There is no thing more foolish than a something pretending to be nothing.
Would a nothing parade as a nothing?
Only a something could claim to be nothing. Only a something can conceive of a nothing. Outside of something there isn't even the suspicion of nothingness.
Right, that's why we can insist that 'sunyata' means 'emptiness' or 'without-ness' rather than 'nothingness'... and also... why we can insist that ‘sunyata‘ cannot exist by itself as ‘f u l f i l l m e n t ‘ belongs as much to sunyata as, say, Yin to Yang.
Emptiness inevitably attracts fulfillment.
When one looks at emptiness/fulfillment (mutual and reciprocal) in its functional sense, not in some logical sense, one finds that it forms the backbone of Nagarjuna’s ‘causality’ and ‘interdependent arisings’. Actually, looking a bit deeper into this, it is actually ‘kama’ or 'the desire to fulfillment' and 'sunyata' or 'emptiness' that belong together.
True, it is suggested that the Buddha points out that desire leads to suffering, but such is only stated in commentaries on talks he is alleged to have given. One gets a better understanding of what he may have talked about when one sees that suffering only follows desire when its fulfillment is made to be 'c o n d i t i o n a l' by third party interference and when the acceptance of whatever fulfillment, is made to be dependent on third party evaluations as to being appropriate or not.
The fulfillment of kama and sunyata is to be understood as the unconditional condition of ananda or bliss.
More about the word 'sunyata' or without-ness.
The Latin word 'sine', “without” (as in 'sinecure' or in the French 'sans souci') is related to the Sanskrit 'sunya'
From various Sanskrit dictionaries:
"Zunya" means empty, being void of or deserted, desolate, destitute of, hollow, lacking, possessing nothing, vacant, void, wanting.
Note that zunya (sunya) refers to something that is empty and therefore can contain something else (e.g. a vessel or bowl) - when something does not contain anything and is seen as empty, that 'empty' characteristic is called 'zunya'.
The attribution of the meaning of an absolute nothingness to sunyata is mostly found in Hindu/Buddhist commentaries by:
- writers who have an agenda to promote the idea that life needs to be transcended,
- writers who themselves have a problem surrendering unconditionally to life and ‘what is’,
- writers who promote estrangement and alienation from what is (om tat sat) by that and who we are (tat tuam asi).