Pleasure is very momentary, it exists only for a split second. Happiness is a little longer, joy even a little longer, more suffused, but they are both part of time.
Pleasure, happiness, joy — they are all part of time, and anything that is part of time is bound to come and go, it cannot be forever.
Time means change, time means flux, movement. Nothing can be static in time, nothing can be at a standstill. But bliss is eternal, hence it is not part of time, it is beyond time. And to attain to bliss one has to go beyond time.
One has to go beyond time the task seems to be impossible, how can one go beyond time? — because as far as physics or science is concerned there is no possibility of going beyond time and space because the whole existence consists only of time and is only a fourth dimension of space, so you cannot go beyond it — according to science.
But according to the awakened ones you can go beyond time because in fact you are beyond time; you just have to search within yourself for a point which is already beyond time.
Looked at in that light things have a different perspective: mind becomes equivalent to time. Mind is a flux, constantly changing. Just behind the mind is your awareness, which is the same, always the same.
When you were a child it was the same, you became a young man, it was the same, when you become old it will be the same. When you were in the womb of your mother it was the same, when you were not born it was the same, when you are dying it will be the same, when you are dead it will be the same. There will be no difference at all, it is always the same. It is the centre of the cyclone.
The mind is like the cyclone and awareness is the centre, it is in the centre and yet beyond, it is within and yet beyond.
This is the whole work of meditation, this is the commitment of sannyas to search for that which is already beyond time. And the moment you know it, the moment you taste it, you know that life is immortal, you are immortal. There has never been any birth and there has never been any death, all that has happened only on the circumference.
At the centre you have remained untouched.
Words from silence.