Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
The Netherlands

29th August 2018


“Destiny and Meant to happen”

To knowledge, predetermined means that it is established or decided in advance; predestined is an outcome or course of events. Destiny means the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future.

Destiny also means a hidden power believed to control future events: fate. If you say that something that is meant to happen will happen, you mean that it is expected to happen or that it ought to happen according to the law of cause and effect.

To wisdom, predetermined, destiny and what is meant to happen will happen do not mean what they mean to knowledge. This is because, to wisdom, the intelligence in life does not know any person, any action, any word or any thought, which is the ground on which knowledge takes the law of cause and effect to be actual.  

Wisdom reveals that, to the intelligence in life, life is a flow of light, sound and colours. Therefore, to the wise, destiny and what is meant to happen will happen imply a flow of light, sound and colours. Light, sound and colours in life cannot be predetermined. 

Wisdom also reveals that destiny or fate cannot be predetermined because a moment in life cannot be predetermined. This is because to predetermine a moment is required as well and the moment in life is eternal.

Wisdom reveals that, to intellect as knowledge, life is full of actions, words and thoughts that are predetermined and the predetermined may or may not happen. Wisdom reveals that the predetermined, albeit illusory, happens through the intellect by the intelligence in life. 

This is the proof: brain scans reveal decisions happen seven seconds before man decides. The scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences reveal that human decisions are made seconds before humans become aware of them. 

In the study, participants could freely decide if they wanted to press a button with their right or left hand. The only condition was that they had to remember when they made the decision to use either their right hand or left hand. 

Using FMRI, researchers scanned the brains of the participants to find out if they could predict which hand the participants would use before participants were consciously aware of the decision. 

The results, by monitoring the micro patterns of activity in the front-polar cortex, were that the researchers could predict which hand the participant would choose seven seconds before the participant was aware of the decision. 

Wisdom reveals that this is proof that man neither decides nor predicts nor predetermines. Wisdom reveals that the same applies to the prediction by the brain of the scientists. The prediction happens seven seconds before the scientists were aware of their prediction.

Wisdom reveals that predetermination, albeit illusory, happens precisely by the intellect and it may or may not happen.

Therefore, when the wise say that what is meant to happen will happen, they mean that what happens is a flow of light and sound, which appears as individual actions, words and thoughts, albeit illusory.

The enlightened have rightly proclaimed that daily life is a precise illusion of light and sound.

Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018

Editor’s Note:
The course of daily life is very real for human beings. Man supposes, even insists that he or she exercises a degree of control and influence in its events. Furthermore, from his experience of life, he would assert that he does know a person, he does know an action, he does know a word and he does know a thought - in actuality. This is the world he knows. Wisdom, however, reveals in this article, with the corroboration of science, that this world is an illusion. It is there only in appearance; it is not real. It never has been; it never will be. Man cannot know the flow of light and sound; only its appearance, albeit illusory.
Julian Capper, UK.

German Translator‘s Note: 
Reason and logic are based on causality. But cause and effect can only really exist if there is real separateness. This separateness is duality: me and you, before and after, this and that, cause and effect. In terms of duality, the mind applies reason and logic, believing that it can predict and control life. But dual separateness and chaos in the mind are illusions: every atom of a separate entity does not consist of thing, plant, animal or human, but of light. There is no separation in light. Where there is no separation, cause and effect are one and therefore not real. Life is light, non-dual or advaita.
The insight based on DEEP Reason and Logic as in this article by Dr. Shankar, that man is not in control of life, never was in control, and never will be in control, leads to unconditional trust in life as it is: perfection that appears as chaos in the mind, albeit illusory.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany. 

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