Truth in a Nutshell
The Present Moment
Buddha was once asked, “What makes a person holy?” He replied, “Every hour is divided into a certain number of seconds and every second into a certain number of fractions. Anyone who is able to be totally present in each fraction of a second is holy.”
Similarly, a Japanese warrior was captured by his enemies and thrown into prison. At night he could not sleep for he was convinced that he would be tortured the next morning.
Then the words of his master came to his mind. “Tomorrow is not real. The only reality is now.”
So he came to the present – and fell asleep.
Anthony de Mello, The Song of the Bird
Mostly we are unhappy in thinking about what has passed, and our future is always bothering or worrying us. So, when we are absorbed in simran, we will be at least safe from all this unnecessary worry. We should, therefore, try to make use of our time in doing simran whenever we are free mentally. That has definite advantages.
Maharaj Charan Singh, Spiritual Perspectives, Vol. II