It is a common point across all vedantic darshanas that the universe undergoes cyclic creation and destruction. There are infinite such cycles going back in time and infinite such cycles are yet to come. That means, infinite years/months/units of time have already passed by. We are already at infinite time? But how can we ever reach infinite time? How can infinite number of years ever pass by? Infinity can never be physically realized. But vedanta says that we are already at infinite time! How is this possible? Have any vedantic philosophers tried to address this issue?

  • Why can't infinite number of years pass by? If years were finite, everyone would have got Moksha by now.
    – Pinakin
    Feb 9, 2019 at 7:46
  • You are reifying time, and this will cause much confusion. You might like to google the phrases 'Holy Instant', Divine Moment' and 'Perennial Now'. For a mathematical explanation of time in accord with the Vedas (or so it seems to me) you could read the mathematician Hermann Weyl on the continuum, or a text called 'Open World'. He points out that we do not experience the passing of time and explains the continuum of mathematics and physics as a mental construction.
    – PeterJ
    Feb 9, 2019 at 12:02
  • i do not think this question has any answer from scriotures except mentioning that the creation is Anaadi or endless.
    – user17294
    Feb 9, 2019 at 13:37
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    not all darshanas/schools of thaught believe in moksha for everyone all are equal all are brahman himself.. @chinmaysarupria some will get moksha some will get andhamas some will always be in the cycle.. then only this infinite theory holds good.. otherwise as you said you have nullify the Vedic statement that creation annadhi or have infinite cycle, there is one way to escape say that this is mere illusion.. then no need to explain infinite because infinite is also illusion
    – Prasanna R
    Mar 18, 2019 at 11:36
  • @PrasannaR "some will always be in the cycle" There is none who will forever remain in the cycle.
    – Pinakin
    Mar 18, 2019 at 12:37

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Its all in the mind. The universe is a dream. If I dream of playing a badminton match, subconsciously I would assume that I was born from my mothers womb and so many things that in reality never happened. Science says universe took billions of years for life to come on earth. But Christianity says that it took seven days. In a dream, you can choose to see as behind in time as possible, but that doesn't mean that really happened. In a dream, we can never talk about the start or end of time. That is why time is infinite both in past and future till you wake up. We are already at infinite time would be true in this sense. It may have intended to tell us that its time to wake up.

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    Wake up from what?
    – Wikash_
    Mar 21, 2019 at 11:22
  • Wake up from this dream of life filled with duality and realize the Real- Adwaitha Mar 28, 2019 at 4:01
  • What do you mean?
    – Wikash_
    Mar 28, 2019 at 14:25
  • Enlightened state is the wake state and what we call the normal day to day state is actually abnormal dream state. How can there be perception if all are me? Life has to be a dream of which realization is the wake state. All this is as per Ashtavakra geetha and Mudakopanishad and Ramanas talks and Nisargadatta Maharaj books. Mar 29, 2019 at 15:42
  • What is the difference between the enlightened state and the abnormal dream state?
    – Wikash_
    Mar 30, 2019 at 6:56

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