Outstripping Time*

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SYSTEMATICS
THE JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTE FOR THE COMPARATIVE STUDY OF HISTORY, PHILOSOPHY AND THE SCIENCES
VOL. 6 No 1 JUNE, 1968
OUTSTRIPPING TIME
J. G. Bennett

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…”Future Influencing Present  – which later proved unmistakably to be a preparation for events which he could not have foreseen. I can say that I have observed the same in my own life. This has no evidential value for another person. If anyone has had experience of this, of seeing themselves doing things, they did not know why, and afterwards find that what they were doing was required as a preparation for something they did not, and could not foresee, then they will understand what is meant by “Future Influencing Present.”

 


“I do think that this notion of outstripping time accounts for some of the very deepest intuitions of mankind, such as the notion that is attri­buted to Gautama Buddha, of the Nirvana state which is a state of non-existence and yet far from being a state of nothingness; a state in which there is neither being nor the time process, and yet a state which is asserted to be incomparably richer in its content than anything we know. Nirvana is certainly not a static, timeless, frozen state of the kind that I was talking about in the beginning. The notion of Nirvana has always been extremely perplexing to people because it seemed that it required non-existence, and yet was asserted to be the state of the perfection of being. In my opinion, there is nothing contradictory, and I would even say, not even very difficult about this notion if you begin to accustom yourself to think in terms of the kind of multi-dimensional world that I have been describing, and also of associating the Nirvanic state with the will rather than with the being of man. The will is capable of producing its own forms, although itself is formless.”

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