During my spiritual journey, the concept I have found most profound is of nothingness. Buddha called it Sunyata (Sanskrit: Shunyata) which can be translated as zero or nothingness; but nothingness comes closest.
So what exactly is it and why it’s so profound? It is the destination of all spiritual paths. Different paths may call it different things, like meeting God, Jesus or Krishna. What becomes apparent as you walk on the path is that:
1. God or its equivalent does not exist
2. You do not exist.
Let me qualify both before you jump. When I say God does not exist, I mean He never existed. Not at least the way you always wanted Him to exist.
When I say you don’t exist, I mean that what we call I is just an illusion.
So in essence, there is no destination and if there were one, there is no one who could arrive at it. Then why all these paths and the journey? All these paths are there to make your realize this ultimate reality of Anatta (Sanskrit: Anatma). It’s easy to understand at the conceptual level, but that does not help. I will end the blog with what Buddha said about it: