Socrates, Buddha, and Joseph Campbell on Bliss

“That soul, I say, herself invisible, departs to the invisible world to the divine and immortal and rational: thither arriving, she lives in bliss and is released from the error and folly of men, their fears and wild passions and all other human ills, and forever dwells, as they say of the initiated, in company with the gods.”
― Socrates in Plato’s Phaedo (translated by Benjamin Jowett)

“That land is sublime, blissful, serene and pure. Why do you not diligently practice good, reflect on the naturalness of the Way and realize that it is above all discriminations and is boundlessly pervasive? You should each make a great effort to attain it. . . . The Pure Land is easy to reach, but very few actually go there. It rejects nobody, but naturally and unfailingly attracts beings. Why do you not abandon worldly matters and strive to enter the Way? If you do, you will obtain an infinitely long life and one of limitless bliss.”
― Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha in the Infinite Life Sutra aka the Larger Pure Land Sutra (translated by Hisao Inagaki)

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.”
― Joseph Campbell

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