Bliss vs Pleasure

These quotes have been taken from Satsangs (discourses) given by our teacher Professor Ojaswi Sharma. He himself was never interested in writing anything but his students felt the need to preserve his wisdom. They taped his talks, transcribed them and sorted out into several Topics. Because the full discourses were very long, shorter passages were chosen on each Topic and presented here.


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It only remains to ask: Why is Bliss not with me when it should be? The simple answer given by the sages is that bliss and pleasure are opposed to each other. Pleasure comes through the senses. While one seeks pleasure through the senses, one cannot experience bliss. Withdrawal from the world of pleasure amounts to moving in the direction of bliss.


Bliss and pleasure are opposed to each other. The same thing applies to lust and love, which are also poles apart. While lust dominates one's life, Love cannot be experienced.


So, to achieve bliss one should withdraw from the world of pleasure through the senses. Now, you may ask the question: Then for what purpose are these senses given to us by God? The senses are given to us for a definite purpose. The purpose is: Use them, but do not misuse them. It is quite simple: the difference between use and misuse. A balance must be found, and you have to find it in all things.


The body wants to enjoy nature, and the senses want to enjoy the objects of the senses, so they pull us towards this. But the individual consciousness wants to have the experience of infinite Consciousness - God. Thus a tussle - a tug of war - goes on inside everyone of us.