September 22, 2009

Awakening is not the same thing as Bliss

There may be bliss with awakening, because it is actually a by-product of awakening, but it is not awakening itself. As long as we are chasing the by-product of awakening, we will miss the real thing.

- Adyashanti, from “Bliss is a By-Product,” Tricycle, Summer 2009

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Nicole Rousselle's picture

Hi Philip! I really enjoyed the gritty truth in the full article. I have personally experienced more non-bliss on my journey to awakening that you can shake a stick at.
I have been a truth speaker from my yearly years of childhood & this just doesn't sit well with most people.
Now that I am finding out more of who I really am, the less concerned I am about fitting in to the societal norms and what I should do. I lead by my intuition and what makes my heart happy.
Going through what I have and by gaining experience as to what makes me happy and fulfilled - I have found BLISS!

Mark's picture

I would be very interested in hearing folks' take on Adyashanti. Personally, I'm conflicted. I have experienced some amazing insights while listening to his teaching. He is a very charismatic teacher and I like the way he emphasizes the authority of individual experience. Unlike other teachers who rely on the authority they borrow from scriptures or koans, his authority seems to derive from the authenticity of his own experience and the way his teachings resonate with the listener. On the other hand, it seems to me he's ultimately teaching essentialism -- that awareness is the same as spirit or God, the essential substrate from which all phenomena arise. He has no qualms about disparaging teachers who disagree with him, and seems pretty confident in his lock on truth. And his commercial enterprise is pretty elaborate -- if you wanted to create a personal cult around someone, this is what it would look like. I don't know what to make of him. Anyone have something to share?