Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
6 January 2018
Meant to happen 1
The enlightened have proclaimed “What is meant to happen will happen and no force on earth can stop it from happening”. This is difficult for the conditioned human mind to understand, because man is conditioned to believe that he can do what he wishes or wants to do.
So how could man understand the proclamation of the enlightened? The proclamation requires deep pondering to enable man to understand that he or she is not a doer in daily life.
A moment in daily life offers a clue that would decondition the conviction that man can do what he or she wishes or wants to do.
In life, anything known about life, is known within a moment and in a moment.
Now, a moment in life is not made by man, because a moment in life has always been there ever since the moment life began on earth. Man was not present in the moment when life began.
Therefore, even life requires a moment to be present in the moment. This signifies that life and moment are together and cannot be separated, just as time and space are together and cannot be separated.
Firstly, in a moment only a movement of a particular speed is present. The speed of the movement is varied from minimum to maximum. The different speeds of movement happen in the moment by the intelligence in life.
Man does not make the speed of movement that is present in the moment. If man were able to make the moment in life, he would be able to make the speed of movement in the moment.
Secondly, in a moment only a single movement of a particular speed is present and neither more than one movement nor many movements could be present in any moment.
An action, however, is made up of many movements. Since an action is known in the moment, it signifies that an action that is known in the moment is illusory and not an actuality in the moment, because only a singular movement with its characteristic speed is present in the moment and not an actual action.
The movement with its characteristic speed in the moment also signifies that man does not do any action in the moment, meaning he is not a doer in any moment of daily life. He merely believes that he is the doer and can do what he wishes or wants to do.
If man could make a moment and the movement with its characteristic speed in the moment in life, he or she could very well do anything that he or she wishes or wants to do within the moment, otherwise not. Man, however, cannot make a moment in life.
The enlightened have rightly proclaimed that what is meant to happen will happen and no force on earth can stop it from happening.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018
A singular aim that human beings share in life is the desire for freedom: freedom of movement and freedom of speech. The freedom to choose and the freedom to make a decision are also considered to be his or her rights. Thus the mind of man is set and conditioned – fertile ground for division. Fertile ground, however, for real freedom, is the deep understanding of the wise. Blessed is the man or woman who reflects on this article; blessed is the one who tastes its freedom.
Julian Caper, UK.
German Translator’s Note:
Freedom normally is imagined to be the freedom of choice in daily life. As Dr. Shankar and all the wise of the world realise and share with humanity is quite the opposite: Freedom is the understanding that there is no choice in life. Superficial understanding is confused, deep understanding is relaxed by this true wisdom of life which happens to every man and woman if and when it is meant to happen.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.