Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
27 October 2018
To Learn (1)
Every educated or uneducated man and woman wishes, wants and desires to learn in life. The learning is done in the moment and the content of what is learnt is known in the moment only after learning is actually done or is being done.
Whatever the educated or the uneducated man or woman learns in life, if it is accepted, it is applauded and appreciated not only by them, but also by the society. The same is expected every time whenever he or she wishes, wants and desires to learn.
The acceptance, applause, appreciation and expectation also happen in the moment and are known in the moment not only to him or her, but also to those who know what is learnt.
Wisdom reveals that every moment in life renews itself and in between a moment in the mind and in life is moment as well. This signifies that a moment in life and in the mind is eternal.
Brain scans reveal that 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 even the movement of the hand to press the button happens and the brain does not make the movement happen in the moment.
Wisdom further reveals that learning happens for understanding to happen that only moving of thoughts that are learnt is in every moment and that every moment is only moving. Also, for wise understanding to happen that moving of thoughts in every moment is instinct and instinct cannot be learnt by man or his brain.
Learning happens for understanding to happen that learning is not an actuality in a moment. Learning happens for understanding to happen that learning in any moment is illusory and not real. Learning happens for understanding to happen that learning is not present, but only moving of thoughts is present.
Learning happens for understanding to happen that when the moving of thoughts is accepted as learning, it is believed that man and woman can learn what he or she is expected to learn.
Wisdom reveals that learning is not done in the moment because life is only moving thoughts in the moment. Wisdom also reveals that the intelligence in life manifests the moving of thoughts and man or woman do not make the moving of thoughts in the moment happen. This is because they do not make the moment in life.
The enlightened accept what man or woman learn and do not expect them to learn, because they understand that learning is not present, but only moving of thoughts is present in any moment in life. The enlightened proclaim that man, woman and child will learn what they are meant to learn, albeit illusory.
Sri Ramana Maharishi has declared that what is meant to happen, albeit illusory, will happen. Sri Adi Shankaracharya has declared that man is not the doer in Nirvanashadakam. Kenopanishad verse (1.3) declares that word and mind cannot access the Absolute One. Bhagwat Gita chapter 3 verse 27 declares that man is not the doer.
The enlightened understand that the moving of thoughts in any moment is instinct and is manifested by the intelligence in life and is done neither by man nor by his brain. The enlightened have declared that life is a singular movement.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018
During our journey in life, sometimes imaginatively described as from cradle to grave, we will engage in countless experiences and perform innumerable skilled and unskilled tasks. Some will be intellectual and some physical. Our journey is a story that has both a beginning and an end. There is rejoicing and there is mourning in this story at the apparent coming and going of life. We are ready both to learn and to teach what may be considered beneficial. It may happen that we meet a wise man on our way whose deep understanding is an open book, as it were, to us all, educated or uneducated. No qualification is needed. The wise do not profess to teach. They have no body of knowledge to pass on, no teaching. They live the life that we live in the deep understanding that man is not a doer. He or she never has been nor will ever be. Trust life that is.
Julian Capper, UK
German Translator‘s Note:
From where do humans learn their mother tongue? Do the words that man thinks or speaks belong to him? Or do they come from parents, teachers, etc.? The words that happen to man do not belong to anyone, not even to himself. But to the conditioned mind they sound precisely as if they belonged to him and as if he had learned them from others. But the first thinking and speaking human had no one from whom he could have learnt the words. They happened to him spontaneously. When clarity happens to man in the timeless now and thoughtless here that all words and thoughts happen to him without him thinking them, and the words and thoughts do not control life, but accompany life as illusionary language, there is no longer any doubt about the explanation of the wise why man does not learn anything but learning happens to him, albeit illusory, as in this article by Dr. Shankar.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.