Spiritual Nothingness: Eastern Consciousness – The Economic Times
In his epic poem “Buddhcharitam,” written in the early second century CE, Ashvaghosh uses a beautiful word “iish-paran(g)mukh,” carefree god, for the Buddha. This is indicative of Sanskrit’s boundless spiritual glossary and Eastern metaphysical awareness which is incredibly accommodating.
All shades and beliefs of an individual’s spiritual or non-spiritual consciousness have been accepted and accommodated in the Eastern thought process. The sagacious Eastern consciousness has gone beyond theism and atheism, belief and disbelief and the yes/no binomial. It is the ultimate spiritual nothingness when instead of wasting time on the existence or non-existence of God, you declare that you have nothing to do with this militant stubbornness of theists and atheists, believers and non-believers.
There was already a word in Sanskrit for one who is beyond all those winding troubles. Like the Buddha, he is iish-paran(g)mukh. The Buddha was a quintessential apathe who neither deified nor damned a god or anything esoteric and supernatural. We need the Buddha’s cerebral indifference in faith/infidelity.