An Indian Civilizational Perspective

The Present is Now

The present is the eternal. Through time, the timeless is not experienced. ‘The now’ is ever existent; even if you escape into future,’the now’ is ever present. The present is the doorway to the past. If you do not understand the present now, will you understand it in the future? What you are now you will be, if the present is not understood. Understanding comes only through the present: postponement does not yield comprehension. Time is transcended only in the stillness of the present. This tranquility is not to be gained through time, through ‘becoming’ tranquil; there must be stillness, not the becoming still. We look to time as a means to become. This becoming is endless: it is not the eternal, the timeless. The becoming is endless conflict, leading to illusion. In the stillness of the present is the eternal.

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