The Transmission of Nothing | Advaita Vedanta

Published | Updated February 11, 2019

The Transmission of Nothing
Transmission needs a thing, something, to give. If there’s no-thing to give, there’s no-thing to receive, and with that—“giver” and “taker” subsequently lose their meaning.

For ages, silent Satsang has been one of the means trying to transmit so-called Enlightenment, or Self-Realization. The Koans behold a radically other approach, one frequently used in Zen Buddhism. And Allegories or Parables form yet another style, one often applied in the Christian Bible.

But how to transmit that which isn’t “a thing,” and moreover—which has no “cause causing it?”

Well, it simply can’t be done. Yet, what can be done is “showing” that it can’t be done. It’s showing that whatever it is the receiver wants to receive, he or she can’t “get.”

It’s un-gettable because there’s nothing to give. The thing the receiver is looking for is already “in possession.” But not as “a thing.” The paradox is that the receiver IS the thing itself.

It’s like a man looking for his head, a boy trying to step on his shadow, or a dog running in a circle trying to catch his own tail.

The role of the “giver” is to give nothing whatsoever. It’s to make sure that the “taker” will not take anything. What is more—the “giver” will take everything the “taker” thinks he has.

In that particular sense, Matthew 13 verses 11-13 say it all:

…11 And Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12″For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13″Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.…

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