Chapter 1: Everybody Can Be a Mystic
The second most important definition, which is in the same category as Satyam-Shivam-Sundaram, is Sat-Chit-Anand. Sat means truth; Chit means consciousness; Anand means bliss. Certainly, in any definition, truth is going to be the essential part that cannot be dropped. It is the experience of ultimate truth - just as in the first definition, in the second definition sat remains the most prominent. But two new things come in: consciousness and blissfulness.
The first definition, although beautiful - tremendously beautiful - will not become the experience of many, because the talent to be a poet is rare. The second definition is going to be the experience of many more.
Meditation brings you to the final peak of consciousness - that is chit, exactly in the middle. On one side is truth; on another side is bliss. As meditation flowers, you find that on one hand truth has revealed to you all its mysteries and on the other blissfulness is showering all its treasures on you.
It is as significant a definition as the first, but you can see the difference: there is no place for Sundaram, beauty; the person has no sensitivity towards beauty. But the person is absolutely alert and conscious of great blissfulness overflowing in him and a feeling, an indubitable feeling, that he has arrived home. That is his truth.
In Sanskrit, unlike English, words can be joined together. Sanskrit has an approach.and perhaps the approach has come from the enlightened ones. So many people have become enlightened in this land. They have left their impact on Sanskrit, the language. They will not say Sat-Chit-Anand the way I have explained it to you. I have cut one word into three, just to explain it to you, because in English there cannot be one word for all three. You cannot join truth, consciousness, blissfulness into a single word. The Sanskrit word is sachchidanand. All three words are joined. Sat is there, chit is there, anand is there - but they are not separate, and there is no gap: sachchidanand.
It is significant to remember that the experience is one orgasmic, organic, unitary experience. It does not come in parts as sat, as chit, as anand. It comes into existence in a totality, and that totality is sachchidanand. To denote, to emphasize the unity - that neither can sat exist without chit, nor can chit exist without anand - they have used a joined word: sachchidanand.
It is not only a question of language. Deep down it is an experience that they all come together. In fact there is no way to create demarcations, that this is truth and this is consciousness and this is bliss. Suddenly they are all within you. In other words, truth is consciousness and bliss; or vice versa, bliss is consciousness and truth.
The division I made was just to make you understand. Now I want you to be aware that in experience itself there is no division. It has the fragrance of blissfulness, it has the light of consciousness, it has the revelation of truth - all simultaneously and together. They are not steps to each other. It is not possible to drop one of them and experience the other two. They are an intrinsic unity, an organic unity.