Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 19 May 2023


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What about the dimension of time in the picture of space and energy?

[A question by Shri Aditya Nath]

Swami replied:- Space is the subtle energy that was created as the first item in the beginning of creation. Time is not mentioned as a separate item in the creation of God along with items like space, air, fire, water, earth, plants and awareness. The reason is that time is the fourth dimension of the four-dimensional space-time model. The three spatial co-ordinates are length, width and height. Time is another co-ordinate of space only, which is very much involved with the three above said co-ordinates. In villages, we hear people saying that the time is two hands in the morning (Baaredu poddu ekkindi - in Telugu). This means that the Sun rose two hands distance from the point of horizon touching the earth. In this way, the scale of time can be expressed in spatial co-ordinates. Scientists also say that time is the distance between two successive events in space. Sun is gross energy along with the materialized fuel. Space is a subtle form of energy. Unless awareness is there, time is not noted. Even if the awareness is absent, time can exist. If the gross energy and matter (Sun) are absent, time is not expressed. If space alone exists, time also exists as the latent fourth co-ordinate. When space is absent, everything becomes non-existent and hence, time also does not exist in that situation. The distance between the two opposite horizon points is the distance of the hemisphere, which is exactly half of twenty four hours. Hence, time is not a separate independent item in this imaginable creation since it is just a special co-ordinate of space involving the three normal co-ordinates of space.