Section 3: Form is Emptiness
I have been fascinated by philosophy and religion since my youth and have often pondered on the existence of a single Creator in the universe, given the many different religions each claiming to possess the true God. If aliens were to visit Earth, which holy book would they hold as true - the Bible, the Quran or the Buddhist scriptures?
However, I believe that the common scripture of the entire universe is "nature," and the universal language is mathematics. To approach God, we can only start by understanding nature.
As a result, I sought to understand the God of the universe by reading scientific books. Thanks to the tireless efforts of countless scientists and mathematicians over centuries, we have been able to summarize the fundamental laws that govern the operation of the universe. By scrutinizing the smallest details, we have deduced the origin of the universe.
The "Big Bang," a term commonly used, refers to an explosion that produced all the matter in the universe from nothingness. According to "cosmology," the energy required to create all the matter in the universe is borrowed from the negative energy of the gravitational field, with income and expenditure being offset, resulting in an exact balance.
Various forms of the world stem from "nothingness." The universe is a miraculous demonstration of creating something out of nothing! The profound Buddhist notion of "form is emptiness, emptiness is form" is now evident. By studying science, we save ten years of Buddhist practice!
But we must ask ourselves, where do these physical laws that transform "nothingness" into "somethingness" come from? For example, the gravity field and the conversion of mass and energy.
The laws of a country are formulated by parliament, but who formulated the regulations that govern the operation of the universe?
It is believed that these physical laws existed before the birth of the universe, enabling it to be born out of nothingness. However, scientists do not typically address this question, as they consider it beyond the scope of science and outside of its purview.
Instead, scientists focus on discovering the unchanging rules that govern the natural world and express them mathematically. These laws, such as mechanics, electromagnetics, relativity, and quantum mechanics, are universally applicable and enable the development of technologies such as mobile phones, networks, rockets, and spaceships.
Strangely enough, these physical laws that have been derived from experiments in Europe and America apply universally to all corners of the universe, including outer space. Otherwise, no one would dare to become an astronaut! This demonstrates that space is not nothingness, but rather strictly follows the regulations of the universe, enabling "form" to emerge from "emptiness."
But who enforces these laws? While the Zen meaning behind "form is emptiness, and emptiness is form" is profound, the divine meaning behind it is even more profound.
As a believer in the existence of the soul and the great spirit of the Creator that covers the entire universe, I believe that the laws of the universe's operation were formulated by the Creator and are strictly enforced throughout the universe. The spirit of everything is connected to the supreme spirit, resembling the relationship between the ocean and its waves.
The spirit of the Creator existed before all things, including our spirits, and it is an inseparable and continuous entity that governs the universe's operation.