Solitary, and Serene is Forest Bliss :-)
The forest Bhikkhu pays much
attention to the experience of the forest. He thereby enters the even
deeper yet unattained depths of concentration. By living
thus remote he is not distracted by any flimsy
unsuitable phenomena. He is free from
all anxiety and stress. He thus abandons attachment to life itself.
He enjoys a taste of this bliss of seclusion, and that silenced
mental peace. He lives secluded and apart.
Silent and remote abodes delight his heart. The hermit that in
the woods can dwell alone, may gain this
sweet serene joy as well, which sublime taste is beyond the royal bliss even in any
So does the forest delight any wise man
by this subtle ease of his fine forest dwelling..
MN 121, AN III 343, Vism I 73
The one who sits and lives solitary,
and walks alone finds great delight
in the silence of the forest...
Dhammapada story 305
The One wearing only 3 robes,
who is thin with veins exposed,
alone in a forest,
such one is a Holy One...
Dhammapada story 395