Time, Our Constant Companion

All of us work hard for success in life. And sooner or later we realize that, among other things, it is only through proper time-management we can succeed in doing any work. We keep on trying endlessly but things just do not seem to happen since happening is a function of time. Things will happen only when time is right. Bhagavad Gita advises to live the life in equanimity, unaffected by the ups and downs in life that are functions of time.

There is time for every purpose under the sky, but there is never enough. Time once spent is spent forever and it cannot come back, though health, wealth etc., can be recreated. We all have the same amount of time but it is just a matter of how we utilize it. In order to produce greater results one is required to change one`s strategy with respect to time. Time flies, crawls and races. Time heals all wounds, but it is also the great destroyer. Again, like the tide, time waits for no one, but in dramatic moments it also stands still. In Internet, the time has, in essence, triumphed over space. Temporal boundaries, that separate one place from another, are abolished, making the entire world a global village.

Our senses tell us that time flows. In other words, the past is gone and cannot be changed; the future is undetermined, and we are in reality living in the present. We are influenced by events in the past, so that we act in the present to shape the future events. From past to future through present, that is the chain of events. We think that past is something which has slipped out of existence. It, of course, lives on, by leaving an impression or samskara on our mind. So there is no need to grieve for the future or the past. The past is contained in the present moment. So the only job left to us is to act properly through proper discretion of the present circumstances.

Dr.Mahesh Chandra Panda


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Dr. Mahesh Chandra Panda, M.B.B.S.,M.D. Date of Birth:29.02.1948 Retd. (29.02.2008) Chief District Medical Officer Bargarh Orissa India
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20 Responses to Time, Our Constant Companion

  1. I have referred the article ’Time, Our Constant Companion’ published in the monthly journal ‘The Vedanta Kesari’ in its Vol. 98, No.9 in drafting my above article.

  2. Thanks Dr Panda for referral. I don’t view time as an holistic material available to me. I get up in morning, enjoy bed tea and don’t do any physical exercise presently. See my favourite programmes, see patients at my own terms, be on net and communicate with relatives and friends. I supervise and guide young ones and help a few people who are in trouble. I am not bothered how much time is left with me and I am not interested in setting goals for myself. I thoroughly enjoy my life and break all rules to the boundary of not being illegal. I prefer not to do anything which lessons my respect. I fully enjoy fighting all obstacles, those come my way. Rest of life, years, months, days and moments are just for enjoying. I do not burden myself with the obligation that I have to leave earth better. I find reading on internet huge number of people communicating with me and a compulsive comment writer in a way I feel truly from heart and do so without bothering how world will react to it. You will call me selfish but that is how I enjoy life. Many a times I find myself asserting alone against full group. I enjoy every moment, difficult and pleasant ones. This is how I understand time to me. Love to Snigdha.

  3. Dr.Binod Bihari Naik says:

    Respected Sir,

    I read elaborately your clip of ‘time, our constant companion’ two to three times but found difficult to comment on this.Time what generally counts on watch is different in day to day life what happens on every individual. Watch imparts time which is statuary to all for routine work in life but real time in each individual is different. Hence time is either fortune makers or destroyers in one life…called lifetime. In the spiritual sense, time is GOD.One who understands time and gives respect, then there is no question to be debarred from shower of grace of God at appropriate time, place and person.This may be meant to time,our constant companion in the topic referred above. Hence time is very spacious rather precious and one should be always cautious to utilise it in union with God rather to be companion for self-realisation which is more important what I mean.

    With regards and thanks
    Your Divine Brother
    Dr.Binod Bihari Naik
    Bargarh, Odhisa

  4. Prakash Padhan says:

    Past is the previous form of present. Future is the later form of present. Present is the only time to apply action & wisdom. All things shall pass away.Change is the law of nature. Everybody is changing every time because we are on earth, earth is revolving constantly.

  5. Sir,

    A nice article which elaborates the philosophy of Life. It is very difficult on my part to comment on this article.The article enlighted the reality of life where time is the key point.I think time period of any living creature is fixed and prepared by the Almighty. So if we deeply go through the article perhaps we may reach the place of Almighty only by the blessing as well as the way of spirituality. It is so difficult to realise on part of ourselves that many times in our life span which is wrong or right because we are just an actor of the creator.
    I wish for your healthy life.

    Kedarnath Sahu
    Sohela,Bargarh Odisha

  6. Purnima Panda says:

    Pranam kaka,

    A very brief review of Time which is truth of life that will help us evolve in the way we ought to. But because of our worldly obsession with time we rarely take time to think more deeply about how our inner states change. And yet there will come a time when we pass from this world fully into the spiritual world and then our whole environment will be determined by the state we are in and not by the time. In this very physical world we inhabit we have become dominated by time and the need to do certain things on time or at the right time or before time. And yet spiritually we need to become more and more concerned about our state and how we can change it. Every body should respect time because in this world nobody is powerful than time.

  7. Dhandapani Muthuswamy says:

    Dr.ji, Ur articles are always superb. As I already stated in other article I am not capable commenting articles written by u. But I can mention the most touching lines. Ups and downs are functions of time, time flies, crawls and races, time heals wounds but it is a great destroyer. One who realise the lines can understand the power and value of time. Time can turn a charcoal into gold. By extreme bliss one can slay the time, that is why siva is also called as “maha kaal”. Thanks Pandaji for giving a precious knowledge.

  8. V Chandra Sekhar says:

    Namaste Dr.Pandaji,

    As has always been the case, Your new article “Time,Our Constant Companion” is very thought-provoking & gives food for thought. But, as a layman, my observation is that, in one’s lifetime, one is caught in the quagmire of day-to-day problems, which, per force, in view of some problem encountered in the present, makes one to think in retrospect & ponder whether the present problem could be the aftermath of wrong decisions taken in the past, & this present predicament could have been avoided by better-planning in the past. At the same time, one cannot but agree with your view that Present is a precursor to the shape of future things to come, thereby giving an opportunity for one to take precautionary steps to ensure that past mistakes are not repeated again. Thanks for your thought-provoking article.

  9. ‘Time, Our Constant Companion’ is a great article by Dr Mahesh Chandra Panda ji. The thoughts expressed in it are really true. I fully agree with the views expressed in it. Time really is a great thing. By neglecting the importance of time a human being can never aspire to achieve great thing because discipline in use of time is really the key to achieve a goal.

    I thank Dr Panda for sharing his thought with us.

  10. Shankarsan Joshi says:

    It is only through proper time-management we can succeed in doing any work. It’s very useful in life.

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