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We are Creatures of Bliss

We are Creatures of Bliss

No two people meditate exactly alike, since the byways of every mind are different. But if taught a natural, correct technique, everyone, I believe, would experience inner glory. The human nervous system is innately capable of seeing directly into “the life of things,” so long as the brain is not clouded by disease or toxic substances. In time, mediation makes the nervous system extremely sensitive, so that it registers every subtle impression vividly and without prejudice; then the world itself changes.

The change might prove to be much more far-reaching than anyone supposes. To modern ears, the seers of the ancient Vedic scriptures sound almost otherworldly because they took it for granted that human life is essentially perfect.

The true yogi stands apart from ordinary experience by seeing that suffering is a completely false state. As we really are, we are creatures of bliss, but this reality is totally dependent upon experiencing it. All bliss vanishes when the mind takes on suffering; all suffering vanishes when the mind takes on bliss. The reason this must be so is that our inner mirror, unlike one made of glass, actually becomes the image it reflects.

What the yogi proposes is that each of us should locate the level of pure joy that is behind the mirror. It cannot be expressed in words, because language is another image in the mind’s mirror. Once the experience of bliss is achieved, it may spill over into words. The crucial point is that bliss is not our goal but our starting point. Unless it is present, one has no foundation for climbing to any of the higher spiritual states.

Adapted from Unconditional Life: Discovering the Power to Fulfill Your Dreams, by Deepak Chopra (A Bantam Book, 1991).

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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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7:45AM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Thanks!

10:45PM PST on Dec 5, 2012

thanks.

10:30AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

"suffering is a completely false state", couldn't agree more! joy is what we all need to experience more!

8:21AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Question: If this was to be your last day on earth, and you knew it, looking into the very center of yourself, how would you spend it? What would be important enough to invest your now-limited time in? Yourself, something bigger than youself? What?

12:01AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

continued..... However, I am learning to 'look behind the mirror' more and more often, am quicker to realize ...that I should STOP a particular 'thought' pattern, and not let my 'ego' run the show, (for some reason it believes in suffering) it would have me believe that things are not so hot, much less that I could find my bliss!! I find the STOP method, to be a valuable tool in getting back behind the mirror. And at times it has me laughing out loud, when I get to peek back there.....and see that it is an absolute miracle this life I live on this amazing planet of ours, such beauty, such perfection! Pure bliss to be a spiritual being on a human journey! Namaste!




12:00AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Ah goodday Deepak, it's good to be back - I was immersed in the latest "Chopra Center Meditation Challenge this past month" :-) it was a choice either the meditation or time spent here. But now, after these 21 days- actually on Day 22 today - this is a beauty of a post to read. You write : "The true yogi stands apart from ordinary experience by seeing that suffering is a completely false state. As we really are, we are creatures of bliss, but this reality is totally dependent upon experiencing it. All bliss vanishes when the mind takes on suffering; all suffering vanishes when the mind takes on bliss. The reason this must be so is that our inner mirror, unlike one made of glass, actually becomes the image it reflects.
What the yogi proposes is that each of us should locate the level of pure joy that is behind the mirror."

And that is exactly what it is, find your bliss! Practicing meditation and reading a fair bit on the 'subject', has taught me that in any moment I can choose to locate the level of pure joy that is behind the mirror'. It is always there.....

This sentence really says it all: "All bliss vanishes when the mind takes on suffering; all suffering vanishes when the mind takes on bliss." This I find to be so true, and it takes quite a bit of 'de-conditioning' to understand and make this true. I'm not there all the time trust me.......my life is just as 'real' as the next life. However, I am learning to 'look behind the mirror' more and more often, am quicker

5:38PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Part of being happy is helping mankind and the earth.

3:32PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Thank you.

3:23PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

Living a positive life is a great way to demonstate a positive energy in this complex world. So, positive role models are just a sliver of good that can be offered. Role models are sharing, caring, problem solvers, responders, joyful with others, helpful in times of need, and because of the bliss within, compassion is also present, for bliss is not a blind emotion, and can see when empathy is 'the best medicine.' - Cindi S. - yes, it is more than a personal thing,.... Thanks for the opportunity to expound the thought further,... :)

2:12PM PST on Dec 4, 2012

All very well to experience bliss for yourself, but what about OTHER people's pain? Don't we have a moral duty to do something about that?

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