Your World is Your Face

What Do We Really Look Like?

Well, we may think we look like this:

Portrait of a man in a tee shirt smiling to camera
What I think I look like

But really, we always look like this:

Close-up Of A Person Chatting On Social Website In Office. Photographer owns copyright for images on screen
What I really look like

Don’t be too concerned with what you look like. Your face is not what you look like; it is what others look like when they’re looking at you. You on the other hand, you look like whatever you’re looking at. You wanna look beautiful, then look at beautiful things.

Your world is your face

A Non-Dual Perspective on The Big Bang

Existence As The Grand Illusion 

The similarities between Quantum Physics and Plato’s theory of Forms is so astonishing that one may even view quantum theory as a mathematical formulation of Plato’s theory of Forms.

Plato’s fundamental forms are regular solids of Euclidean Geometry. The fundamental forms of quantum physics are elementary particles which are not physical objects at all; elementary particles are mathematical objects; what we perceive in the form of matter is only the manifestation of these ideal-mathematical objects.

Plato considers our world to be the imperfect shadow of an ideal, perfect world of pure forms. It is not that Plato’s Pure Forms or Ideas are mental objects or subjective constructs. Plato’s Forms have existence of their own and are in fact the sole reality that exists. Only these Forms are real; what we experience as reality is the imperfect shadow of the world of pure forms. Thus, Plato’s Pure Forms are not physical entities existing in space and time; they are ideal-and in Plato’s view mathematical-entities existing beyond space and time.

Now take a look at a sentence from Werner Heisenberg, the German physicist and Nobel Laureate who was one the founders of quantum mechanics. He says in his Physics and Philosophy:

What we observe is not nature itself, but nature exposed to our methods of questioning.

From the point of view of Quantum Physics what we regard as physical reality is only the projection of an ideal, non-physical reality. According to quantum physics the underlying reality is beyond space and time, and that is why we observe phenomena such as interference and entanglement. A purely physical reality existing in space-time could not possibly produce these phenomena which are observed and experimentally confirmed.

The universe as we know it, as this physical object, has no real, physical existence; it is a mere shadow of something that lies outside space and time, something essentially non-dual. In fact the non-existence of universe as an independent reality is an immediate consequence of the postulates of quantum physics:

An isolated quantum system remains forever in a superposition state (state of pure potentiality) until it is observed or disturbed by something outside the system itself.

Now if we take the quantum system to include our universe and all other possible universes, namely if we take our quantum system to coincide with the totality of what is, then there is no way for this system to ever leave the state of pure potentiality and become actual. Even if we posit the existence of some conscious agent outside totality, like god or whatever, which can make the universe into actuality the problem remains intact; we can now define the quantum system to include that agent as well, thus making it a pure potentiality rather than something actual that can produce any effects. Though this may sound pretty abstract or strange it was common sense for the non-dual Vedantist who knows that none of this has ever happened.

According to the principles of quantum physics universe cannot possibly exist; it cannot possibly be real. Though most physicists avoid this aspect of the theory, it is interesting to know that this conclusion of modern physics is identical to the central principle of Advaita Vedanta Metaphysics. The details of this similarity is discussed in my book “Non-Dual Perspective on Quantum Physics” to which I would provide a link at the end of this essay.

Now, what is even more striking when it comes to the similarity between Plato’s Forms and Quantum Physics is the idea that “the observable reality is an imperfect shadow of a transcendent reality.” Here is the source of awe:

In quantum theory the underlying reality is described by this mathematical object called “state vector” which is a more abstract form of wave function. The whole of quantum theory and its description of reality is built upon mathematical objects called vectors and operators.

The quantum system described by a state vector naturally dwells in Hilbert Space which is an abstract mathematical space lying beyond space-time. Hilbert Space in which superposition states exist is the space of pure potentiality where the formless, non-dual reality dwells. Hilbert Space is NOT inside our familiar space and time; it is more like the void that contains our space-time in pure, formless potentiality.

In quantum physics observation corresponds to the action of operators on state vectors. The operators corresponding to the act of observation are called Projection Operators. What projection operator does is to project what is in Hilbert Space onto our familiar space-time. A quantum system which is originally in superposition state inside Hilbert Space (space of pure potentiality) in thrown into actuality by the action of the Projection Operator.

The Projection Operator is defined in a graduate textbook of quantum physics as follows:

“The action of Projection Operator gives the shadow of any state vector on a subspace.”

Through the act of observation it is not the reality that we experience but a mere shadow of it; the true reality, including our own real selves, lies beyond space and time. According to quantum physics what is observed is a mere shadow of a transcendent reality.

Considering this precise meaning of observation and experience and also the fact that our universe could not have possibly been thrown into actuality, we see that the reality described by quantum physics is somewhat identical to the reality described by Plato’s Theory of Forms. Both agree that what is real is not what is observed: Observation is a mere shadow, a pure appearance, having no reality of its own.

The only thing that ever existed is the state of pure potentiality which can never be actualized. What we experience as actual reality is more like a dream: The apparent actuality must be a cosmic illusion, a Noema, a Maya, namely a Noemaya.

It is interesting to see that cosmologists have caught some clues about this idea since a lot of them are coming to the conclusion that our universe behaves more like a hologram, a theory known as the Holographic Universe.”

I have explained in detail the non-dual aspects of quantum physics and its similarities to esoteric traditions such as Advaita Vedanta in the following book:

Mazed & Amazed

Human as Veil

Captivation in Acceptedness

When we as human beings try to get a glimpse of truth we often fail to do so because truth is concealed by our very humanity. Our humanity is itself the first and the last and the only veil behind which The Absolute and The Infinite dwells.

It is under the mask and disguise of humanity that we appear as separated beings. In reality this separation is like an optical illusion. Our immersion and absorption in our humanity and our human affairs has obscured the view of the transcendental realm within which we are all united as one experiencing transcendental onlooker.

The gaze of the transcendental onlooker is captivated by world-belief and world-experience; through this transcendental experience the onlooker objectifies itself as humanity, and forgetting its own essence and its objectifying act the onlooker falls into the false belief that it is human.

Once we refrain from living a life of acceptedness, a life created and governed by unexamined assumptions and beliefs, then the gaze of the onlooker is freed from its world-captivation and the new realm of transcendental experience opens up before us for the first time. We have then woken up from the dream of separation into the absolute truth of non-duality and unity. We have taken off the mask of humanity.

As one dreaming consciousness appears in its dream as separate individuals in a common world, our apparent separation too is only an appearance projected from one and the same supreme consciousness. In reality there is one consciousness and one experience; we are but characters living in the subconscious of that experiencing consciousness; in essence we are not other than the supreme consciousness; our apparent separation is the manifestation of the thoughts and desires of one transcendent consciousness.

We are nothing but a thought, an idea floating in the infinite consciousness.

Let go of the limiting thought and emerge as the absolute and the infinite reality which is supreme, perfect, and eternally blissful.

We are identical with the supreme consciousness who is now hypnotized by world-experience. The supreme Self is veiled by humanity. The supreme Self is mazed by its own outward projection.

This world-appearance is nothing but the Ecstasy of Consciousness.

We can escape from this hypnosis; the way to do so is to examine our assumptions and acknowledge that we have been living a life of acceptedness. Once we recognize this and do away with all concepts and assumptions which are by nature limited and which have concealed our infinitude, then we are instantly freed. We wake up to our true nature, the supreme reality, the Universal Self of all selves.

Our humanity is just a veil. Tear the veil by the sword of self-knowledge and wake up from the hypnosis.

The Immortal Within

The Life of The Disinterested Onlooker

Dwells in the void the eye of all eyes; it is the detached source of all light; it is the Disinterested Onlooker.

The Disinterested Onlooker sheds its supreme light on the pure forms and intentions of the transcendental ego, the ego that constitutes the cosmos through ideation. The light refracted from this constituting ego projects outwards into oblivion. The Disinterested Onlooker itself being essentially pure and infinite experiences its own outward projection as a finite empirical ego enclosed in an empirical expanding universe, though this is all an empty appearance playing in the void: It is not the universe that exists; it is the experience of the universe that exists.

Radiation and Ideation are the principles behind the experience of the universe.

Nothing is really ever created. The experience of reality and existence is as unreal as a dream bubble that bursts upon waking up. Awaken the Disinterested Onlooker and the play of existence would disappear into the void.

The human person and its universe are mere appearances made of void and played within the outward projections emanating from the gaze of the onlooker: The Disinterested Onlooker at once creates the experience of reality and experiences this experience, itself being the only reality. It is the reality of the onlooker that is reflected in experience, and being absorbed in this experience the onlooker has come to believe that there is a reality other than itself: This is The Fall of the onlooker.

Being fallen and forgetful, the Disinterested Onlooker thinks it is human! What an idiot?!

The gaze of the onlooker is trapped in the world of its own making.

Being absorbed in the experience of its own projection, when the Disinterested Onlooker forgets itself and its own superior reality it is in bondage; when it remembers itself and realizes that it is the transcendental onlooker, then it is liberated. It has woken up from the dream of bondage and liberation: The detached onlooker is always the Disinterested Onlooker; in reality it has never been in bondage and it never needs liberation.

Bondage is the forgetfulness of its essence,

Liberation is the remembrance of its essence.

All knowledge is self-knowledge; and to know is to remember.

Only the Disinterested Onlooker exists; and we are all that: We are all One.

The life of the Disinterested Onlooker resembles the tale of a god who has fallen asleep dreaming that it is human seeking a god.

Perhaps human is but an sleepwalking god. No wonder human knowledge and love are the most precious of all things while human ignorance and hatred are the most dangerous of all things! After all, what is most dangerous than an ignorant god gone mad?!

Bondage is in not knowing that there is no bondage to begin with. Bondage is in ceaselessly seeking outside for liberation. Bondage is just another hearsay like the world. Bondage is in accepting that we are in bondage: Everything we accept we make real.

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Transcendence is not a human possibility because humanity is itself a transcendental possibility of consciousness.
We are not human beings with consciousness. We are only experienced to be human beings with consciousness.
It is not humans who are conscious. It is consciousness that experiences itself as humanity.
Only consciousness can know and say that it is consciousness.
Nothing can exist but consciousness.
If natural phenomena could exist apart from consciousness, and if consciousness is a natural phenomenon, then consciousness could exist apart from consciousness, that is, there could exist consciousness without there existing a consciousness at all; or, consciousness could exist without being conscious of itself as consciousness. This again amounts to saying that there could exist conscious experience without it being someone’s experience: Consciousness could exist without there existing a conscious agent!

The Eternal Now


Now is a whirling dervish,

one hand sweeps the future into the past, one hand projects the past into the future.

The whirling gives the illusion of time and history, of existence and cosmos; but there is no time or history, no existence, no cosmos; there is no past, no future: There is only the eternal Now, the whirling dervish, the living present, the sole dweller of the void.

Cosmos is its whirl, truth is its face: The bystander sees only the whirl, the cosmos. One who whirls with the dervish sees the face, the truth.


Everything is made of Now.

Everything is Now in disguise: Past is a falling Now, future a rising Now; falling and rising, too, are the Now.

I am the Now; cosmos is the Now. There is only Now, the whole Now, and nothing but the Now.

Now is a whirling dervish.