Time is holographic, a moment contains all times, and all possible outcomes.
3/29/2020 8:25 a.m. Sunday
Gray morning. Cold, only barely above freezing. First day of daylight savings time, so it is actually only 7:25. Still, sitting outside, bundled up, listening to the birds singing their songs, sipping my coffee. Life is good.
So, dear Club, I call on thee, are you here?
The Club: We are here.
What should we talk about?
Continue on from yesterday?
What else is there to say? I did and am sending my love to those who need it.
No, not that, but your reading last night.
Ah, Hua-Yen Buddhism, the temporal whole, how the beginning holds in it the end, and vice versa. Yes, very interesting.
Isn’t time one of your favorite topics?
Time, the riddle of time, yes!
So state what you read.
Hua-Yen states that a Bodhisattva has to go through (something like) 50 stages, the final being Buddhahood, which is forever deferred.
As soon as he/she achieves the first stage, the other 49 or so are all already achieved in this as well. However, he/she still has to through and do the other 49 as otherwise, if left undone, then the first stage was really never a first stage at all.
So the first stage, the beginning, holds in it all the others in complete form and fulfillment, even though they are in the future.
Right. It is similar to the example of the ten coins: The first can only be the first in relationship to the others, and so on.
In that example, it is a spatial relationship, as all 10 are here in this moment.
In the above example of the Bodhisattva, it is a temporal relationship, as the stages are separated in time.
So in 10 coins, you have identity and particularity being the same.
In the Bodhisattva example, you have simultaneity and sequence being the same.
Wholeness does extend both in spatial and in temporal “existence.”
Or, as you had before, time is holographic. The part contains the whole, and the moment contains all time.
Now, the thing that I wondered about, and still do, is how this extends to variant life, timestreams, and many-words or many-minds.
Well, the moment contains ALL possible futures and pasts.
Remember that time is also only local, there is no universal now [special relativity]. So in this moment, ALL outcomes at a given level are contained, in all their myriad variety.
Remember, too, that these outcomes are not in a way created, but chosen, as you or some other level, traverse the possible state-space, call it that for lack of better word.
So to say the only constant is change is not quite right. The only constant is perceived change, by the experiencing part of consciousness.
That is the immutable: the totality is already there in all its splendor, it does not change, it is immutable.
The mutable (changeable) is the experiencer, the experiencing part of total consciousness traversing this.
But that this is also what is immutable: the experiencing consciousness experiencing and perceiving change.
Thus, the immutable is the mutable. The unchangeable is the changed.
OK. So if in is this moment all outcomes are contained, let’s tale the example of the Bodhisattva, then there will also be branches where the other 50 or so stages are NOT achieved.
Correct. Not all who aspire to be Bodhisattvas will make it. It is not enough to wish, but all stages would have to be achieved. So the outcome of not-completing is inherent in this moment [as well].
But realize, Bodhisattvas are only examples here from Buddhism steeped in lineage and a different time and mindset.
Let’s use more contemporary example, of learning a trade, earning a degree, or whatever.
So taking college classes to get a degree is a good example. You have to take class 1…50 to earn a bachelor. By taking the first step, choosing to apply for college, this holds in it the possibility of completion, and from there a career and so on. But only if you complete the classed do you fulfill [underlined] that possibility.
To fulfill, to make it full, fill the “emptiness” [sunyata] that is inherent in it, let the seed grow into the plant by exposing it to all the other steps that nurture it, go through the conditions of all that needs to be there for it to come to fruition.
And the end is never an end but at the same time a beginning for something new. The degree becomes a job, a career, a family, grandchildren, and so on.
All that is there, in potential AND reality, in that moment.
But it is also NOT there, if one of the steps is not taken. Then “another” path is there as well, as there are countless others, that can be experienced by this level of consciousness.
You experienced this once, about a year ago, in the café when you talked to B.
Yes, I remember, I all of a sudden “saw” all the possibilities ahead. Or at least, the alternatives that were open to me at that moment. It was a beautiful experience.
So… anything on the probabilities of the outcomes?
No, not really. Remember that to us, each one is equally likely and desirable. We actually WANT, from our view, to experience all of these. Including what you would deem the bad ones.
See, that is actually the promise of Buddhism, even Christianity, to take away the fear. Only in Christianity it is based on faith, in Buddhism (or Hinduism) it is possible to experience it [enlightenment], and thus loose the fear.
Yeah, with me, I am less afraid of death than the process of dying, and most of all, the effect on R. and B. I think more of them than me.
And I would like to protect them from having to go through this with me, that is, having an “untimely” early death. [I realize: "untimely," what really does that mean?]
Well, as we said, you can stack the odds here by living healthily. However, there WILL be and there ARE branches where, as you call it, bad things happen.
You can stack the odds in “your favor,” so these outcomes become less likely, and once you are past a certain branch point, even do not exist any longer [as alternatives to be chosen], but from our point of view, each branch is still taken.
As we have always said: You do have a choice in this. You do have power.
OK, let’s stop. Thank you.
Namaste — I and the Divine in me bow to You and the Divine in You.
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