by Hans Meijer
May 03, 2014
Hans Meijer is the
author of Initiation Into Reality, and a mystic who was
“initiated into Reality” at the age of 21.
The first 10 years
after his initiation author spent to integrate the
“Divine Knowledge” in his daily life,
about it to anybody.
He became an
accountant and started a family.
For his job he
lived for eight years at Curacao (Caribbean) where he
started lecturing (1975).
Back in Holland
(1977) author continued lecturing and developed
workshops aiming at “Initiation”.
For more than 20
years he taught “ancient spiritual wisdom” in the
Netherlands. In 2000 he ended his worldly career and
retired into the French Pyrenees.
Why time does
When we ask ourselves why we think time exists, most of us would
say: because we see everything changing, always.
And so it is:
everything in and around us is constantly changing, from beginning
until the end.
The question however is:
is the reason for this perpetual change to
be found outside the changing subject (caused by a phenomena called
time) or is all change coming from inside the changing subject
I don't think that it is hard to see that the latter is correct.
That which makes things change (the cycle of life) to a flower, a
human being or an animal is set by the characteristics of that
particular life's form and not by an outer cause such as time.
we call 'time' is just a method for measuring the 'perpetual
Because of our need to measure this perpetual change we decided to
divide the 'cyclic changes' such as seasons and day and night, into
months, twenty-four hours, minutes etc. These well-known changes are
caused by the ever-moving planetary positions within our solar
system and not because there exists such a thing as 'time'.
So, there are no minutes, but we decided that after counting 60
(seconds) we say that a minute has passed. Based on minutes we
calculate hours, days, months, years, centuries etc.
In this way we can count the number of heartbeats per minute, years
from birth to death and we even can calculate the number of years
from the Big Bang until today.
But we also say:
'it seems as if time has stood still (in that old
village), nothing has changed'.
Actually there is only NOW - in which all that is manifested
appeared, changes and disappears.
Because we ourselves are part of this process of change it might be
difficult for us to grasp that we ourselves too are just changing in
the eternal now. If we are able to look upon ourselves from outside
our moving train (witnessing our life passing by), we will probably
be able to see that the now always is and that we are passing
through this eternal, unmoving, NOW.
As we know, Albert Einstein became famous because of his theory of
relativity. In our context it is interesting to understand that
Einstein studied the method of calculating time.
a moment in time from my position need not
necessarily to be the same from your position.
I do not know whether Einstein ever stated that time does not exist
at all. As for me, he had better have said so!
It may be wise and good for a better understanding to give some more
examples of the methods of measuring we use daily and which are also
based on non-existing principles.
Distance: a centimeter, meter, kilometer, mile, etc. do not exist
but we have agreed what emptiness we bridge to call it a meter.
Weight: a gram, ounce, kilo, ton, etc. do not exist, but again, we
have agreed what heaviness we will call one kilo.
These calculating methods are of course most useful and
indispensable in our daily life.
Because we are not aware that time does not exist, we do not feel
the need to focus on the now in which our life takes place. However,
it would have been much wiser if our ancestors (and we) had done so
in the past.
Read on to see why…
The infinite space of the universe extends to 'the place where we
who, when and where we are, we have appeared and
will disappear in the immutable reality of space, the void in which
all changes take place.
The Greek scholars from the past called this void:
'Being' or the 'Absolute' because it refers to that which cannot be NOT, which is
What more can be said about this absolute: it is unchangeable (but
all that appears in it changes constantly), it is omnipresent (there
is no place where it is not) and it is timeless (no beginning, no
change, no ending).
During history there have always been people who were able to see
through daily life's reality and who discovered the absolute reality
of the eternal now (they dis-covered that which was covered before).
Surprisingly this discovery of the absolute turned out to be of the
utmost importance for the one who had such an experience. An
awareness of the eternal now can be considered as an existential
my existence is fundamentally connected
with the eternal now, the timeless.
In our culture and 'time' transcendental experiences like these are
quite rare and distrusted by philosophers and psychologists, but in
former days such experiences were considered as being mystical or
It has been like this for thousands of years, in
different cultures and periods of time.
It is quite remarkable that people who live from the awareness of
the absolute, always are pictured with a circle (aureole) around
their head. A circle has no beginning and no end and in this way
symbolizes the timeless, the eternal now.
It is obvious that artists in former ages, in different cultures and
different times, never could have communicated how to depict the
'knower of the absolute'.
It is amazing that 'they who live from the timelessness' always are
presented with the same type of symbolism. See the 'saints' and sages
in christianity, hinduism and buddhism.
With this reference to
the great world religions (in Islam picturing
of holy people is not permitted) the meaning of living from the
eternal (the timelessness) gets an extra dimension.
It is not just
that 'someone has occasionally seen through the illusion of time'
but it looks as if the understanding of the reality of the eternal
is so impressive, that it may have been the beginning of religious
thinking of mankind.
The meaning of
the absolute within religion
Above I said:
'An intense awareness of the eternal
now can be considered as an existential experience. One
realizes: my existence is fundamentally connected with the
eternal now, the timeless'.
In former cultures these mystical
experiences and their possible meaning were thoroughly investigated.
As a result of this all major cultures
concluded (although formulated by each in its own way):
the awareness of the timeless, the absolute, gives people insight
into the meaning of life and gives them real happiness
How this conclusion is to be found in each of the great world
religions (excluding Islam in this context) will be shown in
The essence of the oldest of the great world religions is
to be found in the Upanishads (written down in the period between
800 and 300 BC). These writings contain the quintessence of an age
old, from generation to generation orally passed on spiritual
The topics covered run always to:
That (the timeless, the absolute)
is what you are in your innermost self (the mantra Tat Tvam Asi).
the absolute and the visible world are connected (Sat, the
absolute and Ti, all that is, are connected, Yam. This became the
real happiness for a human being is not to be found in
temporary (changing) things, but only in the unchangeable, the
Consequently people are advised to
conquer their need for temporary pleasures, on behalf of the
liberating insight into the reality of the relationship with the
eternal now, the absolute.
The original Hindu scriptures were written in the Sanskrit language.
In this language the mystical visions of people from very long ago
are presented to us with a timeless relevance.
Like all great cultures, Hinduism too went through a
period of relapse after a period of strength.
When realization of
the mystic reality of existence threatens to be replaced by
believing in a transcendental power (God), the profound meaning of a
on realty (the absolute) based spirituality gets lost and confusion
This has been the reason for Buddhism to manifest. About 2500 years
ago Prince Gautama realized the unity of the essence of man with the
timeless, the absolute, and he became the Buddha (enlightened one).
In order to avoid confusion as mentioned in Hindu culture, he did
not talk about the highest state of spiritual knowledge. He just
called that state 'Nirvana'. This word literally means 'extinction'.
This refers to the bright (motionless) state of self-awareness which
remains when the restless thinking (the ego) is extinguished
(meaning, came to rest).
With this living from the changeable (time) has evolved into living
from the unchangeable (timelessness).
Like Hinduism (and so Buddhism)
has its roots in the distant past; christianity is rooted in the old Jewish culture.
too people were (are) aware of the 'bond' between God and man (that
this bond applies to the Jews exclusively must be a
The culture in which Jesus appeared was spiritually of a much lower
level than the Hindu culture of those days, where the unity of the
human soul and the absolute was (is) the main issue of the
Obviously Jesus himself was very well aware of this unity, as his
words are telling us. He had to speak in parables however, because
people in his days were not ready yet to understand profound
By speaking in parables he hoped to bring
people to self-knowledge and eventually to the liberating insight
into man's relationship with the absolute, which he called father or
The best known sayings of the 'son of God'
are: 'I and the father
are one' and 'the kingdom of heaven is within you'. These are very
strong expressions of his vision of the unity of man and the
timeless, the absolute.
It is not so that only the ancient Hindu sages, Buddha and
fathomed the 'secret of life'.
They kindled the flame of insight and
many dedicated their life to it, no doubt with all experiences of
hardship and fulfillment belonging to the spiritual path.
Probably it also has not been so that the non-existence of time has
been exclusively taught in the spiritual education of people in the
past. But we can be sure that the 'saints' in religious cultures
have seen through the illusion of time (remember the symbol of the
timeless, the aureole).
All religions have developed their own basic values and formed their
It is very disappointing however to see that
religions in general failed to reach their common goal: to guide
people toward the liberating insight into their relationship with
that which became them:
the timeless absolute (God).
If this had
been different, the world would be in a completely different
What went wrong and which are the consequences?
catastrophe of not knowing the timeless, the absolute
It goes wrong with the passing on of spiritual knowledge, when 'the
student wants to be the master'.
In ancient India the sages tried to prevent 'spiritual pollution' by
sharing their knowledge only with initiates. In the christian
tradition something very amazing ('catastrophic') happened in about
the year 300.
The christian way of life
This means that people were supposed to no longer try to understand
and to follow Jesus in their own way, but a church organization was
established which controls the christian doctrines even today.
This means that the interpretation of the message of Jesus was left
in the hands of people (always men) of who christians had to accept
had a better understanding of what Jesus wanted them to understand
than they themselves and that they (the church) laid down
conscientiously what they should believe and what not.
Impulses from people to deepen or to renew the official christian
doctrine were (are) not appreciated and for hundreds of years people
even ended up at the stake when they deviated from the official
doctrine (remember for instance
the Cathars, who were exterminated
to the last man).
In this way the teaching of Jesus was transformed into a belief and
the incentive for people to obtain wisdom themselves was put out.
actually 'believing' became another word for
Thus christianity gives hope in exchange for loyalty to the
What is this? A crime against humanity or a blessing for humanity?
The consequences of the omitting of the incentive for people to
realize the timeless themselves are of an importance beyond our
comprehension. Where religion should touch a man in the very depth
of his being (in the euphoria of experiencing unity with the radiant
and inexhaustible source of life) a superficial notion of profound
Not only can this lead to doubt and rejection, but also our deeply
hidden ethical consciousness (which wants us to act and to be in
harmony with the timeless which has become us) is not or
Thus superficiality instead of spirituality became the foundation of
our christian society.
The disasters which this superficiality has brought mankind are easy
To name just a few:
from crusades, religious persecution,
slavery, imperialism and world wars (including the Holocaust), we
come to the scourges of our time such as unbridled capitalism
('culture of greed') and the exploitation of our beautiful earth
(resulting in climate change and energy shortage).
At the individual level, the,
lack of depth of our christian culture
leads to selfishness (insufficient empathy for our neighbors)
stress (focus on the result rather than the correctness of an
blurring of moral values (anything should be possible)
confusion ('what is the meaning of my life')
As western civilization based on
christianity has been dominant for
centuries in many parts of the world (with misplaced arrogance
versus a misunderstood eastern depth) the spiritual superficiality
has spread widely.
Today the christianity initiated estrangement from our source
(started by eliminating the search for the transcendental, the
eternal now) seems not to reverse anymore. Even more, in recent
years, by the ever developing communication technology, a new
dimension has been added.
Uncritically we led the younger generation
believe that they need to be 'connected anytime and anywhere with
It is clear that in particular
commercial motives are behind this. No doubt the strategy of
'consumer control' will be continued (via the Google-glasses, cell
phones and chip), creating a kind of robotic human beings.
No free will and a little pill at each
sign of displeasing behavior.
How to go on
The lack of the knowledge of the transcendental reality (the
timeless that has become us and the entire world) is not felt by
humans as such.
We blame our 'feelings of unease' on
various visible reasons such as our job, our relationships, society,
etc. If it stays like this, our fate will stay in the hands of the
dominating powers in the world (politics, economics).
improve our situation?
If in doubt, consider the following:
Wouldn't it be great if the entire world should understand that what
we call 'time' actually is our own process of change? A huge cosmic
process happening in the eternal now!
Wouldn't this awaken us and make us realize that all together and
inspired by the eternal now, we can take the next step in our
This really would make a difference. People would strive to adapt to
life as it should be, which means taking responsibility for the
earth and its inhabitants.
The insight into the illusion of time focuses us on the NOW. With
this we stand at the door of mystical knowledge about our origin and
destiny. Remember what Jesus said? 'Knock and thou shalt be opened'.
Elaborate a little?
If you really understand that time does not exist and that your life
takes place in the eternal now, then focus on this eternal now daily
and try to hold to that for a while ('knocking on the door').
day the door will open and you will see:
It' is the same on both
sides. God is immanent as well as transcendent…
The realization of the timeless (the absolute, reality) widely,
could be the axis that sets a global spiritual awakening in motion.
This will bring forth the best in people and give the so badly
needed 'wisdom' a chance to transform the world.
Thus, my advice: don't throw your watch away, but try to live from
the eternal NOW…