Chapter 7: Techniques to Put You at Ease
Love is always here; there is no future to it. That is why love is so near to meditation. That is why death is also so near to meditation - because death is also always here and now, it can never happen in the future. Can you die in the future? You can die only in the present. No one has ever died in the future. How can you die in the future? Or how can you die in the past? The past has gone, it is no more, so you cannot die in it. The future has not yet come, so how can you die in it?
Death always occurs in the present. Death, love, meditation - they all occur in the present. So if you are afraid of death, you cannot love. If you are afraid of love, you cannot meditate. If you are afraid of meditation, your life will be useless. Useless not in the sense of any purpose, but useless in the sense that you will never be able to feel any bliss in it. It will be futile.
It may seem strange to connect these three: love, meditation, death. It is not! They are similar experiences. So if you can enter in one, you can enter in the remaining two.
Shiva starts with love. He says,
While being caressed, sweet princess, enter the caressing as everlasting life.
What does it mean? Many things! One: while you are being loved the past has ceased, the future is not. You move in the dimension of the present. You move in the now. Have you ever loved someone? If you have ever loved, then you know that the mind is no longer there.
That is why the so-called wise men say that lovers are blind, mindless, mad. In essence what they say is right. Lovers are blind because they have no eyes for the future, to calculate what they are going to do. They are blind; they cannot see the past. What has happened to lovers? They just move here and now without any consideration of past or future, without any consideration of consequences. That is why they are called blind. They are! They are blind for those who are calculating, and they are seers for those who are not calculating. Those who are not calculating will see love as the real eye, the real vision.
So the first thing: in the moment of love, past and future are no more. Then, one delicate point is to be understood. When there is no past and no future, can you call this moment the present? It is the present only between the two - between the past and the future. It is relative. If there is no past and no future, what does it mean to call it the present? It is meaningless. That is why Shiva doesn’t use the word present. He says, everlasting life. He means eternity. enter eternity.
We divide time into three parts - past, present, future. That division is false, absolutely false. Time is really past and future. The present is not part of time. The present is part of eternity. That which has passed is time; that which is to come is time. That which is, is not time because it never passes - it is always here. The now is always here. It is always here! This now is eternal.