Good evening dear Ones,
A similar message came this week, from two different horizons, yet part of the same sky.
The words that I remembered from a talk on Sunday are “the peace that passes all understanding.”
Not “that surpasses,” quite interestingly – a peace that “defies” human understanding.
Words which made me look into Philippians 4:5-7; a book whose existence I did not know until this morning. A different name for the inhabitants of Philippi.
4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
And the other side of the horizon is about bliss – as it was explained to me on Wednesday.
GA: At the beginning of the morning meditation, you mentioned bliss. Why bliss and what do you mean by bliss?
DK: It is a kind of divine happiness that is utterly peaceful. In other words, the bliss of having a spiritual teacher is one when a person can utterly relax into the fact that he or she is safe with the teacher; that the teacher is not going anywhere; that he or she will always be there for the student.
Bliss in its earliest meaning was just profound peace. Most people today associate bliss with an ecstatic state but that is relatively recent; that’s certainly not something that I have experienced. There are states of meditation that are ecstatic, of course, but those are not considered bliss states because they are so excited. The whole system gets excited if there’s a rapturous feeling.
Whereas bliss is just ultimate peace. Utter complete peace, no need to question anything, a sense of divine security, all anchored into this kind of peaceful presentation. This isn’t a state that is well known in the West; it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist here but often it is called something else. What is needed is maybe re-educating folks about what bliss really is.
Whomever the teacher, whomever YOUR teacher(s), let’s aim for a state of pure equanimity, a state of undisturbed peace.
What are the prerequisites, you may ask?
I will vote for Faith—Faith and Surrender.
Two ingredients which are part of the same unique horizon.
Topic: The peace that passes all understanding
Time: May 25 @ 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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