Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
20th March 2016
The Known (1)
“Knower, knowing and known is one”
Present day man knows a lot compared to primitive man. Primitive man did not know anything until the known evolved in his mind. Primitive man lived instinctively.
Primitive man lived intuitively when intellect evolved. Later, as intellect evolved further, the mind began to know letters and words that eventually evolved as the known.No matter how much man knows, his relationships are nevertheless not in harmony in every moment of daily life. There are the usual arguments, fights and discords because of the known.
How could man have harmony in every moment of his daily life, despite the known? Firstly, it is important that man understands that everything in life is energy and energy, which is light, contains the polarities positive and negative together and not separately. This implies that opposites which form duality and the known are present together and not separately.
If man understands that opposites exist together and not separately, it would mean firstly that what you know is known because of what you do not know and secondly that what you want to know contains what you do not want to know. This understanding of the polarities in opposites results in harmony in every relationship every moment of daily life.
It is also important to understand that when you wake up every morning there is only knowing. Nothing is known until the knowing is identified as a thought, which becomes the known. A thought, however, is invisible and the invisible cannot be known. Therefore, the knowing identified by a thought as the known has to be illusory and cannot be real.
This implies that the known is ONLY the knowing, and neither this or that. This is the meaning that the knower, knowing and known is one, meaning light, and that what is known is illusory and not real, because every atom of the knower and the known is light. The known is present but yet not present is wisdom.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2016
Every human being mature enough to hold a point of view is not only bound to hold a point of view but also bound to defend his point of view when meeting a different point of view. The difference may be settled maturely or not – agreement to differ or to modify the point or angry riposte. The more sophisticated the knowledge upholding the contrary points of view, the more entrenched the argument. Disharmony is the outcome, and we have come to accept this. The revelation gifted in this article by Dr Shankar that opposites exist together and not separately resolves man’s dilemma. The gift of wisdom.
Julian Capper, UK.