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Article LXX: Eternal Bliss

Experiencing bliss throughout every action and experience of each day approaches the state of enlightenment. Meditation and prayer are two ways to transcend the body and mind, which allow one to approach that realized state. However, one may aspire to find that same state through other actions as well. The solace one may find in music, art, or athletics can approach the same peace that meditation or prayer allows one to reach. In that sense, these activities need not be sensory pleasures, but they can be tools to approach peace just as meditation and prayer. For different people, there are different actions that allow one to approach peacefulness, and one should utilize whatever actions are appropriate to accomplish that peace. In order to act with realization of that peace and bliss within, one must constantly search for the Self within and orient oneself to the Divine. Devotion, selflessness, and nonattachment are universal evaluations to examine each action, but the supreme determination of righteousness can only be found from the Divine. Searching within or guidance from prayer and devotion can both guide one to act through Divine righteousness. Ultimately, one will be able to experience peace and bliss in every action of every day.


Katha Upanishad

The context of this scripture is a dialogue between Naciketas, a spiritual aspirant, and Yama, the god of death:

III.3: Know that the soul is the master of the chariot who sits within it, and the body is the chariot. Consider the intellect as the charioteer and the mind as the rein.
III.4: The senses, they say are the horses, and their roads are the sense objects. The wise call Him the enjoyer (when He is) united with the body, the senses and the mind.
III.5: If one is always of unrestrained mind and devoid of right understanding, his senses become uncontrollable like the wicked horses of a charioteer.
III.6: But he who is always of restrained mind and has right understanding, his senses are controllable like the good horses of a charioteer.
III.7: And he who is devoid of proper understanding, thoughtless and always impure, never attains the goal, and gets into the round of births and deaths.
III.8: But he who is intelligent, ever pure and with the mind controlled, verily reached that goal whence none is born again.

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