An Islamic perspective
Transcendent Reality is a spiritual state which is experienced by the inner-self. It represents the real awareness of the “Nafs-soul” during a higher level of consciousness. Rare moments of self-possession.
And it is a state of perception and awareness of the cosmos. Such awareness is as a result of tranquility of the thought process; the state of equilibrium of the inner-self, for it is an experience of the state of the manifestation of absoluteness. It is a triumphant moment of the reality of Nafs in reaching realization of the cosmos.
It is the “Nafs-soul” being conscious of a higher Reality which is other than itself; of a different station of existence.
In that station, this transcendent Reality is perceived by the Nafs and it may be defined differently, for every lover gives a different definition; having different experience of this station; the station of the Beloved;
Buddha calls it Emptiness.
Al-Halaj calls it “Al-Haq”
Jesus calls it “the Father”
Sufi’s call it the “Beloved”
All of these pure souls define their intimacy, with the Beloved in their own way and experiences, for the Beloved give them different tokens of love.
But All of them are aware that they are gazing at the “One”
they are gazing at the Absolute.
All lovers are burnt by the same Fire of the “One”
For it is unique and incomparable to anything else but itself.
The Nafs, in this state, never seen anything like it; no previous model; no prior experience;
so the Nafs get bewildered; drunken and thinks it is “Emptiness”
For it is the Nafs’ way to self-realization.
So Transcendence- Emptiness- is a definition of that state, in relationship to the intellect and such state is perceived by the “intellect”
but at the same time, such station of “Emptiness” is defined as “fullness” in relationship to itself, for there is nothing really exists except the Majesty of the Absolute.
So “Fullness” is a manifestation of the Glory of Allah;
is a manifestation of the “Truth:-Al-‘Haq” and the Splendor of the Beloved, where “Al-Haq” is the essential fabric of existence and everything is swimming in it.