Rabiya said, “For a simple, logical reason: inside the house there is no light and on the outside there is still a little light.”
The people laughed and started dispersing.
Rabiya called them and said, “Listen! That’s exactly what you are doing; I was just following your example. You go on seeking bliss in the outside world without asking the first and primary question: where have you lost it? And I tell you, you have lost it inside. You are looking for it on the outside, for the simple, logical reason that your senses open outwards – there is a little more light. Your eyes look outwards, your ears hear outwards, your hands reach outwards; that’s the simple reason you are searching there. Otherwise, I tell you, you have not lost it outside – and I tell you on my own authority. I have also searched on the outside for many, many lives, and the day I looked in I was surprised. There was no need to seek and search; it had always been there.”
Bliss is your innermost core. Pleasure you have to beg from others; naturally you become dependent. Bliss makes you a master. Bliss is not something that happens; it is already the case.
Buddha says: There is pleasure and there is bliss. Forgo the first to possess the second. Stop looking into the without, look within. Turn in; start looking and searching in your own interiority, in your own subjectivity. Bliss is not an object to be found anywhere else; it is your consciousness.
In the East we have always defined the ultimate truth as sat-chit-anand. Sat means truth, chit means consciousness, anand means bliss. They are three faces of the same reality. This is the true trinity – not God the Father, and the Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost; that is not the true trinity. The true trinity is truth, consciousness, bliss. And they are not separate phenomena, but one energy expressing in three ways, one energy having three faces. Hence in the East we say God is trimurti – God has three faces. These are the real faces, not Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. Those are for the children – spiritually, metaphysically, for the immature. Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh: those names are for the beginners.
Truth, consciousness, bliss are the ultimate truths. First comes truth; as you enter in, you become aware of your eternal reality: sat, truth. As you go deeper into your reality, into your sat, into your truth, you become aware of consciousness, a tremendous consciousness. All is light, nothing is dark. All is awareness, nothing is unawareness. You are just a flame of consciousness, not even a shadow of unconsciousness anywhere. And when you enter still deeper, then the ultimate core is bliss – anand.