Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
20th May 2018
Every man and woman is comfortable with a routine life, when the routine life goes the way it routinely goes punctually every day. Therefore, every man and woman expects their respective lives to go routinely and punctually every day.
When the everyday life does not go routinely and punctually, man and woman are comfortable with daily life, if they accept what happens which does not happen routinely to them every day.
When the everyday life does not go routinely punctually, man and woman are not comfortable with daily life, if they do not accept what happens which does not happen routinely to them every day.
When they do not accept what happens in any day, anxiety, hope, expectation, sadness and also fear, in varying intensities, are experienced by every man and woman in the day.
The wise with wisdom, however, accept life as it goes. They understand that the way life goes is not only punctual, but also that the punctuality of whatever happens in life is the routine in life.
The wise with wisdom understand the routine of life. They, therefore, accept that whatever happens is the punctual routine in life. The punctual routine may be the same or may not be the same as before.
What is the wisdom of the wise, is the question?
The moment in life gives a clue to the wise understanding. As any moment in life is not made by man and a moment is always present in life, it implies that the moment in life is not only punctual, but it is also routine, because every moment routinely renews itself.
Since anything that happens in the moment cannot be made by man, because man does not make the moment, the moment signifies that anything that happens in the moment is specific for that moment and it is punctual.
The wise also understand that nothing beside what happens in the moment could happen in the moment. This implies that acceptance of the routine to be punctual and to expect the same thing to happen punctually every day is not possible.
The wise understand that the routine may or may not happen. If it does happen, the routine may be punctual or may not be punctual. The wise, therefore, look at what happens in the moment and live whatever happens in the moment, without judging it.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
©Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018
The system of judge and jury has long been established in communities on the principle of impartiality. Impartiality regarding an event that is believed to have taken place. Such a system exists in each one of us regarding events that have or have not taken place in our daily lives. However, the determination of our own expectation and understanding routinely colours this system, as is clearly revealed in this article. Here it is made plain that man cannot determine however or whatever happens in the moment, the singular moment of life. Understanding this is the beginning of acceptance of life that happens to each one of us, without any of us doing it.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator’s Note:
Routine, which runs on time and in the usual order, as every day, apparently makes everyday life easier. But the enlightened ask: How is it that the routine does not always run as expected, when man believes he is doing the routine? The enlightened show that it is an illusion that something could “interfere” during a routine process. Only in the mind exists an unexpected event that could come in between. In life, everything is in the routine, as it is meant to be, because there is no comparison with how the routine, due to bygone days, is expected. In life there is always one after another, without expectations - the unexpected comes only in the mind, not in life, as Dr. Shankar shows in the article “Routine”.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.