There is absolutely no difference between histories and made up stories. Both exist as memory in our mind. We are not debating here whether or not Gandhiji existed in the past. We are concluding that the past does not exist outside our memory and it is not in any way different from a made up story. 16.
We are aware that that which is present now and vanishes after a while cannot be the absolute truth. Instead of applying this knowledge and figuring out that the entire universe is an illusion, our mind has invented time. By attaching a time stamp to all the changes, the illusion is made to appear as real. Thus imaginary time has given the status of reality to the illusory universe. 17.
We have invented many gadgets like clock, calendar, television, iPod and such to reinforce the idea that the world is real. Our struggle to achieve more things in less time binds us to illusory time and makes us forget the fact that time is the brain child of our mind only. 18.
Even if we travel at the speed of light, space will keep expanding and it is not possible to reach the edge of the universe ever. Similarly, if we do more things in less time, there will still be more time left to do many more things. The completed work will always be insignificant compared to the pending work and how much work we do within a given time period is irrelevant because time does not exist. 19.
It is impossible to step into the same river twice. Everything is continuously
changing. Mind has invented time so that it enables us to swim in the ‘same’ river ‘every day’.
In deep sleep, time is gone, place is gone and the situation is gone BECAUSE mind is gone. Although we are aware that we slept well, we cannot say how long we slept because the mind is not ticking during deep sleep. We are timeless (since we are mindless) during deep sleep. Without mind we are beyond time. 21.
Time is a product of the
mind. That’s why in
a dream one can go to the past and one year may pass in a few seconds. The mind determines how to perceive time. That is why time passes slowly when we are waiting for someone and it passes quickly when the mind is absorbed in an interesting conversation. 22.
To give reality to the imaginary concept of time, the mind divides it into three parts, namely, Past, Present and Future.