Time, atoms by Swami, Vedas,
From ancient time to today the humanity has searched the
answer: what is time? On the view of Cosmic Consciousness every
minute, second, day is always new. In the stream of the time it
is Atma, which is ever remains the same. The time is as a link
to measure lives, deaths, events, aspirations... The timeless
Atma is as a dumb dispassionate witness of Divine Cosmic play,
characterised by time, space, atoms, whatsoever expressions of
life and energy vibrations.
"The Cosmos is controlled by God;
God is subject to Truth
That Truth is subject to the authority of
sacred and noble beings."
(Sri Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. The Divine Discourse: "Transform
Yourselves and Transform the World." 01. January 1998,
From times of the deep past the humanity measures time.
Various methods based on the motion cycles of planets, moon, sun
as though comparing to their movement with humans lives which
are parts of the Uniform circulation of fields of Nature on
the arena of Creature.
Modern science does not exactly know what time is. In fact,
one of the hottest themes in theoretical physics is whether time
itself is illusory. This standpoint is so near to the Vedic
wisdom and Swami's Teaching). There are many hypotheses about
time. The last of them is that time consists in atoms. (Lee
Smolin. Atoms of Space and Time Scientific American.com. Jan
2004). From ancient times some philosophers and scientists had
supposed that if matter were broken up into small enough bits,
it might turn out to be made up of very tiny atoms. The
granularity is the characterisation of whatsoever matter.
In recent decades, physicists and mathematicians have asked
if space is also made of discrete pieces? Is it continuous, as
we learn in school, or is it more like a piece of cloth, woven
out of individual fibres? If we could probe to size scales that
were small enough, would we see "atoms" of space, irreducible
pieces of volume that cannot be broken into anything smaller?
And what about time: Does nature change continuously, or does
the world evolve in series of very tiny steps, acting more like
a digital computer?
Not finding the clear answer what is time and space through
many scientific theories science at last reached to the atoms of
Here is significant to remember Swami's explanation, done
earlier than scientists have reached to their hypothesis.
"Today scientists are propagating various theories to the
world. Spiritualists are also propagating about divinity in
various ways. However, the mankind is not able to understand
what the scientists and the spiritualists are saying. Ultimately,
we can conclude that the world is made up of molecules and atoms.
There can be no world without the atoms. ...The universe is a
combination of atoms. The Vedantins (Vedic scholars) say:
Anoraneeyan Mahato Maheeyan (Brahman is subtler than the
subtlest and vaster than the vastest). It is because of the
coming together of the atoms that we find the five elements,
human beings, various objects and activities in this world. The
atoms are all pervasive. The world is composed of atoms and
nothing else. Brahman does not have a specific form. Brahman is
subtler than the subtlest, vaster than the vastest. He is the
eternal witness and pervades the entire universe in the form of
atoms." (Excerpts from: Sri Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. The Divine
Discourse: "Atom - The Subtlest Form Of Divinity" 23 October
2001, Prasanthi Nilayam).
(Certainly these atoms are not the same that chemical
elements by Mendeleyev have. They are the subtlest particles as
carriers of energy, vibrations).
American physicist John F. Wheeler explains that matter (atoms)
is like 'Quantum foam'. It likely floats as quanta (vibration)
of energy on the surface of an underlying ocean of the cosmic
energy (Atma, Brahman) from which all the five kinds of energies*
have been born. (*five elements by Vedas and Swami). On this
primordial level it is impossible to differentiate among light,
matter, space and time. By my views such is core of Atmic
reality through the expressions of modern science.
It seems that essence of time and space is hidden in
spiritual awareness what brings a human being closer to Atmic
Below is a tiny collection of Swami's quotations about
"All things happen according to the dictates of Time;
Both good and bad depend on Time;
Prosperity and poverty likewise depend on Time;
Time is the determinant of all things,
There is none who is not subject to Time
In this entire world; that's the Truth."
(Sri Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. SSS. Vol. 24. Chapter 1).
"What you think exists, is not real.
What you think does not exist, is the Reality.
God is the only Reality
And there is nothing in the world
Which is not pervaded by God..." (Sri Bhagawan Sathya Sai
Baba. SSS. Vol. 24. Chapter 12).
"Of all the gifts of God, Time and Love are the most
precious. Man has to make proper use of time in order to
experience Divine love. But today everyone, be it a student or a
householder or an ascetic, is wasting three-fourths of his time
in worldly pursuits. Then how can he expect to have noble
thoughts!" (Sri Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. The Divine Discourse:
"Glory of Womanhood." 25 Dec. 1999, Prashanti Nilayam).
"All things in the Cosmos, moving and unmoving, are
permeated by God. Hence. God is characterised as Kaalagarbha
(the One who holds Time in the womb)....
The word Kaalam (Time) is derived from Kaa+alam. This means
that God, embodiment of Time, is the One who rewards people
according to their deserts. God does not submit to worldly
offerings, worldly authority or worldly power. He responds only
to spiritual aspirations." (Sri Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. SSS.
Vol. 24. Chapter 1).
Veda describes Kaalam:
AV XIX, 54
1. From Time came into being the Waters,
from Time the Holy Word, Energy, and the regions.
By Time [each day] the Sun arises,
in Time he goes to rest again.
2. By Time blows the cleansing Wind,
through Time the vast Earth has her being.
The great Heaven has his post in Time.
3. Their son Time long ago engendered
the things that were and that shall be.
From Time came Scripture into being
and formulas for Sacrifice.
4. By Time was Sacrifice inaugurated,
inexhaustible oblation to the Gods.
In Time live the spirits ant the nymphs.
Upon Time all the worlds repose.
5. In Time are set this Angiras
and Atharvan who came from Heaven,
both this world and the world above,
all holy worlds and holy interspaces.
6. Having conquered the worlds by Holy Word,
Time, the God supreme, goes on.
Swami characterises the Vedas:
"The Veda is the Mother of all the Sastras. The Veda
emanated from God Himself as inhalation and exhalation. The
great sages, who were the embodiments of the treasure gained by
long ascetic practices, received Veda as a series of sounds and
spread it over the world by word of mouth from preceptor to
pupil." (Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Sathya Sai Vahini.
Jugas are as pinpointers of time by Swami and Vedas for
humans. Characteristics of jugas by Swami are following.
"You have heard about four aeons called KritaYuga, Treta
Yuga, Dwarapa Yuga and Kali Yuga. These are not distinct from
each other.... According to the conduct of the people at the
time, the name is given for the Yuga... Hence one of the names
bestowed on God is Yugadi (One from whom the Yuga begins)." (Sri
Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. SSS. Vol. 24. Chapter 1).
"In giving the duration of the different yugas and
estimating the life of Brahma (the Creator) in terms of the
yugas, the scriptures have given the life-span of Brahma as
extending over many crores of years.... The scriptures have
described Brahma as Anaadi (without beginning).... God has been
envisaged as the embodiment of Time. He is the source of Yugas.
He persides over Time. He is the Time-Spirit and the Kaalagarbha
(container of Time). Time is the devourer of the physical. The
Lord is the devourer of Time itself. When there is faith in God,
man transcends the physical." (Sri Bhagawan Sathya Sai Baba. SSS.
Vol. 24. Chapter 4).
Poetical Vedic hymn to time what proceeds all jugas.
AV XIX, 53
1. Time drives like a horse with seven reins,
a thousand-eyed unaging Stallion.
Him the inspired poets mount.
All beings are his chariot wheels.
2. Time draws this chariot with seven wheels.
Seven are the hubs; its axle is nondeath.
At the head of all beings Time proceeds
unceasingly, the first among the Gods.
3. Above Time is set a brimful vessel.
Simultaneously we see Time here, there, everywhere.
Set face to face with all existences,
Time is throned, men say, in the loftiest realm.
4. Time has gathered together all beings that are;
he has passed through all the gathered beings.
He who was father has become their son.
There is no glory higher than his.
5. Time generated the Sky above
and this vast Earth. The passing moments
present and future, by him set swinging,
are reckoned out in due proportions.
6. Time brought forth fate-filled chance.
In Time the Sun shines and burns.
In Time the eye spies from afar.
In Time all existences are.
7. In Time is consciousness and life,
In Time is concentrated name
By Time, when he draws close at hand,
all creatures are with gladness filled.
8. In Time is energy, in Time the highest good.
In Time is the Holy Utterance.
Time is the Lord of all that is,
the Father, he, of the Creator.
9. Sent forth by him, from him all this
was born . On him is it established.
So soon as he has become Brahman,
Time supports the highest Deity.
10. Time created the creatures.
Time created in the beginning the Lord of creatures.
From Time comes the Self-Existent.
Energy likewise from Time derives.
Poetically by Reet time for human being is as a Divine black
box, what gathers together all existed and existing humans'
and cosmic activities, actions, experiences as a basis for the
next cycle of Creation... continuation of the Divine Play. To
look into the box and to enjoy the Cosmic Truth through Beauty
of Harmony and Order (for human senses as Love, Peace in mind)
is possible through glasses of Divine Love alias through Swami's
Teaching, His Message to humanity.
Namaste - Reet