Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academ-advaita.com
15 November 2019
Many Actors (4)
The intelligence in life that is within me means, my goodness, that everybody is an appearance of the same intelligence like me, because the intelligence in life is the same everywhere.
My goodness, it means that the tree, the plant, the pets, my children and their behaviour, my friends, my brothers, everybody and every child, including their behaviour, is an appearance of the same intelligence that is within me.
Nevertheless, I am fighting with that intelligence to change the behaviour of my children, if it is not accepted by me or by the society in which I live. And this behaviour in children is expected by everyone in the society in which they live.
What does it mean? It means that I am fighting with myself. I am condemning him, which means I am condemning myself. I am blaming children, which means I am blaming myself.
That is, my goodness, the illusion. I am thinking the illusion is real. I am only a force which is appearing as a role. All are an appearance. They too are an appearance which comes from the same source that is within me.
This means that the intelligence in life is appearing here as me and the same intelligence appears there as somebody else. This means that the intelligence in life is moving the body and it is the same force moving my behaviour as well.
And what have I been saying? What have I been thinking so long? That he is different from me. What have I been thinking so long that he is doing it? How can he be doing it? The intelligence in life is only appearing to be playing a role. Is it not?
Behaviour is a role being played. You are not the actual player of any role. The actual player is right in you, which is the intelligence in life. Then a deeper understanding within you will make you know that you are not the doer in that which you do. Nor can you do that which you do not do.
This means that you cannot make children’s behaviour to be what you expect and expect your behaviour to be what you expect. An adult’s behaviour and children’s behaviour will be what it is meant to be in every moment by the intelligence in life.
The enlightened embrace children and adults as they are in any moment of daily life.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2019
The stage of life is set, ready for every human being that is to be born - the consummation, albeit illusory, of a complementary union by the intelligence of life. From birth to growth into adulthood man gradually acquires the reality of an individual with his own identity. He becomes conditioned by his environment – inevitably – and comes to believe that that is who he is. Until...until that is he or she happens to meet a wise man on his pathway towards enlightenment, if it is meant to be.
Julian Capper. UK
German Translator‘s Note:
In this article Dr. Shankar describes the thoughts and feelings from the reader's point of view, who begins to understand this series of articles about the play of life. A unique change of perspective that wisdom makes here: Shown full of empathy is the amazement and initial confusion that everything and everyone is just one actor alone, appearing as all manifestations, while everything happens precisely the way it is meant to happen. Initial amazement and confusion are slowly but surely followed by clarity and steadfastness in everyday role-playing until, gradually, clarity and steadfastness prevail even in exceptional situations. This is the way of enlightenment.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.