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As the Qur’an affirms:


Allah was and there was nothing with Him.

He is now as He was.


Remember that when these worlds were not He was, the same

as now, and when these are not He shall be,

still the Same.


This is the most mysterious passage in the Qur’an, but can only mean that as our surface being


we do not really exist.


There is no other possible interpretation.

In which sense we don’t really exist?


The Course in Miracles explains it all in three simple lines:


Nothing real can be threatened

Nothing unreal exists:

Herein lays the Peace of God.


– What is real is the Divine in us,


and “Nothing real can be threatened” means that notwithstanding the appearances what we really are, our true Self,


cannot be harmed, defiled or diminished by anything, like the depths

of the sea remain undisturbed by whatever happens

on its surface.


– What is unreal is everything else,


and “Nothing unreal exists” means that our physical body, emotions and human mind are like the waves on the surface of the sea: the moment we look at one is already merging back into the sea and turning into another,


and therefore does not really exist.


– Herein lays the Peace of God means that we should:


live peacefully, joyfully and without ever any worry, for our real nature is like

the sea, unaffected by what happens to the superficial waves

of our body, emotions and mind.


Somewhere else the Course put it thus:


That which is never ceases.

That which is not never is.


Interestingly, the Bhagavad Ghita says the same thing


The unreal can never come into existence, and the real

can never cease to be.


The Spirit (Atman) by which all this universe is pervaded is indestructible.

No one can destroy the imperishable Spirit,


but the bodies of the eternal, immutable, and incomprehensible Spirit are perishable.


And so does Nisargadatta Maharaj:


What changes is not real, what is real does not change.

The real does not die, and the unreal

never lived.


And Parmenides as well


That which is, never ceases to be. That which is not,

never comes into being.

When Vivekananda said:


All that is real in me is God; all that

is real in God is I.


He meant the same thing because it implies that


everything else but the Divine is unreal.


Jack Kerouac agrees:


Strictly speaking there is no “me” because all is emptiness.

I am empty, I am non-existent. All is bliss.


Rumi quoted this ancient Sufi saying according to which


There is no dervish, but if there is one

that dervish isn’t there.


How so?

Note: the answer to this cannot be a mental definition, only a feeling.

As Mère said:


You must go very deep within yourself and make

a very important discovery: it is that


you don’t really exist.





Please contemplate this as long as you can before reading on.

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