Living in the Present

Philosophy

While we all have a past and we all might have a future, we can only live in the present. What is done in the past cannot be undone and what will happen in the future can only be prophesied. There cannot be an action in the past, neither can there be an action in the future. The action can only be in the now, in the present. Inaction in the present cannot bear a bright future tomorrow. Action in present alone can bring a change in life you desire. Repentance and dreaming are of no consequence. Wakeup! Stop repenting, stop dreaming, stop thinking about the past or the future, your time is now. Live now!

Let me narrate to you a story of my good friend named Mr. Future Past Tense, the story will help you understand what living in the present means. I know Mr. Future Past Tense like I know myself. When Mr. Future Past Tense was young, he had high ambitions for his future. He dreamt every day of a new future and planned every day a new plan to achieve that future. Every day he went to sleep deciding he would act on his wonderful plan the next day. Come next day, he would be too lazy to start acting on the plan, so, he sat and dreamt of a new better future and a new better plan. Days passed and turned into months and months into years and one day Mr. Future Tense realized he wasted a lot of years dreaming and planning for his future when he could have lived and enjoyed his life. He felt sad and started repenting for time he wasted. He woke up every day not wanting to get out of the bed. Every day he would sit and regret for the time he wasted living in the future. Days turned into months and months into year and one day Mr. Future Past Tense realized he wasted years repenting the dream he did not live. Then at that moment he had an epiphany, living in the future or dwelling in the past cannot bear fruit to a bright future. This knowledge bought a profound change in the life of Mr. Future Past Tense; he started living in the present. He planned for future, but did not live in the future, he learnt from his experiences but let go of his past.

Does the story of Mr. Future Past Tense sound very familiar? If we look at our own lives we will find many instances when we have wasted valuable time in over-planning our futures or in regretting our past actions, in useless worry or in evitable agonizing suffering, in an fantasized fear or in unjustified anxiety, in needless sleep or in an insubstantial day dream, in an egoistic argument or in judging others. The time spent in these unconstructive endeavors can never produce a bright future. So wakeup, be mindful of what you are thinking and be conscious of what you are doing; this is living in the present. Living in the present is experiencing the splendor in every moment like the one you experienced seeing a gorgeous sunset. Living in present is experiencing the freshness in every moment like the one you see in a baby’s eyes. Living in present is living in compassion and living in tranquility.

True Nature Of Self

Philosophy

asato ma sadgamaya
tamaso ma jyotirgamaya
mrtyorma amrtam gamaya

Lead me from the ignorance to truth.
Lead me from
darkness to light.
Lead me from
death to immortality.

In Hindu philosophies (and also Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and many other ), the self is regarded as immutable, unborn, un-manifest and non-discriminatory. Hence, the true nature of self never changes. In death and rebirth, the body changes, the self remains unchanged. The ignorance mentioned above is the ignorance about the true nature of self. All the suffering arises from this ignorance. Hence, one should know his/her true nature to attain a state of eternal bliss. Self is not to be understood but to be known and experienced. This can only be achieved through meditation. When one meditates, he gradually loses awareness of the world outside and then his body. Once one has lost awareness of his body he is in his mind. But mind is not self, mind is a bundle of thoughts, perceptions and suggestions. Slowly in meditation as one rejects thoughts and keeps focus on what he is meditating, the thoughts disappear and then one is in ‘alone’. In this state one realizes the true nature of self.