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|| 4.03 | BRAHMAN AS BLISS OR HAPPINESS ||
Absolute Being is the highest perfection .
Perfection is Bliss .
The Self is the seat of Absolute Love ,
Love without an object outside It .
It is Bliss without objectification , for BRAHMAN-Bliss is not derived through contact of subject and object .
Here , Love and Bliss are Existence Itself .
That which is , is Bliss of Consciousness which is Being .
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The highest aim of all endeavour is deliverance from the present condition of limited life and the reaching of
" the Bhuma which is Bliss " .
" The great Infinite alone is Bliss , there is no bliss in the small finite . Where there is neither seeing nor hearing nor knowing of anything else which is a second entity — that is the Infinite . " ( Chh . Up . VII . 23 , 24 )
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Absolute Existence which is Absolute Knowledge is also Absolute Bliss .
The Consciousness of Bliss experienced is in proportion to the growth and expansion that we feel in the conscious being of ourselves .
Sat-Chit-Ananda does not imply a threefold existence , but is Absolute Self-Identity .
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The world appears to be real , intelligent and blissful , because it projects itself on the background of something which is essentially Reality-Intelligence-Bliss .
" That , verily , is the essence .
Only on getting this essence , does one become blissful . Else who would breathe and , who would live — if there were no bliss in existence ( space ) ! Truly , this essence is the source of bliss . " ( Taitt . Up . II . 7 )
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This Essence is impartite bliss and is fearlessness , but ,
" if one would create even the least difference in this , there is fear for one " .
" This Being ( of BRAHMAN ) is the supreme Bliss . " ( Brih Up . IV . 3 . 32 )
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The Mundaka Upanishad calls Reality as the " Blissful Immortal " .
According to the Taittiriya Upanishad , it is the Reality
" whose Self is Truth , which is the delight of life , the joy of mind , the fullness of peace , the immortal " .
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The repeated declarations of sage Yajnavalkya ,
" whatever is other than That , is wretched " , " one who departs hence without knowing this Imperishable is miserable " ,
suggest the absolute supremacy of the Bliss of BRAHMAN , when compared to which even the highest heaven , even the abode of the creator , is just darkness and sorrow .
The natural phenomena of hunger and thirst , pain and illusion , old age and death are said to be overstepped by That most Exalted Being which is beyond all evil and sin .
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BRAHMAN is not " blissful " but " Bliss " , not " conscious " but " Consciousness " , not " existent " but " Existence " .
It neither decreases nor increases ; it is the Ocean of Plenitude , without an ebb or a flow , filled up to the brim of being , allowing in nothing , giving out nothing .
That is the real nature of the Self in which one rises from the consciousness of something to the consciousness of being everything , where the knower and the known , the enjoyer and the enjoyed are one , in which one is lifted above all desires and sees nothing outside .
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It is said that the Self , when in fast embrace with the Being whose essence is Knowledge , knows nothing , either external or internal , for that is the True One in which all desires are quenched , in which the Self alone is the desire , in which all wants and sorrows are dissolved .
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This is the zenith of Bliss and Wisdom , by a small fraction of which the whole universe is sustained .
" One who is conscious of the Bliss of BRAHMAN fears not from anything . "
" When one finds one's rest in That which is invisible , incorporeal , inexpressible , unfathomable , then one has attained to Fearlessness . "
For , this Atman is Silence and Peace , " shantoyamatma " .
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