What is the common element? – attention, deep attention, absorption.
The child was absorbed with his stones, playing with them. All of existence was forgotten; the child forgot himself. Nothing existed in that moment, no mind existed, the child was totally absorbed. Because of that absorption, that total annihilation of the ego, bliss happened. It became a meditation.
The young man was absorbed in his beloved. All of existence dropped away, as if it never existed. Only the beloved existed. Even that disappeared: the lover and the beloved disappeared. Only love existed. A moment existed that was eternal, a moment that was eternity itself. No past, no future, the now was all. It was a meditation. Love is a meditation. And then bliss happened.
Now the old man is chanting under a tree, or sitting in a temple listening to the bells of the temple and feeling very happy, ecstatic. What is happening? – the same thing is happening in a different situation, in a different age, in a different experience. The same thing is happening: the world disappears. The old man is no longer, the temple disappears. The present moment becomes total. He is here and now. The bells go on ringing. They don’t ring in the future, they ring in the present. No past memory enters, no future desire. The old man is here and now.
Whenever you are here and now, bliss happens.
As a child playing with stones, as a young man playing with your beloved, or an old man playing with chanting and meditation – if all three experiences can be felt as harmonious, you have found one of the ultimate laws of life. You have become wise. Wisdom has happened to you.