Being empty means not to have preconceived ideas. Being empty means not to have a prejudiced mind. Being empty means to have an attitude of receptivity and learning. Being empty means to be devoid of any priori idea.
The whole life is a life of learning. Learning begins and it never ends. But there are many fake Gurus, Swamis, and Pandits who claim to be great learned ones. They claim to be knowledgeable. This is a sheer stupidity. It seems that they have arrived at a dead-end. Enlightenment is a beginning of true learning. Enlightenment means now there is only knowing and there is no knower. You are a pure witness. You are a “Shuddha Chetana”. You are a pure consciousness. And this experience is enlightenment.
The literal meaning of “Veda” is knowing. It is a state when the knower is no more and only a pure state of knowing. On the path of learning there are three things: Learn, Unlearn, and Relearn. If the learning is new and fresh, and if there is no space in the mind, then we have to empty the mind to relearn. So, these three things, that is, learning, unlearning, and relearning have to happen continuously and simultaneously.
This is where Socrates says, “The only thing I know is that I know nothing”. And what do we do? We poison him. When we kill a genius we kill ourselves. We must never forget this. This is how we stop our spiritual growth.
Life is available once. And we can not afford to waste our time. See, if we are interested to experience timelessness or eternity, then we can not afford to waste our time. We should neither waste our time nor should waste other’s time. Everybody is free to be ignorant or wise. It is everybody’s choice.
I learn only when I have the courage to say that I don’t know. This is being empty, and always. This is the true art of emptying the mind.