I usually disagree and argue with absolutist statements like yours. I'm not going to do that here, but let me present my stock argument. The traditional Advaitic ontological monism is very strict. Brahman Unity in Being is all there is, and everything else (thought, matter, time, diarrhea, etc. ) is all maya. Maybe Maharshi lived there. I don't. And I'm guessing you don't either.
But let's say that you do. Maharshi was generally silent, and basically taught from there. But we live in maya, and most of the posts on this forum come from some level of consciousness "below" or at least different from Absolute or Unity consciousness. Mine certainly do. And for us, the simple statement that every thought, perception, observation, feeling, particle and wave are simply manifestations of the Absolute should really just be a footnote...because we can't experience that just by reading it. So we need to read something else.
I agree with this:
there is either clarity in the present or not..... and clarity cannot be held or taken into the future.
However, life can be lived in the now, or in an infintely small sequence of 'present moments.' And we can have clarity in that life. In every present moment of that life. I don't. But at some point I might. And then my "Now" will be different than it is today. And then I will be enlightened. And someone else with a big clock and calendar will look at my life and say: "at some point he got enlightened."
So, by reference to 'clock time' (as used by Eckhart Tolle), a person marches through his life for 29 years and then 'gets' enlightened. The irony here is that it is only after the final veil falls that the enlightened person recognizes that his 'shift' was a removal of an artificial barrier, not the 'gaining' of something new.
It's all semantics...stick around +JIm+ - we like swordfights on the field of Arjuna!
A person is not a thing or a process, but an opening through which the universe manifests. - Martin Heidegger
There is not past, no future; everything flows in an eternal present. - James Joyce