Your religiousness, your blissfulness, your meditativeness, your experience of your own interiority, your own subjectivity…coming to the very center of the cyclone, you will be able to dance a prayer, to sing a prayer, and it need not be anything intellectual. It has to be something coming from your being spontaneously.
It will be a simple thank you.
And not to any personal god, because there is no personal god – a thank you to the whole universe. The whole universe is intelligent. The whole universe is divine.
You are asking “Is blissfulness an expression of gratitude towards existence?” No, it is just vice versa: gratitude is an expression of blissfulness. Without knowing bliss, how can you be grateful? Grateful for what?
Put things right: first, search for those rare moments when you are in tune with existence. Seek the inner path so that you can know who you are.
Knowing oneself is the whole of religion. Anything else is just a footnote.
The essential religion is simply expressed by Socrates in two words, “Know thyself.” In fact, within these two words are included all the holy scriptures of the world and all the mystical experiences of people who have come to know themselves. The moment you know yourself you have known the most precious thing in existence; your consciousness, your bliss. And you have known the most beautiful, almost unbelievable experience – what we were talking about this morning: Om Mani Padme Hum. You have come to experience something which can only be called the sound of silence, the diamond in the lotus – an experience of a beauty which cannot be seen with open eyes, a sound of silence which cannot be heard by your outer ears. But at the very center it is already present; you just have to go there.
I teach you not to be bothered by any scriptures, not to be bothered by any churches, not to be bothered by any philosophical or theological systems.
Religion is a very simple and humble affair.
Just go withinwards.
Know thyself; be thyself.
And all blessings will shower on you as if thousands of roses are showering. Only out of that experience will gratitude arise. Gratitude is not possible before experiencing something of the ultimate.
Experiencing headache, I discovered my male nature. Experiencing heartache, I discovered my female nature.
Is there also going to be a being-ache?
There is no such thing as being-ache. The being knows superb wholeness, health. It knows no disease, no sickness, no death. To go beyond your head and your heart is to transcend the duality of existence. This transcendence brings you to your being.