Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
22 September 2019
How unselfish would man’s word be? Man thanks the God he prays to for all the benevolence he has received, but what about his predicaments? Who makes the predicaments in life happen?
Is it not the same God to whom man prays? Could the same God make both possible? Would God be God if God does both? And yet man prays to God blindly! All because of lack of trust that what will happen in any moment will only happen!
Understand in your lives that trust is lacking. Observe your lives very closely. Is it in trust that you lead your life or in expectations? The husband is not trusted, nor is the wife or children; he does not trust his boss; he does not trust his neighbours.
Man does not trust anybody, because he does not trust himself. You do not trust that life happens to man and man does not make life happen. A man who trusts that every moment happens is a fearless man; a man who trusts that every moment happens is a Godly man.
When somebody talks to you, understand that the movement of his body, which is an illusion of light, manifests sound that projects an illusory word through him. That is why man is not the speaker.
When somebody speaks, speaking happens to him. Similarly, thinking happens to him. If man could think, he could stop it too, but he cannot. Trust is: Action is an optical illusion of a singular movement, which is beginningless and endless.
Man’s birth and death too is a thought in the mind; hence, he is not the doer. Thinking and speaking are auditory illusions of sound, while doing is an optical illusion of light. Such is life.
Man plans because he expects. God makes planning happen to distract him. You remember when a small child in a cradle cries, the parents will take a doll and distract the child and the child will stop crying.
When man cries, God gives some plans to him and, with the planning, he is happy. When you find out that your plans work, may or may not work, you will trust the moment in life.
And, at that time, you will know that you do not plan – planning happens to you to keep you occupied and to keep you entertained, just as when you go to see a cinema for entertainment.
What else is planning? It is a mental cinema you see and you get entertained. Planning is a mental cinema, a box-office hit. It is a mental-office hit. Man trusts his planning, but does not realise that trust is always misplaced.
Man does not make the moment in which he is alive: life makes the moment in which it keeps man alive. His plea to be trusted does not hold water because, sooner or later, life will flow contrary to your expectations and your trust is broken.
Real trust can never be broken. Expectations do not always get fulfilled. If they do, it is a gift from God or life; if they do not, then the moment, less your expectation, is a gift too from life or God.
Trust is the understanding that life flows in one way only. This way is a transformation-process of energy that projects an optical and auditory illusion of light and sound. This realisation is enlightenment.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V.S. Shankar 2019
‘Do you believe in God?’ Answer: ‘Yes.’ ‘Do you believe in God?’ Answer: ‘No.’
These questions and answers between human beings are common. Man lives in a twilight zone of fulfilment of his own hopes and expectations and disappointment in the outcomes. Unaware of or not trusting in the intelligence of creation itself, he believes in the existence of God, who cares for humanity, or he assumes the role of creator or controller of his daily life himself. Accordingly, plans are laid to support the vision of his future. In his understanding of man’s predicament, the wisdom of Dr Shankar is revealing with clarity in this article the reality of each moment in which man lives. Deep-rooted beliefs about the existence of God and lack of awareness of the intelligence of each moment of life may gradually dissolve, if they are meant to. Such is the pathway to real trust in life.
Julian Capper, UK