Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
15th June 2013
What does man do?
Man thinks he does many actions, and the common factor in all actions is movement. For example, during writing the fingers move, during speaking the lips move, during sniffing the nostrils move, during tasting the tongue moves, and during work the body moves.
The body constantly moves the whole day, not only during daytime, but also during sleep. Also, when man is either sitting, standing or lying down, the body keeps moving, if not he would be dead. The constant movements that happen throughout the day are not labelled as actions, with the exception of some movements. It means that sitting, standing or lying down is part of a continuous movement of the whole body. This means that the whole body moves from birth until death.
Movement, in fact, is the common factor in life and nature. There is movement when the wind blows, when water flows, and when fire is lit, which man can see. But man cannot see the earth moving as it revolves on its axis, the movement of growth and the movement of thoughts in the mind. This does not mean that they do not move. Similarly, when man appears to have stopped moving, the whole body still moves. The mind cannot see the whole body move, but it does not mean the body has stopped moving - it moves, as it is alive. Also, when a part of the body moves, the other parts move too. The mind cannot see the other parts move, but it does not mean the other parts do not move - they do, as they are alive.
The sun neither rises nor sets, but to the human mind it appears to rise and set. Similarly, the whole body continuously moves, and to the human mind this movement appears as actions. Man moves every moment spontaneously, uncontrollably and unpredictably. Man cannot bring about the movement in life or nature, which includes his body. If he could, his daily life would be tailor- made, for he could do just what he wanted to do and wishing and planning would not be needed.
Man only knows the point where the journey to work starts every day, and the point where it ends, but not every point of the journey to work. This is because the position of the body at every point of the journey is different every day. This means the position occupied by the body every day is never occupied again. As a metaphor, man can never step in the same river twice, because the river has ‘flown’ like a bird, the moment he steps into it. Man has not understood, as yet, that his whole body moves every moment of the day, whether he likes it or not, spontaneously, uncontrollably and unpredictably, without interruption.
Therefore, when man goes to work every day, he does not realise that his body has been moving before going to work too. It continues to move after reaching work too, such that the movement of every action is merged with the next, without any gap. Man could be credited for doing these actions if he could stop the movement that happens to the body, but he cannot, because the body moves even when he thinks he has stopped it. The diversity of man’s profession exists because the movement of every man is specific for him, but different from the other. They may be similar, but never identical.
So what does man do? Man does not do anything, yet everything happens. Life has sophisticated the movement of each body that mysteriously appears as actions to the human mind.