Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
7 December 2018
Sun is a ball of light in space. The human knows the sun in the sky is light. What is the sun to a human? To a human a sun is an object of fire meaning light. This signifies that to a human light appears as an object.
How does a human know the sun 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 sun as daylight.
Wisdom reveals that the intensity of light rays from the sun as daylight that enters the eye has evolved as a word ‘sun’ in the human mind. The word ‘sun’ to the human, therefore, is an object.
What is the light that appears as a sun? The light that appears as the sun is consciousness. The specific intensity of consciousness appears as the sun, just as the specific intensity of sunlight appears as daylight to a human.
The human eye receives light rays within a certain range which includes daylight. The 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 sun.
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 indicates 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, as thoughts.
Thoughts are, however, illusions of light as subtle sound. Any situation, circumstance, action, conversation, shape, form or 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
The intelligence of life has provided, for the existence of mankind and its natural environment, consciousness, consciousness appearing as the light of the sun, the sustainer of the corporeal world. Thus, the dominant power in the planetary illusion, the sun, has always been man’s stage-director as he journeys through his or her life. Personified and respected as a god in ancient times, sun has an influential presence which cannot be denied, providing the light both for mind and body. The sun, as an object, is a unifying factor for man who universally thrives on its beneficial effects, whilst managing its harmful effects, both as thoughts, albeit illusory. What a wonder is consciousness.
Julian Capper, UK
German Translator‘s Note:
Without the sun, there would be no life on Earth. Without consciousness there would be no sun, no earth and no life. The dependence of man on everything that surrounds him, or better, contains him, cannot be denied. And yet... and yet the human mind retains a supremacy, the idea of being an independent doer, albeit illusory. But even this wonderful deception of the human mind is only possible because of the underlying consciousness that reflects everything. This insight is true humility and gratitude. Thank you Dr. Shankar for this insight presented in the article “Sun“!
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.