Author Topic: Ramana Maharshi Says There Is Neither Past Nor Future Beyond Experience  (Read 1738 times)


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3rd September, 1948

Three Anglo-Indian lady-doctors came from Bangalore. One of them had recently lost her husband in an air crash. She asked Sri Bhagavan:

Lady. Is there rebirth?

Bh. Do you know what birth is?

L. O yes, I know that I exist now, but I want to know if I’ll exist in the future.

Bh. Past!.... Present!.... Future!....

L. Yes, today is the result of yesterday, the Past, and tomorrow, the Future, will be the result of today, the Present. Am I right?

Bh.There is neither Past nor Future. There is only the Present.Yesterday was the present to you when you experienced it, and tomorrow will be also the present when you will experience it. Therefore experience takes place only in the present, and beyond experience nothing exists.

L. Are then Past and Future mere imagination?

Bh. Yes, even the Present is mere imagination, for the sense of time is purely mental. Space is similarly mental;therefore birth and rebirth, which take place in time and space cannot be other than imagination.



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Dear prasanth,

For a realized Jnani, who has killed his ego, there is no past and
future.  There is only eternal present, beyond time and space.

Saint Manikkavachagar sings in Tiruvachakam:

"I do not know the 'I' and the 'mine'.  I do not know how the day
becomes the night.  I have conquered my mind, O Siva, you have
made me appear mad before others.  O my Master, who rides on
an angry bull, Lord of Tiruperundurai, You ever reside in my Heart!"

Arunachala Siva.