Friday, September 27, 2019

Ananda as Atman, the Ultimate Essence or Rasa


By David Frawley (Vamadeva Shastri)


The Vedic idea – which we find clearly expressed in the Taittiriya Upanishad – is that the entire universe arises from Ananda. Ananda is commonly translated as Bliss, which is perhaps the best equivalent in the English language, but is much more than that. Ananda refers to an unbounded peace and joy that overflows from the transcendent into time-space creation. This Ananda is our own inner nature and the pursuit of Ananda should be our true way of life. Yet Ananda is not just feeling good or happy, but is the fullness of feeling, in which we can understand every aspect of life as part of our own inner being, with a Divine fervor that is able to embrace and go beyond sorrow and death.


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