• Shiva is Reality
    Reality is Shiva
  • Allah is Reality
    Reality is Allah
  • Nirvana is Reality
    Reality is Nirvana
  • God is Reality
    Reality is God


In Part IV, I explained how Buddhism originated from Hinduism.
When the Buddha—the ‘enlightened one’—found Nirvana (Reality)  through his own efforts, he realized that it was no use trying to describe this state of Nirvana to others. He clearly explained and set out the way to illumination, and described Nirvana simply as a state of ‘extinguishing’.

The reader of this book will understand by now that this extinguishing refers to the conquest of the ego—the thinking mind—in favor of a state of clear consciousness.
Because of Buddha’s decision not to try to describe the indescribable (God, life after death, etc.), in Buddhism, ‘the way’ is much more emphasized than ‘the goal’. The way can be shown; the goal can’t.

Although there are different movements in Buddhism (e.g. Theravada, Mahayana, and Zen), none of them have ‘prophets’ who tells us what God wants us to do or to believe. Even stronger, the whole concept of a God who rules everything from above is not found. All this is the consequence of Buddha’s decision not to speak about THAT which cannot be put into words.

In Buddhism, there is no God, but it is still a religion and a very profound one too! Just as in Hinduism, the followers have to go their own way on the spiritual path, guided, however, by the spiritual instructions (how to live to attain happiness, Nirvana) as laid down in the Buddha Dhamma (Dharma).

In Buddhism, the end of the spiritual path is symbolized by the Buddha sitting in meditation posture with a heavenly and mysterious smile on his face. We—the reader and I—know that this ‘transcendental smile’ must be the expression of the experience of the blissful Absolute, Reality.
(from Epilogue G. Buddhism: Please Reveal to Us What’s Behind  the  Smile of the Buddha)