Tantra and Emptiness

Emptiness is a spiritual concept that is best defined by the Tao Te Ching. The true nature of the cosmos is emptiness, the universe is almost 100% empty space. The reason we sense the material world as solid is that the solid particles are moving so fast we sense them in millions of places as if at once.

An empty mind is in a state of meditation, an empty mind can receive insight which is always fresh and present oriented. Communicated insight becomes old and stale and contributes to the accumulation of knowledge rather than the depth of understanding.

The principle of emptiness basically refers to the meaninglessness of phenomenon. Whatever meaning is interpreted from any action or circumstance is wholly illusory and subjective.

The Tao Te Ching reads:

Become totally empty
Quiet the restlessness of the mind
Only then will you witness everything unfolding from emptiness
See all things flourish and dance in endless variation
And once again merge back into perfect emptiness
Their true repose
Their true nature
Emerging, flourishing, dissolving back again
This is the eternal process of return
To know this process brings enlightenment
To miss this process brings disaster

Again the Tao Te Ching:

Know That which is beyond all beginnings
And you will know everything here and now
Know everything in this moment
And you will know the Eternal Tao

The fullness of the present moment is framed by the emptiness of the past and the emptiness of the future. Misunderstanding this emptiness is the basis of all illusion.

We are empty vessels. As long as the ego seeks fulfillment from the outer world (see attachment) enlightenment and contentment are not possible. We cannot seek for the truth and acquire it as if it were a rare object, Rather truth flows from the plenum of the void and fills the emptiness and expresses itself through us in appearance, language, and behavior. It flows like a river, it cannot be stored as knowledge and experience, nor even as wisdom.