What is Bliss?

So you have heard the term “Follow Your Bliss”, however are unsure about what it means or even if you have a “bliss”.

And then if you know you have a bliss, maybe you are confused about how to discover it?

Don’t worry you are not alone!

What I have realised over the years of coaching and working with people to discover their bliss within, is that we all have this blissful state, however many of us don’t realise what it is or how to discover it.

In this post, we will discuss –

  • “What is Bliss”?
  • 7 Quotes to Inspire you to Discover Your Own Bliss
  • The “Samadhi” Poem by Paramhansa Yogananda
  • What is Bliss for YOU?

Let’s get started…


What is Bliss?

There are many definitions and explanations around bliss. Some definitions of bliss include –


Further writings and explanations on bliss date back a number of years. Some of them include –

  • Bliss is, “a transcendental state of superior calm including within itself the consciousness of a great expansion and that of ‘all in One and One in all.” ~ Paramhansa Yogananda
  • “Now, I came to this idea of bliss because in Sanskrit, which is the great spiritual language of the world, there are three terms that represent the brink, the jumping-off place to the ocean of transcendence: sat-chit-ananda. The word “Sat” means being. “Chit” means consciousness. “Ananda” means bliss or rapture. I thought, “I don’t know whether my consciousness is proper consciousness or not; I don’t know whether what I know of my being is my proper being or not; but I do know where my rapture is. So let me hang on to rapture, and that will bring me both my consciousness and my being.” I think it worked.” ~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, pp. 113, 120
  • In the book Power versus Force, David Hawkins refers to bliss as the emotion of peace.


7 Quotes to Inspire you to Discover Your Bliss

  1. “If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  2. “Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama
  3. “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own path you make with every step you take. That’s why it’s your path.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  4. “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  5. “You must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.”  ~ Joseph Campbell
  6. “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls.” ~ Joseph Campbell
  7. “A man had given all other bliss,
    And all his worldly worth for this,
    To waste his whole heart in one kiss
    Upon her perfect lips.” ~ Lord Alfred Tennyson


The “Samadhi” Poem by Paramhansa Yogananda

In 1929, Paramhansa Yogananda wrote a poem called “Samadhi” that explains the experience of pure bliss. Yogananda wrote this poem while in a state of bliss and is an attempt to communicate bliss whilst it’s unfolding. The poem is quite long, however concludes with the following, which captures the feeling of bliss.

“….Aum blows upon vapors, opening wondrously their veils,

Oceans stand revealed, shining electrons,

Till, at last sound of the cosmic drum,

Vanish the grosser lights into eternal rays

Of all-pervading bliss.

From joy I came, for joy I live, in sacred joy I melt.

Ocean of mind, I drink all creation’s waves.

Four veils of solid, liquid, vapor, light,

Lift aright.

Myself, in everything, enters the Great Myself.

Gone forever, fitful, flickering shadows of mortal memory.

Spotless is my mental sky, below, ahead, and high above.

Eternity and I, one united ray.

A tiny bubble of laughter, I

Am become the Sea of Mirth Itself.”


What is Bliss for YOU?

Now you have read some definitions, quotes and writings on bliss, what does bliss mean for you? How do you know when you experience bliss?

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