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Time Stand Still

JagannathTemple_USEI suspect that, for most of you, the New Year is old news, that you have already ushered in the New Year with resolutions or, for those disinclined toward such declarations, a sense of making a fresh start, of putting the past behind in favor of future ambitions. This has not been the case for me: my sprint to the finish of last year won’t end until today. The last item on a long list of time-sensitive tasks will be completed in the course of composing this post.

I found myself playing ‘beat the clock’ with most, if not all of the assignments I’d acquired. And my anxiety about completing everything on time was exacerbated by uncooperative technology, the very devices upon which the completion of my tasks depended. Thanks to problems with my Internet connection it was taking 90 seconds to do things that should have taken 10 seconds. There were even times when my connection was so bollixed up that I had to close my browser and re-start my computer. As a result, it was taking 3 or 4 minutes to do things that just a few years ago I could not do at all; our contemporary expectations are such that we become frustrated when doing what was once impossible is not accomplished immediately. Continue reading

Setting Spiritual Intentions

I tell people that I don’t make New Years resolutions. I tell myself that, too, but the truth is that every year I surreptitiously make a few. Being secretive about them is a way to give myself an out but lately I’ve been pretty good at keeping them.

The value of an action is found more in its intention than in the action itself, so when I make a resolution I try to be clear about the intention behind it before I commit to it. Focusing on my intention helps me to see how my resolution fits into the bigger picture of my life and its relationship to my sense of what I was put on this earth to do.

A resolution is a vow to reach an objective. An intention is the state of having a purpose in mind. So an objective has to serve an underlying purpose in order to be worthy of the vow to accomplish it. And in my case, I want the underlying purpose of my objectives to be spiritual rather than material. Continue reading

Contemplating the Kala Chakra

One of my best friends and her boyfriend recently invited my girlfriend and I to share a holiday season dinner with them. One thing that struck me about her invitation was the very reasonable assumption that we might be too busy to get together with them until after the holidays were over. Like them – and like so many modern people – my girlfriend and I are perpetually busy. And for most of us, the run up to the end of the year is an even busier time than usual, what with shopping, party hopping, and travel plans. Continue reading

Criswell Predicts

“We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.”

‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ remains perpetually on my list of movie favorites if for no other reason than the majestic scale of its unaffected weirdness. The poetic virtues of Criswell’s opening monologue notwithstanding, I’m obliged to take issue with his premise: none of us are going to spend the rest of our lives in the future because the future never gets here.

This is not to say that time doesn’t affect us; we move forward in time like fish swimming upstream. The current of time is an energy of Brahman – the source of all being – and as such is a divine and bewildering energy. But its influence is only felt in a state of separation from Brahman, when our cognitive faculty for perceiving transcendence is switched off. Living in the moment, being as fully aware of the present as we possibly can be, is an exercise that helps to turn that faculty back on.

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