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Azsacra Zarathustra: Emptiness the Symbol

The latest book BIBLE OF NOTHING: NOTHING TO POWER by the world-renowned Russian esoteric philosopher and poet Azsacra Zarathustra makes it clear that the Void like other elements Earth, Fire, Air and Water has a great importance to explore his poetic personality. Here in this BIBLE OF EMPTINESS we find, in compressed form, Azsacra’s vision, and the secret of our destiny. The pages have been intentionally left blank by Zarathustra; the blank pages seem to have the knowledge of the secret of the Void or Zero. Azsacra’s whole attempt amounts to irony on the printed word itself. The elusiveness of the blank pages points out that there can be no conclusive answer to unravel the mystery of the world. In martial arts, we frequently invoke the power of the Void, heaven or sky to connect to the intrinsic creative energy of the world. No doubt, if we get attuned to the occult powers of the void, our soul can be saved from the worldliness in our self.

Shunyata (emptiness), unlike "nothingness", is a state of mind. In fact, Azsacra is pursuing Nirvana or salvation that is the end of the world in which all likes and dislikes fade away. Azsacra by leaving the pages unwritten is giving the message that all phenomena is empty. According to Buddha, this is ”the highest happiness”. This can be attained only through enlightenment, not by pursuing impermanent things.

"Where there is nothing; where naught is grasped, there is the Isle of No-Beyond. Nirv?na do I call it — the utter extinction of aging and dying” (Buddha). Ezra Pound too realized that the words were void of meaning: “All my life I believed I knew something. But then one strange day came when I realized that I knew nothing, yes, I knew nothing. And so words became void of meaning. I have arrived too late at ultimate uncertainty.”

Shakespeare too like Azsacra in his sonnet 65 has described that all things will be destroyed by the swift wings of time. The strength and stability of the world is an illusion. There is one hope that ‘black ink’ or the words of the poet will remain immortal:

Or what strong hand can hold his swift foot back?
Or who his spoil of beauty can forbid?
O! none, unless this miracle have might,
That in black ink my love may still shine bright.

The similar idea we find in Shelley’s “Ozymandias” . Nothing is permanent; the colossal statue of the powerful emperor Ozymandias has been destroyed by time:

And on the pedestal these words appear --
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.'

Azsacra too feels that his allies are void and nihilism. This might be called whimsical, but this is the Truth of life. He is inspired by the Tibetan mysticism and Tantra, Nagarjuna and Zen. This is is quite visible in his earlier poetry collection THE LOTUSES OF EVIL:

The butterfly
Is late for
Its death - p. 53

No one can
Subdue: the leap
In Abyss! - p.12

Staring at the blank pages of Azsacra’s most original work leaves no doubt in my mind that his whole vision of life is written on these unwritten pages. This is a clear testimony to the fact that Azsacra has said farewell to all inhibitions. We cannot help but feel that these blank pages carry out his philosophy of the void, and they are the proper execution of his philosophical vision and depth.

Nietzsche, 1892/1966, in his Thus Spoke Zarathustra aptly says: “No shepherd and one herd! Everybody wants the same, everybody is the same: whoever feels different goes voluntarily into a madhouse." Azsacra has chosen to reflect in a different and most original manner. “Emptiness is illusion, if it’s not Emptiness to Supremacy” “(Azsacra). Here is Azsacra in a very different light. His greatness is shown in the blank pages of the book. For, Azsacra, emptiness is the centre of everything. The words unuttered echo his philosophy very well. The reverence which Azsacra feels for the Void and Emptiness is boundless. Azsacra has succeded in creating a unique atmosphere surrounded by a magic light of emptiness.

Azsacra Zarathustra is a well known Russian philosopher and poet-mystic. He is Editorial Advisor for the international journal of poetry and art "Harvests of New Millennium" (India). He is published in India, Tibet, Japan, Germany, Norway, England, USA.

Hardcover: 1008 pages
Publisher:; 1 edition (October 20, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8182531799
ISBN-13: 978-8182531796
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 1.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,218,551 in Books


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