and depth of their understanding. At the highest level, this is the region of those who are referred to as sages, whose understanding is beyond the reach of mind, and whose proclamations are timeless. Such is this article ‘Life is a play of light sound’, expressed by one who has crossed beyond mind.
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