Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
15th February 2014
What does cause and effect mean?
Cause is a person or a thing that gives rise to an action, phenomenon or condition. An effect is a change in a person, thing, phenomenon or condition. The change in a person, thing, phenomenon or condition is the result or consequence of a cause too, because a person or a thing is a cause.
This means that effect is a change in a cause and cause is a change in effect. Therefore, it would be impossible to determine the original cause or the original effect. The first cause or the first effect can never be determined. It is similar to the chicken and egg conundrum, whether the egg came first or the chicken. All that could be said would be that an egg is a compressed chicken and a chicken is an expressed egg.
Life has many conundrums. For example, did the seed come first or the tree, did the animal come first or the fertilized ovum, did man come first or the fertilized ovum? And all that could be said would be that a tree is an expressed seed, and a seed is a compressed tree, and man and animal is an expressed fertilized ovum, and a fertilized ovum is a compressed man or an animal.
The anatomy and physiology of every living species, including human beings, evolves spontaneously, uncontrollably and unpredictably in life. Therefore, the structure, form, shape, colour, functions, movements and behaviour are unique and different to each, meaning they may be similar, but never identical. If they were identical, every species, including the human being’s structure, form, shape, colour, functions, movements and behaviour would be the same, but they are not. So a definite cause leading to a definite effect is impossible to be determined. The species human being does nothing to see, to hear, to smell, to taste, to touch, to think or to move. They all happen to a human being. They are the human being’s survival instincts and they happen spontaneously, uncontrollably, and unpredictably, just as the survival instincts happen to all species, spontaneously, uncontrollably, and unpredictably by the intelligence of life or God, without cause or effect. Though cause and effect are identified, they are a matter of opinion, but not actual.
The human being only claims that he can see, hear, speak, think, move, smell, taste, touch and behave. If everything that exists is examined as to what it is made up of, it emerges that it is all made up of atoms, which are basically light. Therefore, the claim of identifying cause and effect is false, that is illusory and not real, for, in order for cause and effect to be separate from each other, time would be required. As time is absent in life, because everything is light, cause and effect is illusory rather than real. The enlightened sages have proclaimed that life is without cause or effect, meaning causeless and effectless.
So what does cause and effect mean? Just like the other conundrums cause and effect too is life’s conundrum. A cause is a compressed effect and an effect is an expressed cause.
Relative logic, since the Greek philosopher Aristoteles and probably even before, defines that A is not “not A“. Absolute logic, however, reveals that A and everything else in this world, i.e. “not A“, is basically light. This does not mean that relative logic does not exist. It means that light appears in different, separate forms to the human mind; thus logic is valid within the mind only because of apparent but illusory separation, whereas separation, and logic, is absent in life, which is a singular flow, inseparable and timeless. Cause and effect, a logical conclusion that B happens because of A, is the basis of man’s logical thinking in daily life as well as in science. The enlightened realize that logic and especially the concept of cause and effect, does not apply to life but only to the mind. This insight shared in this article reveals that the human mind’s logic is just relative and not absolute.
Dutch translator’s note:
The mind perceives life as separate events, separate images, like on a filmstrip. The mind sees the images one after the other, which suggests time. Everything is moving continuously, it is impossible to find the beginning, or cause, of a movement. Still the mind is convinced life exists of separate events, which are, according to him, the effect of a preceding cause. If everything is light, then what the mind distinguishes: past, present, future, cause and effect, is in fact light and is therefore present simultaneously, without time. The thinking mind is being challenged to face the limits of its thoughts.
Paula Smit, The Netherlands