Monday, September 14, 2009
On Behalf of Bliss
Man in his ignorance identifies himself
with the material sheath
his true self.
Transcending these, he becomes
one with Brahman,
who is pure bliss.
Recently, I have been reading a weighty tome which offers detailed descriptions of virtually every aspect of the Kundalini process, including much technical as well as more general commentary. But in the midst of this plethora of information, almost nothing is said about bliss as such, other than to acknowledge briefly that the "Bliss Sheath" is the ultimate spiritual goal, and that the culmination of all Kundalini (and spiritual) experience is the attainment of the One beyond all phenomenon.
First of all, this description of the final realization is quite similar to that of most mystical paths, where the aspirant seeks to be "annihilated in God."
Experiences of bliss and rapture are inherent in this process, witness depictions of Saint Teresa in ecstasy as well as the quasi-erotic love poems of St. John of the Cross. Many, many Eastern yogis and holy men appear to exist in a state of perpetual bliss. I always love the story of the holy man (was it Ramana Maharshi?) who inevitably fell into ecstasy when he tried to explain to his pupils the nature of bliss.
Bliss itself is a powerful teacher. It is the guru above all gurus, the ultimate union with the Inscrutable and Unnameable Divine. It dispenses with words and theories, casts aside speculation and notions, and takes the devotee directly into the heart of Mystery. No one can explain it, no one can control it, no one can grant it if the moment is not right. To experience bliss is to enter the Holy of Holies, the place where the soul is alone with its Beloved in mystical embrace.
Yet, teachers ignore it, or urge the pupil to "go beyond" it (go beyond God?) Or else they insist it is not referred to in the "texts", or urge the student to repress such feelings.
The Divine Feminine necessarily involves the uniting of spirit and body, feeling and flesh. To deny or repress the "Bliss Body" is to turn our backs on the most important element of transformation--discovering one's true nature as one tiny particle in the great currents of ecstatic joy that sweep through all creation continuously.
Bliss is the teacher, bliss is the guide, bliss is who we are. Indeed, Brahman is pure bliss.