Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Time So Precious

Toronto, Ontario

Sometimes community takes priority over my need to walk. Walk I did but within temple walls a slow pace back and forth during morning sadhana. What gobbled up my time – time which is precious for everyone?

Positioning of paintings on a wall, rehearsing with volunteer actors, preparing for an appreciation dinner and engaging in some counseling, some emcee work – all of the above ate up valuable time. When I read from the Vedic writings on what sages had to say about the usage of years, months, days, hours, seconds, the general message is “Don’t waste it!”

Do we often see the time factor as something that is disposed? How expert we are at discharging commodities of all types, the endless supply of made-in-China ware! Can time be put in the same category? You can’t put it in a bin and hope it is compostible.

Chanakya Pandit, and advisor to King Chandragupta from India said, “You can’t buy back time with any gold coins.” And you’ve heard this one: “Time and tide wait for no man.”

See how delicate a second or a moment is! We just need to make the best use of a bad bargain. Time kills us all. In this regard it might be considered ‘bad’. But it all depends on how you see it. If it is used progressively, with thoughtfulness behind it then it works in our favour. If used in a squandering fashion then it becomes our foe.

We simply need to take a glance at that hour glass and see what we are doing as the sand drops. Are we spending time wisely? Is there a spiritual component to our life?


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