Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
20 September 2018
To Walk (1)
Every educated or uneducated man and woman does walk and wishes, wants and desires to go walking. The walking is done in the moment and so too the walk and both are known in the moment only after walk or walking is actually done or is being done.
In whatever manner the educated or the uneducated man or woman walks in life, if it is accepted, it is applauded and appreciated not only by them, but also by the society. The same walk or walking is expected every time whenever he or she wishes, wants and desires to walk or go walking.
The acceptance, applause, appreciation and expectation also happen in the moment and is known in the moment not only to him or her, but also to those who see the walk or the walking.
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.
The walk and walking happen for understanding to happen that walk and walking are not an actuality in a moment. The walk and walking happen for understanding to happen that walk or walking that happens in any moment is illusory and not real. The walk and walking happen for understanding to happen that the walk and walking are not present in the moment, but only moving is present.
The moving happens for understanding to happen that when the moving is accepted as walking and walk, it is believed that man and woman walk and can walk the way he or she is expected to walk.
Wisdom reveals that walk or walking 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 walk and do not expect them to walk in any particular way, because they understand that walking is not present, but only moving is present in any moment in life. The enlightened proclaim that man or woman will walk the way he or she is meant to walk, 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 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
The discovery made by scientists through FMRI that neither man nor his brain plays a part in the making of a decision, albeit illusory, is helping to refine man’s understanding of his own life. This does not of course mean that man is unaware that a decision has been made, as is also shown by the scientific experiment. It means that man is found not to be the maker of the decision - i.e. not the doer - but also that the decision itself is illusory. The deep understanding of this discovery through the wisdom of Dr Shankar, as revealed in these articles, leads further. Man may gradually begin to realise, if he is meant to, that his own identity is illusory.
Julian Capper, UK
German Translator‘s Note:
Overweight and lack of fitness are attributed to lack of exercise. Older people in particular are advised to take regular walks in order to maintain or restore their health. The doctor and relatives also recommend younger people to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Fitness bracelets and smartwatches count the steps of the day to give useful feedback and to motivate. None of this can be doubted, but as Dr. Shankar points out in this article, every step a person takes is not under his control. Every step, albeit illusory, is precisely determined by life. A fitness bracelet only counts the illusory steps, that are counted, albeit illusory, in the mind by life.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany