HERMETIC - ESOTERIC - MYSTICAL PHILOSOPHIES
VOID OR EMPTINESS
What is the
Void or Emptiness? in Buddhism it means "empty of a separate
self" . The word Emptiness or Void should not scare us. To be empty
does not mean non-existent. Emptiness is the ground of everything, thanks to
it, everything is possible.
When we try
to use symbols to understand and conceptualize the "void", we straight away
realize that it is impossible to do so. However, the 'I' tries all the same
to understand it, because after all, it is its Source. There is an Indian
saying that goes like this: "Listen, Shariputra, form is emptiness,
emptiness is form, form does not differ from emptiness, emptiness does not
differ from form. The same is true with feelings, perceptions,. mental
formations, and consciousness."
could say that form is the wave and emptiness is the ocean. We could
understand through that image. A wave is made of ocean water it does not
differ from it, in the same way, 'form' does not differ from emptiness, and
emptiness does not differ from form. Therefore, we can understand that the
Void or Emptiness interpenetrates everything in creation. Let us take
another example and consider a circle... for some it will represent a zero,
or nothingness... and for others it will symbolize wholeness and totality...
What is the difference between nothingness, zero and wholeness and totality?
The simple difference is that if one image of the circle exists, then the
other ones must also exist. The same is true with our feelings, perceptions,
mental concepts and consciousness, because these five contain each other.
the notion of the Void, of existence and non-existence are just created by
our minds. Because we know that we are some of the time conscious and some
of the time unconscious. Modern science has perceived this truth that not
only matter and energy are one, but that matter and space are also one.
Therefore Matter, space, MIND or CONSCIOUSNESS are also one, because MIND
or CONSCIOUSNESS is in it.
(Mind in the sense of Absolute Being or Absolute Self - Universal Cosmic
point to consider is the comparison that we made between "form" or "mold" (look
in some of my other articles on this website) which is considered to
be like a wave in the ocean of "emptiness", (which is
Absolute Consciousness - the substance of creation), therefore form
like the wave changes forms incessantly (cycles of death and
rebirth) and this unpredictability is due to a Cosmic Law which is
crucially important because it allows Absolute Consciousness (or
the ocean of Emptiness) to dwell in different types and kinds of
forms, however, each one of these forms manifests in the world of
duality a corresponding level of awakened Consciousness. In other words, we
could continue with the example of the ocean and the wave... we have all
kinds of waves, and no two are exactly the same, we also have different
types of waves some are small, others medium, and some are very large
indeed... each according to their characteristic quality contain more
or less water... and so, in the same way we could say that each "form"
according to its quality and characteristic (according
to its inner programming in the psyche) has the potential and
possibility to awaken more or less Absolute Consciousness. - Cosmic
Consciousness... the VOID.
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