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The foundation for achieving inner bliss
Bliss is a state of condition that you have achieved in life from where happiness and joy can never be taken away from you. No matter what happens to you physically or mentally, bliss is a point where you have reached the condition of total happiness.
Other external factors can no more be a reason to spoil the existing happiness. Bliss is not external, it’s internal. Let’s see how to achieve that inner bliss.
Every human being is striving to live a life filled with joy. They are in search of peace, happiness and success in all possible experiences that can give them a feel of joy. But one has to understand that there is something called inner peace and bliss which decides the experience of one’s joy and happiness in spite of having the best of the best external atmosphere. Animals don’t depend on inner bliss. They are happy when things around them are happy. When climate, food and everything around their territory are available, they are going to live in happiness. But we humans, in spite of having the ability to produce external comfort and pleasure, are not happy. Why?
Inner bliss equals inner happiness
The universal fact remains that your happiness is not decided by the external comfort and physical pleasure. It’s decided by your inner bliss. That is the reason in spiritual science, they insist on liberation. Unless we take effort to liberate ourselves from our beliefs and perception, it’s impossible to feel the liberation in life. You feel you are either stuck in the present situation or you are unable to live the life you want to in the future. The truth is you are not stuck. You can change your destiny. For this, you need to decide at once to let go off everything because the fact remains one who dwells in the past can never make a fortune or progress either in the present or in the future. Here, let go off everything doesn’t mean you should not possess anything that you have achieved in the past. I am talking about the negative emotions and incidents which are not allowing you to progress.
Maintain inner bliss to enjoypeaceful life
You can never control your mind but you can guide it. The more you try to control your mind, the more it will take control of you in the present more than you ever imagined. Consider two different people left in a place with the same type of comfort; they will never feel the same because their thoughts are entirely different. You can achieve inner bliss only when you achieve a state of living without inner disturbance. For example, when you say you are healthy, it’s the absence of disease. When you say you are at peace, it’s the absence of inner disturbance. One has to understand the three aspects to achieve inner peace. It is possible to live without disease but it is impossible to create a world without a virus. It is your immunity which decides to live a healthy life in spite of the presence of the virus. All you need to understand is that it takes little self-effort and conscious living to fight against the inner disturbance. The essential maintenance of inner bliss is required to enjoy a life of conscious, peaceful sustenance throughout your existence. What is the essential maintenance required?
The three ‘R’ factors
1. Every problem is reversible: Whenever you face a bad situation, you convince yourself saying you are stuck with the problem without a solution. Instead, tell yourself no matter how bad a situation is, it is definitely reversible. If you fail to do this, your mind will be constantly thinking about the problem without focusing on the progress.
2. Your life is 100% your responsibility: Once you know that it is reversible, you should understand that you are responsible for whatever that is happening in your life and whatever that is going to happen in your life. This gives you the condition in which you will experience a new, creative positive thought which will help you face the situation and come out of it with positive results. This is possible only when you take ownership of understanding that you are totally responsible for your life. In fact, I remember telling my students that the world has erected a Statue of Liberty but it’s time for us to create a statue of responsibility. Every human being should realise that “liberty without responsibility” will again lead to slavery or tragedy. So what you need to have in life is not liberty but responsibility to enjoy that liberty. Nobody really enjoys the freedom given by nature. This freedom cannot be explained by words but you should understand that freedom without responsibility will lead you to failure. In spite of all the skills and experience you possess, the end result will never be positive. So, take responsibility and bring the change you want in life. Your life is 100% your responsibility. Even God will never take responsibility for your bad or good life.
3. Respect for the self: Once you know that you are responsible for your life in every aspect, here comes the highest state of mind one has to maintain at any given point of time: Respect for the self. Many people respect other fellow humans because they know that the behaviour of portraying respect is the essential need in the human society for others’ acceptance. Many times, we are also smart in pretending to give respect. But that is not the point here. No matter how much ever you respect others or others respect you, unless you respect your own self, you will never achieve anything valuable in life. Even if you possess the best knowledge, always remember to respect your own self. At times, we fail to respect our self because we identify ourselves as the body and the mind. But the self is a part of the supreme power which we call as divine, God, nature etc. The real you is the invisible you. Once you understand this, respect for the self is inevitable. Therefore understand the importance of self-respect. Then you gain an unexplainable power to be aware of all the other powers that you possess; the power to achieve all you want in life.
With this simple understanding, you will know every moment is your own creation; you will rejoice and revive every possible aspect of life in the present and in the future. Always remember that creating inner bliss is not magical but there is a science behind it. The above three aspects are the fundamental foundation for you to create a life full of bliss and success.
Wishing you a life full of peace, success and happiness.
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanji Aham Brahmasmi!
Atmayogi Shri Aasaanjiis a non-religious, contemporary spiritual master and the founder of the Atmayoga Foundation (Institute for Inner-Science and Self-Transformation)www.atmayoga.in