Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Why Celebrate 'NEW YEARS' & Break up Flow of Time? SPACE & TIME Concepts are Illusions Caused by our Physical Senses; One Moment Exists & Gone Forever

Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, marks similar associations and does not fall on the same day every year in the Gregorian calendar. But it symbolises still what it has always symbolised for centuries: that the PRESENT is connected with the PAST; that our Families today are continuous with our Ancestors; that the Human world can be renewed, like the Natural world, every Spring.

In this physical existence we are learning how to handle the inexhaustible energy that is available to all of us. Some of our feelings and thoughts are translated into OBJECTS in a medium we call SPACE. Others are translated into EVENTS in a medium you call TIME. Space and time concepts (exist in physical realm) are illusions. They exist only in the physical realm. Time as you experience it is an illusion caused by our own physical senses and so it seems to us that one moment exists and is gone forever. Albert Einstein had also stated: “For those of us who believe in physics this separation between past, present and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one” More details of

"A Einstein & Fabric of TimeH E R E

Stephen Hawking Time has No Boundary Proposal H E R E

and THE ILLUSION OF TIME - The distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion, however persistent, H E R E

There seems to be a gross misconception & understanding of Past, Present & Future. Your idea of space and time is determined by your neurological structure. The camouflage is so craftily executed and created by the inner self that you must, by necessity, focus your attention on your present physical reality.

Try to understand, everything in the universe exists at ONE TIME - simultaneously. The past is seldom what you remember it to be, for you have already rearranged it from the instant of any given event. The past is being constantly recreated by each individual as attitudes and associations change. This is an actual recreation, not a symbolic one. The child is indeed still within the man, but he is not the child that 'was', for even the child within the man constantly changes. Therefore every action in your present affects actions you call past.

It is possible to react in the past to an event that has not occurred, and to be influenced by your own future. It is also possible for an individual to react in the past to an event in the future, which in your terms, may never occur. No event is predestined. Any given event can be changed not only before and during but after its occurrenc. The individual is hardly at the mercy of past events, for he changes them constantly. He is hardly at the mercy of future events, for he changes these not only before but after their happening.

Individual’s future actions are not dependent upon a concrete finished past, for such a past never existed. The past is as real as the future, no more or less. However, there is a part of you that is NOT locked within physical reality, and that part of you knows that there is only an Eternal Now. The part of you that knows is the whole self, your inner and outer ego (all that you are).
Your time -- past, present, and future -- would be experienced entirely as present to many of these personalities. However, your past, present, and future would be experienced entirely as past to still other personality structures. Imagine past, present, and future then as a single line delineation of experience in your terms; the line, however, continuing indefinitely. And other personality structures from other dimensions could then, theoretically, observe it from the infinity of viewpoints. However, there is much more than this. The single line [representing physical experience] is really the surface thread along which you seem to travel. It is all the thread that you perceive, so when you envision other dimensions you are forced to think in terms of observers far above the thread, looking down upon it from any given viewpoint.

In actuality, following the image through, and strictly as analogy, there were also be an infinite number of threads both above and below your own, a part of one inconceivably miraculous webwork. Yet, each thread would not be one dimensional but many dimensions, and conceivably, if you knew how, there would be ways of leapfrogging from one thread to the other. You would not be forced to follow any particular thread in a single line fashion.

Now, there are personalities developed enough to do this. Each act of leaping, so to speak, forms a new thread. Following through with our analogy, imagine yourself as Self A. We will start you off in physical reality on Thread A, though you have already traversed many other threads to get to where you are.

Without shortcuts or even average progression, any such Self A would travel Thread A along the narrow line toward infinity. At some point, however, Thread A would turn into Thread B. In the same manner, Thread B would turn into Thread C and so forth. At some inconceivable point, all of the threads would be traversed. Now on Thread A, Self A would not be aware, in his present, of the "future" selves on the other threads. Only by meeting one of these other selves can he become aware of the nature of the strange structure through which he is traveling.

There is, however, a self, who has already traveled these routes, of whom the other selves are but part. The self, in dreams and disassociated conditions, communicates with the various "ascending" selves. As a self grows in value fulfillment, he can become aware of these travelers on the other threads, who would seem to him to be future selves.

All this sounds complicated, but only because we must deal with words. Intuitively you will be able to understand it. In the "meantime," the overall self is forming new threads of activity, you see. The framework it leaves "behind" can be used by others.
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Why celebrate the New Year?

By Janadas Devan, ON WORDS; Feb 18, 2007 The Straits Times

THIS is not a column about words as such, but of how we order time. Why do we celebrate 'New Years'? Why do we break up the ceaseless flow of time into predictable recurrent units - days, weeks, months, years, decades, centuries, millennia, birthdays, anniversaries, festivals and so on? Some of these recurrent units are founded, more or less, on natural cycles: A day, of course, is the time it takes the earth to rotate on its axis; a month records the moon's revolution around the earth; and a year, the earth's revolution around the sun. Lining up these natural cycles with man-made calendars, however, has never been an easy matter. The earth, for instance, does not take exactly 365 days to revolve around the sun, but 365.242199 days, or about 11 minutes short of exactly 365.25 days. And the moon does not take 30 or 31 days to revolve

around the earth, but 29.53059 days. When Julius Caesar devised his calendar in 48BC - the month July commemorates his role - he assumed for convenience that the solar year

consisted of precisely 365.25 days, and not 365.242199 days. So adding an extra day to February every four years, Caesar thought, would suffice to bring the calendar into line with the solar year. But unfortunately, this procedure ended up adding about 11 minutes to the hours, and the hours into days, and the Western world found itself with a surplus of about 10 days by 1582. Enter Pope Gregory XIII. How do you ensure March 21 corresponds to the actual vernal equinox? That was not just a diary problem. A calendar year off by 10 days from the true solar year had serious consequences for planting and harvesting. Solution: Gregory, advised by the mathematician Christopher Clavius, decided to drop the unwanted 10 days, make them disappear altogether.
So by papal bull, Oct 5 through Oct 14, 1582 went out the window, they never existed. Oct 4, 1582 was followed by Oct 15, and as a result, March 21 1583 corresponded more or less with the actual vernal equinox. In addition, by dropping a leap year every hundred years, except at century boundaries divisible by 400 (like 1600 and 2000), the Gregorian calendar has been kept more or less in sync with solar time over the long haul. Protestant England kept the Julian calendar for another two centuries, adopting the dreaded Catholic Gregorian reforms only in 1752, when the British Parliament decided to erase 11 days (Sept 3-13).

The Gregorian calendar is now almost universally accepted, governing our birthdays, anniversaries and festivals. A subtraction here, a disappearance there, a sly addition elsewhere - and we are tricked into assuming our days, months, years, decades and centuries somehow correspond to a precise cosmic clock in the sky. It is an illusion, of course, as Stephen Jay Gould, recalling all this history, noted in his delightfully informative book, Questioning The Millennium. The truth is nature is not mathematically tidy: the solar year consists inconveniently of 365.242199 days, not 365; the lunar cycle takes 29.53059 days, not 30. Imagine how neat it would be if the earth took precisely 360 days to revolve around the sun, and the moon took precisely 30 days to circle the earth. We would then have years divisible into 12 equal months of 30 days each, and the solar calendar would be perfectly coordinated with the lunar calendar.

But alas, God is not Pythagoras, as Gould noted - or a cookie-cutter pattern maker, for that matter. He loves fractions, he adores decimals and he delights in confounding us. But he, if he exists, also gave us imagination. Undeterred, we have gone on to impose numerous other levels of order on time. Days, months and years are at least related to natural cycles. Every other punctual marker of time - weeks, decades, centuries and millennia – is purely arbitrary. Why should a week have seven days and not three, four or 5.5? Why should there be decades, centuries and millennia? What is so special about the

mathematical base of 10 that decades, centuries and millennia should acquire such extraordinary mystical force? Some cultures have done quite well with mathematical bases of other than 10. The Mayans, for instance, had an intricate system based on 20. One can conceive of systems based on six, eight, 12 or whatever. But we have settled on 10, so multiples of 10 seem inordinately significant to us. The 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s, we say, as though 1969 could not have bled into just celebrated the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, we look forward to the 50th anniversary of Singapore's independence, we wreathe the 'golden anniversaries' of marriages with sentimental haloes. We distinguish the 19th century from the 20th, and the 20th from the 21st, convinced they mark utterly different epochs. And millennia, of course, in the Christian tradition, have been long invested with apocalyptic significance. The human mind, as Gould noted, has a need for meaning - to keep at bay 'our suspicion that the cosmos may feature (in our terms) neither sense nor direction, while we humans may inhabit this planet for no special reason and with no goal ordained by nature'.

So we break up time into uniform segments; we classify and we mark; we order so as to sustain the 'hope that what we have built through struggle might persist and even augment - in short, to have some sense of continuity.' Thus, we have anniversaries, birthdays, 'New Years'; thus, we sustain the human world. And what lengths will we not go to do so? Take, for instance, Christmas. Why is it celebrated on Dec 25, around the time of the winter solstice? Because the pagan Roman festival of Sol Invictus ('the undefeated sun') ran from Dec 22 to Dec 25. The church adopted the day as the birthday of Christ in the fourth century in part because Christ himself was associated with the sun - his resurrection, for instance, was thought to have occurred on the day of the sun, and Sunday became the Christian Sabbath; and in part because the early hristian

emperors had slyly balanced pagan rituals with Christian ones to keep the peace between the contending religions. Christ, Sol Invictus, resurrection, sun, Sunday - the associations served to pattern the human world on an order that seemed at once spiritual and

natural, and lent it a dignity and meaning it would not otherwise have had. Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, marks similar associations. Because the Chinese calendar combines lunar movements with the solar year, with an extra month added once every few years to bring the lunar calendar into sync with the solar calendar, the Spring Festival does not fall on the same day every year in the Gregorian calendar.

But it symbolises still what it has always symbolised for centuries: That the present is connected with the past; that our families today are continuous with our ancestors; that the human world can be renewed, like the natural world, every spring.

Happy New Year.

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China ushers in year of the pig . news.BBC

Saturday, 17 February 2007, 18:31 GMT

People across China are celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year - China's most important festival which is seen as particularly auspicious this year. The year of the pig is supposed to bring good luck and prosperity. But this time it is a golden pig year, which happens once in six decades. Vast numbers have been on the move to be with their family for celebrations. Carnival dragons have been on parade and fireworks have been lighting up the night sky in Beijing and elsewhere. State TV broadcast images of President Hu Jintao visiting a Chinese family to wish them well.

Big shut-down

The whole country of China has been getting ready to celebrate.


- The pig is the last of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac

- Pigs symbolise good luck, but also turbulence

- 2007 is the year of the fire (golden) pig

- Babies born in Golden Pig years are believed to be particularly lucky

There are red lanterns hanging in the parks, dragon dance performances and traditional fairs at some of the country's biggest temples. More than 150,000 million people have travelled, using whatever means of transport they can to get to their home town and join in family celebrations. Direct flights are also allowed between China and Taiwan for New Year. Increased affluence and a greater number of migrant workers has added to the strain on China's transport system.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a post so good that I have bookmarked it. Thanks!

3:09 PM  
Anonymous azmeen said...

I celebrate it because it's the "time" when my company pays out annual bonuses.

Time and space may be illusions, but the bucks are very, very real, my friend :)

7:38 AM  

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