Being nothing and everything (Life is both illusory and real)

Nisargadatta Maharaj, said that he saw he was nothing, and that was “wisdom “. Of course, that is “wisdom “, this “nothingness ” we see is the end of the minds usefulness. “I am nothing”,  this is the minds “wisdom “. But this is only the start. Nisargadatta  also said that when he saw he was “everything “,  this was Love. This, seeing that we are “everything “,  is what takes one beyond the mind. When the empty heart is “filled ” with Love, there is no “vision “, no thought, no “words “. It just is.

Giving up the “search “;  emptying out the mind of thoughts of “still silence “, as conceived by the mind, even giving up the thought of “Love ”  itself for the reality beyond words and mind is what is required. But fear of actually letting go is what keeps most “stuck” in the apparent, comfortable “still silence “.  If you suggest, as life itself does, that there is more than this background of “still silence “, this Neti, Neti, this incomplete “enlightenment ” that is seen by these fearful “seekers “,  they will reject you, unfriend you, and say that you are the one who is “deluded “. They will only accept a total rejection of “everything ” as their “reality “.

To be Love, this seeing oneself as “everything “, opens the world, others and yourself to what is.  Not some negative “screen ”  upon which the “illusions ”  appear, but seeing the “illusions ” themselves as part and parcel of the “screen “. Sure, you can say that the “illusions ” are all in the “mind “. But the “mind ” is also both an “illusion ” and itself part and parcel of the “screen “. Non-duality can not admit an “illusion “,  and a separate “screen “,  and still remain “non-dual “. There is both “movement ” and “stillness “. One can’t be separated from the other, or one held to be “higher ”  or more perfect or “real ”  than the other.

It is time to call “seekers “,  especially those who have had the incomplete “awakening ” to “nothingness “, or “silent stillness “,  back into life. Just as the Christ is described as being both “fully human”  and fully “divine“,  Life is both illusory  and real.  We can not separate “temporary ”  from “eternal “, and remain outside of time; the great “illusion “. We have to dive deeply into paradox, and dare to “live”  there. Not taking positions, choosing “real ” (eternal), over “illusion ” (temporary), but accepting all that is, as it unfolds in Love.

Bill Lindley


About amartingarcia

General surgeon (retired). Studied Western philosophy at U of Toronto. Afterwards interest turned to advaita vedanta and non-duality for past 20 yrs, plus a long interlude in Sufism coinciding with that period. Now contributing in ’Advaita Vision’ with regular posts and discussions.
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