by Mark Ulyseas
In Gethsemane: Transcripts of a Journey www.amazon.co.in
The soothsayers of doom regurgitate ancient prophesies to remind us that we are witnessing the end times. But is this true? End times have come and gone with civilisations dying and others being born with a regularity like the seasons. There is a growing acceptance and even rejoicing, in some quarters, of the impending doom. The expectation of everlasting life, of hanging out in heaven plucking fruits from trees and fornicating in the celestial streams of thought.
It is this expectation that keeps many of us shackled to a truth that no one can prove or disapprove but only time can reveal. But as we don’t live in time, unlike the trees, the truth will always elude us. And so the debate between believers and non-believers continues to rage while we live our sordid little lives obsessed with living as comfortable as possible amidst the crumbling edifice of a planet which we have vandalised, killing millions of its inhabitants and decimating vast stretches of its environs. We have fine-tuned the art of murder and embedded a pathological hatred in our children through our own versions of history replete with details of dismemberment of countries and peoples.
Around 600 BCE Lord Buddha arrived followed closely by Lord Mahavira and later by Lord Jesus Christ. All three spoke of love, charity, forgiveness, living in harmony with all, respecting all life and so on. Apparently these messengers from the Universe have made only a dent in our consciousness. We continue to interpret truth subjectively and hence remain isolated in our endeavour towards enlightenment while busily slaughtering each other under one banner or another of self-deceit.
But where does Time fit in, in this macabre shadow dance of life and death? Some say that Time is the presence of mind in eternity. If this is true then it could be assumed that this presence of mind encompasses everything…the planets, stars and stardust…and us. But we have been deliberately shackled to limited time so that we will never know the Truth for this Truth will set us free in time.
Only the trees know the Truth for they live perpetually in Time, the time of the presence of mind.
And they speak to us.
But no one is listening for we are too busy cutting them down.
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om
April 18, 2015