- Education and Science
The Eternal Mind
Old Souls in Young Bodies
Time with no beginning, time with no end. I will ask you to indulge me for a while as we let our minds roam free experience what the ideal of eternity means. I remember thinking about this idea when I was much younger. I use to want to quantify the idea of eternity, yes, I had too much time on my hands back then. However I was serious, I to wanted to know what eternity was is it a million years a billion. Then I thought let me find out what the scriptures of our predecessors had to say concerning the topic.
I honestly did not find an exact nubmer that satifyied me. I did find a calculation that interested me, written in the "Bagavad-Gita As It Is" written by His Devinne Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Phrabupada. It does not sum up eternity, it sums up the calculation of the life of Brahma the creator of this physical reality according to the vedic (Veda means knowledge)tradition from East India. Brahma live 100 years of his time which works out to be 311 trillion 40 billion years, then it says that the life of Brahma is one blink of an eye to the Supreme Lord, Krsna aka Visnu/God. When I first read that I thought wow! cannot imagine physically living here as a human for more than 100 years inn this body.
This reilzation reinforced that the only reason we need to think about the teem eternaity is if we know that we really are primarily spiritual beings, not mere physical beings. The life spark was always there and it will always be there, even after the physical body has perished.
Eternity, infinite time, is not about the mundane human concept of religion, it is the spiritual journey of all living entities. Think about this, there was a time 1 quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) years in the past and there will be a time 1 quadrillion years in the future. Why can I say that because I can think that was in my mind. I do not know a thing about those two time periods, because I am here and now, but I know that in linear time they have a place in the time spectrum.
Planet Earth is not likely to be here physically according to scientific observation, I know I won't be here on this planet. The sun our powering star may or may not be here 1 quadrillion years in the future. The entire "Milky Way" galaxy will have evolved and who knows what the cosmic picture may look like.
When I say eternal I literally mean with out end or beginning and I do not mean it half hearted. There is no number in the time scheme that can come close to indicating what eternity truly means, according to this author. I will tell you what is liberating about knowing that we are eternal beings. I (spiritual I) have all the time to do what ever nonsense it is that I claim I am going to do. In time all will be gone and no matter what has happened her in the next realm I (spiritual I) will continue to do some other cosmic activity. Eternity is also a liberating idea because even though there is much unpleasant things that may happen, in time all wounds have the potential to repair.
Eternal time is what brings the spirit and the physical together in birth as well as separates them, in the form know as physical death.