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For Love of Ecstasy

For Love of Ecstasy

Near as spirit may be, centuries of cultural prejudice have made it necessary to rediscover our intuitive, direct knowledge of it. Many disciplines and techniques can be employed here, particularly meditation.

I have concentrated on the expansion of consciousness that is available through love, motivated by the tragic absence of love we see all around us. Yet the road to the Self is not closed on any side –the transcendent is “nearer than breath, than heartbeat” – and fortunately a multitude of teachings exist to put our feet on the path.

In the end the path does not actually ascend anywhere in time or space. The self is still the self, the ego is still the ego, the senses are still the senses. How can you go anywhere to capture what is already so close to you? The mystery is that this “pathless path,” as the masters refer to it, causes immense transformation.

There is a world of difference between those who live in love and those who only touch upon it fitfully. Perhaps the greatest difference is this quality called ecstasy, which is the actual feeling of breathing God’s breath and beating with His heart.

I do not want to betray the intimacy of ecstasy; it is the most private of love affairs. Being becomes your beloved, and the merging of yourself with another person follows with complete ease and naturalness. If one had to lay down some kind of pattern for how ecstasy is attained, it would be extremely general.

We take faith from those living masters who have reached the goal. They stand apart from us, yet they are clothed in the same flesh and bones; they move, act, breathe, and live as the rest of us do. Only secretly, in their realized souls, do they know with utter certainty that, like the two birds in the tree, they are Self while we are self.

Adapted from The Path to Love, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press, 1997).

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Deepak Chopra

Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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1:32AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Nice picture.

Expresses the way I feel when I get high on God.

6:12AM PDT on Oct 24, 2011

I don't always understand - but I'm trying to!

6:37PM PDT on May 20, 2011

Thanks for the article.

2:05AM PDT on Mar 31, 2011

Thanks for the info.

7:21PM PDT on Jun 13, 2010

My grandma Sophie once said "child the whole world is held together by love...even the grains of sand".Love is the fastest,most transformative, vibration we perceive. There is only one substance throughout creation, constantly transforming itself back and forth between energy and matter. All of creation is composed of this vibrating at different rates. The Creator is the core of creation, the Sat=Being,Chit= Consciousness of being,Ananda=Bliss in the consciousness of being.Sat Chit Ananda is the bottom line of creation.After filtering out all that is transient, all temporality,only this remains, is permanent, and all of creation is layers of this consciousness, vibrating at different levels, entering into arrangements with different forms of itself and separating and changing and at the bottom of it all:the unchanging awareness of Sat Chit Ananda. We may die form after form, identity after identity and this remains unchangeable.The all permeating awareness and bliss in that awareness that is the characteristic of the One Creator is like the roots of creation.We grow like inverted trees; our roots in the heavens and all the tendrils of our lives,sprouting from the branches of out eternal selves, our souls, resting on the unity consciousness of the branches linking all the lives to the one, the ALL THAT IS.Surrendering to the agony of unconditional love opens us for the ecstasy of unity.Each love relationship we join in is another step to ecstatic unity with the ALL THAT IS.

11:22AM PDT on Jun 3, 2010

Deepak,
Do you not believe that the masters [I'm guessing who you are referring to here, sorry] live in the state of constant knowing of their true self because they live apart, unlike the rest of us? Learning to know the soul through meditation is a valuable exercise to me, one I practice daily and I know it helps me to grow in love and spirit and yet these moments of knowing are so fleeting...my ego soon returns to claim the mundane and I get on with everyday living.
I always assumed that I could never "know" in any sort of constancy, that if one could possibly attain that state here on earth, then it would mean, to some degree the removal of the ego, or its death. In my case, this would not be a bad thing, I think sometimes yet do we not need an ego in balance with our souls, in order to connect with each other in love too?
I would love to know what you think please.
Jo.

5:26AM PDT on May 26, 2010

thanks!

9:00PM PDT on May 23, 2010

I only experience it fitfully. Is this an article about happiness? Are love and happiness the same topics?

5:27AM PDT on May 23, 2010

Something to aspire to. Thank you.

7:54AM PDT on May 21, 2010

I thought you meant the drug called ecstasy. LOL!

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