A friend had just visited her new born granddaughter, and she said:” with the joy of a new birth, I feel older.” “The new baby is getting old, too” I said, “so you have the same age.”
Our eyes and mind always remain on impression, but not on the reality of now. When we freeze the concept of morning, noon or evening to the sun-rise and sun set, we ignore the rotating of the earth. When we watch the moon from crescent to full, we forget that the moon is always round. When we see the light of a lamp, we ignore the continuously flowing electric currents.
When we separate birth with death, we break the wholeness of occurring, and split the oneness between you, nature, things and other beings. Time is a symbol of differentiation, the concept of day and night are based on limited and broken views, which force ourselves into a relative realm, in there we meet with all kinds of conflicts created by ourselves.
For Zen, everybody has the same age; we don’t count by years, months or days, which can be called the false time. There’s nothing happening in years, months, days or even minutes, but happening in moments, which are not able to be counted, and this moment cannot be added to the next, where the time is vanished!
In the same age with everything, you will not become old, and you will never feel lonely…