Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
10 October 2018
To Meditate (1)
“Does do meditation”
Some educated or uneducated man and woman wish, want or desire to do meditation in life. The meditation that they do in life is done in the moment and is known in the moment only after meditation is actually done.
Whenever the educated or the uneducated man or woman does meditation in life, they are contented and happy during the duration of doing meditation. The educated or uneducated man and woman believe that they will be contented in every moment in life if they continue to do meditation in life earnestly every day.
But every educated or uneducated man and woman, who do meditation, however, do know that they are neither happy nor contented in every moment of daily life. This is known in the moment in life as well.
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 the thought to do and the doing happen for understanding to happen that only moving is in every moment and that every moment is only moving. Also, for wise understanding to happen that moving in every moment is instinct and instinct cannot be controlled by man or his brain.
To do and doing meditation happen for understanding to happen that meditation is not an actuality in a moment. To do and doing meditation happen for understanding to happen that meditation in the moment is illusory and not real. To do and doing meditation happen for understanding to happen that meditation is not present, but only moving is present.
The moving happens for understanding to happen that when the moving is accepted as an action of meditation, it is believed that man and woman do meditation.
Wisdom reveals that meditation is not done in the moment because life is only moving in the moment. Wisdom also reveals that the intelligence in life manifests the moving and man or woman does not make the moving in the moment happen. This is because they do not make the moment in life.
The enlightened accept man or woman as they are and do not expect them to do meditation, because they understand that meditation is not present, but only moving is present in any moment in life. The enlightened proclaim that what is meant to happen, albeit illusory, will happen.
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 in any moment is instinct and is manifested by the intelligence in life and is neither done 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
Meditation has long been a highly valued exercise amongst men and women as they seek tranquillity, even in seclusion. Special circumstances may have importance when attending to it, one of which is regular, daily practice.
For there to be practice there has to be a practitioner, one who carries out the exercise. The wise reveal that meditation is not done in the moment that is: only life is moving. The practice of meditation and the meditator are illusory. They are not as they seem and are believed to be, albeit a gift of the intelligence of life. The Upanishad has declared that the word and mind cannot access the Absolute One.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator‘s Note:
Among other things, meditation should help people to spend their everyday life without feelings of guilt. But as soon as the meditation pillow is left, the duality of pride and guilt is there again, because non-thinking, when it happens during meditation, does not make it possible to understand the duality of the human mind, but only pushes it into the background for a while.
It is wise to take responsibility (albeit illusory) for one's misfortunes (albeit illusory) without feeling guilty. This wisdom corresponds to the wisdom of accepting recognition (albeit illusory) for one's achievements (albeit illusory) without feeling proud.
Praise and blame condition one's own mind and that of the other and lead to pride and guilt in one and the other. Feelings come naturally when they come, and no power in the world can prevent them. But when the understanding happens that man is not the doer, pride and guilt as well as praise and blame are recognized as illusory.
Of course, when others are meant to, they will continue to interpret, praise, blame, be proud and accuse. But those who see that this simply happens to themselves have compassion for those who do not understand that it happens to them. So you don't take anything personal anymore. Wisdom, as presented here in Dr. Shankar‘s article, leads to emotional independence. Dr. Shankar's work does not provide an invitation to meditate, but a detailed explanation of the illusory nature of the mind.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany