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Writings on the illusory nature of our every day perceptions. Your comments and questions may be directly answered by Dr. Shankar.
Advaita is whole, just as whole is whole and a part of whole is whole. This implies that a book of advaita is whole and 10 books are not needed to make advaita whole – Academy of Advaita
The existence of opposites provides a meaning to a word. The word by itself is devoid of any meaning without the presence of its opposite, for example; good is known because of its opposite bad, otherwise what good is could never be known. The opposite is a word as well, which gets its meaning from the word it gives meaning to, which is nevertheless without a meaning by itself. Therefore, since opposites are in everyday life, it only means that the quantum nature of meanings is a word with its opposite in the same moment. This implies that the meaning which you do not want is also present in the meaning that you do want, for example right or wrong. If man understood this mysterious phenomenon of the opposites in the mind, every relationship would be harmonious – Academy of Advaita.
As everything evolves in life, it is obvious that the awakening process of enlightenment evolves as well in life. This is the reason why man cannot achieve enlightenment, because man cannot achieve evolution. Therefore, the awakening process of enlightenment cannot be achieved by man, but enlightenment nevertheless happens, and it happens the moment it is meant to happen - Academy of Advaita
Love and Care
Dr. Vijai S Shankar
Advaita means NOT two, because dvaita means TWO. The mind understands that life is made up of moments, one moment following the other in succession. The duration of numerical time within a moment and the duration which divides one moment from the next, however is not known. This implies that a moment in life is eternal and neither one, two or many.
Man understands that it is obvious that only one thing can happen in a moment and neither two nor many. Man also understands that time is needed for anything to happen, and as time duration is not known within a moment, it signifies that not even a single thing could happen in a moment. This signifies that only movement in an eternal moment appears as one two or many movements within a moment.
The deep understanding that the moment in life is eternal without numerical time reveals that advaita or life as it is, is what it is. And as every moment of life is energy or light, what is as it is in every moment has to be an illusion of light.
Therefore, life as it is, is what it is, albeit illusory. This understanding reveals love and care for everything in life.
The quantum nature of an atom appears as a light wave and a particle in the same instant, so too the quantum nature of language appears as a sound-wave and a word in the same moment. Similarly, the quantum nature of life is a moment which is timeless and thoughtless and a moment in the mind which is time-filled and thought-filled in the same instant, albeit illusory. The understanding and cementing of this quantum nature of life is enlightenment – Academy of Advaita
In a moment nothing can be known about anything including Bliss, because there is only a movement in a moment. Bliss is lived but cannot be known what Bliss is about – Academy of Advaita.
The moment in life just is, and man is unable to make the present moment in which he is, because the moment is always there so that man could be in it. In daily life, several movements of the body happen every moment, and man is neither conscious of these movements nor do these movements appear as interactions to man. This implies that in any moment in daily life there is ONLY a movement and man does not interact in any moment of life. Therefore, interactions are illusory thoughts in the mind and not an actuality in any moment of daily life – Academy of Advaita.
As understanding evolves, man understands that illusory does not mean the real in daily life does not exist. Evolved understanding indicates by logic and reasoning that the perceived real in daily life is made up of atoms, and atoms being light, it means that the real in daily life, which is believed to exist has to exist as an illusion of light and cannot have a real existence – Academy of Advaita
Every element that is found in nature makes up what nature is in every moment. The elements of nature are also found in man and makes up what man is in every moment. It is therefore obvious that man is not separate from nature. Nature evolves every moment therefore man is what nature is in every moment from primitive to modern times, albeit illusory – Academy of Advaita
Every moment in daily life evolves including the evolving movement in the moment. This implies that in daily life, there is an intelligent spontaneous, uncontrollable and unpredictable evolving movement with sounds in the moment, and the singular spontaneous movement with sounds appears as real actions, words and what is present in the moment, which in fact could only be an illusion of light and not real, because life is energy meaning light – Academy of Advaita