Sympathetic Joy by Nyanaponika Thera
- "Noble and sublime joy is not foreign
to the Teaching of the Enlightened One.
Wrongly the Buddha's Teaching is sometimes considered
to be a doctrine diffusing melancholy.
Far from it: the Dhamma leads step by step
to an ever purer and loftier happiness.
Noble and sublime joy is a helper on the path
to the extinction of suffering.
Not he who is depressed by grief,
but one possessed of joy finds that serene calmness
leading to a contemplative state of mind.
And only a mind serene and collected
is able to gain the liberating wisdom.
The more sublime and noble the joy of others is,
the more justified will be our own sympathetic joy.
A cause for our joy with others is their noble life
securing them happiness here and in lives hereafter."
From: The Four Sublime States
Contemplations on Love, Compassion, Sympathetic Joy and Equanimity
By Nyanaponika Thera
For Free Distribution, as a gift of Dhamma, from Access to Insight and the Buddhist Publication Society http://www.bps.lk
With metta / Antony.