Although this is a fun picture to share, I wonder if in some ways it doesn’t give the wrong impression.
Is there a now, and then another now, and then another now, as if each now is different and separate from the other? Is there a now, now, now, which flows along in time and which changes, or in reality is there only the Now?
I think perhaps there is a notion that developed in some of the teachings which came after Vedanta that each ‘now’ is replaced by another, that each mind moment is followed by another. Okay, well, good, and true, but who or what is present to that?
In the teachings of Vedanta the notion that there is some type of flow of Now is negated, because in reality there is only one Now, and that Now doesn’t change in time.
This Now is seamless. Not because it flows along in time, but because it has nothing whatsoever to do with time. This Now is ever the exactly the same.
Now doesn’t carry on in time. Time carries on in the Now. Now transcends time and space, yet is ever present to them.
The Now that is here at this moment, is the Now that was here in the last moment, is the Now that will be present when the creation, and time and space themselves resolve.
Before there was a manifestation of duality there was Now. While there is a manifest duality there is Now. When there is no manifest duality there is Now.
Okay then a question: Can one be here now?
A better question: Can one not?
We get so caught up in the drama that changing circumstances present—we are so enamored, and in some sense obsessed, with events which take place in time—that we don’t recognize the Now in which events and time themselves take place.
So who or what is this Now?
It is you. That’s who you are. And your Now is not different from my Now, or the Now of anyone. The events which are taking place in time for your body/mind are different from those taking place for my body/mind, but our Now is exactly the same.
When the body/mind cease to exist what will be there then?
What will be there is what is always there, Now.
Try and get out of the Now. I dare you.
You cannot, for it is you.