The Absolute Reality

Before, after, and always, there is only the Absolute Reality, the Uncreated Source, the Supreme Reality.  It forms the basis of the mystical experience.  It can be described positively, as in the Vedantin Sacchidananda - Infinite Being, Infinite Consciousness, Infinite Bliss - or negatively, as in the Buddhist Shunyata and the Upanishadic and Dionysian "negative theology"

Strictly speaking, the Absolute Reality is not a "level" of reality at all; for to interpret it as such would be to relativise It, whereas It is beyond all relativity and relationships; the essential Reality behind all the other realities.  It is eternal, infinite, ever-perfect, ever-blissful, and totally unitary.  It is the Brahman, Atman, Buddha-nature, Tao, the Absolute, Godhead of various philosophies and theologies.


The Absolute and Relative Realities
Unmanifest Unmanifest
Unmanifest Absolute
Consciousness Absolute
Godhead Absolute
Creative Absolute
The Absolute Reality
The Manifest Absolute
Eastern Philosophy


web pagesSome descriptions of the Absolute Reality in mystical literature.web pages
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World Religions

extrenal link the Upanishads
extrenal link the Tao-te-Ching of Lao-tzu
extrenal link the Hua Hu Ching of Lao-tzu
extrenal linkChuang-tzu
extrenal link the Bhagavad Gita
extrenal linkBodhidharma (5th Century)
extrenal linkAhmad Ibn `Ata'Allah (13th C.)
extrenal linkCloud of Unknowing
extrenal linkEckhart
extrenal linkRamakrishna

The Absolute Reality
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Nature of Reality
The Nature of Reality

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page uploaded  27 May 1998
revised 12 October
revised again 24 February 1999
and on 22 March
and 11 April
modified again 28 September