The Desire for Bliss

In these Transmissions we focus on the knowledge of our true nature. The word knowledge is used here in relation to the realization of truth, in other words, establishing ourselves in what we truly are.

This activity implies the absence of any pre-conceived ideas. We must not set goals that belong to the mind and imagination, because the unknown cannot be imagined or conceived. Generally, in the world, we use analogy and reasoning to achieve our goals and expectations, but working within we are dealing with a formless absolute, the Self, which cannot be apprehended by the mind.

We must lay aside all concepts of a personal God or Self. The only technique to use is one based on the art of listening in silence.

Our daily activities are made up of reactions, which are the expression of our ego or personality. We are a personality surrounded by pleasant or unpleasant, or friendly or hostile objects, and everything that impinges on our outer consciousness causes us to react according to our desires and fears. Consequently, these reactions are false, fragmentary and inadequate, because they are rooted in our selfish outlook, which is born out of the illusion that we are a separate self.

All traditional teachings, whether religious or esoteric, give us methods that attempt to help reach a non attached state where all reactions cease to be, leading to impersonal feelings that are impartial and produce an adequate outcome.

This must be properly understood if we want to become one with our true nature. The state of listening is the first true step to oneness. Next we must observe all our desires and understand what it is that we are actually seeking in all the objects and relationships that seem to give us pleasure. Only then we will realize that, when the desired object is stripped of all its peculiarities, there remains the truth, which is fullness, bliss and peace.

Nothing in the world of objects possesses perfect fullness and unconditional bliss. After the fulfilment of a desired object, we experience a short period of desirelessness, however, new desires reappear, and we start a new search. This indicates that what we desire is not the object, because if it were, its possession would eliminate all other desire. What is desired is bliss, which exists at all times in everything. The realization of the presence of bliss was lost when we became a separate ego, thereby losing sight of our true Self.

From that moment the world of objects and duality was born. This duality makes it impossible for us to perceive the presence of bliss, which abides in everything. We think we can experirnce bliss sensually, but that is impossible, because all we experience is short-lived pleasure.

We are compelled to strive in a world where the pleasant and unpleasant oppose the other. Most of the time we are content to waver between pleasure and pain, having no knowledge of true joy, because pleasure is only a shadow of what is.

Sometimes we come face to face with an object which is in exceptional harmony with us and we transcend the pleasure it gives, experiencing joy, discovering that perfect joy lies beyond the pleasure/pain duality. When pleasure becomes intense and pure, it may do more than end a desire but completely satisfy it, if only for a moment, and then it gives way to joy. This joy can only arise by the suppression of desire. True joy is impersonal, and is beyond the I amness. When immersed in perfect joy, we cease to be our personality. Now only joy remains, and the personality has disappeared.

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