Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.acadun.com
10th October 2013
What does rethink mean?
Man has the capacity to think. Thinking is an inherent characteristic of man. Thinking has arisen because of knowledge that man has come to possess. Thinking assures man that he is knowledgeable and reliable. Knowledge differentiates a primitive man from a modern man. Hence, knowledge is a tool that measures man’s progress from being a primitive man to a modern man.
Modern-day man obviously has more knowledge than his predecessor had, for example, even ten years ago. This indicates that a man living ten years ago is primitive compared to present-day man. Hence, primitive and modern are relative terms and not absolute, as no man has knowledge identical to another’s on any day in any generation. This also means that knowledge too is relative and not absolute.
Man does rethink either to consider or to assess his knowledge. He rethinks to consider whether a better option is possible or to assess whether a decision is right or wrong. Both option and decision are dependent on how much knowledge a man has. This can only mean that option and decision are relative and not absolute. In addition, man understands that duality is relative and not absolute. So, whatever man wishes to rethink, it will only be relative and not absolute.
Man wishes to rethink in terms of right and wrong, true or false, as these are the dualities which man knows. To man everything that is right, wrong, true, false, and every duality is nevertheless real to him. Knowledge, as pointed out, is relative and not absolute. So what could be absolute and not relative is the question? What could give rise to the absolute would be the next question?
The absolute is revealed when man understands that that which he thinks is real is in fact illusory. Understanding is an inherent characteristic of man, and this gives rise to knowledge that made man think that everything is real. This means that understanding will also give rise to wisdom that makes man realise that the real is illusory. If man were able to understand what is absolute, he would no longer need to rethink. Knowledge has happened to man and similarly wisdom too will happen to man. To whom or when knowledge could happen could never have been known or predicted. Similarly, to whom or when wisdom will happen, neither knowledge nor wisdom can ever know or predict.
The sages proclaimed that life is a play of light and sound ages ago, and now science, which is a branch of knowledge, has proved that everything in life is energy, which in simple words means light. Likewise, wisdom reveals that the real can only be light, and knowledge of the real exists only as a reflection of light and not as an actuality.
So what does rethink mean? Rethink means to verify whether the known could be real, meaning actual, or not. The academy of absolute understanding was founded to help man rethink what could be real and absolute.
German Translator’s Note:
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