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Jul 4, 2014

ക WhyAskWhy¿ (14) An inch of time? 一寸光陰一寸金?

Time and tide waits for no man Bananaz. Gosh time flies. Tempus fugit with just a blink of an eye and half a year has gone by already since his last CNY post. An old Chinese idiom that stresses the value of time by the inch and it goes like this : ~ '一寸光陰一寸金,寸金難買寸光陰' *yī cùn guāng yīn yī cùn jīn, cùn jīn nán mǎi cùn guāng yīn* "An inch of time is worth an inch of gold; yet you can't buy an inch of time with an inch of gold." *Guāng yīn* 光陰 refers to the sun's shadow which is equivalent to time, lit. An interval of time is worth an ounce of gold, money cannot buy you time. Time is precious and must be treasured.


Why*Ask*Why time is being measured by units of length in olden China? The answer lies in the most ancient time-measuring instrument used which consists of two parts, the gnomon-and-ruler *guibiao* 圭表. The gnomon (pronounced 'noh-mon') *biǎo* 表 is the post or stone pillar standing upright on the ground to cast a shadow on the marked tablet called the ruler *guī* 圭. Since time can be measured by the length of the shadow, thus to describe the duration of time with  "inch" simply sounds logical.


image courtesy of hua.umf.maine.edu


"In the nick of time" is an English idiom for 'at the last possible moment' where a nick was a mark on a stick which was used in the past to measure time. Ancient Chinese would use 'in the inch of time' and in school we learned about seconds and hours. In this modern era the younger generation got a cool way of telling time, saying 'see you in a bit'? Any idea what to expect in years to come for the next new generation to tell time?

52 Bunchesஇ:

Anonymous said...

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Sri Gita Govinda
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Govinda Lilamrta
-An 400 year old book which poetically describes the eternal daily pastimes of Radha and Krishna
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Ananda Vrindavan Campu
-This is probably the most poetic and intimate portrayal of Sri Krsna’s life in Vrndavana that has ever been written.
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Prayers of Service to Radha and Krishna (Sankalpa Kalpadruma)
http://www.mediafire.com/view/lvkqsro3sbzm249/Visvanath_Cakravarti_Thakur_Sankalpa_Kalpadruma.pdf

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suituapui said...

Behold! The banana has risen!

suituapui said...

Yes, time is gold. That's why I stopped working - to relax and enjoy the time I have in my hands. Money is not everything and once time has gone past, we will never get it back. Make full use of it to live life to the fullest.

[SK] said...

Bananaz is back in action "in the nick of time".. be cautious not to step on him banana skins and slip sitting down on your butt!!

[SK] said...

yeah, time is even more precious than gold and money can't buy time!! and i am sitting here dropping comments, seconds gone one after another, so is Bananaz going to pay me back my time?? muahahahaha~~ :D

Twilight Man said...

OMG!!! This pisang is back and I wanna goreng this pisang for his long absence. He has been rather selfish and committed sins for making me wait everyday for his blog updates!! That's time wasted or rather many inches & miles of time evaporated. Dei pisang man, you certainly taught me something new today as you could see that I could visit China 3-4 times a year for leisure and educational trips!

Time & Tide Waits For No Man!

reana claire said...

wahhhhhh.. Welcome back wor!! And your first commenter must be someone very faithful to you.. hahaha.. spamming your box with lots of rujukan.. haahhaaa...

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

Anonymous இ Om shanti

suituapui இ Bananaz is alive & kicking haha. Yeah live life to the fullest. Just lost a Taiwanese friend who gone to drink coffee with the Lord.

[SK] இ Sorry lah brudder. Bananaz can pay you and who pays Bananaz hehe.

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

TM இ Adoi Bananaz lucky not surname 'Lai' cannot point finger to blame one, sin choy sin choy haha. tQ for the inspiration to keep blogging so much fun that cannot stop blogging.

reana claire இ wahhhh long time no see huh..tQ yalor good first spammer ;),

foongpc said...

How time flies! Welcome back!! :)

foongpc said...

Time is a mystery. When you are happy, time flies, when you are sad, time slows down.

foongpc said...

So to slow down time, you gotta be less happy! Hahaha!!

lina said...

Bananaz kembali tepat pada masanya? Hahaha

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

foongpc இ Must not go slow in order to catch time lol

lina இ Procrastination is the thief of time, gotta to tekan minyak kuat kuat haha

Yannie said...

Time is priceless. I was kind of lay back in blog sphere lately, thank goodness I didn't miss any post of Bananaz. lol!

By the way, no one knows more than Yannie about the precious of time, as Yannie always in a rush day in day. Juggling between family, work and exercise.

rainfield61 said...

I do not know how many inches of time banana has disappeared from here.

Happy walker said...

haiz, i wish to travel back in time

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

Yannie இ Time is money indeed you did not miss a single post from Bananaz over half the year haha

rainfield61 இ Oh uncountable 寸cùn already

Happy walker இ No move forward so much to catch up for the future.

London Caller said...

Next generation?
No need to see any more lah.
Everybody's too busy. ;)

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

London Caller இ Si, señor..wakarimashta

London Caller said...

So where have you been, Bananaz?
How's your eye?

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

London Caller இ Being traveling overseas both biz & pleasure. Eyes doing good except vision not perfect, tQ

wenn said...

Don't waste time as time is very unique. It just goes without looking back. So we need to follow the flow of time!

Merryn said...

Wah lau. Waited half a year for your new post and here you are talking about TIME! Dont waste more time leh. Keep us updated on what Bananas has been up too?!

London Caller said...

Where did you go makan angin?

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

Wenn இ Yeah time is money. Hope you enjoyed your Korean trip.

Merryn இ 1001 apologies MIA for so long and must admit procrastination got the better of me.

London Caller இ Aha shall post them in due course. Not telling now let you 'sum si si' haha

Amelia said...

Hi Bananaz, how you doing? Good to see you back in action.

Great posting, thanks for sharing.
Time is precious, make full use of it and don't waste time.

Have a nice day.

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

Amelia இ Doing great, fingers pointing at the 'zy' buzy & lazy haha. Time is money yeah.

Small Kucing said...

mak oi...terkejut is see anon comment

Small Kucing said...

apa macam you? Back in action...better now? going to blog more often or not?

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

Small Kucing இ Once a blogger always a blogger haha. Yalor got bitten by the 'zy' bug buzy & lazy one.

EastCoastLife said...

Bananaz, you live in Johor? Wish I could meet up with Malaysian bloggers when I visit for a holiday. :)
Yong Peng is a lovely place to relax.... for me.

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

EastCoastLife இ Oops Yong Peng is in Johor? Thought its in Perak. Nope Bananaz is rooted in Kat Lum Por

Daisy said...

It's nice to see you back posting on your blog again, Bananaz. Time has certainly been flying around me lately. I can't get it to slow down. :-) I hope you have a good week ahead.

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

Daisy இ Time is truly limited with so much to do and so little time

Anon இ Great tQ

Princess Ribbon said...

Hi, I'm curious about you, so I come over.. Hello..

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

Princess Ribbon இ Hi tQ for dropping by. Curious about Bananaz being male or female? You slow slow look to find out

Angie said...

Hi Bananaz
I love this post of yours about time. It frightens me sometimes how it flies.. it creeps on you and it's gone and never to come back. Now if that is not frightening, don't what to say lah. Ok, so while we have it, let's make full use of it. It might just creep and fly away. hehe

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

Angie இ tQ yeah its ticking and can never stop

EastCoastLife said...

When I visit Kat Lum Por, soon bian visit you. haha....
Happy weekend!

Leovi said...

Our life is very short in the vastness of time, our duty is to take it!

Leovi said...

Yes, very interesting, I think we flew faster than the time, always arrived at our destination, time continues to infinity!

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

EastCoastLife இ Welcome to KatLumPor

Leovi இ Unstoppable time

London Caller said...

Show us your red brick mansion one day lah :)

ChrisAu said...

Somehow this morning when i woke up, i realise there's a lot of personal things i haven't finish and I'm seems wasting my time, though I'm working . yes, time is precious !

Small Kucing said...

mana new post? Happy long weekend ya

Leovi said...

Very interesting and ingenious methods for measuring the time from the shadows and sunny day, of course!

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

London Caller இ One day..

ChrisAu இ Shall give time time

Small Kucing இ Coming up pretty soon

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

Leovi இ Great brains indeed

Leovi said...

I would like a large garden at home to put this clock shadow!

mun said...

Good info on time. Thank you for sharing. Do some people use banana to measure time?

இ Baŋäŋaƶ இ said...

Leovi இ Great idea no need to buy clock haha

mun இ tQ for dropping by. Can have a banana eating competition by the minutes haha.

 
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