We know that Time heals. We know that time is a great leveler. We also know we must pass our Time with full awareness but is Time also the best Teacher?

For you to interpret the importance of Time.

Have a nice day my friends :)

About dilipnaidu

An open mind! Love to share my thoughts and a keenness to learn. An engineer and a MBA I had a wonderful innings in the Army and later moved to consultancy and teaching. My current interests are reading, music, growing culinary herbs and playing golf. I am serious on "Living life less seriously". A warm welcome to you be well and be cheerful always.

64 responses »

  1. Bindu says:

    True. The test first and the lesson later. May sound unfair, but we never forget those lessons.

  2. Madhu says:

    I believe it is! Much, very much wiser with more than 5 decades under my belt :-D
    And a long way to go yet!

  3. drsuraiyanasim says:

    Time is definitely the best teacher coz it bestows us with experience…through the highs and lows, the success and pitfalls…time shows us that the longer it passes in our lives, the more we get to learn.
    A harsh teacher definitely…..coz it doesn’t teach first, no extra-classes, no revisions and no solving of doubts.
    Wonderful quote.

  4. K Sriram says:

    The word Time comes from a word that means ‘divide’. So as Rakesh has put it, its just the human way of ‘dividing’ up our ‘experiences’ into slices & slivers so we can ‘chronicle’ them. Something akin to creating ‘folders’ for easy search. Perhaps Time is the earliest search indexing algo.. and if it had not been created, Man would have found it difficult to share experiences & learn lessons….

    However, does Time teach? it is like saying Google search can teach…

    The Moment we get into these associations – Time is a Healer, Time is a Teacher, etc… then somewhere subconsciously, we become ‘passive’ and Assume that Time will take care and we can just be without ‘doing’ anything… That’s why the clear understanding of Time as this passive screen which is just a search indexation tool, is necessary.

    We have been ingenious in giving time all kinds of attributes, ‘good’ time, ‘bad’ time, ‘time is not ripe’ and so on… This was done perhaps to help people overcome this NOTION or Illusion of control. By attributing to Time, Results of our efforts, we lose this illusion of control and therefore are able to say, i did my best, it was bad time, so results did not happen, so let me redouble and work harder.

    However, somewhere, this ingenuity has been misappropriated to find the ‘good’ time to do things, as though if ‘time’ is ‘good’ whatever you do ‘results’ will follow… This is where the problem starts…

    we have marriages in ‘good’ time, we have ‘shush muhurats’ and what not… but we have forgotten that the attribution to time was to account for inexplicable twists & turns rather than to ‘design’ success….without efforts…

    So lets not fool ourselves. Not time is good, no time is bad – its what we do with time that makes it ‘good’ or ‘bad’… like one of those adages – there is no ‘good’ time to do ‘bad’….

    If at all there is a Lesson in Time, it is to be like Time… (As the Lord says in the Bhagvad Gita – Kaalosmin – I Am Time) – a pure witness to all that happens around you / with you …Knowing well that all this is superficial ‘drama’ being projected on screens of time as ‘Life’ and to go about life as Time does… never stopping, never failing, never judging, ever ‘present’ & ever witnessing!!

    Cheers!!

    • Dilip says:

      Sriram your approach to Time is at a very high plane and complete. In fact the “As the Lord says in the Bhagvad Gita – Kaalosmin – I Am Time” is so profound that it dissolves all attempts to interprete.

      Yes I too do not fall for notions and astrological advises like “good time”, “bad time” etc without meaning to disrespect the science in it.

      One of our estemed readers below ‘johndwmacdonald’ asks quite meaningfully “Or is it simply the fact that a person has an opportunity to be in touch with the processes that can heal. The same perhaps applies to Time as a Teacher.. In fact does time really do anything except provide the opportunity or temporal space within which these and other things may occur?”

      Your view that “The Moment we get into these associations – Time is a Healer, Time is a Teacher, etc… then somewhere subconsciously, we become ‘passive’ and Assume that Time will take care and we can just be without ‘doing’ anything…” is fine but there are teachers who tell us that when some major failures or other critical issues happen to the individual and there are no solutions apparent despite all efforts than it is best to leave it to Time which hear equals of the Almighty. And ease the mind with the wisdom of the “This too shall pass” philolsophy :)

      Ok allow me to share a few inspiring quotes on the phenomenon of Time:

      “I’m definitely going to take a course in time management … just as soon as I can work it into my schedule” — Louis Borne, (1945 ) American educator and business writer.

      “Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for time is the stuff life is made of” – Ben Franklin

      “Time is money” – Ben Franklin

      Thanks Sri you are always amazing :) Cheers.

      • K Sriram says:

        dear sir,

        just to point out that i have mentioned “but we have forgotten that the attribution to time was to account for inexplicable twists & turns rather than to ‘design’ success….without efforts…” which accounts for what the Masters have said..

        Now coming to the much bandied ‘time management’ courses – how does one manage something we are out of depths with in understanding?

        If at all there is a ‘course’ it must be about demystifying the concept of Time, why did man create it in the first place, and what purpose does it serve… just as we are doing through these discussions… then we are onto something….

        The emphasis of the Masters has always been to get beyond Time to become Timeless & therefore wag the tail called Time rather than it wagging us the Dog!!

        Cheers!

        • Dilip says:

          Ha Ha Sri a spirited rejoinder indeed. I am 100% with you on what you have said share my observations on on ‘time management’ courses. At the risk of sounding precocious my observations are on the teachers who conduct “Time Management programs” – they seem always to be in a hurry :) You are right on that count too my friend :)

          Cheers & have a great day tomorow.

  5. Asma says:

    and that is why is don’t like time:p quite a nice thought to start you day:, thanks for sharing dilip:))

  6. Punam J R says:

    In the hands of time, rests the greatest powers that are oft attributed to God – those of healing.. unfortunately, Time does not get its due, and God gets undue praise for what Time does.
    Time – we have seen, God – we haven’t. :)
    Maybe if we start worshiping time, every moment of our lives will become ‘defined for a purpose’ and ‘well-spent’. Thanks for a thought-provoking post,

  7. meiro says:

    So very true.

    Stay blessed,
    mei

  8. soumyav says:

    wonderfully said! this is so true!

  9. […] provide the opportunity or temporal space within which these and other things may occur? jm Dilip Oct 27, 3:04 am Hello John I am delighted that you reblogged this post to allow a larger audience apply their […]

  10. johndwm says:

    Reblogged this on johndwmacdonald and commented:
    Important questions and intriguing answers…but so often time is presented as if it were a consicious entity… which for me raises a further question – Is time necessarily a healer? Or is it simply the fact that a person has an opportunity to be in touch with the processes that can heal. The same perhaps applies to Time as a Teacher.. In fact does time really do anything except provide the opportunity or temporal space within which these and other things may occur?

    • Dilip says:

      Hello John I am delighted that you reblogged this post to allow a larger audience apply their minds on the concept of Time. A friend of mine also holds similar views – “Time is a coordinate and a non entity and it by itself cannot do much”.

      I agree with you that Time allows us the “opportunity to be in touch with the processes that can heal”. Which means we do need to play our part too.

      On the other hand there is this word ‘Patience’ which means when we allow time to pass on without reacting – at times times the problem itslf disappears. So does it mean that there is a Supreme Consciousness that makes good things happen?

      Many thanks for making us think :)

      Cheers!

      • johndwm says:

        Many thanks also to you for your post and reply. I will take the liberty of posting this dialogue. I do think that there is sucha supreme consciousness by the way! However it is our choice whether to seek and find and allow and draw on this – what some call God!

  11. johndwm says:

    Is time necessarily a healer? Or is it simply tyhe fact that a person is in touch with the processes that can heal. The same perhaps applies to Time as Teacher.. In fact does time really do anything except provide opportunities for these and other things to occur? Thank you for posing these important questions!

  12. Very wise words ~ Blessings, Patty

  13. Bams Triwoko says:

    Love quote “… whereas time teaches you by testing you… ”
    (Such as when we practice at golf course, we have to choose the right club to hit the ball… lol… :) )
    Sorry for my bad English, but we still could talk “golf language” Dilip… :)
    Have a great golfing.

  14. So true! Love it! Margie

  15. VEDANT says:

    Dear Sir

    Please accept my greetings for Vijay Dashmi/Dusherra!!

    Very True Quote.. Time is a teacher.. we have to respect it and learn from it.

    As sand is slipperly that no body can hold for a second.. same is time.

    In day to day life experience is true learning time. It is also callled as Mental Maturity of a person.

    Thanks for sharing such a nice thought!!

    Cheers

    Vedant :)

  16. Rakesh says:

    Dear Sir and fellow readers of the blog,

    At the outset I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Dussera, albeit a tad belated!

    While I agree with all of you, I do have a slightly different interpretation of time….

    I have since childhood pondered over the concept of time, (and space). I wondered about what the first day in the universe was, and will the last be. Likewise where is the beginning and end of universe? It confused me a great deal (it still does).

    I have since come to interpret time and space as points of human reference, mere metrics to help us communicate. I believe that there is no such thing as time. It’s like we are floating in eternity.

    What we experience is consciousness (which is another abstract concept). Our life is nothing but a little slice of that eternity, just as space is little droplets of the cosmos.
    So when I am told that time heals, I interpret it as “consciousness/thought” that heals. Healing is a mental process, not dependent on time.
    This is why different people take different “time” to return to normal mental equilibrium. The difference is in the capacity of the individual to control his/her mind.

    I’ll take a popular example. Since 1947, India and Pakistan have been at logger heads. The scars of partition and communal strife have not completely healed, because it is still in our consciousness. Despite great efforts by many to find peace, we are still not sure when the collective equilibrium can be achieved.

    Now let’s imagine a scenario where a meteor is headed for the subcontinent in a couple of months. To save ourselves from catastrophe would we not sit together and look for a solution? It could even be a joint operation to use our nukes to intercept the meteor! It is likely that people might continue the cooperation after avoiding the catastrophe, which could bring an end to decades of animosity. What heals us here is consciousness/awareness.

    (Kindly excuse the silly example :-) ) But I hope I was able to make my idea clear.

    I hence believe that healing or teaching/learning is a mental process. Those who have control over the minds can easily break the loops of fear, ignorance, violence, arrogance…and every vice.

    Of course that is easier said than done.

    Love and Peace!

    Rakesh :-) :-) :-)

    • Dilip says:

      I salute you chief on a stunning response. Your intepretation of time goes deep into the depth of the cosmos iself. At that point t is only unity some even say it is ‘shunya’. The concept of Shunya or Zero is a fascinating. All human beings engage in the act of creation from shunya.

      You are right when we say ‘time heals’ we really mean “We create our life experiences through our way of thinking.”

      Rakesh I thank you for your time and to share your thought.
      Regards,

  17. amira says:

    Time surely is the best teacher.
    the more time one passes on this world the more experienced he or she is… and that in essence is a reminder that we must respect the aged – for time has tested them longer and made them wiser.
    that equates to saying the elderly are the best teachers :)

    • Dilip says:

      Oh yes Amira I tend to agree with your entirely except … some times some people do not learn from experience :)

      But in general it is wise to learn from the experience of the elder rather than do the same mistakes and then learn

      Cheers!

  18. manju says:

    Yes, this is so true that time teaches us by testing us. And we don’t get to ‘re-do’ the test, so we’d better do well the first time. :)

    • Dilip says:

      Yes we need to be in full awareness of the moment lest we falter. Law of the jungle applies here too ‘No second chances’ unless you are very lucky :)

  19. renu says:

    Time teaches us everything and time heals us too.in hindi we say…samay bahut balwaan hota ha..means time is very powerful…

  20. Binky says:

    Time is the only thing we have, really. Everything comes from time and what we do or do not do with it.

  21. Lisaman says:

    And we can never go back in time!! We can go back over things in a lesson but not time!! ;-)

  22. suhas says:

    Time is the best healer, it doesnot charge any fee. Time is the best teacher but charges high fees. I am saying from experience.Go with the TIMES

  23. Dilip says:

    Glad you agree too Marina :)

  24. Reminds me that in times of adversity people exclaim that “God is testing me.” What kind of God does that as in the Book of Job” ? God’s love is not supposed to be contingent on particular protocols. I desire a God that helps and fortifies me against the tests of life and evil. He has provided a student study guide.

    • Dilip says:

      Oh yes Carl no one can convincingly can answer why do the righteous suffer? I guess only our faith in God that can give us some peace of mind.

      Have nice day Carl and best wishes to you.

  25. Lubna says:

    Time does test, but I wonder whether we all learn. I know that sometimes I don’t.

  26. Very well said.. life teaches us by testing us indeed.. it’s time we start respecting life..

  27. Mahendra Singhvi says:

    Of course, Time has always been a very effective teacher….even to the most reluctant learner and the only one who teaches you throughout life and at every stage. .Appreciate your post immensely. Happy Dussehra and peace ……

  28. …ah, yes! Wise and true. Thank you, Dilip! :-)

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