”Amid the vastness of the things among which we live, the existence of nothingness holds the first place; its function extends over all things that have no existence, and its essence, as regards time, lies precisely between the past and the future, and has nothing in the present. This nothingness has the part equal to the whole, and the whole to the part, the divisible to the indivisible; and the product of the sum is the same whether we divide or multiply, and in addition as in subtraction; as is proved by arithmeticians by their tenth figure which represents zero; and its power has not extension among the things of Nature.”
Leonardo da Vinci
Somewhere along the course of my own research, it has come to my attention that nothingness is not some minor, secondary, insignificant issue that is relevant only to the few intellectual circles of this world. Instead, it has become my convinction that the actual role of nothingness is quite the opposite – it seems fundamentally important and a kind of recurring theme, whenever we are trying to analyze the boundaries or the essence of the universe. It holds special position in such schools of thought as existentialism, buddhism but also mathematics and modern physics. It may be that precisely what we percieve as nothing is actually everything and what we perceive as everything is actually nothing, thus forming a ‘grand paradox’. It may be that everything is actually nothing, meaning there is no essence within universe and no thing is fixed. It may be that nothingness is just pure abstraction and lies between the perceived frames of our experiences. Let’s take a little tour to expand this proposition!
”What is meant here by saying that existence precedes essence? It means that, first of all, man exists, turns up, appears on the scene, and, only afterwards, defines himself. If man, as the existentialist conceives him, is indefinable, it is because at first he is nothing. Only afterward will he be something, and he himself will have made what he will be. Thus, there is no human nature, since there is no God to conceive it. Not only is man what he conceives himself to be, but he is also only what he wills himself to be after this thrust toward existence. Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself. Such is the first principle of existentialism.”
Sunyata, in Buddhist philosophy, the voidness that constitutes ultimate reality; sunyata is seen not as a negation of existence but rather as the undifferentiation out of which all apparent entities, distinctions, and dualities arise. Although the concept is encountered occasionally in early Pali texts, its full implications were developed by the 2nd-century Indian philosopher Nagarjuna. The school of philosophy founded by him, the Madhyamika (Middle Way), is sometimes called the Sunyavada, or Doctrine That All Is Void. The term sunyata may also be used as a recognition of anatta, or the absence of any self apart from the five skandhas (mental and physical elements of existence).
- ”Non-existence is called the antecedent of heaven and earth; Existence is the mother of all things. From eternal non-existence, therefore, we serenely observe the mysterious beginning of the Universe; From eternal existence we clearly see the apparent distinctions. These two are the same in source and become different when manifested.”
- ”Ever desireless, one can see the mystery. Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations. These two spring from the same source but differ in name;
this appears as darkness. Darkness within darkness. The gate to all mystery.”
- ”The Tao is like a well: used but never used up. It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities. It is hidden but always present.”
- ”The universe is deathless; Is deathless because, having no finite self, it stays infinite. A sound man by not advancing himself stays the further ahead of himself, By not confining himself to himself sustains himself outside himself: By never being an end in himself he endlessly becomes himself.”
”In Science we have finally come back to the pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus, who said everything is flow, flux, process. There are no “things.” NOTHINGNESS in Eastern language is “no-thingness”. We in the West think of nothingness as a void, an emptiness, an nonexistence. In Eastern philosophy and modern physical science, nothingness — no-thingness — is a form of process, ever moving.”
”Now even deeper layers of this thing that is nothing are coming to light: our computers speak only in zeros and ones, and modern mathematics shows that zero alone can be made to generate everything.”
If you are interested, familiarize yourself with ”The Mathematical Universe Theory” by Max Tegmark – http://arxiv.org/abs/0704.0646
”Our universe is akin to a less symmetric snowflake that froze out of a more symmetric sphere of water vapor. Stenger discusses the possibility that our universe arose via a well-understood process of quantum tunneling from a highly symmetric void, empty of energy, particles, space, and time – a featureless state essentially equivalent to `nothing’. Since the void also exhibits space-time symmetries, the laws of physics are ultimately derived from the symmetries of the void. Indeed, Stenger argues that the laws of physics are not really laws at all, in the usual sense of the term. On the contrary, they are reflections of the absence of laws – they are what Stenger refers to as “lawless laws”. Other aspects of nature, such as the apparent indeterminism of quantum mechanics can be accounted for by an element of randomness in the universe. Ultimately then, symmetry and randomness lie at the bedrock of reality. Hence, the universe is not only comprehensible, but may have arisen in the simplest way possible: randomly and spontaneously from a highly symmetric void, that is, from a state essentially indistinguishable from `nothing’. But then why is there something rather than nothing? Indeed, if the universe came from a void, then why did it not remain as a void? The answer Stenger offers, and which gains support from the work of other physicists, is that a symmetric void is unstable – hence there had to be something. Our universe is simply a different phase of `nothing’, just as ice and steam are different phases of water.”
”This is a zero universe in all effects of motion-a seeming universe in time and sequence – and a mirage universe of imagined form. It is a universe of two negations which simultaneously cancel each other and sequentially repeat the cancelling of their negations to create the illusion that zero can be multiplied-or divided-or added to -or subtracted from-to create a reality which never is nor can become.”
Walter Bowman Russell ( refer to my post ”The fundamental all-pervading rhythm of the universe according to forgotten visionary – Walter Bowman Russell” also by blicking this sentence!! )
“The vector equilibrium is the true zero reference of the energetic mathematics. Zero pulsation in the vector equilibrium is the nearest approach we will ever know to eternity and god: the zerophase of conceptual integrity inherent in the positive and negative asymmetries that propagate the differentials of consciousness.”
”To the spiritual aspirant there is an aspect both of having zero and being zero – on the spiritual path one must not only give up one’s desire for possessions, but must also give up one’s own idea of oneself. Our very ego must be sacrificed, and we cannot be attached to how others perceive us, our station in life, our relative ‘success’ or failure, or our skills or works.”
Maybe when there is no essence, the nothingness replaces the essence with the act of becoming. Maybe the nothingness is an equivalent of the essence in non-essentialist universe. Maybe there can be no stability except through continual transformation…
Note: All my posts will be updated in the future in order to provide them with sleeker presentation and more detailed content. The first part of my writing process is about releasing my vision from the inside to the outside. The second part, which will follow thereafter, will crystallize this vision.