‘Sight’ To Shūnyam

One famous modern philosopher referred to ‘True Nothing’ as a ‘Deep dark, emptiness’. A ‘Deep dark emptiness’ is not ‘True Nothing’; it is simply: ‘A Deep dark emptiness’.


Now let’s go from ‘Sight’ to ‘Subject’. ‘Subject’ is the idea closest to me. It is me. It’s ridiculous to doubt it, of course. But just to be sure we are going to take a closer look.

If you think about it awhile you might notice that of all the things in the world that are perfectly inexpressible, the one thing that is the most inexpressible of all is You.

With ‘Subject’, it’s not just ‘Seeing’; it’s any sensory relationship.

I can’t see the source of my seeing, I can’t hear the source of my hearing, taste the source of my tasting… In general, I can’t have any sensory relationship with my sensory source.

It’s not just sensory relationships. It’s any and all relationships. I cannot have any kind of cognitive relationship with my cognitive source; affective relationship with my affective source.; volitional relationship with my volitional source. And so on.

I can’t have any true relationship with ‘Me’. Any relationship I have can only be with an idea of ‘Me’ in a ‘confounding of Object as Subject’. All markings of Subject are through, and only through, Object. This is the Axiom of ‘Self’.

The Object confounded as Subject could be direct or inferred, extrapolated or truncated, clear or contorted, explicit and verbalized or implicit and muted. Look in the basement. Check the attic. It’s an acquired skill to find the fellow.


Now, from ‘Subject’ to ‘True Nothing’. Along with parallel sources such as the Logical Form of ‘That’, the construct of Absolute Absence takes shape here.

I cannot have any kind of relationship, sensory, cognitive, affective or volitional with ‘True Nothing’. Any relationship I have can only be with the Concept of Nothing, the idea of Absence, the ‘Confounding of Something as Nothing.’

‘True Nothing’ says: ‘You cannot see me, smell me, love me or hate me, grasp me or recoil from me. You cannot think of me, appraise me, perceive me, comprehend me or remember me, give me features or properties or tendencies, foist names, attributes, aspects. qualities…

In particular, do not confound it with the Concept of Nothing, the Idea of Absence, an altogether-different animal. [As in the arithmetic condition: -1<0<+1; or such extensions as ‘Tending to Zero’ in Calculus.]


‘Absolute Absence’ means it is not in reference to, and in relationship with any element in NamaRupa [‘Form’]. ‘Relative Absence’ refers to relationships within NamaRupa.

There is a later literature that equates ‘Nothing’ [‘Creatio Ex-Nihilo‘, and similar proposals] with variations of a very man-made Creator-God. What they have in their net is the Idea of Nothing with a host of attributes and properties dangling from it. It is a distant short-stop from ‘True Nothing’ .

Here is short-list of common short-stops to Shūnyam. I’ve discussed them individually in various Posts:

‘The All’, Awareness, Being, Body, Consciousness, Energy, Essence, Existence, Form, Impermanence, Infinity, Inner-Being, Intelligence, Life-Force, Mind, No-Mind, No-Thought, Now-ness, Organizing-Principle, Presence, Soul, Space, Spirit, Stillness, Transcendence, Unconscious, Unity.

I can go on but I’ll stop here. The attempt is just to give you a flavor for a what a ‘short-stop’ means.

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