What is keeping you from the state of eternal bliss or enlightenment is often so strong that the thought of being really truly happy in this life is something that many can’t actually believe in. People want to be happy but they don’t think they can be very happy. And many think if they are happy or feel good that something bad must happen to balance out the happiness. And for some reason people think the feeling of happy is always short lived.
Some people do what is called seeking. Everyone seeks in their own way, whether or not they know they are and some people do it consciously.
Paramahamsa Nithyana wrote in marcincains.wordpress.com about those that purposefully seek enlightenment and what is keeping you from the state of eternal bliss.
The real meaning of seeking
A small Zen story:
A young disciple had just entered a Zen monastery.
He said to the Zen Master, ‘I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me something.’
The Master looked at him and asked, ‘Have you eaten your rice porridge?’
The monk replied, ‘Yes, I have eaten.’
The Master said, ‘Then you better wash your bowl.’
At that moment, the monk was enlightened! This may sound absurd when you hear it for the first time. The Master was telling the disciple to wash his bowl after he had eaten. What he actually meant was, the disciple was so full with the knowledge he had acquired, with what he had picked up from various places, from various philosophies; there was no room for anything more to enter, for any clarity to happen. Cryptically he says, ‘you better wash your bowl’, and the monk was simply struck by the statement and became enlightened!
This is how Zen Masters caused spiritual awakening in their disciples. In just one moment, the disciple would be awakened. Enlightenment, self-realization, the state of eternal bliss, or whatever you want to call it, is actually as easy as removing your coat and putting it on the coat stand! It is that simple. But because of our layers and layers of social conditioning, we look upon it as something far away from us, something difficult to achieve.
Actually, it is not something to be achieved at all because it is already there in you! How can you achieve something that is already there in you?! All you need to do is drop these layers of illusion, these layers of social conditioning, and you will see that you are already bliss. The concepts like seeking or traveling in a spiritual journey are just ways to postpone your own flowering. You are banging on a door that is already open.
With all the new discoveries that are being made at present many of us are not aware of the discoveries on the spiritual front. And there are now tools that can help remove what is keeping you from the sate of eternal bliss right here and right now in this life.
They say we are in interesting times and things they ‘are a changin’ and that is even true on the deeper spiritual level as well.
Have you ever though you could really be happy and stay that way?