Thursday, July 14, 2005

the difference between happiness and bliss

“Enlightenment happens only in that moment when there is no complaint in you, when you are not going anywhere, not desiring, not condemning, not judging. You simply exist and with total acceptance, this moment there is enlightenment.
Enlightenment is a very ordinary thing. It is nothing extraordinary, it is nothing special __ because the special is the search of the ego. It is just ordinary! There is no demand, no hankering for anything, no clinging. Simply, you are, and you are happy __ happy without any cause.
Remember this. This is the difference between happiness and bliss. Your happiness is caused, sometimes a friend has come and you are happy. How long are you going to be happy with the friend? A few moments __ and then you will be happy when he leaves. What type of happiness is this? It is caused, and the cause disappears. Sooner or later you become fed up and it disappears. Bliss is uncaused happiness. Simply as you are, you are happy, there is nothing to say about why you are happy.
Look at the whole thing. You never think why you are miserable __ you are simply miserable. Whenever you are happy you start looking, “Why am I happy?” Misery seems to be natural; happiness seems to be something unnatural happening sometimes, misery is your state and happiness is your hankering.
An enlightened person is simply happy, just as you are simply miserable. Simply happy! And is never miserable, even sometimes when the shoe pinches, he simply puts it right, it is not misery, it is simply physical pain __ a discomfort, but not misery. He simply puts the feet right __ he changes the shoe, or he walks without the shoe.”


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