Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
23th March 2014
Life mind and memory.
Mind and memory are vital for man, because both mind and memory make up the world. Without mind and memory, man would not experience anything nor would he know time. Mind is like an operating system in a computer, and memory is like an application programme in a computer. The operating system forms an interface between the application programme and the computer. Similarly, the mind is an interface between memory and the human body. The memory (application programme) and mind (operating system) are given by life to man and not by man to himself.
This means that memory contains all letters, words and meanings and mind is an interface between memory and the human body. Mind and memory are software for the hardware body, just as the operating system and application programme are software for the hardware computer, and it cannot function without them. Man believes that the body cannot function without the mind and memory. He needs to ponder whether it is true or not.
If man can do anything, he can do it because he believes and knows from his memory what he can do and how to do it. For example, man knows, because of his memory, that he has to brush his teeth every morning after he gets up. He also knows how to do it because he has done it on the previous days. So he brushes his teeth every day. The same principle applies to anything that man can do. He believes that he can do it because his memory informs him that he can do it, but also how to do it. However, if he were honest, he would know after he brushes his teeth that he did not brush his teeth that exact way the day before. So, could memory and mind have enabled man to brush the teeth every day, or could they have actually enabled man to do anything when it was actually done. The question man needs to ponder is whether it is man, because of his mind and memory, who brushes his teeth or does anything, or life that brushes his teeth and does everything else too.
Man has not created the moment he lives in, brushes his teeth or does anything else. This is the reason why man’s memory and the mind cannot premeditate the aliveness (whatever action, speech or thought) that happens within a moment with certainty, and does know the aliveness only after it happens and never before. The aliveness that happens every moment updates the previous version of aliveness in the memory through the mind. This deludes man into believing that he does the aliveness that happens in the moment. The entire act of brushing the teeth and doing anything else is an updated version of aliveness of previous moments of brushing teeth and previous acts. The memory and the mind have no role in making the brushing of teeth or any act happen, though it appears so, because mind and memory have information only of previous acts and not the present act. The present act is done by life and not by man, mind or his memory. The ego and the individual merely claim to brush the teeth or do anything else. They all happen whether man likes it or not, if they do happen. They do not happen whether man likes it or not, if they do not happen.
Man merely makes claims of effort, decision, intention, choice and free-will to make them happen, and lack of them when they do not happen. Man wishes and wants to do because of the result that is in the future. This means that the present timeless and thoughtless ‘now’ is an interface between the illusory past and illusory future, just as the mind is an interface between memory and the body. The computer needs both the application programme and the operating system to make the hardware (computer) work. Similarly, life needs both the mind and memory to make the body work. This means that life is not dependent on mind or memory to make the body work, but they both are dependent on life to keep them working, and to make man believe that he is the doer, speaker and the thinker. Nevertheless, life happens the way it is meant to happen.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
Dutch translator’s note:
In this article the function of the mind and memory is made clear and how man is deluded to think that through the mind and memory he can do actions. If someone would be asked if he or she knows exactly and with certainty how he or she will pour out a cup of tea, how much strength will be needed to hold the teapot, if a drop will be spilt, how much tea will be poured in and if this was done exactly the same way the previous time, that person would answer: “Of course I cannot know all this exactly and with certainty and of course it will not be done in exactly the same way”.
Yet there are just few who have fully understood that this implies man cannot be the doer. Though proof is given every moment, it is not perceived as the mind is hindered by the idea of being the doer. We are locked up in a circular reasoning, moving around in our daily circles, until we finally get fed up with it.
Paula Smit, Netherlands