“In Buddha’s words ‘ehi passiko’ meant come and see. However, our difficulty is that truth is clouded by the time dimension…It is the clouding of the present by the past and future. It is the non-availability of the ‘present’…The past comes forward unconsciously every time and covers the present. Activation of craving and ignorance brings this time dimension to the impersonal process of the mind. This is a natural process of conditioning of the mind since infancy. The mind cannot now function without time. The mind and time are inseparable. This needs to be understood clearly.
The words ‘simultaneous arising and ceasing’ are familiar to Buddhists….this is a natural phenomenon. This is also the process that occurs in the mind. This occurs in such rapid sequence that they create an illusion of compactness and stability obscuring the reality. The reality is the simultaneous arising and ceasing, but mind fails to capture the ceasing, a part of the process. The ignorant mind unconsciously accumulate many arising moments within time and produce a thought, without realizing that they have ceased. This is the function of the conditioned mind and that is how a thought arises from stimulation of sense organs. This unconscious accumulation gives a permanency to an impermanent process and brings the past to cloud the present. This is the main obstacle; mind experiences only the arising but not the ceasing, obliterating the ‘present’ and therefore ‘the reality’.
In short, the entire teaching is about one ‘mind’ moment and requires us to experience the timeless present. This is only possible if the mind is un-manifested. Manifestation must stop, i.e., continuous emergence of thoughts must cease. These manifestations or emergence of thoughts within a time frame are the obstacles that prevent us from experiencing the present… In essence, to dwell in a thought is the denial of the present and this is of no avail to realize the truth."
The Teachings of the Awakened – A journey towards the timeless present by A.Karunasena
Country : Sri Lanka