'Time as a Measure'


Sri Rama, after he was coronated as the king of Ayodhya, once remarked to Sita in leisure that he was able to get back everything that he lost but could not redeem even a minute out of the ten months period when they were separated. This statement of Sri Rama reflects that ‘Time as a Measure’ was considered as most important even by ‘Superhumans’.

Queen Elizabeth of London holds a view that all her possessions are for a moment of Time.
Lost time is never found again. There is no second opinion that Time is precious but what we do not use properly. It is imperative that should we lose time, we have lost a part of our life.

Time is a common commodity. It depends upon a person how  he uses it. We may delay, but Time will not.

Hour Glass

People often excuse themselves quipping that they don’t have time. To say ‘ I don’t have time’, is to say “ I don’t want to”. It needs to be emphasized at this point of time that  Helen Keller, Leonardo Vinci, Einstein, Mother Teresa had exactly the same number of hours, as we now have or will have in future. It would be appropriate to refer to a  Scottish Proverb at this instant :- “ What may be done at any time will be done at no time”. The bad news is that time flies. But the good news is that whoever says this is also the pilot.

The Secretary of a Company will keep minutes of the meeting of the board of directors, but he will lose hours while doing so.

                                           To keep minutes, Secretary spends hours !

Abraham Lincoln maintained that the best thing about the future was that it came one day at any time. The statement of Lincoln stresses the importance of present time and building castles in the air for the future without a determined action plan will lead no where.

Time is slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice but for those who love, time is eternity.

Everyone should follow John Turner’s version that “ My Time is now”. This sentence shows no inertia as the likely action is spontaneous, perhaps vetoing the Newton's first law of motion.

The equations stated below focuses the contribution of the factor 'TIME' used as a measure.

" Your Time starts now."

1 ‘Kshana’ = 4 Minutes
24 minutes = 1 ‘Nazhigai’
2.5  ‘Nazhigai’  = 1 hour
60 ‘Nazhigai’ = 1 day
24 hours = 1 day
2 ‘Nazhigai’ = 48 minutes = 1 ‘Muhurtham’.
30 Muhurtham = 1 day  ( 30 muhurthams  into 48 minutes = 1440 minutes divided by 60 minutes equals 24 hours = 1 day )
15 days = 1 ‘Paksham’
1 Paksham ascending + 1 Paksham descending = 1 month
2 months = 1 Ritu
6 Ritus = 1 Year ; Year is also known as ‘Samvatsara’.

{ The Six Ritus are:- (1) Vasanta Ritu consisting of two months Mesha, Rishabha ; (2)  Mithuna, Kataka as Grishma Ritu ; (3) Simha, Kanni as Varsha Ritu ;  (4) Thula, Vrichika as Sarat Ritu ;
Dhanur, Makara as Hemanta Ritu ; Kumbham, Meenam as Sisira Ritu }

When Time rolls over many , many years, we call the period as a ‘Yuga’. 365 days constitute a year for humans whereas the same period is one day for Devas. There are four yugas as detailed below:- (1) Kruta Yuga = 4800 Deva years (2) Treta Yuga = 3600 Deva years (3) Dwapara yuga = 2400 Deva years and (4) Kali Yuga = 1200 Deva years.  The conversion factor is 1 Deva Year = 360 times of Earthly Years or Terrestrial Years. The four Yugas when combined gets a name as ‘Chaturyuga’ which constitutes 12000 Deva years. In other words Devas consider that passing of 12000 Deva years means the end of one Chaturyuga for them. As 1000 Chatur Yugas get over, Brahma’s calendar will record as one day time is over, which is also called as a ‘Kalpa’. 14 Manus will rule during one Kalpa. A Manu’s life term extends up to 71 Chatur Yuga.

When the day time (as explained above) of Brahma ends, deluge will pervade engulfing the three first worlds namely  ‘Bhur, Bhuva, Suva ‘. The sages living in the fourth world viz. "Suvar' will not be able to continue living there rwill shift to the fifth world known as Mahar’.

Brahma has a lifetime of 100 years  though he presides over a long period, as elucidated above. It is believed that Brahma has completed 50 years of living now which is known as ‘ a Parartha’. Brahma’s second innings which is termed as ‘ Swetha Varaha’  is now running.

The period at present is reckoned as 28th Chaturyuga in the Swetha Varaha Kalpa. This we say in the Sankalpa as we commence the religious ceremony.

A good beginning means a good ending. A journey of 100 miles begins  with a single step. All good things come to a man who waits. All good things also come to an end. We observe as the Time passes, that a rolling stone gathers no mass and a rising tide lifts all boats.

It is very easy to describe 'Time' in many ways. We should keep in our mind that time and tide waits for no man. All is well that ends well. Salutations to 'Time' as time is a great healer.

We shall not ponder over the future,  " after all, tomorrow is another day " !