Yoga Sutra 4.12 what are past and future do actually exist

Sūtra IV.12 What are past and future do actually exist, but there is difference of time-phase in their dharma-s So it is, but the commentator does not simply reiterate this conclusion, for he goes on to explain that when it was said that ‘when the causes are nonexistent the saṃskāra-groups also are non-existent’, it is not an absolute non-existence. What is it then? Of the non-existent there is no coming into being; and of the existent there is no destruction. As actual things inasmuch as they are facts, they will continue to be; how should the saṃskāra-groups cease to exist? The words allow some choice in interpretation, and the sense here is, that the saṃskāra-groups do not absolutely cease to be: they do actually exist, but as things in the past. That whose manifestation is yet to come is future; that whose manifestation came (and went) is past; when a …

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