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The Time Machine

We are always looking back in time .

From NASA :

By combining the power of NASA’s Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes and one of nature’s own natural “zoom lenses” in space, astronomers have set a new record for finding the most distant galaxy seen in the universe.

The farthest galaxy appears as a diminutive blob that is only a tiny fraction of the size of our Milky Way galaxy. But it offers a peek back into a time when the universe was 3 percent of its present age of 13.7 billion years.The newly discovered galaxy, named MACS0647-JD, was observed 420 million years after the big bang, the theorized beginning of the universe. Its light has traveled 13.3 billion years to reach Earth.


And Jethro Tull with “Living in the Past” .

It’s ‘Time’ to leave the past behind and move into the ‘Present’ .



Imagine the earth without any human life, only inhabited by plants and animals . Would there be a past and a future then? Would we be able talk about time in a meaningful way ? If someone was able to ask the questions what time is it, or what day is it, they would be meaningless . These questions would be meaningless . These questions would be bewildering for the oak and the eagle . “Well it’s Now, of course . It’s Now . What else is there ?”



TS Eliot – Burnt Norton


Dali - The Persistence of Time


TS Eliot – Burnt Norton

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
If all time is eternally present
All time is unredeemable.
What might have been is an abstraction
Remaining a perpetual possibility
Only in a world of speculation.
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden. My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.
Other echoes
Inhabit the garden. Shall we follow?
Quick, said the bird, find them, find them,
Round the corner. Through the first gate,
Into our first world, shall we follow
The deception of the thrush? Into our first world.
There they were, dignified, invisible,
Moving without pressure, over the dead leaves,
In the autumn heat, through the vibrant air,
And the bird called, in response to
The unheard music hidden in the shrubbery,
And the unseen eyebeam crossed, for the roses
Had the look of flowers that are looked at.
There they were as our guests, accepted and accepting.
So we moved, and they, in a formal pattern,
Along the empty alley, into the box circle,
To look down into the drained pool.
Dry the pool, dry concrete, brown edged,
And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,
And the lotos rose, quietly, quietly,
The surface glittered out of heart of light,
And they were behind us, reflected in the pool.
Then a cloud passed, and the pool was empty.
Go, said the bird, for the leaves were full of children,
Hidden excitedly, containing laughter.
Go, go, go, said the bird: human kind
Cannot bear very much reality.
Time past and time future
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.



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Time is a conjuring trick . It does not exist . Past and future are only figments of our imagination and as many self help programmes will tell you, there is only Now . No other time has existed apart from the present .

I remember as a child being told ‘ Tomorrow never comes ‘ and being unable to understand . Of course there is a tomorrow, I would think to myself . Today is Monday, tomorrow Tuesday and after that Wednesday, but I didn’t realise that when Tuesday came it would be Now and not tomorrow anymore . Our Mind treats the past and future as real and yet they are not real . The past is over and the future yet to come and yet our present is moulded by these two imaginary imposters .

There is only Now and as mind boggling as this may seem, everything is taking place at the same time . At this moment you are being born and dying and everything in between . 9/11, the birth of Jesus and the creation of Earth are happening Now . This moment is the present and a present, in the sense it is a gift and our choice is whether to accept it or not .