Q: What exactly is bliss? Can you describe true bliss, Sadhguru?
Sadhguru: How can I tell you? The question may spring from a certain misunderstanding about the nature of bliss. Today, even psychedelic drugs are being named “Bliss.” If you say “bliss”, many people might think you are talking about a particular drug.
There is no such thing as “true bliss” and “false bliss.” When you are in touch with Truth, you will naturally be in bliss. Being blissful and not being blissful is like a litmus test for you to see whether you are in truth or not. This question is probably coming from a certain mindset: “If I become blissful while watching the sunset, is it true bliss? Or if I become blissful while praying, is that true bliss? Or when I am meditating, and I become blissful, is that it?”
Most people misunderstand pleasure as bliss. You can never sustain pleasure, but blissfulness is a state that is not dependent upon anything. Pleasure is always dependent upon something or somebody. Blissfulness is not; it is of your own nature. Once you are in touch with it, you are in it, that’s all.
Blissfulness is not something you earn from outside; it is something that you delve deep into yourself to find. It is like digging a well. If you open your mouth and wait for the raindrops to fall in, you might get a few of them. But it’s quite a frustrating way to quench your thirst. Besides, the rain won’t last forever.
Let your own well overflow so that you have water throughout the year. Whatever you are referring to as “true bliss” is simply that you have delved into your own self and found the boundless source that sustains you. It is not something you open your mouth to when it rains. It is constantly with you. That is bliss.
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