Joy (Pīti) is a Link to Awakening!
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The Joy Link to Awakening (Pīti-sambojjhanga)
has the characteristic
of suffusing contentment, and the property of gladdening satisfaction.
This Joy Link to Awakening manifests as mental elation, which can reach
five successively increasing degrees of intensity:
1: Minor Joy, which can raise the hair on the body, when thrilled.
2: Momentary Joy, which flashes like
a lightning at various occasions.
3: Showering Joy, which breaks over the body repeatedly like sea-waves.
4: Uplifting Joy, which can be strong enough even
to levitate up the body.
5: Pervading Joy, which is like a heavy sponge saturated
& dripping with water.
Visuddhimagga IV 94-9
The Buddha once said: What
mental fermentations (āsava)
overcome by development? When a Bhikkhu by
and rational attention
develops the Joy Link to Awakening based on seclusion, on disillusion,
and culminating in relinquishment, then
neither any mental
fermentation, nor any fever,
nor any discontent ever arise in him. MN2 [i 11]
In one who has aroused enthusiastic energy, there arises a joy not of this world,
and this Joy Link to Awakening emerges right there. He develops
it, and for him
it goes to the culmination of its development.
MN118 [iii 85]
Ahhrhrh dats goood :-)
Any one convinced by understanding of
Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha,
gets an enthusiastic sense of the sublime good goal of
, and thus
gains the gladness connected, joined,
and fused with this supreme Dhamma!
gladdened, Joy is born. The body of the Joyous
One of calm body experiences pleasure and happiness! The mind of
who is happy becomes concentrated. The concentrated mind sees and
things just as they really are. This produces disgust
& disillusion, which then
enables full direct own experience of mental
without any clinging..
It is in this way
that Joy indeed is a factor leading to Awakening!
MN [i 37-8], AN [iii 21-3], DN [iii 21-3]
it grow by a positive feedback loop: Old Joy feeds new Joy:
Feeding the cause of
Joy can be done by reflecting on own
Try yourself right
now: Remember the last time you laughed and
the smile drag up on your astonished face :-)
:-) :-) Train that often:
can't get enough..
Further inspirations on the elevating
and ecstatic quality
of Joy (Pīti):
On the 7 links to