I am light. My body is light. I am free. I know my fulfillment: I feel it rise within me, expand out from me.
Even though it’s not specifically in the Guiding Thought, today is about joy. Why? It’s because joy is the result of fulfillment. Divine Joy is the result of Divine Fulfillment. As we rise in the light of God, as we are lifted into freedom, not only do we come to know our own fulfillment, but we re-JOYce in the bliss of being.
Joy is the natural extension, the natural experience, the natural result of being and knowing Divine Love and Light.
This description of bliss is from the Taittiriya Upanishad (a mystic-philosophic text-based in the Vedas, from sometime between 800-200 BCE). I’ve modified it for those not familiar with Sanskrit words, using American words as best I can.
Suppose there be a youth—noble, well-versed in the scriptures, full of hope, resolute and strong, and the whole world is full of wealth for him. This is the unit measure of human bliss.
Multiply that human bliss by 100, and that is the bliss experienced by the highest divine humans (Gandharvas).
Now multiply that bliss by 100, and that is the bliss of the nearest-to-human celestial beings, the messengers of God (Celestial Gandharvas).
Multiply the bliss of those celestial beings by 100, and that is the measure of the bliss of the ancestors whose home is the eternal heaven.
Multiply the bliss of the ancestors in eternal heaven by 100, and that is the bliss of the divine beings whose home is the eternal heaven.
Multiply this by 100…and multiply that by 100…and multiply that by 100…and keep going. The text goes on like this for 5 more multiplications by 100, so altogether, at the “end” is there is the potential for bliss that is 900 times that of the highest bliss anyone can experience on earth. Can you imagine?
I’m still working toward the highest human bliss.
In A Course in Miracles, there is a section (and I apologize for the lack of specificity, I am writing from memory…), about why people do not experience the Peace that the Course teaches. The answer is, when you want nothing else you will have it. In another section, the Christ-narrator of the Course talks about hearing nothing other than the voice of the Holy Spirit. Then, also there is the lesson that says, “Above all else, I want to see”. “Above all else.” Do you get it? The choice is ALL or nothing. It’s only when we choose fully, choose wholly, choose the Divine over everything else do we KNOW the peace, hear the voice, and see with True eyes.
Right now, I feel the same way about joy, about fulfillment, about bliss. I want it ALL—real, Divine JOY, fulfillment, and bliss—over everything else. I can sense it, I know it’s just “right there”, waiting for me. Right here, where I am.