Beyond Emptiness Is God and Creativity

Beyond Emptiness Is God and Creativity


Nirvana and Beyond. The Buddha, six hundred
years before Christ created a big revolution. He came up and said that there was no God,
that there was no soul, the truth is Nirvana. Nirvana means emptiness, the mind dies and
then we experience nirvana or emptiness. Many people were captivated by this idea and even
today in the west, the fortune of Buddhism is because of this rebellious concept. You
don’t have in believe in a soul; you don’t have to believe in a God, you only have to
believe in the thought process, the mind and extinguishing the mind. But remember Buddhism
almost died in India where it was born. It’s because the Hindus put up a fight with the
concept of Nirvana and Buddha’s teachings. One of the criticisms was that the Buddha
himself was not able to live the middle path. He ran away from life, that’s one criticism;
relinquishing his responsibility to the country, to his wife and child and father and the people
and that is more a political one. The philosophical one is that the Hindus claimed that beyond
Nirvana; beyond the emptiness is God consciousness. You are stuck in emptiness and you did not
go beyond that. If you go beyond that then you have access to a higher consciousness
where you not only see God but you say ‘Aham Brahmasmi’, I am god. Then you have the
ability to do everything, to disappear at will, you have transcended your body, mind,
ego, maya all that is there. But within the Buddhist scheme the Gods are below Nirvana
and he experiences all the Siddhi powers and everything prior to attaining Nirvana or emptiness.
You have to transcend all this and then go and empty yourself. The Hindus have great
difficulty in accepting it. They said that you got to become a master of all the principles
and not get stuck in emptiness and then die. Particularly, the Siddhas of the Tamil tradition
would not accept anyone who dies as a master. Their contention is you have failed to master
your own body, the five elements that constitute the body and rise above it. You are just thinking
and talking about something that is philosophical. The true enlightenment means mastering the
body, mastering the mind, mastering the soul and finally identifying yourself with god.
This is the concept of the Tamil Siddhas.

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