Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
26th February 2014
What does change mean?
Change is defined as make or become. Man wants the things which he loves and likes not to change, meaning not to make or become something he does not love or like. Man wants the things he does not love or like to change, meaning to make or become something he loves or likes.
Man is also certain that things obviously change, no matter how much he wants or desires them not to change. This means that whatever he loves and likes not to change will surely change. They may remain similar but never identical to how he loved or liked them on day one.
How does man notice a change? Man notices a change with his mind. Without memory, he would not experience anything nor would he notice a change either. Therefore, man notices a change that his memory tells him, but first the change has to register within his memory. If the change does not register within his memory, he would never be able to notice a change, because without memory man cannot experience anything.
Man does not have memory of experience of every moment. If he did have memory of every moment he would know the experience of every moment, which he does not. This means that memory happens during the time it takes for the mind to function. Now, the smallest unit of time defined by an atomic clock is an attosecond. This is one billionth of a billionth of a second. The mind, however, does not function at this time, because a word would need some seconds to be spoken or thought. The change that happens within an attosecond is obviously not registered by the mind. And life apparently functions much faster than any unit of time, be it measurable or not, because time means duration and life happens in the timeless moment ‘now‘, which does not have duration. Therefore, the change that man notices is a vague change that registers in the mind when it functions, but not the actual change that occurs. This means that change happens every moment timelessly and memory does not record the change because memory would require time to function, which does not exist within a moment.
Is man in control of change that happens every moment? Man is not in control of it, because he did not make a moment to be in it. The moment is made by life and life manifested man within it. If man did make the moment to be in it, he could very well control the moment. But fortunately he has not made the moment, nor could he control anything that happens within a moment. He would not be able to handle a timeless flow with his mind, because life flows much faster than the mind functions.
Therefore, the change man notices because of his memory is a change that has already happened. Man cannot change anything, meaning that he cannot either make or become something other than that which he already is in the timeless now.
As man always is what he already is and life changes every moment spontaneously, uncontrollably and unpredictably, so to become or make what one loves and likes is just a thought in the mind. Sorrow, desire, fear, anxiety about how life should be would lose their power to deceive man that he has to change and can change his life by will and choice. Instead he would watch the vague change happen in the mind, being aware that the actual change in life can never be noticed by the mind.
So what does change mean? Life is light and it changes its wave-length to reflect an auditory and optical illusion of light and sound within memory in the mind.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
Because of this every effort is made to improve the individual’s or even the society’s situation. This in turn may lead to conflict between ‘opposing’ parties. Deep understanding of the nature of change, as expressed in this article, is such a life-enriching gift for which we are very grateful.
Dutch translator’s note:
The speed of life is so great it cannot be expressed in time. The change in life is so fast we cannot perceive it, only afterwards we can recognize something has become different from how we have stored it in our memory. Still we try to take life in hand, we cannot help it. This article invites us to take a step back en observe the body and mind. By this we realise that what we see is just fragmentary. That it is impossible to have control over life.
Paula Smit, the Netherlands