Glossary of Spiritual Wisdom
Quotes about Voidness (Pure Voidness)
The Absolute is Not a Nothing in the Sense of Complete Voidness
We can say “I” to refer to the self that is the absolute nature, but it’s not an “I” in the sense that it has a feeling of “I” in it. It doesn’t have a feeling of identity. It is “I” because there is nothing else to refer to when I speak. It is what speaks, and it is what does, and it is what is. When you say “I” but there is nothing else but that I, what do you say? You can’t say it isn’t “I,” because there’s nothing else. That’s the back being the “I.” You can say “I” without a feeling of “I” and without this “I” meaning some entity or circumscribed reality. I can say “I move,” “I talk,” but there is no sense of there being me talking, feeling, or doing anything. There is no self in the normal sense of the word. The Absolute is not a nothing in the sense of complete voidness. It is not passive. It’s true that it is a complete nothing, nothing there, but this nothingness has an annihilating power. It’s like explosions in every cell. So we can’t say it’s a nothing. Yet we can’t say it’s a something, for its annihilating power is that it is pure voidness, absolute absence. It is not present and it is not absent. It’s both at once. It is absolute absence and it is complete presence. So the presence of the Guest is the complete presence of absolute absence, without the presence and the absence being two things. You see what I mean when I say it’s beyond concepts? The way I am talking now no longer has rational meaning. You can have the understanding only if you get the direct sense of what I’m talking about. If you just go with your mind, with my words, no way, nothing will happen except maybe a headache.