Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
The Netherlands

14 January 2019

Why is it difficult?


Why is anything difficult at some time or another in life? The difficulty is with regards to the function of an object or with regards to the function of a human being. 

Difficulty is also felt when the needs for survival are lacking or are wanted. This difficulty is universal and is felt by one and all and even by those who are well endowed in wealth and comfort.

Many avenues and resources are available that get over the difficulty experienced. This is only temporary because the difficulties surface sooner or later and the avenues and resources do not guarantee a permanent solution to the difficulties faced.

The difficulty may be intermittent, irregular, regular or even constant. So the question is: what is the permanent solution to difficulties faced in everyday life by humans?

The permanent solution is the moment in life. The moment in life is followed by the next moment. The moment in life is precise in location. The content in the moment is precise as well.

The content within the moment is different or similar, but its intensity is never identical to anyone’s. This implies that content within the moment is unique to a particular human being.

The preciseness of the moment also implies that the content within cannot be a different content beside the content that is precisely present in the precise moment for a human being.

Now humans are conditioned to beliefs and expectations. Humans believe and expect what the content of the moment experienced by them should be. The beliefs and expectations are conditions that the moment should possess.

The moment in life, however, manifests the condition within the moment which is precise for the moment. This implies that the condition within the moment cannot be another condition beside the condition that is present in the precise moment.

Therefore, to believe and expect another condition to be present beside what is present is impossible. When conditions that are believed and expected to be present are not present, the moment in life is difficult for humans.

When understanding happens to humans that the content within any moment in life is what it is and cannot be another content, as believed and expected, humans will accept life as it is without the shadows of emotions overruling their daily life.

Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2018

Editor’s Note:
Each one of us lives in a world of difficulties, like it or not. Each one of us that is meant to read this article will feel its gentle touch, for its words reveal the deep insight of the wise. There is no other play, albeit illusory, on our journey of life. Mankind, notwithstanding the difficulties, is blessed by this touch of wisdom. 
Julian Capper, UK.

German Translator‘s Note: 
Life is always as it is. Life as it is is not a problem. It is the thoughts about life that make individual problems appear. The thoughts that pretend that life is one way or the other offer an opportunity to realize that life as it is has nothing to do with the thoughts about it. Dr. Shankar reveals in this article the bliss of the timeless here and thoughtless now, without denying, rejecting or evading the illusory problems in the mind of man. However, despite the problems in the mind, it is wise to be stable in life and to have confidence in life rather than in the mind. 
Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.

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