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The Nameless and the Meaning of Life

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Madhyamaka is the philosophy of the negation of all assertions. Nothing you say can be entirely true. Omnism is the acceptance of all assertions. Nothing you say can be entirely false. These are the same reality. This is the Tao. This is the transcendent nature of Brahman. It is this force, call it emptiness or God, which permeates phenomenological reality and allows for its existence. It is what stands in place of essence and allows for change, and therefore existence on this multiplicitous plane of conventional reality. This Ultimate reality in an eternal loop reifies and extends its nature into an infinite incomprehensibility. The transcendence of transcendence of Brahman, the emptiness of emptiness, the Tao of Tao: this is the Ultimate. It is why it is beyond all description, beyond name and form, beyond equal in the conventional plane.

We may wish to call this God. Or we may have negative connotations and experiences around that word, and so prefer to leave it without a name. This nameless, pan-ultimate higher reality is so self-reifying that it cannot even be said to definitively exist, nor not exist. In regards to it, we can say it is eternal and the ground of being, as with Brahman, or we may refer to it being empty and negating all being.

It is both within and beyond time and concept. It is what fills man with awe enough to bow our heads to the earth in submission and recognition of our inconsequentiality and its absolute awesomeness. It is what is behind the flowing and beautiful force of nature that some prefer to worship. It underlies every thought and perception like a canvas of canvases. It is what begs men to the mountains for lifetimes of solitude to explore within themselves, because they have seen it within, rather than without.

And it doesn’t matter where you find it, or by what name you call it. You may call it the soul or the primordial awareness or atman if you’re looking within, and if you find that, you’ve found It. If through reasoning you recognize the Absurd or the essencelessness of the ground of Being, then hold to that. If you require an image or an embodied name which gives you that sense of connection, such as a god or guru or deity, then hold to that. If it is beauty which wraps you in awe so deep that you lose yourself, then hold to that. If it is love for another person or all sentient beings, cultivate it and do not let that connection go.

The point of this undefined pan-ultimate reality experientially and phenomenologically is connection. One could say that this is what spirituality as a whole is. Embracing connection with this transcendent Other is at the same time connection with our conventional reality of names and duality. Our independent selfhood dissolves in this new reality of perfect connection to All. At least this is half of it. The other half of the experience is of a self which grows to encompass all phenomenological experience. It grows to become this new reality of the unification of the Ultimate and conventional realities. This is breaking free from conditionings and suffering insofar as they relate to our awareness of the present and our love for all things.

This is the ideal strived for by every philosopher, every mystic, every spiritual or religious person – indeed, every living thing – whether they realize it or not. It is what you and I long for when we wake up in the morning, when we go to sleep at night, when we love another, or eat ice cream, or make a bad decision, or create something beautiful, or say thank you. It is the Modus operandi of life itself. Life seeks to return to that unified, infinitely connected non-dual reality which it emanated and continues to emanate from.

As life, you must embrace the path which speaks to your sense of awesome connection and see it all the way to its glorious end. Or in the more concise words of Joseph Campbell: “Follow your bliss.”

Life Update

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I am very happy. I am very, very happy. Even when i may say i’m feeling stressed about one thing or another, it is a very subtle stress in the back of my mind, more akin to a mild tension which really doesn’t consume my attention all that much. While i am largely discontented with the systems of school and work, i am nonetheless joyous. I am knowing now a motivation that all my life i have strived for, but for whatever reason could not find the energy to bring forth. Right now in addition to full time work and part-time school i am finally progressing in all the areas i’ve sought to progress in.
1. I’m studying Arabic intensively, and have reached a degree of proficiency which i feel surpasses my French or Spanish at their heights. I’m hoping to be a translator of some sort, and at this rate, i will be able to do so in a couple of months or sooner.
2. I’m playing guitar every day, even if for only 10 minutes. I’m finally progressing in my personal style, becoming more fluid and natural, which i haven’t felt for a very long time. My hope with this is to have a solo album recorded and mastered by the end of the summer.
3. I’m healthy, physically and mentally. I’m taking better care of myself than i ever have, and i’m noticing profound results. I’m exercising daily, while eating primarily organic and all vegetarian, leaning towards vegan where i can. I’m also using predominantly organic hygiene products, and avoiding any kind of factory-made chemical. With all of these, i’m noticing far more energy and mental clarity than i’ve ever had.
4. I’m writing a LOT. More than i’ve ever written before in my life for so long a period. Insights come to me constantly, and my fluidity in expressing thoughts feels clearer and easier than i’ve ever yet felt. I’m fixing up my scholarly paper on religion, which i hope to publish, and i’m finally compiling together my book which will be a unification and summation of all that i have learned about life, the mind, and reality, and my ideas pertaining to them. I hope to publish the paper over the next few months, and i hope to finish writing the book over the summer.
5. Spiritually i have firmly grounded myself in the highest level of consciousness i have ever known. My mind feels like it is expanding exponentially, becoming more and more spacious, and my realizations are becoming more and more frequent. Suddenly it’s as if all the knowledge and experiences i’ve garnered over my lifetime are gravitating together forming a single, unified, body in the field of transpersonal consciousness. Everything is coming together quite profoundly.
At this rate, I don’t know what more can go right for me. My career may blossom and ripen sooner than expected, perhaps, or I may achieve a new boon while deep in meditation. Even now, love is no stranger to me, and i am wrapped in a warmth and radiance so immanent, and so profound, that time has taken on a new nature for me. Everything is just happening to me. It’s all happening precisely as it’s meant to, and I’m sitting on the sidelines of my life watching it all happen with gratitude and fascination. Every day this gratitude grows, and my love for all living things deepens further. Not only am i excited to wake up each day, I’m excited for the next day, and the day after that. Every day is the best day of my life, and there’s no sense that this feeling will be uprooted anytime soon, because it is planted within the ground of my inner being, and not my external self. 
But i have said more than enough; it’s time to go back inside.

Thankfulness

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Whether you call it by the name “universe” or “God” or “karma,” take refuge in the undying faith that “it” will provide for you, because it always will. You will always be given just what nourishment and support you need to help you develop from seed to sapling to blossom to fruit. Sometimes the nourishment is in the form of painful medicine. Nevertheless, be sure to give thanks for that primordial love which permeates all your phenomenal experience and nurtures you from within.

Sick of the System

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I am much too free-thinking and individualist for this broken occupational/educational system. My work and my schooling are nothing but disappointment, stress, and frustration. If your response is that this is just life, then i’m sorry, but i want no part of your manner of living. Education can be valuable and fulfilling, and work can be efficient, creative, and focused on the well-being of the employees. The “system” is shit. I can’t stand it. As soon as i can get out, i will. Life is too short. It is meant to be meaningful and joyous. I can subsist on my compassion and creativity. And I can impact the world of scholarship on my own. These are what i will do. Call me an idealist if you will, and i will call you a cog in the machine. If you’re happy as a cog, i’m happy for you. I am not a cog, nor will i ever be. I’ve tried, and it only results in me abandoning everything i hold as significant in life. No more.

Intelligent Work

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I long to be paid to use my mind. I wish to learn and to teach and to write. I will learn anything and teach anything that i can teach. I am a linguist, a guitarist, a writer, and a problem-solver, and i am dedicated to the well-being of all living things. This is a request to any individual who happens upon this blog and has any knowledge of such a job readily available in the Maryland/DC area. For more insight into my mind and my abilities, one need only review this blog of mine.

Let us see what faith in the universe can provide.