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.”