"The very first step in understanding what this is all about is giving up the concept of an active, volitional 'I' as a separate entity and accepting the passive role of perceiving and functioning as a process." - Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Everything Like Foam In The Waters of Bliss


Of the happiness enjoyed by the sole sovereign of the world, the earthly gandharvas and celestial gandharvas, the brilliant piris, the gods existing from creation, the later gods and celestial chiefs, Indra, Brhaspati, Prajapati or Hiranyagarbha, each is a hundred times as great as the preceding one. Yet all are fragmentary and like froth and foam in the waters of the deluge of brahmananda.

Whosoever remains in the turiyatita state, the seventh (and the highest) plane, his experience of Consciousness-Bliss is the same as that of Narada, Suka, Shiva, Vishnu, brahma and such others, free from duality or sleep. May the dust of his holy feet settle on my (humble) head!

So far I have now told you of five kinds of ananda; I shall later describe the bliss of knowledge; I have already described the bliss of the Self as the dearest of all and the bliss of the non-dualist Self while explaining maya and sat-chit-ananda. O Son free from the pairs of opposites! Tell me, have you any more doubts?

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That in whom reside all beings and who resides in all beings,
who is the giver of grace to all, the Supreme Soul of the universe, the limitless being:
I AM THAT. -- Amritabindu Upanishad