I would like to present the following excerpt from K:
". . . . . . . . The present, the immediate now, is ever the past. The moment I have done something it is over, it belongs to the past, it is dead. Every action, which takes place in the present, instantly becomes the past, and to that past belongs whatever you have understood of the progressive self. Whatever you have understood, whatever you have dominated, conquered, is over, it belongs to the past, it is dead, finished with.
The reason for presenting these words here is that instantly I read them I had a strong sense that they are words I could have written myself. They are felt to be true, true, true. And I felt the time had come to put the words - not the words but the living actuality of the words represent - to the test of other people’s perceptions, so to speak.
At the purely intellectual level, I don’t see how the words can be contested. Of course the present is dying all the time, disappearing into the past. The only ‘existence’ it then has is in memory, which is no existence at all.
But an intellectual description of the words in no way captures the significance of what the words are pointing to. That significance is enormous, when the actuality is lived (or rather, lived and died). All problems are dying all the time. Every moment the slate is being wiped clean, ready for a new start.
All effort, all struggle, is continually coming to an end - there is nothing that I need to do about it . And this is a fact, not a theory.
(The excerpt is from from “Morning talk” at Ommen 1929 pub in Chetana’s “Early Writings” page 56)