WHY TIME DO NOT EXIST?
When we ask ourselves why we think that time exists, most would say, because we see that everything is always changing. This is the case: all in and around us is constantly changing, from beginning to end.
However, the question is whether the reason for this constant change can be found outside the subject changes (caused by the phenomenon called time) or all changes come from within the entity itself?
I think it is not difficult to see the validity of the latter claim. What makes things to change (life cycle) in flower, a human being or an animal is determined by the characteristics of this particular life form, and not by any external cause, such as the weather. What we call “time” is the only method for measuring the “lasting change”.
Because of our need to gauge the constant changes, we decided to divide the “cyclical changes”, such as the seasons and day and night, in months, twenty-four hours, minutes and so on. These known changes are caused by constant movement from the planetary positions within our the solar system, and not because there is something like “time”.
Therefore, no minutes, but we decided that after counting 60 (seconds), we can say that the last minutes. Based on the minutes I count the hours, days, months, years, centuries, and the like.
In this way, we can count the number of heartbeats per minute, years from birth to death, we can even calculate the number of years from the Big Bang to the present day.
But we also say, “It seems as if time has stood still (in the old village), nothing has changed.”
In fact there is only NOW – in which everything is manifested appears, changes and disappears.
As we ourselves are part of this process of change, can be difficult to understand that and we are changing in the eternal now. If we can look at ourselves beyond our train in motion (witnessing how our life goes), we’ll probably be able to see that it is still far and to go through it forever, motionless, NOW.
As we know, Albert Einstein became famous for his theory of relativity. In our context, it is interesting to realize that Einstein studied the method of calculating time.
He revealed: a moment in time from my position is not necessarily the same from your position.
I do not know if Einstein ever said that time does not exist. As for me, it’s better that it is said!
Perhaps wisely and well for a better understanding give some examples of measurement methods that we use every day, which is also based on non-existing principles.
Distance: centimeter, meter, kilometer, etc., do not exist, but we agreed that a gap to bridge and called the meter.
Weight: grams, ounces, kilograms, tons, etc., do not exist, but again, we are agreed that we call the weight of one kilogram.
These calculation methods are, of course, the most useful and necessary in our daily life.
How do we know that time does not exist, we do not feel the need to focus on now where our life takes place. However, it would be much better to our ancestors (and we) have in the past. Continue reading to see why …
Unlimited space of the universe extends to “the place where we live.” Even so: who, when and where we are, we appeared and we will disappear in the constant reality of space, the emptiness in which all changes occur.
Greek thinkers of the past were called this gap, “will be” or “Absolute”, as it relates to what can be NO, which is absolute.
What more can be said about the absolute: unchanging is (or all that it appears constantly changing), omnipresent (there is no place where it does not) and timeless (no beginning, no change, no end).
Throughout history there have always been those who have managed to see through the reality of everyday life and who have found the absolute reality of the eternal now (they have discovered what was previously obscured).
Surprisingly, it turned out that this discovery is the absolute crucial for those who have had such an experience. Intensive awareness of the eternal now can be seen as an existential experience. A person understand: my existence is essentially connected with the eternal now, timeless.
In our culture, and “time” transcendent experiences like these are very rare and causing distrust among philosophers and psychologists, but in past times such experiences are considered mystical or religious. This is so for thousands of years, in different cultures and periods.
It is worth noting that the people who live from the awareness of the absolute always on pictures displayed with a circle (halo) around their heads. The circle has no beginning and no end, and thus symbolizes the timeless, eternal now.
It is clear that the artists in the past, in different cultures and different times, have never managed to communicate to show “absolute connoisseurs”.
It is amazing that “those who live out of timelessness” always shown the same type of symbolism. See saints and sages from Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism.
Tim mention of the major world religions (Islam in imaging holy men are not allowed), the meaning of life from the eternal (timeless) gets an extra dimension. Not only is “someone occasionally saw through the illusion of time,” but it looks as if the understanding of the realities of eternity so impressive that it might be the beginning of the religious thought of mankind.
Significance of the Absolute within religion
Before I said “intense awareness of the eternal now can be seen as an existential experience. A person understand: my existence is essentially connected with the eternal now, timeless. “
In earlier cultures have been thoroughly investigated this mystical experiences and their possible meaning. As a result, all the great culture concluded (although it is in their own way express): live from the consciousness of timeless, absolute, gives people an insight into the meaning of life and gives them a real chance ( “liberation”).
How is this conclusion can be found in each of the major world religions (except Islam in this context) will be shown in the following examples:
Hinduism: Bit oldest of the great world religions can be found in the Upanishads (written between 800 and 300 BC). These papers contain the core of the ancient, from generation to generation orally transmitted, spiritual traditions.
Themes are always boil down to: It (timeless, absolute) is what you are in your innermost being (mantra Tat tvam asi). Or: the absolute and visible world are connected (Sat, absolute and You, all that is, linked to, Yam. It has become a mantra Satyam).
Also: the real happiness for a human being can not be found in the interim (variable) things, but only in a fixed, timeless absolute. Therefore, people advised to master their need for temporary pleasures, in the name of liberating insight into the reality of the relationship with the eternal now, absolute.
The original Hindu scriptures written in Sanskrit language. That language, mystical visions of people from very early periods presented us with a timeless relevance.
Buddhism: like all great cultures, Hinduism has also gone through a period of relapse after a period of strength. When realization of the mystical reality of existence threatens to be replaced by a belief in the transcendent power (God), get the deep meaning to reality (absolute) based spirituality and there is confusion.
This was the reason the appearance of Buddhism. Before about 2500 years Prince Gautama realized the unity of the essence of a man with a timeless, absolute, and became the Buddha (enlightened).
To avoid confusion, the confusion mentioned in Hindu culture, he was not talking about the highest state of spiritual realization. On this condition only as “Nirvana”. This word literally means “extinction, fire”. This refers to the bistro (motionless) state of self-awareness that remains when the restless thinking (ego) is off (meaning, resting).
This is the life of a variable (time) evolved into the life of a fixed (timelessness).
Christianity: As Hinduism (and Buddhism) have their roots in the distant past, Christianity is rooted in ancient Jewish culture. And the people were (are) aware of the “bonds” between God and man (that this relationship applies off the Jews must have been a “misunderstanding”).
The culture in which Jesus appeared was spiritually at a much lower level than the Hindu culture of the time, where the unity of the human soul and the absolute was (is) the main question of the scriptures.
Obviously, Jesus was well aware of this unity, which is evident from his words. However, he had to speak in parables because people in his day were not yet ready to understand the profound metaphysical teachings. Speaking in parables, saying he hoped it would lead people to self-knowledge and ultimately to liberating insight into man’s relationship with the Absolute, which is called the father or God.
The most famous sayings, “Son of God” as: “I and my Father are one” and “Kingdom of Heaven is within you.” These are very strong terms his vision of unity of man and timeless, absolute.
It does not mean that only the ancient Hindu sages, Buddha and Jesus discerned the “secret of life”. They fueled the flames of insight and many have dedicated their lives to him, no doubt with all the spiritual path respective experiences difficulties and fulfillment.
It is also likely that the lack of time is not exclusively taught in the spiritual education of people in the past. But we can be sure that the “saints” in the religious cultures see through the illusion of time (remember the symbol of timelessness, a halo).
All religions have developed their own core values and formed their own traditions. However, it is very disappointing to see that religion in general have failed to achieve a common goal: to lead people to the liberating insight into their relationship with what they created: the timeless absolute (God). Had it been otherwise, the world would be a completely different situation.
What went wrong and what are the consequences?
The disaster is not knowing timeless, Absolute
Transmission of spiritual knowledge goes in the wrong direction when “a student wants to be a teacher.”
In ancient India, the sages have tried to prevent the “spiritual pollution” by sharing their knowledge only to initiates. In our Christian tradition, something very surprising ( “catastrophic”) occurred around the year 300. The Christian way of life has become “institutionalized”. This means that people no longer need to try to understand and follow Jesus in his own way, has already established a church organization, which still controls the Christian doctrine.
This means that the interpretation of Jesus’ message is left in the hands of people (always men) who are Christians have to accept it better than they do understand what Jesus wanted to understand and that they (the church) scrupulously prescribe what you should believe, and what not.
Urges people to deepen or renewal of official Christian doctrine were not (are not) respected and hundreds of years people have even ended up at the stake when they depart from the official doctrine (remember the example of Qatar, which are stamped out to the last man).
In this way, the teaching of Jesus is turned into belief and encouragement for people to achieve their own wisdom was extinguished. Worse: “belief” is, in fact, has become another word for “hope” …
Thus Christianity gives hope in exchange for loyalty to science.
What is that? A crime against humanity or a blessing for humanity?
The consequences of omitting incentives for people to understand the timeless themselves inconceivable important. Where religion should not touch a man in the depths of his being (in the euphoria of experiencing unity with brilliant and inexhaustible source of life) remains only a superficial understanding of deep learning.
Not only it can lead to suspicion and rejection, but also our deep hidden ethical consciousness, conscience (who wants to work and coordinate with timeless that has become me) were not sufficiently addressed.
Thus, instead of superficiality spirituality became the basis of our Christian society.
Accidents that this sloppiness brought humanity is easy to determine. To name just a few: from the Crusades, religious persecution, slavery, imperialism and world wars (including the Holocaust), we come to the scourge of our time, such as unbridled capitalism ( “culture of greed”) and the exploitation of our beautiful Earth (resulting in climate change and shortages energy).
On the individual level, the lack of depth of our Christian culture leads to selfishness (lack of empathy for our neighbors), stress (focus on the result rather than the validity of the action), the blurring of moral values (all should be possible) and confusion ( “What’s the point of my life? “).
As Western civilization based on Christianity was dominant for centuries in many parts of the world (with inappropriate arrogance against Eastern misunderstood depth), spiritual superficiality is widely disseminated.
Today it seems that, since Christianity is running, moving away from our source (initiated by eliminating the search for the transcendental, eternal now) can no longer be reversed. Moreover, in recent years, the continuous development of communication technology added a new dimension. Uncritically we brought the younger generation to believe that they need to be “connected anytime, anywhere with anyone.” It is clear that it is the special commercial motives. There is no doubt that the strategy of “consumer control” to set (via Google -googles, cell phones and chips), creating a kind of robotic human beings. Without free will, and with a small tablet with every sign of unpleasant behavior.
How do you run on?
Lack of knowledge of transcendental reality (which has become timeless to me and the whole world) people do not feel as such. We do our “feelings of uneasiness” attributed to different visible reasons, such as our work, our relationships, society, etc. If you stay like this, our fate will be left in the hands of the dominant power in the world (politics, economy). Will it improve our situation? If in doubt, consider the following:
Would not it be great if the whole world realized that what we call “time” is actually our own process of change? Huge cosmic process that happens in the eternal now!
Should not we woke up and it seemed that all together and realize that, inspired by the eternal now, take the next step in our spiritual development?
That would really make a difference. People would have tried to adapt to life just as it should be, what it means to take responsibility for the Earth and its inhabitants.
Insight into the illusion of time focused on us NOW. Time we stand at the door of the mystical knowledge of our origins and destiny. Remember what Jesus said? “Knock and it will be you open”.
In order to elaborate a little?
If you really understand that time does not exist and that your life is in the eternal now, then focus on it forever now every day and try to hold on for some time ( “knock”). One day the door will open and you will see: “T0 is the same on both sides. God is immanent as well as transcendent …
Wide implementation of timeless (absolute, reality) could be the axis that runs global spiritual awakening. This will bring out the best in people and give much needed “wisdom” an opportunity to change the world.
So, my advice: do not throw away your watch, or try to live out the eternal NOW …