As far as physics is concerned, all the great stars come out of nothing, and all the great stars die and disappear into nothingness again. For the first time, modern physics has confirmed Gautam Buddha’s idea that everything is nothing. Sometimes it takes a form and sometimes it disappears into the ocean of existence.
Just like the waves in the ocean – in the full moon night they become so tidal…and then they disappear. Just throw a small pebble in a silent lake, and it will create circles upon circles, and again those circles will disappear and the lake will be silent.
We are made of the stuff “nothingness.”
Nothingness is not nothingness, as it is usually understood; nothingness is the womb of everything. It gives birth to everything and ultimately it goes back to its womb.
Hence, birth and death both prove only one thing: that existence consists only of nothingness. Birth and death are simply ripples.
He’s saying, this is…a name for ungraspability, a name for mountains, rivers, the whole earth. And I’m adding – this will not do – it is the name for the whole universe, the universe that we have come to know through our scientific instruments, and the universe that we are not yet acquainted with, and the universe that we will never be acquainted with because it is infinite. There are no boundaries; all is like soap bubbles in a vast ocean. Our great stars, our planets, our suns, our solar systems…just soap bubbles. They may remain here for millions or trillions of years, it does not matter.
In the eternity of existence, four million light years are just a small second.
It is also called the real form.
Nothingness is the real form because it is the only form that never changes. Everything comes and goes, only nothingness remains.
In the green of the pines, the twist of the brambles, there is no going or coming. In the red of the flowers and the white of the snow, there is no birth and no death.
Joy, anger, love, pleasure – these are beginningless and endless delusion.
By calling them “delusion” he does not mean that they are condemned. That is a misconception which even followers of Buddha go on carrying. It is simply a description of their nature.
For example, in a movie you know that on the screen there is nothing but light and shadow, a game between light and shadow projected on an empty screen. But you enjoy the drama, you enjoy the movie, the story. You will find people crying when there is a tragedy; you will find people laughing, forgetting completely that the screen is empty.