[Advaita-l] [advaitin] Time

Mahesh Ursekar mahesh.ursekar at gmail.com
Thu Mar 26 11:17:50 CDT 2009


First off, I wish to apologize for starting this thread on two groups. I
seem to have read somewhere that this is not good practice. I merely posted
to this group since I did not receive any reply to my posting on Yahoo. So,
to make amends, I will only reply to postings on this group since this group
seems more active on the topic.

So, my posting on yahoo is reproduced below again (I only read Sri
Sadananda's posting there and this was a direct reply to the same):


I would like reply to your points in some detail but prefer to hold on for a
while till I get more clarity on this issue by expounding the reason for my

While I understand that time belongs to the vyAvarhAric satta, I was
wondering if the Sruti, or Sankara make any specific mention about the
*nature* of time. It seemed odd to me that of the trio space-time-causality
that define our world, space & causality find considerable mention, but I
have not come across a single place that Time has been mentioned

Even if vyAvahAra is to be transcended in the final calling, Time forms a
very important component of it, especially in meditation & on
self-realization. So, leaving it unspoken of seems a bit odd.

So, in short, my question is "is there any discussion of the nature of time
by any of the Advaitic philosophers"? Or is its nature is to be inferred
from what is said otherwise. Or maybe, at the end of the day, it is not part
of philosophy but physics.

Thanks & Pranams, Mahesh

PS> A rather smart person who I asked this question said, AkAsa really means
space-time (since space & time are intricately entwined ala Einsten! :-)).

On Wed, Mar 25, 2009 at 5:02 PM, kuntimaddi sadananda <
kuntimaddisada at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Shree Mahesh - PraNAms
> Since you posted this in both advaitin and advaita-l lists, I am responding
> for both.
> First, some aspect of time was discussed in my knowledge series.
> Time is gap between two sequential events according to Einstein. According
> to Vedantic interpretation, time is gap between two experiences - hence mind
> supported by consciousness comes in- In deep sleep state where the mind is
> folded, the concept of time and space all get folded until the mind is
> awake.
> Biological time is there even in deep sleep and that exists at Iswara level
> - There the total mind is involved again supported by conscious entity-
> creation-sustenance-dissolution requires continuous modification and
> continuity is a concept of time. Hence both time and space at global level
> belong to vyavahaara level - at jiiva level or praatibhaasika level - at the
> level of experience - at individual mind level.
> Shankara says in Dakshinamuurthy sloka:
> maayaa kalpita desha kaala kalanaa vaicitra citriikRitam ..
> Both time and space are  creation of maaya - which is there but not there
> if one goes into deeper analysis.
> Hari Om!
> Sadananda
> --- On Tue, 3/24/09, maheshursekar <maheshursekar@ yahoo.com> wrote:
> Pranams!
> Can anyone tell me how is 'Time' conceived of in Adviata Vedanta?
> Thanks & Pranams, Mahesh
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