Dr. Vijai S Shankar MD.PhD.
Published on www.academy-advaita.com
6th August 2017
Everyone understands that a moment in life is followed by the next moment. Everyone also understands that every living entity grows every moment. Everyone also understands that a moment in the mind is followed by the next as well.
As every moment in the mind does not have a thought, it implies that thoughts are intermittently present in the moment in the mind. So what could a moment be needs to be understood wisely?
Firstly, a moment is NOT a measure of time. Time is never measured; time is defined by the number of ticks a clock makes. Time, therefore, is a thought in the human mind and not an actuality in life.
Secondly, a moment is a brief period of imaginary time. The precise unit of time within a moment has not yet been defined by a clock. Therefore, it is obvious that time is present within the mind of a modern man as a thought, as the primitive mind evolved as a modern mind.
Thirdly, the smallest unit of time defined by an atomic clock is one zepto second, which is one trillionth of a billionth of a second, and a moment happens faster than this unit of time.
As yet the duration of time is neither measured nor has been defined by an atomic clock that is present within a moment.
Man also understands that everything exists in every moment, including the moment. They would not exist in any moment, if the moment was not present. Therefore, a moment has to be present to make the moment possible to accommodate man, every living entity or anything that exists in the moment.
Time is present only in modern man as a thought and not as an actuality in life, in the mind or in the moment. What is being pointed is a fact that the moment in life is eternal and the moment in the mind is a brief period of illusory or imaginary time.
Therefore, a moment is an eternal flow in life and in the mind. A moment in the mind, however, has thoughts intermittently and not continuously. If the mind had thoughts every moment, the mind would be exhausted.
This signifies that a moment flows life within it, to make life what it is in every moment. It also signifies that the mind does not make the moment in life what it is or what it should be.
Author: Dr. Vijai S. Shankar
© Copyright V. S. Shankar 2017
‘’I’m late, I’m late for a very important date. No time to say ‘hello’, ‘goodbye’ – I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!’' declared the white rabbit, as he consulted his time-piece in Lewis Carroll’s charming tale. Man does not and cannot live for a moment outside the moment; his life and life itself flows within the moment, as declared by the wise with such clarity in this article. Like the white rabbit, man is driven by dependency on imaginary time, measured precisely by such a brilliant array of time-pieces, albeit illusory, gifted by life. Gifted by life also is man’s understanding of the moment – such a profound moment of life’s compassion.
Julian Capper, UK.
German Translator’s Note:
Everybody wants to “have“ a moment for this or that. Not yet understanding that a moment just is and cannot be possessed. Dr. Shankar once again, in this article “Moment“, reveals the mystery of life, in which only one eternal moment is present, and yet it appears as many moment to the human mind. Marcus Stegmaier, Germany.