Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
9 December 2018
Moon is a ball of light in space. The human knows the moon in the sky is light. What is the moon to a human? To a human a moon is an object of light. This signifies that to a human light appears as an object.
How does a human know the moon as an object? The human eye has evolved to receive light rays. This fact of evolution indicates that the human eye has evolved to receive an intensity of light wave from the moon as light in the night sky.
Wisdom reveals that the intensity of light rays from the moon as night light that enters the eye has evolved as a word ‘moon’ in the human mind. The word ‘moon’ to the human, therefore, is an object.
What is the light that appears as a moon? The light that appears as the moon is consciousness. The specific intensity of consciousness appears as the moon in the sky, just as the specific intensity of consciousness appears as the sun in the sky.
The human eye receives light rays within a certain range, which includes night light from the moon. Similarly, specific intensity of consciousness appears as specific living and non-living entities on earth, including the earth, just as the specific intensity of consciousness appears as the moon.
The range of intensity of light rays from all living and non-living entities on earth is not within the range of light rays seen by the human eye. This signifies that these light rays cannot be seen by the human eye.
These light rays which cannot be seen by a human, however, enter the human eye and have evolved as words that indicate every living and non-living entity, including the entity earth in the human mind.
This signifies that we see neither objects nor human subjects nor any living entity, including vegetation. It signifies that humans think of every living and non-living entity, including earth, sun and moon, as thoughts.
Thoughts are, however, illusions of light as subtle sound. Any situation, circumstance, action, conversation, shape, form and colour are thoughts in the mind. This signifies that daily life is an auditory and optical illusion of light.
The enlightened have rightly proclaimed that daily life is a play of light and sound.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018
What a wonder is consciousness. Its light, accompanied by sound, appears to human awareness as the whole world in which we live on our daily journey of life. The light during the day from the sun and the light during the night from the moon were revered in classical times as divinities, brother and sister. Modern mind has even endowed moon with romantic qualities in music and verse. Understanding the world we live in as illusion, a wonderful illusion, is the gift of the wise. What a wonder is the compassion of the wise.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator‘s Note:
When you see the moon, you are reminded of how small humans are, because the moon appears in the night sky even smaller than the head of man, but knowledge informs us that the moon is only far away and therefore in reality much bigger than it appears from our perspective. What the wise, like Dr. Shankar here, inform about is that the moon is a thought generated by light that transforms as sound in the human mind. The whole world is contained in our little heads, albeit illusory!
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.