Kabir’s famous verse, Lift the veil that obscures the heart and there you will find what you’re looking for is an apt metaphor for the practice of Yoga.
When we start practicing yoga and meditating, we start to dissolve the layers of grief and world-weariness that veil our heart. We recover the tenderness of an open, awake heart. (There’s a reason backbends are called heart-openers.)
While reading Joseph Campbell, I was reminded that Yoga – and its core practice, meditation – are pathways to bliss. In Campbell’s words, hell is our own “egoic obstructions.”
In Yoga we dissolve the veils and egoic obstructions that prevent us from being free, from knowing and being our truest Self. That Self is sat, being that is eternal, cit, pure consciousness and ananda, bliss.
For those who regard “bliss” as aspirational rather than real, note that one definition of bliss is “utter contentment” and that resting your mind where it finds contentment is a recommended practice.