Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
21 September 2019
Everything may go at any time; trust is: it may or may not go. You might not have recognised it, but be very sure you love each other more after a fight. It is because love is present in the hate that brings about the fight.
In the mind there will be love, there will be hate, there will be sadness, there will be happiness and there will be everything and anything. In life, accept everything totally – you cannot escape from it anyway – because this is how man appears in the aliveness of the moment.
The moment you accept anyone totally, you will not be able to say that you have accepted him. If God has given you today and, if you are meant to be alive, will God not give you a tomorrow?
But you think, you made ‘today’ and, therefore, ‘tomorrow’ needs to be made as well. Whatever has come to man today has come from God – every breath which comes in, every breath which goes out.
It is the aliveness which gifts breath. And when trust happens, you will accept what is present in any moment, but as long as you expect, you will be far from trust. The moment you expect, you will be near to distrust.
Man lives more in distrust than trust. Everything he does, says or thinks is in distrust rather than trust. Man prays because he does not trust God totally; if he did, prayer would never happen to him. Man would be grateful for every moment no matter what the moment contains within it.
Man prays, not because of gratitude, but to keep disaster at bay. Man prays so that no harm may befall him or his family. Where is the need to let God know what is happening in life?
Is man sure that God needs to know? Could God know? Man merely believes that God knows everything. Is God a man who knows? Is man sure that God is a man? Man has simply accepted that God is separate from him and that God needs to be informed about the goings-on in life so that God may set them right.
Since when is it that God needs to be told about the goings-on in life? Which man could God trust to inform God what is going on in daily life? Is there such a man whose word God could trust?
Wisdom reveals that God renews every moment in life. Wisdom reveals that what is within any moment in daily life cannot be other than what is within any particular moment.
Wisdom reveals that man who understands that God is within any moment is a wise man. The enlightened accept any man as he is in any moment, because the enlightened trust God who manifests life as it is in every moment.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2019
When the light of wisdom shines for any man or woman, as it does in this article, there is a magical transformation in understanding. The condition of living in expectation, hope and thus distrust, is exposed as illusory. This condition has the weight of history to maintain its existence and its validity. Man’s conditions for living in harmony with his or her neighbours or indeed with himself are not known to God for there are no intermediaries, notwithstanding their history of devotion and penance. When man, on his journey in life, finally comes to accept himself totally, if he is meant to, he realises his godhead.
Julian Capper, UK
German Translator’s Note:
However logically religious beliefs, such as praying for something, may appear, on closer examination, as in this wise article, they are refutable. God is not a man, God has no ears, God is not separated from man. To trust God means to entrust oneself unconditionally to life, if it happens, because trust is also a happening in life and not an act of human will.
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.