Chapter 6: Consciousness: Living in the Vertical Dimension
This seems more natural. Every movement is circular - it may be of an atomic particle or it may be of a great star. Everything moves in a circle; there is no movement that is linear. Einstein talks of a limitless circular space. Even space is circular. Not only are things circular, but even nothingness - the vacuum itself - is circular, even the movement of a vacuum is circular. In fact, that which is not circular cannot move. Movement is circular.
The whole of nature moves in a circle. Summer follows again in the same course; each season comes and goes and is followed in repetitive progress. Time cannot be different. Time is nothing but a medium of movement. If things are static, we will not feel time. We feel time, we become aware of it, only because things are moving. If we could be totally here for one hour, without any movement, we would not feel the passage of time. If you were always to remain the same age - if nothing moved, if everything remained static - then even eternity could not be felt.
You become aware of time because of movement. We cannot conceive of movement without time. Time means a sequence between moving events: something is followed by something else. This passage occurs in time. Since everything is moving in a circle, the passage of time cannot be noncircular.
History is an awareness of time: its events and their position in a particular framework - the framework of linear movement. People in the East became aware of linear time and of history only when the East came in contact with the West. Then the East felt that it was lacking something: “We have no history at all; we cannot create any history. Anyone can say that Buddha is mythological and we cannot prove that he is not. Anyone can say that Ram is just a story, a myth We cannot say that he is not because we have not maintained any record of when he lived. Where is the proof? We were not aware that any proof is needed.” We became aware of it only when we came in contact with the West. We came to know that they have everything recorded, they have exact proofs. Only then, India began to write its history.
But still, a historic sense is not there. It cannot be, because with a circular time concept, history cannot exist. With an infinite opening toward the future, with an infinite possibility of repetition, a historic sense cannot exist. With the concept that death is just temporary - just a phase and not the end - history cannot exist. History can exist only with the concept of absolute death.
Then, each moment becomes significant. You have to live it otherwise it will be lost. Tension follows; you become tense. How to live each moment so that it may not be lost? How to live it so that it may be lived to its fullest extent? You cannot be relaxed.
The West can never be relaxed unless its time concept changes. Unless death is just a passage for rebirth, unless each moment is a repetition, an infinite repetition, you cannot be relaxed. How can you be relaxed when a moment is going, passing, and it will not come back? And the paradox is that the more obsessed you become with time, the more tense you become and the less you can live each moment.