Soon Omnia – Amsterdam Publisher will release section 2.4 "Change" from the Odyssey to "Who are you – A survey into our existence".
In this part, Carla Drift gives her view on cosmology and contemporary quantum mechanics to Man Leben, Ferdinand and Peter at the campfire during a trek in Kenya, via:
The big bang until now; and back?
The end of time
The solidified time (in a black hole)
Here and now – anywhere and always.
On the last evening of her explanation, Man Leben tells the following Buddhist question:
A student came to a teacher and asked him: "Existence and non-existence are like two vines clinging to the Void. If suddenly the Void disappears and the vines wither, where do Existence and Non-existence return?"
The teacher laughed as an answer and then he said: "Word and thought have no way – disappeared are all machinations".
Man Leben says that the word "way" refers to Tao – a key concept in Taoism – that literally means "road" or "life course", but the word Tao is probably derived from the word "Moon" ; the Moon is a metaphor for rock-solid faith.
Hereafter Man Leben recites a haiku by the Japanese poet Rӯokan, that he has adapted:
The spark leaves behind,
the forever changing moon
in the firmament
According to Man Leben, the "spark" in this haiku is a metaphor for the Big Bang.