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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Einstein Understood Non-Duality and The Present Moment.

Before he died, Einstein said "Now Besso [an old friend] has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us ... know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion."

James: While in Buddhism we acknowledge the past and future we teach not to deal too much upon them because the past has past and the future is determined in the present moment. Yet, Einstein is right as well that time is part of the mindstream without distinction between them because the past and future were and are also the present moment in the moment they are experienced. Another way of stating this would be that past, present and future are all the present moment at one time or another.

His statement is also an affirmation of non-duality. This is seen in that the present isn't possible without the present moment that was experienced just seconds before in the past, and that without this present moment we wouldn't have a future. It's all interdependent and interconnected as each moment builds upon the moment previous. I guess I'm really getting down into the weeds and detailed about the mindstream and time but that's what on my mind--in this present moment (wink).

~Peace to all beings~

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11 comments:

Sabio Lantz said...

I sounded like a peaceful attitude toward transience.

bodybuildingandfitness said...

We can't control what has past, but the future is a open road. We live in the now!

Amy Hale said...

Very nice, James! Love this!!

jackveronic said...

命運,就是自己行為的結果。..................................................

Dharmadhatu said...

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Mike G said...

Einstein is not saying the past and future are the present at a different time. That is the very illusion he is talking about.

He's talking about relative simultaneity. What he means is this: an observer moving relative to us can see what we see as past and future events as truly simultaneous events. Our perceived present is a result of our relative motion to other objects.

However, this only shows up near the speed of light. Since no humans regularly travel near the speed of light, it's impossible for us to detect this, and so all humans on Earth experience the same local time. Our past is their past and so on.

Thus, to a certain observer, Einstein's and Besso's death occurred exactly simultaneously.

He's a lecture segment about simultaneity. (also called the ladder paradox)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSRIyDfo_mY

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simultaneity

Rob Gee said...

I just quoted this on a blog about mindfulness...

"Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life." - Thich Nhat Hanh

Sabio Lantz said...

But I wonder -- an unorthodox Buddhist wonder:
Memories can be the present. We can relive a memory like the present, savoring it fully.
I have had friends paralyzed by debilitating dz or me, in a quiet alone state, both the present or contemplating the past in richness.

The orthodoxy of the moment, seems to ignore how to beautifully embrace the past.

Am I mistaken?

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Nonduality said...

Hi, I am agree with your point and also I am adding something which is Nonduality can’t be defined in the same way you define … tungsten, for example. There’s no single definition of nonduality that everyone would agree upon. Nor is a definition of nonduality intended to replace full teachings such as Advaita Vedanta or Buddhist traditions, or the teaching of any Guru. Nonduality is to be seen, lived, awakened to, and then, for whatever reason, one may try to define it.

mita11 said...

Past and future is continually arising and passing away in the spacious moment of Now!

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