We are born with no age and we die with no age. We are life itself, it is our true identity, and life has no age, it is, for eternity.
But since we want to have age, weeks and years to separate us from each other and ourselves, then we create age.
I chose number twenty-five, so in my mind we are born as twenty-five and twenty-five we die. I chose this number, because it seems everybody is twenty-five, or rather behave like twenty-five. But there are of course other ideas about age, hovering around the world, and indeed many.
In the “General grammar” (Almenn málfræði) by Thorunn Blöndal says that the brain is a kind of language-computer that ensures that we use the language instinctively by certain grammar rules. It also tells us that when children learn language they usually start by dividing time into now and once. Terms such as when, which includes time, usually come last into the vocabulary.
The now is what the children assume from the beginning. Just until we teach them about yesterday and tomorrow with all its nuances, the day before yesterday, after a year, once was and will be.
This is certainly interesting. But what does this tell us?
It tells us, for example, that there exist two types of legacy, internal and external, internal inheritance in the genes and the external from reading books and other learning.
But it also tells us that the now is the only reality. The future and the past are just something that we learn. Inherited from old age to youth, and hence part of illusion. For all that is learned is part of illusion.
Certainly, what we thus learn is more often than not feasible and even essential, but it can never have more reality than how we receive it.
How to build houses and bridges, how certain diseases behave and how to deal with it, computers and other technology can all certainly be useful and good for us. But rarely does such knowledge remain unaffected and unchanged, most evolve and change and adapt to new realities and will thus continue to be useful, otherwise it remains unchanged and exits to serve us.
However, it is clear that we have received the future and the past as fixed, certain, and nonconvertible reality that we cannot do without and on that we build all of our existence.
We often plan something in hypothetical future and compare it to some situation or concept that once was, the past. This causes us to lose the moment, the now.
The moment can never be based on anything; it is not an intermediary, but outside all.
It is a fact that the future and past do not exist. The past has no reality other than our thoughts and memories. It no longer exists. The future is likewise only in our minds. We create ideas about what could possibly happen. That is all.
Can we not see how limited it is?
There is no such thing as each moment, only a moment, for eternity. This we call each moment is the same as moment for eternity. And it should be without any remorse from the past and expectations for the future. Can we not see the freedom of it?
Anyone who has neither past nor future is not only sinless but also fearless. The fear lies in the past, such as sin, and they are only our ideas and memories of what was. Nothing more.
The moment stands alone, apart and independent of everything. It is complete freedom from illusion. And when we are the moment we are free.