Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
4th November 2013
What does daily life mean?
Man longs for the day to be meaningful to him. The day is meaningful to man if he is satisfied with it. He is satisfied when he is neither disappointed nor upset during the day. Some days are meaningful to him and some days are not. If his day is meaningful, man is happy; if it is not, he is evidently not happy. Man tries very hard for his daily life to be meaningful, meaning satisfying to him, but he finds he is unable to keep the entire day meaningful, no matter how hard he tries, wishes or prays not to be disappointed or upset.
A day has many situations and every situation has a meaning because of good, bad, right or wrong. Without duality no situation could have any meaning. In a day individuals meet each other. The meeting is recognised by the mind, and it may be with a friend, family member, colleague, relative or a stranger. The mind is a tool that recognises everything, without which man would not be able to recognise anything. The mind, therefore, recognises situations. The situation becomes an issue if it does not satisfy man’s beliefs of duality.
The mind is an inherent tool that has evolved within man, and he has no role in making duality happen. The moment a mind’s duality could happen is unknown to man. He does not know how or when a moment in life becomes the next. If he were able to know how or when a moment becomes the next, he would know how or when duality would happen. Therefore, how or when the mind will function depends on its evolvement. The words that are spoken and the thoughts that happen reflect how evolved the mind is. Just as the sweetness of a fruit depends on how ripe the fruit is, so too the quality of words and thoughts that happen to man depends on how ripe the mind is. Whatever the words that are spoken reflect the quality of that particular mind. The quality of anyone’s mind is not under his control, just as the quality of a fruit is not under the control of the tree. The quality of fruit is reflected by the taste it gives, similarly the quality of the mind is reflected by the meaning of words that get spoken. The quality of a particular mind reflects the understanding that has evolved for that mind.
Life determines the first meeting man has and not his mind, though it appears so. Similarly, life determines with whom we meet and it is neither chosen nor determined by the mind, though it appears so. This is because man is yet to understand that every meeting is precise as life governs the moment and not man. When man understands that meetings in life are precise, daily life will become meaningful and precious to him. He will be satisfied and grateful and not disappointed or upset, for he will realise that neither the words spoken nor their quality are under man’s control. He will only have love and concern for everyone who understands or does not understand that life is precise every moment.
Copyright V. S. Shankar 2013
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