The Religion of Nothing is a religion devoted to the concept of "Nothing" and is the major religion of The Coordination. Teachers of the religion, known as gaje, can be found throughout the Multiverse and hold sessions in their wats. One important hub for the religion of nothing is El'Psassmet. They believe that Nothing is the goal and there are many Paths that are roads to Nothing.
Many believe that Nothing is the ultimate goal; in death they cease to be something[Tales 1].
Gana are the followers of Nothing, otherwise known as 'the flock'. Those who do not occupy a position in the hierarchy are the gana[Tales 1]. Those of position are usually also considered to be gana, though some prefer a specific distinction (citation needed).
Pariṣā are students of Nothing, those dedicated to learning the ways of Nothing. They are often those that seek to join the hierarchy of the religion, though some do not[Tales 1].
Gaje are teachers of Nothing who educate the pariṣā and the general gana. Within the gaje there are those of greater and lesser influence over the religion but they, as an act of humility, adopt the same moniker. Many gaje teach in wats dedicated to the religion, such as the El'Psassmet Wat. They will seek not just to teach pariṣā but also test them and their resolve[Tales 1].
There is no single Path, but many paths to seek the truth. To this extent it is deemed that there is no one truth, but many[Tales 1].
The Path of Aparigraha of the Paths leads practitioners to form statements that can be drawn as statements or as questions. While most followers of Nothing accept the concept of releasing all material possessions, the Path of Aparigraha means to release all abstract possessions too; such as friendship or a past or a personality. Instead, all people are friends but they are not 'your' friends; they are not to be belonged[Tales 1].
TBA ~ Gebohq the Writer
"The terms I used to describe the ranks of the religion come from Eastern religions of the real world. Gana[Ext 1] is from Hinduism[Ext 2] while Pariṣā is an alternate spelling for sangha[Ext 3] in Buddhism[Ext 4]. Both of these terms have the similar meaning of 'community'. Aparigraha, which is a Path in this religion, is based on Aparigraha[Ext 5] from Hinduism and Jainism[Ext 6]. It means non-possessiveness of material things but in this work of fiction it can be extended to mean abstract possessions. As Gebohq the Writer based the religion on Eastern religions, especially Buddhism, I wanted to convey that feeling by using their terms instead of western terms." ~ Britt the Writer.
- ↑ Gana article, Wikipedia.
- ↑ Hinduism article, Wikipedia.
- ↑ Sangha article, Wikipedia.
- ↑ Buddhism article, Wikipedia.
- ↑ Apatigraha article, Wikipedia.
- ↑ Jainism article, Wikipedia.