The Greatest Illusion / Time

Definition: Idea
Creator: The Original Being
Played by: Narada

Our view of what the world is, is deeply entangled in our experience of time itself.

Game II Core Wave: "Ancient Ideas in Modern Times" or "Time Transcendent Ideas."

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Relationship to Core Wave

What is time? How has our perception of time changed over the centuries? What transcends our ideas about time? What is really going on?

Connection Tunnels

  • Alien Dreamtime
  • The Big Bang Never Happened
  • The Infinite Game
  • The Bridge

    Highlight Quotes

    "The power of illusion may be compared to an introspective deliberation which would plan things. It may be represented as a "divine thought" of which the universe would be the materialisation."

    "From the point of view of man "the power of illusion appears to be of 2 kinds. It is a covering which, like a veil, obstructs perception, and it is an evolving through which the illusion becomes an independent, self-propelling entity."

    "An illusion is a false appearance, but an appearance is of necessity based on reality; for no illusory thing can exist without support, and the reality of the support remains, pervading the illusion. In worshiping the illusion, or its manifestations, one worships the reality behind it, the unknowable Imensity on which it rests."

    "The transcendent power of illusion prevents the basis of all, the Self-illumined imensity, from being dis-covered. It forcibly deceives the minds of even the Seers soaked in the secret knowledge of the scripture."

    "Maya is the teacher of magicians. He created the science of magic... he is still worshipped today by all magicians."

    "The nature of illusion is represented by the No. 1."

    "The sense of an existence separate from Krsna is called Maya (Ma-not, Ya-this). "
    - - Quote from "Bhagavad-Gita As It Is" by A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    "Though the future's there for anyone to change, still you know it seems it would be easier sometimes to change the past."
    -- Jackson Browne

    Geographic Location

    Wherever it was in Europe that they made the first wind up clock

    Images and Clips

    Dear Beautiful Time Traveller a collage by Narada

    Access and Distribution

    Quotes from a wonderful book called "The Gods of India- Hindu Polytheism"
    by Alain Danielou
    published by Inner Traditions International Ltd
    377 Park Ave South
    New York, NY 10016

  • Main Submission

    Maya is a Sanskrit word imbued with much meaning. It is "illusion", and the power to create illusions, and yet these illusions are the whole sum and substance of creation. Maya is the divine power by which God deludes aspects of itself into believing that they are separate individual beings experiencing the temporal unfolding of their own experience. Maya is the magic will of God creating all the exquisite dramas of life on all planes of possibility.

    Since Einstien physicists have treated the apparent flow of time as a subjective illusion. Time is seen as another dimension of extension, and nothing can be said to move or change- all time being already existing. I wish I could find an appropriate quote from Einstien to go here as I know he was quite articulate about this.

    Recent developments of complexity theory and chaos theory are changing our perception of time again. It is argued that the future of complex systems fluctuates wildly with the most infintesimal changes of the original conditions. Therefore in a sense it does not exist except as a strange attractor toward certain probabilities. (I hope this is not taking too much poetic license with my oversimplification.)


    My own memories disappear into the mists as I look further and further back in time. Perhaps this is not a fault of my memory but the true perception of the past as a mist of possibilities inherently as unknowable as the chaos of the future. If this is so then to "prove" a particular past moment as "having happened" is only to show that there is a trajectory of cause and effect that leads from one imagined situation to the other. Only this moment can be said to be real now, and perhaps it has not "one set past," anymore than it has one set future.

    Follow Ups

    " is the relationship between things and other things, while time is the relationship between things and themselves. The time relation thus requires some establishment of identity (between things and themselves) seeing identity is of the essence of time, it follows that when a human being gives himself to a cause, letting his individual identity be absorbed into something larger than himself, he is proportionatly liberating himself from the field of one's self is swallowed by universality, to a comparable degree one becomes immortal."

    -- from Guy Murchie's book, The Seven Mysteries of Life, an Exploration in Science and Philosophy

    interesting ideas...
    time has always been an interesting
    thing to ponder

    when someone asks me
    "what time is it?"
    i always answer
    "RIGHT NOW!"

    in love and light,
    hoping to contribute a bead (full submission)
    sometime soon

    "It is perhaps as difficult to be awakened from a dream as to be born ."

    - James Joyce, from Ullysess

    I am another yourself, and I welcome your acknowledgement of the connection to the other Mayans through the calendars of Time.

    When is Eternity? Where is Infinity?

    Why this body? Why this face?
    Why this time? Why this place?
    No track of words could ever explain-
    Why the burning of the fire?
    Why the falling of the rain?

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