Sunday, August 06, 2006

A year of living

What does one do with linear time when one wants to live in the Now? The paradox of using time to get out of time is a tough one to understand. I can only be in the Now, now. Never then, the then being in past or future of linear time. In this moment which will last fleetingly in linear time, but forever in the Now, I have to live all my life. What did they say – the Romans lived 2000 years ago. No, actually the Romans lived in the Now. But today, in this moment the only way that I can understand their Now, is as a thought that they lived 2000 years ago. Which is simply that – a thought – they could’ve lived 2 years ago for all I know, in some other interpretation of linear time.

In some other cultures say, just as we say it takes 365 days to make a year, perhaps the gauge is different – just like we have the FPS system and metric system and both make sense and both relate to each other and both are used to measure the exact same thing but come up with a different number altogether!

This milk bottle is 3.4 liters but only 1 gallon. It is, however, just this milk bottle. One is a nice round number and the other is this arbitrary sounding number 3.4, but they both denote the same thing – the milk in the bottle.

Similarly for time, I suppose. A day is the amount of time – or re-occurrence of the event of – the earth to rotate on its own axis. A year is the amount of time it takes for the earth to revolve around the sun – 365 days. What, though, if a year or was the amount of time that it took for the earth to rotate around something else? Or solar-system-year was the amount of time that the entire solar system took to complete one whole rotation around its own axis or revolution around some other “center” of reference? And what if that planet year could map to our year in some way: 1 solar-system year = 500 earth years.

The Romans then lived 4 years ago.
The Romans, though, still lived in the Now. My thought and understanding in this ego form of this ‘happening’ changes completely and I now think – oh, they lived quite recently, didn’t they.

So what the heck is the point here? The point is this: what if our partitioning method for our existence on this earth was completely different? What if, instead of living 80 years, we only conceptually lived 8 (solar-system) years. 2 child years, 2 young adult years, 2 adult years and 2 senior years. Would my thoughts and perceptions of reality, and happiness and success and failure change completely?

Would I now look at my life, and create events and experiences in my life, to fulfill different goals and purposes?

Would the ego – perhaps conditioned to experience more and worry less – relate to Absolute Reality in a completely different way?

Would the ego even exist? Would Absolute Reality get it, right away, that there was no point in putting structure and mappings and models on the Now to really understand the Now? That, in fact, the understanding of the Now, could only emerge when we stepped out of all maps and models and pattern-sets superimposed on the Now.

Only then could I see everything for what it really is. This long (or short), complex (or simple), profound (or trivial), beautiful (or shocking), subtle (or gross)-----
event (or non event), thing (or no-thing), happening (or non-happening) ….
which just IS (or IS NOT)?

Which just ?