After my last post, the world celebrated "Valentine Day" which no doubt has become a farce with a very heavy accent on the commercial dimension rather than on being a true celebration of authentic love.
Love plays an important role in our lives. This starts with being the recipient of parental love from which we graduate into our youth where we have our share of love through siblings, relations and friends and in our adulthood we seek lasting relationship with a soul mate. Apart from the love for our own species we also cultivate love for knowledge and love for all that empowers our happy lives.
The standard for time is measured in seconds, minutes, hours and days. But this is a dimension which has come from a purely mental concept through the observation of the rotation of the earth around the sun.
There is no absolute dimension of time beyond this mental concept derived through human consciousness. All other standards of time such as atomic clocks and thermal entropy are theoretical constructs derived through observation from a physical or inferential perspective.
The concept of measured time has become increasingly rigid as we evolved into Homo Sapiens Sapiens. In this consciousness evolution we have moved away from the flexible nature of time.
There are hints at this flexible and relativistic nature of time in sacred scripture and mythologies.
In the Hebrew Old Testament, we have the story of Jacob and Rachel and the concept of time compression.
Jacob sees Rachel for the first time as she draws water from the well and immediately falls in love with her. Without hesitation, he asks her father Laban for her hand in marriage. The request is granted, but Jacob is told that he will have to work as Laban’s servant for seven years in order to deserve Rachel.
“So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her” .................Genesis 29:20
Jonathan Lipnick, A renowned Hebrew Biblical scholar says: In Hebrew, the phrase “they seemed to him but a few days” literally means “they were in his eyes as single days”. The mention of Jacob’s eyes in the Hebrew text is significant since eyes are considered to be the window to the soul. Unlike Leah whose “eyes were weak” (Genesis 29:17), Jacob keeps his eyes strong. He is so consumed with love for Rachel that the long period of seven years passes in the blink of an eye.
In Celtic mythology, there is a tale of a man known as Ossian who was enticed into "Land Of Youthfulness" by a beautiful Sidhe princess. They fell in love with each other, got married and lived together for 300 years in her world. Finally, however, Ossian felt an overwhelming desire to return to Ireland again.
He set out on the same white horse that had taken him to that otherworld and his fairy wife warned him not to lay his foot on the level ground (of Earth.
On reaching Ireland, he searched for his old companions but all of them had passed away and the country was quite changed. Only then did he realize how long he had truly been away. Unfortunately, at a certain point some incident caused him to dismount and on touching Earth's surface, he immediately turned into a feeble, blind old man.
Touching the ground signifies return to temporal consciousness.
We have similar story in Japanese mythology. This is the story of a young fisherman named Urashima Tarō who rescues a young turtle which turns out to be the daughter of the king of sea. The King gives him special powers to go underwater and there meets the young turtle who is now transformed into a beautiful princess. He falls in love and spends three days. When against the wish of the princess he returns to his village, he discovers that 300 years have passed.
these stories have been devised in mythology with the intension of stressing the flexible and relative nature of time. This concept has also been introduced in films like "Interstellar".
Human consciousness, when it transcends the limiting concepts at purely objective level, can perceive a relative time dimension which would be differently scaled relative to the standard measure at purely a mental level.
People who fall deeply in unconditional love, either with a person of the opposite sex or with a metaphysical entity, experience time compression. This is because during this process the human mind is elevated to a different potential. This is the reason in mythology, the kingdom to which the arch actor enters is either the "Kingdom of Youthfulness" or the "Sea", neither of which is the permanent domain of a purely human existence.
As the great philosopher, scientist, Einstein put it
"Gravitation cannot be held responsible for people falling in love. How on earth can you explain in terms of chemistry and physics so important a biological phenomenon as first love? Put your hand on a stove for a minute and it seems like an hour. Sit with that special girl for an hour and it seems like a minute. That's relativity." ..................Albert Einstein
There are two different dimensions which influence the scale of time one is Gravitation and the other is love. Come to think of it both exert the same force, namely a pull or attraction. While gravity requires the distance between the subject and object to be extremely small to have significant attraction, love overcomes this necessity through its capacity to eliminate space through transcending the objective concepts. This is the reason why the Hebrew meaning of the phrase “they seemed to him but a few days” literally means “they were in his eyes as single days”. The mention of Jacob’s eyes in the Hebrew text is significant since eyes are considered to be the window to the soul and a strong eye means to see beyond mental concepts.
I will close with a quote from Interstellar movie:
"Love is the one thing we're capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can't understand it."
May this love dimension prevail in our travel through this life.