All this talk of bliss [here at The Keys Of Knowledge spiritual discussion group] brings up an interesting question which is this:
What is the ultimate source of happiness and joy?
Would it be enough for you to merge with "the ALL," and just feel peaceful or blissful for eternity; or do you need more than this to obtain a fullness?
I find Tolle's words interesting:
"For the next five months, I lived in a state of uninterrupted deep peace and bliss. After that, it diminished somewhat in intensity, or perhaps it just seemed to because it became my natural state. I could still function in the world, although I realized that nothing I ever did could possibly add anything to what I already had."
Tolle guesses that the bliss was diminished because after a while it became his natural state. This is a true principle. No matter how high we go in our feelings it is only a mater of time before we adjust and it becomes our natural state. Does this mean the high state of bliss will never be obtained again?
Or does it mean that bliss is not the ultimate? Does it mean that we need more than bliss for fulfillment -- that perhaps we are even willing to leave bliss behind for periods of time to obtain it?
What then is the source of eternal joy and how do we obtain it?
"Labour alone, therefore, never varying in its own value, is alone the ultimate and real standard by which the value of all commodities can at all times and places be estimated and compared. It is their real price; money is their nominal price only."
Adam Smith, "The Wealth of Nations," Book I, Chapter 5
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