The time heals. Nothing happens before the time is ripe. Timings are important. There are many sayings about ‘the time’ that we know about, all being relevant in different contexts. People are fearful of time. They are highly concerned about the time. They blame the time for many things. They allow time for things to settle down. In a nutshell; the time can help, the time can be indifferent or the time can hurt.
We are born on this earth. We build a world of our own in this world, live for a limited time and then die. Generally, we all, without exception, desire more time than what we are allotted to us. Ironically, we waste much of the time allotted to us, although we know too well that we are always short of time. Can we say that our relationship with time is never comfortable?
When we stop taking our worldly life for granted, we start looking at things that we don’t know much about, and also looking at things we think we know about, differently.
There are people, not in very large numbers, who allow their lives to flow peacefully with the time. Neither they are consumed by the time, nor do they appear to be in any kind of hurry to consume the time allotted to them.
The man often wants to exercise at least, ‘necessary’ control over the external world. Perhaps, the dimension of time is independent of everything. Whether the God has any control over the dimension of time, coexist with it in tandem or is independent of it that He only may know. The man has no control over the dimension of time that is for sure.
Those who have learned the art and technique of living peacefully have alacrity, promptitude and patience in abundance; and, they have excavated all the turbulence, turmoil and perturbations out of them.
The alacrity and the promptitude (the Sanskrit-Hindi word being Tatparata) is in relation to gaining the right knowledge, taking the right action and regularly resorting to silence of mind and speech.
The patience (Sanskrit-Hindi word being Dhairya) is meant to be for the outcome of the efforts made for the right cause and in the right direction.
The absence of turbulence, turmoil and perturbation (the Sanskrit-Hindi word being Udvignata) relates to delays or failures in the learning process, accomplishment of the objectives and the obstructive reactions of the external world against the thoughts, deeds and words of those who have learned to live peacefully. Here, the word peace should not be misconstrued as an absence of action or protests against the wrongs of the external world; it simply relates to the smoothness of actions and required silence for being able to hear one’s inner voice.
Those who have learned the art of living peacefully accept the time granted to them with gratitude. They treat it as a precious opportunity bestowed on them by the God. They neither waste time, nor are they ever in a great hurry for accomplishing things, lest many errors are made necessitating wastage of time in their rectification. In short, they try to align their lives with the dimension of time.
As one feels the touch of the wind blowing or hears the murmur of the river flowing, he can also sense the one way movement of passing time. This part of spiritual process can be learned through experiencing.
PROMOD KUMAR SHARMA
[The writer of this blog is also the author of “Mahatma A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious” and “In Search of Our Wonderful Words”.]