Sir, you said that ‘nothing is real’. Please explain what you mean by that?
I didn’t say that ‘nothing is real’. I said, Vedanta says that ‘nothing is real’. Of course, I subscribe to it. Now, I also say, that when Vedanta says, ‘nothing is real’, it’s not that nothing exists. It does not mean that nothing exists.
Obviously, something exists but it may not be what we think it is because we have a set of sensory organs through which we perceive the objects around us, the so-called real world. And, we understand the real world through our senses; rather, we say something is real based on the senses, experiences that come to us through the senses.
Let’s suppose, I am looking at an object. What happens actually, what is the process of perception? The process is that light falls on that object, reflects from it and falls on my retina, and then I see a small image. Let’s say I am looking at a tree; I would see a small inverted image of a tree fall through the lens on my retina, right? Just like a camera. You look at the camera, you see the same thing happens but that is not the end of perception.