I acknowledge this picture of the space from the internet. It’s interesting to note that the void that forms 99% or more of outer space is the same within an atom. 99% of all we see has no form. Yet, they exist.

I wrote about the Void earlier. Tao says

Tao is the Void.

Yet, it is the void from which everything comes forth.

It’s the spirit of all creation,  You, I, the World and the Universe, and all that is material.

Respect that Mother, the Yin.

Buddha called this Void, Sunya. In Buddhist tradition Sunya or sunyata does not refer to nothingness or emptiness as we understand it. It refers to disengagement. It’s the same as what Patanjali refers to as samadhi in his Yoga Sutra. Both refer to a state where one no longer focuses on the self and is subjective. One sees everything from the Self and becomes an objective witness.

Shankara calls the same state Purna or fullness. This follows from the celebrated Upanishad text

This is fullness That’s fullness 

From fullness, fullness comes 

When fullness moves from fullness 

Fullness remains. 

How similar to Tao! The Void of Tao and Nothingness of Buddha becomes the Fullness of Shankara. There’s no difference.  This is not a theoretical statement. It is an experience.

In a vipassana meditation program, i reached a state when i felt the sunya. I was nothing, except a minute particle that seemed to dance somewhere in me. At the same time , i felt i was the universe. Perhaps an illusion, you may say, and you may be right. i also experienced this in a metta meditation, in which one moves to nothingness first and to fullness later. As one expands, one envelops the universe in compassion.

In both, sunya met purna; nothingness met fullness. Was it a thoughtless state? No. I was a witness observing what i went through.

I have no cause to disagree with scholars who may experienced ‘thoughtlessness’. No scripture i have read says we are ever thoughtless when we are alive. At best, we disengage ourselves from our thoughts, a state that Buddha calls Sunya, Patanjali calls Samadhi, Tao calls Void, and Shankara calls Purna.

In this verse of VBT Shiva says:

As you pause between breaths 

Become tranquil

Experience Me in that stillness

Inhalation and exhalation are our expressions of life. When inhalation stops following exhalation, our energy leaves the  mind body. The space between, called kumbhaka, is the brief space of Sunya, Purna, Samadhi and Void.  Shiva calls it Shanta or tranquility. You can call it Stillness.

Shiva is tranquil. Shiva is not a god, but a state of consciousness. In Sanskrit, Shiva means auspiciousness. Tranquility and stillness are auspicious and lead to auspiciousness.

Dear reader, practice this. Pause between inhalation and exhalation. Focus on the pause. Become tranquil. Become still. Let the movements of your mind cease. Experience Shiva.

This is Yoga.

Buddha talks about this