The other day I posted a picture of a black hole to illustrate the idea that Self-realization is like jumping into nothingness. My friend Padmé said, “Self-realization is the opposite of a black hole,” and she substituted a different picture. Here are the two pictures with mine on top and hers below:
The two pictures remind me of Richard Rose’s description of his moment of Self-realization:
And then I experienced nothingness. I found oblivion. And it was really a shock. I thought, “Oh boy, you wanted the answer — and it’s nothing.” But in the middle of that, while I was doing this, while it was happening, I knew I was watching it…
And I knew, in the middle of this, that I was observing the whole thing. And that’s when I knew I was immortal. I was nothing, and I was everything — simultaneously.
Question: Was this God?
Rose: I felt that if this is God, he’d be lonely.
I love that last line.