Thought cannot hold this moment,
for this moment is not of time.
In this last entry of K’s Journal he puts it very clearly: “…this moment is not of time”. To consider his words we must go into the question of what time actually is. Can we consider time without reference to memory, the past? without projecting that impression from a past occurrence slightly modified into the future? To be in the present moment sounds so very simple and indeed, it is not a complex process. However, since our very world is made up of thoughts that arise from a fabric of past/future it is not an easy task.
Asking myself to BE with what IS right now requires great determination. It requires the understanding that all thoughts are mere constructs that arise out of my mind. I am moved by my thoughts but there is that Mysterious Principle that cannot be named by which I know that I am. Putting my attention on that is useful and can bring me back to the present moment.
A man I regard as one of the greatest teachers living today is the Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh:
“While you are drinking a cup of water, if you know that you are drinking water in that moment and you are not thinking of anything else, you are drinking mindfully. If you focus your whole being, body and mind, on the water, there is mindfulness and concentration, and the act of drinking may be described as mindful drinking. You drink not only with your mouth, but with your body and your consciousness, too.
Everyone is capable of drinking his or her water mindfully.”
(source: Be Free Where You Are, Thich Nhat Hanh, Ch. 1)
Krishnamurti’s Journal, April 24, 1975
Every living thing has its own sensitivity, its own way of life, its own consciousness, but man assumes that his own is far superior and thereby he loses his love, his dignity and becomes insensitive, callous and destructive. …
Time has bred consciousness with its content. It is the culture of time. Its content makes up consciousness; without it, consciousness, as we know it, is not. Then there is nothing. We move the little pieces in this consciousness from one area to another according to the pressure of reason and circumstance but in the same field of pain, sorrow and knowledge.
This movement is time, the thought and the measure. It is a senseless game of hide and seek with yourself, the shadow and substance of thought, the past and the future of thought. Thought cannot hold this moment, for this moment is not of time.
This moment is the ending of time; time has stopped at that moment, there is no movement at that moment and so it is not related to another moment. It has no cause and so no beginning and no end. Consciousness cannot contain it. In that moment of nothingness everything is.
Meditation is the emptying of consciousness of its content.