Our everyday life perspective and behavior is shaped by our sense of time. We think time passes, we need to do this and that…even: “I need to accomplish this or that”. We build up stress because of dates and ‘time passed”. We measure our life in time..so many years, so many days..yet what is this time….we measure in seconds, hours, years etc.
These measurements are certainly not the same in all cultures; for example we have Gregorian calendars, Chinese calendars, Roman calendars, sun calendars, moon calendars etc. They differ, i.e. the year in Balinese culture until recently had 180 days. The “New Year” is celebrated at all sort of points during a year, and in some cultures 2/3 times in “our year”.
As you came walking
On the path made of roseate crimson earth,
My consciousness waltzed around
As smoke from smoldering sambraniWhere your foot-impressions were!
S/ Silent sounds from the Sage's souls
W/ Whispering to us in silent meditation
A/ Always nourishing our earthly live
M/ Mentoring us onward to our goal
I/ Infinite infinity
V/ Victorious in his journey
E/ Everlasting merits won
D/ Divine graces always flowing
A/ Anointing us through him/
Amen, Alleluia, Amen.
— written by a devoted disciple
People of all ancient cultures have the concept of ‘food as a worship offering’. It is one of the commonest expressions of ‘sacredness’ in India. It is known by different names in different parts of the country. It comes under the category of punya-arjana, ‘earning good karma’. In a country like Thailand where thousands of monks may be fed, the English translation for this category of acts is ‘merit-making’. Not merry-making but ‘merit-making’.