Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
The Netherlands

29 September 2018

To Play (1)

“Does play”

Every educated or uneducated man and woman wishes, wants and desires to play the game they know. The playing is done in the moment and it is known in the moment only after playing is actually done or is being done. 

In whatever manner the educated or the uneducated man or woman plays in life, if it is accepted, it is applauded and appreciated not only by them, but also by the society. The same playing is expected every time whenever he or she wishes, wants and desires to play a game.

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 see the game being played.

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 known and the knowing 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.

Playing a game happens for understanding to happen that playing is not an actuality in a moment. The playing happens for understanding to happen that playing in any moment is illusory and not real. The playing happens for understanding to happen that playing is not present in the moment, but only moving is present.

The moving happens for understanding to happen that, when the moving is accepted as playing, it is believed that man and woman can play a game the way he or she is expected to play a game. 

Wisdom reveals that playing 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 do not make the moving in the moment happen, because they do not make the moment in life.

The enlightened accept the way man or woman plays a game and do not expect them to play in any particular way. This is because they understand that playing a game is not present, but only moving is present in any moment in life. The enlightened proclaim that man or woman will play a game the way he or she is meant to play, 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 is instinct in any moment 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

Editor’s Note:
‘Play up! Play up! And play the game!’ These time-honoured words from the poet were inspired in order to raise the spirits of those about to face difficulties.
‘It’s play-time!’ cry the children as they rush outside for a break from the ardours of the classroom. Since the movement involved is accepted as play, it is believed that they are in actuality playing a game, whatever it may be: hide and seek; cricket; tennis; baseball – the list is endless. During the playing of a game there are clues provided by the intelligence of life to reveal that it is not as it seems. There are no clues, albeit illusory, in this article, however. No detective is required. The very playing of the game itself reveals to the wise that the movement in the moment happens by itself. It is instinct – thoughtless and endless.
Julian Capper, UK.

German Translator‘s Note: 
Kids play without thinking they're playing. When they grow up, they think they should play more, not just work. Some see their work as a game, but for adults. The wise, as in this article, see their whole lives as an illusory play of light and sound, like a game. But not as a game played by humans. Thus the boundaries that are erected in the mind like walls, between work and play, duty and leisure, disappear. 
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany. 

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