by Andrew Cohen
In traditional Eastern mysticism, it has been said that the unborn, uncreated, unmanifest empty void out of which the entire material cosmos emerged is infinite. It has no beginning and no end. It is what the Buddha called the Unborn. It is an Absolute dimension of reality that is both birthless and deathless. The material universe, on the other hand, is considered to be finite.
The Miroku Bosatsu or the “Buddha of the future”
Even though it is vast in its expanse, it is ultimately relative, because it has a beginning and an end. It was created. However, cosmologists are now making the extraordinary discovery that the material universe is in fact not finite but infinite.
And if what these cosmologists are discovering is true, we need to rethink this traditional mystical assumption. If the evolutionary process and everything contained within it are part of an infinite unfolding as they are finding - if it's not merely inconceivably vast but it's literally infinite - then we don't have to close our eyes or even transcend the mind, time, body, and universe in order to discover that which is infinite.
All we have to do is behold the universe that we are already an inherent part of. And that opens the doors for a whole new definition of mysticism.