Understanding time is important for it will show us the “illusion” of time once we understand that we are eternal entities (souls.)
It is a continuous, a cyclical repetitive continuous, where there is no beginning neither an end.
In nature, we see how the sun appears at dawn and moves through the day; that is noon, afternoon and sunset time. Then this movement will repeat again the next day.
Our human minds are fond on dividing things and separating things; therefore a device such as a clock was invented to have a reference point. Nature does not have those reference points; but our minds need that at this time. Thus, dawn is the first quarter of the clock, noon is the second quarter, afternoon, the third and sunset the fourth quarter. That is time. A clock.
Humanity has represented time and its importance in different ways. (Most of this information is from Wikipedia.)
The first representation is through the symbol known as the “Ouroboros.”
It is a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. It represents the “eternal return.” Something eternally recreating itself. This symbol was used by Early Egypt, Greece, Aztecs (Mexico) and India.
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Is the symbol of auspiciousness or being with “higher self,” in India and used by Dharmic religions in general. It represents eternity. As we know, this symbol which had such “good feeling” behind it was used by the Nazis in a modified version (to represent white supremacy, since this symbol was used by Aryans, which Nazis believed to be the “purest” “Caucasian” race. (non-mixture with other races.) Ironically, “Aryan” means “noble,” probably depicting a noble and gentle culture. (Deities?)
The yin Yang
“Meaning “shadow and light”, is used to describe how polar opposites or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn in relation to each other.” This is the symbol for duality.
“Yang is the white side with the black dot on it, and yin is the black side with the white dot on it. The relationship between yin and yang is often described in terms of sunlight playing over a mountain and a valley. Yin (literally the ‘shady place’ or ‘north slope’) is the dark area occluded by the mountain’s bulk, while yang (literally the ‘sunny place’ or ‘south slope’) is the brightly lit portion. As the sun moves across the sky, yin and yang gradually trade places with each other, revealing what was obscured and obscuring what was revealed.”
This symbol describes how duality travels in time. Slowly changing (entropy) is an eternal cycle of opposites which give away each other.
is related to the Mesopotamian and Sumerian symbols of eternity. For some scientists, it means time motion, time driver, eternity, or in other words – 4th dimension- Time rotates as does Earth around the Sun, and by this circle time goes infinitely; it is an icon of timelessness.
Spirituality of mankind could be explained using those depictions of time.
Just like the 4 seasons, we can see that higher spirituality or low entropy existed which little by little, degree by degree gave way to the opposite but complementary energy; known as body consciousness.
The highest point of body consciousness gives birth to the lowest point of soul consciousness, which in turn will make possible an era of highest soul consciousness which will be lowering its quality just to give birth to a lower degree of body consciousness. The cycle will repeat for eternity.
If we use the symbol of infinity, we will be able to observe how the immortal soul “travels through time.” Note that we could divide this symbol in 4 equal parts to depict the “4 seasons” of time which is also shown by the clock.
For the soul, there is neither birth nor death. Therefore, it is timeless. However, when the soul has a body; then time begins to exist.
This “illusion” is the source of sorrow in humanity.