Brilliant observations, Diana. Yes, such subtle complexities of time
are tedious, indeed. All the same, I'm grateful for the light you throw
on them.
Many thanks.
~ CR

Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Dear CR: I certainly am not sure of the different concepts of time in Indic spiritual traditions and in Western metaphysics. Bergson definitely includes an individual's personal past and future in his definition of a dynamic present, or "duration."
The moment of highest or pure consciousness in buddhist meditation seems to be an unrelational experience of the present, in the sense that everything involved in the moment partakes of the moment, but the past and future are not attended to, are outside of awareness.
Incidentally, throwing the I Ching is based on that belief -- the coins being thrown and the thrower partake of everything extant at the moment. Coins thrown at another time will partake of a different set of circumstances. I confess I am over my head when discussing the Buddhist concept or non-concept of time, but I am eager to learn more about it. Diana

From:  cr mittal <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:  "T. S. Eliot Discussion forum." <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject:  Re: Eliot's Indic Studies
Date:  Wed, 13 Dec 2006 13:04:06 -0800

I agree with the first part of your elaboration, Diana.
Your comment about Eliot's relation to the Indic view in this regard
is something I'm not so sure of. I'd love to be informed on that.
Thanks, and regards.
~ CR


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