The Hindus1 who, between ca. 800BC and 300BC, invented the Upanishads,2 were, like their distant cousins, the pre-Socratics, a clever, observant and doubting lot.3,4 Their goal was to uncover the structure and ‘purpose’ (if any) of the creative process that generated this and all worlds. They gave the creation process the working title Brahman (Greek: theos = GOD).5,6
Those juvenile speculators observed, indeed experienced, that every emergent appeared to be real (Sanskrit: sat), identifiable (Sanskrit: cit) and that its emergence engendered in them the feeling of bliss (Sanskrit: ananda).7
What neither they nor the Brahmin priests could accept was that bliss, indeed all pleasant (Sanskrit: sukha) feelings, ranging from contentment through happiness, joy, bliss to ecstatic rapture emerged as signals8 for the successful creation9 of identifiable reality, irrespective of its actual content.
In other words, bliss, indeed the entire honeymoon experience,10 is the signal, indeed self-reward for the completion of a creative act.11
Bliss emerges as self-signal (indeed self-reward) if and when an identifiable reality emerges (i.e. is reborn as) as an upgraded, hence ‘fitter’12 identifiable reality.13
© 2019 by Victor Langheld
1. i.e. the peoples of Hindustan, i.e. India.
2. The Upanishads were a collection of orthodox (Sanskrit: astika) speculations about the structure (i.e. as operating system) of real existence attached to the Vedas, recently decayed. Detached from the Veda there emerged a number of unorthodox (Sanskrit: nastika) speculations of which Samkya and Buddhism were the most prominent. Both the astika Upanishads and their nastika competitors took their cue from the traumatic view of ‘the arse of God’ (i.e. the dark underbelly of creation, i.e. ‘hell’, as experienced by the Buddha and which drove him forth from the life of a prince to that of the itinerant beggar) and the trauma and suffering (Sanskrit: dukkha) that resulted from that view and offered escape/liberation (i.e. salvation, i.e. heaven) from the world (in its God’s arse phase, i.e. the decay side of creation) as solution, i.e. as way out, for instance, as the (escapist) jivanmukta or nirvana paths. Both groups (indeed, like St Paul’s ‘sin to righteousness’ version of Christianity) sold their followers short on the God’s face phase of creation. For the pantheist’s definition of God see: The standard Model
3. All religions (indeed all actions) are triggered by failure, i.e. by thermo-dynamic decay and its painful effects (i.e. the horrific vision/experience of hell as ‘arse of God’, and they offer salvation, i.e. a fairy-tale way out of hell (i.e. out of jail) and into a fairy-tale heaven, i.e. happy, blissful survival. In short, every action of every identifiable reality (as thermo-dynamic attribute creating machine) serves as ‘get out of jail’ (i.e. decay to death) effort.
4. i.e. they were in transition from the magical, analogical make-believe world of the infant (and the priest, the infant’s groomer) to the transitional quasi scientific, quantised (or digitised) almost factual world of the juvenile to the wholly factual world of the adult.
5. In other words, they reified, concentrated and then anthropomorphised the discretely discontinuous, distributed and wholly impersonal process in order to grasp it (i.e. its survival rules packet) as a real identifiable whole. In other words, they speeded up still pictures to create an on-going movie and to which they could relate.
6. The notion of Brahman (i.e. as creator) came in two versions, namely with or without attributes/qualities (Sanskrit: gunas). The Brahman without attributes (hence nirguna) was nothing, i.e. void and virtually incapable of creation. He was quickly replaced by Ishwara, i.e. the with attributes saguna Brahman.
7. Then, being juvenile and prone to making hasty decisions, they declared the Brahman, i.e. ‘the one without a second’ to be (nothing other than) sat-cit-ananda, roughly translated as (unlimited, hence ultimate (Sanskrit: ananta)) realness (or being or truth), identity (or consciousness) and bliss. Existing as it were in ‘the arse of God/Brahman’ (Sanskrit: samsara) and, consequently, suffering, they judged that the ‘arse’, i.e. the dark underbelly of creation, to be not-Brahman (indeed an’atman) and decided (wrongly as it turns out) that the only sensible thing to do would be to quit ‘the arse of God/Brahman’ and merge back into Brahman/God. Sadly, most of Hindustan followed their insane lead, at least in principle.
8. Indeed, as self-rewards serving as Guide & Control feedback.
9. Hence survival capacity increase. The greater the survival capacity increase the greater the happiness, joy or bliss, and vice versa.
10. The Honeymoon Experience. The ‘over the honeyed moon’, elsewhere called the ‘7th heaven’ or ‘out of this world’ experience emerges if and when the most important survival function is initiated, namely the transmission of identity by means of 1 to 1 (thus wholly concentrated thus wholly focussed, thus essential, real or imagined ‘lover to lover’ contact (i.e. bounce, copulation). In fact the honeymoon experience happens at each individual (real or imagined) contact, its intensity and range varying pro rata with the importance of the contact. In the case of human honeymooners, they get the full whack of the honeymoon experience because they are in the process of performing the most important function of life, namely the transmission and merging of their identities to create new life.
11. In other words, bliss emerges as pay-off for emulating (i.e. by recursively elaborating) the Brahman/God (as creation fractal or algorithm) in/as one’s personal world/niche, hence the bliss of attaining liberation to. The bliss, and which is perfectly real, achieved by escaping one’s world/niche, i.e. as liberation from, hence denying the Brahman/God function, means creatively applying destruction. The creative act happens if and when 2 quantised random (i.e. differential) events collide in a relativity vacuum, thereby creating a (1c2) moment of realness that is identified with their combined attributes. Liberation from (this horrid world (of the flesh, so the nutter St Paul) is the goal of the loser, i.e. of the dropout from the world, i.e. the ascetic (monk or mystic) as ultimate escapist to the wholly attribute-less Brahman/GOD initially fantasised with a happy face.
12. i.e. with increased survival capacity. In other words, the entire range of pleasant feelings, from simple contentment to rapturous joy, emerges if and when an individual proves himself or herself a winner, i.e. who has achieved the basic goal of existence, namely defined contact (i.e. copulation) that upgrades survival capacity.
13. In the most general terms, bliss emerges (from moment to moment) as signal-cum-reward for problem (to problem) solving, the common denominator problem being (personal) survival.