Chapter 1 Verse 10 -Supreme bliss.
Feel the ecstasy, the supreme bliss where this world appears unreal like a snake in a rope, know this and move happily . ॥1.10॥
The analogy of the rope - snake example with the world is the exact analogy, mostly repeated in various spiritual literatures and talks. When we see the rope as a snake all our reactions depends on our interpretation. In actuality both the times the rope is same, but what makes difference is our interpretation, mostly because of our ignorance. Similarly in both the cases, before realisation, or after realisation, what we see is the same. But the difference is in our interpretation. The difference is in our point of view. When we are not realised an additional layer of interpretation is added by our mind, to misinterpret what we see.
Therefore it is suggested to see what is. Most of the time what we see is what should be, or what should not be, what our mind wants, or what our mind don't want. What should be we see out of anticipation and what should not be we see out of fear. When we realise the truth we see beyond these layers of anticipation and fear. And when we see reality, when we see what is, there is no layer created by mind, no layer of anticipation or no layer of fear. In that case whatever we see is the actuality, which gives us an immense happiness, immense bliss. Here in this verse, what Astavarka suggest is to see what is and experience that bliss.
And when we have the taste of that bliss, we will find anything tasteless in front of that bliss, in front of that happiness. This seeing is direct seeing. To give an example of direct seeing - When we look around ourself to the trees, flowers etc. If we are accustomed to the place, in that case, most of the time we see the mental images of the trees or flowers, rather than seeing actual trees and flowers. That is the reason when we visit any new place to spend holidays/vacations, we experience the bliss, happiness without reason. The reason being, when we visit the new place, whatever we see is totally new to us, in that case there is no scope for the mind to create mental image. Therefore whenever we visit the new place our mind is at rest and what we see is what is.
We can see what is at accustomed places also. And when we start to see what is, irrespective of the place is new or accustomed one, we will be always happy always blissful - the enlightened one.