The Art of Living Now | It is possible to grasp the reality of the present moment totally only when you see everything that has happened in the past as a dream. When you discard everything that has happened until now as a dream, only then can you understand the truth of the present moment.
It is the bhootkala (the past) that has overwhelmed and burdened our mind. Without being free of this bhoota (here meaning the past) you cannot attain the Bhootnatha (a name for Lord Shiva). To attain Bhootnatha we need to see everything in the past as a dream. And this is not a very difficult thing to do. All that we need for this is a little awareness.
You must have seen cats and dogs, sometimes they roll in water or dirt, but when they get up, they immediately shake everything off their body and walk ahead. In the same way, you too can play in the water or the mud, but every once in a while, just stand up and shake everything off and come into awareness. Then you will find that Lord Shiva is right here, right now. When you do this again and again, this realization begins to dawn and deepen within you.