June 16th, 2010

Dhammapada (15) - Joy

Live in joy,
In love,
Even among those who hate.
Live in joy,
In health,
Even among the afflicted.
Live in joy,
In peace,
Even among the troubled.
Live in joy,
Without possessions.
Like the shining ones.
The winner sows hatred
Because the loser suffers.
Let go of winning and losing
And find joy.
Dhammapada (15) - Joy

So many words, no two with exactly similar meanings: joy, pleasure, enjoyment, delight, delectation, happiness, fortune, luck, providence, bliss, ecstasy, gladness, cheer, light-heartedness, etc.

We are warned to detach from pleasure; and to want joy, in fact to be joyful.
Joy is up there pretty high on the "Gross Happiness Index"--up there with bliss and ecstasy.

To find joy, we must detach from most things that give modern people pleasure.
But would a person who is incapable of pleasure be capable of joy?
Wouldn't a person have to be able to add in order to do calculus.?

I'm still working on glad, cheer, and light-heartedness.
I hope joy is a consequence of a virtuous and contemplative life.

"Would you rather be right or happy?,"  we used to ask each other in al-anon.  Actually, i would rather be both.

I have much for which to be grateful;
Knowledge of my blessings should make me glad.
Help me be grateful, glad, and willing to be virtuous,
A life of virtue should bring peace,  health, and love.
Let me have gratitude,
then cheer,
then virtue,
then wakefulness,
then joy.

And health, happiness, peace, love, and joy to everyone (and everything.)