Blissfulness is our birthright

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Osho speaks on ‘Bliss’; “…bliss is always there surrounding you.”


Bliss is the everest there is nothing higher than that and unless you reach the everest of bliss you have not fulfilled your mission in life your destiny in life. […]

Bliss is a strange wine – strange, because on the one hand it makes you fully aware, and on the other hand it makes you fully intoxicated – intoxicated with the divine. Fully aware in your being. But the moment you are fully aware in your being the divine wine starts showering on you. And it is one of the most miraculous events, when awareness becomes intoxicated it still remains aware – that is the mystery in it. It is absolute intoxication and absolute awareness and both are together, both are one.

Blissfulness is our birthright we just have to claim it and meditation is our claim. Meditation is simply preparing your home for the guest.

The guest is already waiting on the door.

Osho, The Sound of One Hand Clapping, Ch 22


Bliss is a gift from god. We cannot manufacture it. Nobody can become blissful on his own. We can allow it to happen but we cannot produce it. We can hinder it from happening – that is in our capacity – but we cannot manage, we cannot force, coerce it to happen.

It is as if in the morning the sun has risen, but you can go on remaining in your room with closed windows and closed doors and it is still dark for you. But this darkness is your own creation. All that is needed is to open the windows and the doors and the sun will start pouring. That is exactly the case with bliss: bliss is always there surrounding you. We live in the ocean of bliss, we are like fish in the ocean of bliss, but we don’t allow it to enter. We are very closed, we are window-less; hence the misery.

Osho, The Tongue-Tip Taste of Tao, Ch 13


Bliss is a fragrance. You cannot achieve it directly. You have to grow rose bushes; when the roses arrive there will be fragrance automatically. Bliss is a fragrance of meditation. Meditation means becoming more and more silent.

The noisy person cannot be blissful – one needs the music of silence. And our minds are too noisy. We are carrying almost a whole marketplace in our heads, all kinds of rubbish. And we are not one, we are a crowd inside, many people and they are constantly quarrelling, fighting with each other, trying to dominate. Each fragment of our mind wants to become the most powerful one. There is constant inner politics. You cannot find bliss in this constant inner war.

Bliss is possible only if this continuous war ceases. And it can cease; it is not very difficult to get beyond it. All that is needed is awareness. We are not aware of this whole phenomenon that goes on. It goes on inside like an undercurrent. We are almost oblivious of it. It is always there, day in, day out, but we are not conscious of it.

Bring consciousness to it. Slowly, watch the subtle layers of noisiness, and slowly slowly you will become aware of so much chattering that it appears almost as if a madhouse is inside the head. And we are living in this nightmare!

Through watching a miracle happens: whatsoever you can watch starts evaporating. And the moment it evaporates you are left with a deep silence. In the beginning there are only intervals, small gaps when thoughts cease, when you can look through small windows into reality. But slowly those gaps become bigger, they start coming more often, then they start staying longer.

It has been calculated by the ancient mystics, and I totally agree with them, that if a person can remain totally silent for forty-eight minutes he attains to enlightenment, he becomes absolutely blissful. And then it lasts forever, then there is no going back. You have gone into the beyond, you have reached beyond time and its constant shifting sands. You have reached the rock of eternity. That’s where one comes to realise one’s immortality.

That is the ultimate target of sannyas.

Osho, The Golden Wind, Ch 20

Quotes published in The Book: An Introduction to the Teachings of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
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