Once upon a time an Englishman encountered an Indian sage. 'You do not exist' said the sage! The enraged Englishman whacked the sage over the head with his cricket stick and the sage said: 'Ouch'! Ever since, this very disturbing 'Ouch' has shaken the very foundations of Buddhism, Madhyamika, Mahayana and Advaita Vedanta.
The ghastly incident reminds of the famous case of the Alchemist and the Chinese Emperor. The Alchemist had sold 'a very expensive vial of guaranteed 'elixir of immortality to the Emperor. When the Emperor's Chamberlain knocked at the Alchemists door, the money ready, eager to pick up the immortality concoction, he was told that the Alchemist had just died!
The sage of course was not quite a sage. Like many 'sages' before him, he had managed to misunderstand everything. In fact, he was not a sage at all but a theologian in disguise, posing as a sage. The Englishman was a bore and a snob and not, very good at cricket. Much worse, he was quiet ignorant, but in a very British way. The conclusion of this awful incident is that both were right and both were wrong. For there is a truth beyond the 'sages' and the cricket ,ticks and that truth have nothing to do with theology and theologians.