Sri Sri Ravi Shankar:
Ya, ya! Time and mind are connected.You should know this. Time and mind are synonymous. There are eight substances:Vaisheshika, Kanada…all these people have said, ‘Desha, Kala,
Manah.’ Desha is space, Kala is time and, Manah - the mind.They are all tatvas, principles. And all these principles are connected. Deshaand kala are connected. Space and time are connected. One day on this planetEarth is already many days on another…in the moon. In moon, it is different.So, if you are on Jupiter, one human year is only one month. In Jupiter if youhave to experience one year, that is 12 years of earthly time.
Jupiter takes 12 years to go around the sun. Similarly ifyou are on the planet Saturn, 30 years is one year!
Similarly, pitras, people who have died, our human one yearis one day for them. So our six months is only one night and six months is oneday. So, for a soul which has departed our whole year is one day. There aredifferent times and different space in different dimensions. So, time and spaceare connected. It’s called the time-space curve. The same with the thirddimension that is mind! The mindless, transcendental consciousness is calledMahakala, the Shiva, the fourth state of consciousness.
It’s called Mahakala, means great time, and the no-mind. Theno mind is great time.
So, morning from 4.30 to 6.30, just before sunrise, beforedawn, it’s called the most creative time.
Brahma muhurta! And then, every two hours it’s called alagna; which means, one unit of time. And this unit of time corresponds to thestate of mind. And again this is connected with the moon’s position, the sun’sposition. There are so many aspects! Ten different aspects influence the mind.So, not only the time or hour of the day affects the mind, also the quality ofthe days affects the mind. Every two and a half days, the mind changes! Themood of the mind! So, if you are upset, it can continue for two and a half daysat maximum; it doesn’t have to be two and a half day. It rises to a peak anddrops. But after two and a half days, you cannot have the same emotion with thesame intensity.
Impossible! It changes. Switches! It is a great, great science,how mind, mood and time are connected.
Jyotish shastra has a lot of insight into this. Youknow the astrologers, usually, all these weekly column astrologers say, ‘Oh,good for relationships, good for making money, this and that!’ They write thosethings (laughs!). They generalize those things, ‘If you are born on this timethen this is good for you and you do this.’ Of course, it’s too generic andit’s just a money-making thing that they do. But it is not hoax; there is aniota of truth in it. The underlying base has truth. The principle that the mindand time are connected is correct.
Mind means moods, thoughts, opinions, ideas, all thesethings that we collect. And, no mind is meditation
. Dawn and dusk areconsidered very good for mediation. So,whenever you meditate, or whenever the bad time is there, you meditate. Whenyou meditate you go off the influence of the mind and go into the self.
Theself is Shiva tatva. Shiva tatva means, always benevolent, caring, loving,uplifing. That consciousness deep within you which is caring, loving,uplifting and benevolent, will nullify the negative influences of the mind andthe time.
So, in India it is a very common belief, whenever there isbad time just say, Om Namah Shivaye, and it’s gone. All that bad time isgone. ‘Manah’, when read from the other side, it becomes Namah.Manah is when consciousness goes outside in the world, and Namah iswhen the consciousness goes inward. Shivaye, towards the Shivaprinciple, the fourth state of consciousness, the subtlest aspect of theexistence, the Shiva tatva! So, Namah, when the mind goes towards the basicsubstratum of creation, then it can change all that into more benevolentexperience.