Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
2 June 2020
Precious Life (3)
Man and woman have to understand the origins of life - what life is. Only then life will become precious to him or her. Man and woman seem to be the only ones in nature who have the capacity to think and say how daily life is.
The animal does not say so, the vegetation does not say so, the sun does not say so, the stars do not say so; only man and woman say how the daily life is.
Are man and woman not a part of nature or are they separate from nature? Both man and woman are a part of nature because man, woman and nature are in the moment in life.
The day does not begin without him or her in it. Man and woman are already in nature, just as nature is already in the moment in nature. Man and woman do not bring the day around; the day just comes around.
Man and woman have just not understood it as yet. The moment happens where he or she finds themselves alive. Man and woman do not create or manifest the moment in which he or she is alive.
Therefore, nature and everyone in life are alive in the moment which life manifests. If nature and everyone are alive in the moment which life manifests, how could man or woman be separate from nature in life?
A tree does not clap and say to the other tree by its side, hey, I have an apple in me, you do not have an apple. I have the capacity to blossom: I have one, two, three, four, five, sixty flowers; you do not even have one.
How do flowers blossom, how do fruits come about? Life has taught man and woman through science that every part of life is nothing but energy. Energy appears as man, as woman, as a table, as a chair, as a cat, as a dog, as an apple, as a flower and as a tree, including everything in the moment in life. Energy is light and sound.
The colour green changes as different colours in autumn. How do colours come? How do colours change? Leaves fall down, come up again, the trees bear fruit, food, grains and man and woman come back to life again.
Where do man and woman fit into all this? What do they do to be in the moment in nature? What do man and woman do to see? What do man and woman do to hear? What do man and woman do to smell? What do man and woman do to taste? What do man and woman do to touch and feel?
What do man and woman do to function the mind? The mind begins to function the moment man and woman wake up in the morning. You have not understood how the mind has come about in man and woman; nobody has explained it to you. Life has not explained it so far to mankind how words are formed, how languages come about, how the mind has come about.
The wise understand that life is precious because seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling and touching happen to man and woman and they do not make them happen.
The enlightened realise that man and woman are not doers.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2020
The very basics of animate life are being examined here, the basics that every human being has always taken for granted unexamined. In knowledge, man’s assumption of having a special place in the hierarchy of animate beings is founded on the gifts of speaking and thinking granted to him by the intelligence of life. His awareness of the natural process of transformation from less sophisticated forms is absent. In wisdom, it is being revealed that there is one source from which every manifestation in life arises and to which it returns. It is so exciting to discover and to begin an understanding of life from the wise. It will never be known – but it may be realised, if it is meant to be. Live life as it happens.
Julian Capper. UK.