Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academ-advaita.com
16 November 2019
Many Actors (5)
You will look at a flower and ponder, my goodness, I have appeared like a flower once in my life. Now I am appearing like a human. What is my real appearance? My real appearance should be no appearance. What is that state?
You will slowly begin looking everywhere at every appearance. Your attention will be on every appearance. So much so that slowly your attention will shift from the role-playing to the real actor.
The attention will be here and now. It will come to the now as to what is the next appearance. The here and now will become prominent to you and not to the role- playing mind.
The very understanding will increase in strength; so much so that you will observe that you will not be blaming anybody. You will not be criticising anybody. You will not be advising anybody. You will be accepting the many as they are.
You will not be concerned about what he is doing or what she is doing. You will know that he and she are not doing anything. The many are merely moving and the moving appears as doing.
The implication of such an understanding is that you will spontaneously, uncontrollably and unpredictably become a witnesser. You will ponder, Wow, let me witness whatever holds the many in life.
Then, slowly and steadily, your attention will be on yourself, the moment your attention from others disappears. Everything quietens down. All the judgements quieten down. All the accusations quieten down. All the arguments quieten down. All the expectations quieten down.
You will know, how can I expect from a role player who is only moving? What can I expect? He is only moving. How can my expectations be in his moving? My expectations are within the role I am playing and I am only moving as well.
Slowly and steadily, then and only then, your attention will come into you. You will be attentive on yourself and watch all the role-playing you are making while you are simply moving. And how others are reacting to your role-playing. You become the watcher. That will be the time when it will be difficult for the man to understand you because you no longer entertain the many egos.
You no longer give any attention to their egos. That is why an enlightened will get missed; nobody will recognise him. Others’ attention will be on an enlightened whom they think is an enlightened. A role of an enlightened is where the attention is on. That is why the enlightened gets missed because he is not playing any role that the many expect.
The enlightened merely lives every moment, which is only moving.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2019
Of course, the majority of human beings love to make an appearance, although some prefer to keep a low profile.Yet the majority are unaware that, as real individuals, they are already making their appearance. When the ego is, as it were, in place and active, it can only see others. It has to observe faults, to criticise actions or non-actions, to make judgements and even resort to force. It is self-justified and reactive by nature. Profound is the impact of the revelation by the wise in this article that the real appearance of every manifest appearance is without appearance. Furthermore, that this is as it is for the entirety of whatever has appeared, is now appearing and has yet to appear. Understanding this reveals life as the shadows of the mind gradually disappear.
Julian Capper. UK
German Translator‘s Note:
This article reveals the world from the point of view of an enlightened one – presented to the reader as his own future. The ego may ask: "When will it happen to me and how? What do I have to do? But wisdom speaks: "Once I was the appearance of a flower, now I am human. In the same way, life in me transforms into the enlightened one.“ The evolution of life is a mysterious journey in the timeless Here and thoughtless Now!
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.