If we attentively observe anything from this Mayavic world in which we live, such as a table, for instance, we discover with mystical astonishment three perfectly defined aspects, namely: length, width, and height.
However, it is evident that in the table used in our example, a specific and totally defined fourth factor exists. I am referring to the concept of time.
How much time has passed since that gleaming table was created by the humble carpenter? Only minutes? Maybe hours? Months? Years?
Length, width, and height are - without any possible doubt (even if these are of a Cartesian type) - the three Euclidean aspects of this three-dimensional world within which, for good or for bad, we live. It is evident that it would be absurd to exclude the fourth factor from our postulations.
Thus, considering time as the fourth dimension, it intrinsically contains two fundamental properties, namely: temporal and spatial.
It is positive, authentic, and undeniable that the chronometric aspect of life is exclusively the unstable surface of the spatial depth.
Many years before, prior to the time of the wise Einstein who surprised the world with his famous Theory of Relativity, any learned person conceived the factor of time as a straight line. However, in this day and age, any intellectual person accepts that such a factor is a curve. Nonetheless, it is also obvious that in this present century, people who think with a medieval mind still exist.
Great modern, intellectual people, utopians by nature, beautifully fantasize when thinking that eternity is also a straight line, time prolongated in an indefinite way.
Revolutionary Gnosticism dialectally teaches that eternity in itself has nothing to do with the concept of time.
The International Gnostic Movement emphatically affirms that a Fifth Dimension exists, known with the solemn name of Eternity.
In accordance with the wise Law of Recurrence, everything in life comes to occur again, just as it happened previously within the vicious circle of time.
Indeed, the times are eternally repeated. Yet, let not time be confused with eternity.
An incessant repetition of events and times exists within the Eternal Now of the great life.
The curve of time perfectly revolves within the perfect circle of eternity; yet, it is evident that these two wheels are different.
That which is beyond these two mysterious circles is the Sixth Dimension, and we must search for the living foundation of any Cosmogenesis within the unknowable Zero Region.
Considering that the wise Einstein already mathematically demonstrated the relativity of time, we can emphasise the idea that the fourth factor (time) of our three-dimensional world, within the Unmanifested Absolute, has no existence.
Before the flaming heart from this solar system of Ors, within which we live, move and have our Being, started to intensely palpitate after the Great Pralaya (Cosmic Night), time did not exist. It was lying asleep within the profound bosom of the Abstract Absolute Space.
If at the end of the Mahamanvantara (Cosmic Day), the seven basic dimensions of the universe remain reduced into a simple mathematical point, which is lost as a drop within the Great Ocean, then it is evident that time ceases to exist.
The worlds, as well as human beings, animals, and plants, are born, grow up, get old, and die. Everything that breathes under the sun has a defined period of time.
The unity of life of any living creature is equivalent, as a fact and by its own right, to every single palpitation of its heart.
Indeed, it has been wisely stated unto us that the whole starry heaven is a system of hearts that intensely palpitate.
It is evident that each palpitation from the worlds is performed every 27,000 years.
The complete life of any world, which sparkles and blazes within the profound bosom of the inalterable infinite, is equivalent to the complete amount of 2,700,000,000 palpitations from the cosmic heart.
The humble insect that only lives for an evening in summer, lives, indeed, as much as any human being or any world, just in a very accelerated way.
It is written with embers of ardent fire that the number of cardiac palpitations for beasts, human beings, and worlds is always the same; however, sometimes more fast or more slow.
Time is extremely relative. Thus, through the stage show of the world, many actors who carry their own chronometer are passing by.
Moreover, secret calculations and esoteric time also exist. This is known by any Adept.
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