By Nayaswami Dharmadevi Romano
August 14, 2018
During my first visit to Ananda Village in Northern California in 2007, I had an experience of timelessness I’d like to share with you. I was sitting at the South Fork of the Yuba River, which, in my opinion, is one of the most beautiful places in the world. There are huge boulders everywhere, interspersed with tall pine trees. The water is crisp, cold, and clear. As I was sitting alone, my feet in the cool water, I lost myself in the sounds and sights of the river. I no longer felt like an observer, separate from the river. I was absorbed in it. I was the river. There were no thoughts, there was no time, I just was.
Suddenly, and much to my regret, the thought popped into my head, “You should be meditating!” Ugh! I had planned to get to the river and practice the techniques of meditation I had recently learned. As soon as that thought took me out of my inward state of connectedness, I realized how foolish it was. I had been in the deepest meditative state I’d ever experienced. It was an experience of timelessness.
Experiences of timelessness are not limited to meditators. While talking with friends during this glorious time of Spiritual Renewal Week at Ananda Village, I heard powerful stories of timelessness before meditation was even a part of their lives.
Our dear friend Bhagavati told us of an experience she had late at night while working at the Cliff House in San Francisco. Last one there, waiting for her ride home, she stood gazing quietly at the ocean from the restaurant window. It was a full moon and the light shone strongly across the water making a direct line from the moon to her. Awestruck by the intense beauty of the moment, she felt as if she slipped into the ripples and lost all sense of time. She often wished she could recreate that experience, not realizing at the time that it was an experience of the Divine.
In our current age of Dwapara, which is the age of energy, we see the destruction of the delusion of space. Can you imagine that it has only been about 50 years since traveling by airplane became popular? Before that, if you wanted to visit someone on the other side of the world, what did you do? You spent months in a boat. Now we hear of innovations in transportation that will allow us to travel to the opposite side of the planet in 45 minutes! And without having to move from the couch where I’m typing this blog, I could see and talk to friends from around the world – on Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, etc. – in an instant. The delusion of space is already being annihilated and we are only 318 years into ascending Dwapara Yuga, which is a total of 2,400 years!
In the next age of Treta, literally, the third age, comes the destruction of the delusion of time. Think of how time dictates our current lives. When we get up, go to work, eat, sleep, feed the dog, put the baby down for a nap – everything we do and how long we do it is governed by time. But time is not absolute. Someone floating in space would have a different experience of time than we do on Earth. Why does this matter? Because we don’t have to be in a higher age to experience a higher age. We can live in timelessness now. Enjoy the pauses in life. Don’t go mindlessly from one task to the next. Pause and be and tap into infinity – the timelessness of the Eternal Now.
“Leave home in the sunshine:
Dance through a meadow –
Or sit by a stream and just be.
The lilt of the water
Will gather your worries
And carry them down to the sea.”
–from Swami Kriyananda’s song, “There’s Joy in the Heavens.”