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MYSTERIOUS PEACEFUL JOY

"The original buddha-nature is, in highest truth, devoid of any atom of objectivity. It is void, omnipresent, silent and pure. It is glorious and mysterious peaceful joy -- and that is all." Master Huang Po, 9th century.

These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full. Master Jesus, 1st century.

Huang-po says: "The true buddha-essence (or christ-essence) is mysterious peaceful joy and no more." And this is your true nature. In Viveka-Chudarnani, The Jewel of Discrimination, 9th century Indian sage, Shankara, writes: "You are Brahman, pure consciousness, the observer of all experiences! Your true being is joy!"

And in the Upanishads, Hinduism's sacred scriptures, we read: "Brahman, divine reality, is sat-chit-ananda," absolute being, absolute consciousness, absolute bliss. So being-consciousness-bliss (joy) is the essence of what you really are. All the rest, meaning all the deluded thoughts you project out of desire and fear, is overlay.

How will you be able to find this true joy? You'll find it only when you immerse yourself in the original condition of your Self-Being, in the original condition of the Mind (your true nature). Your true self is none other than glorious and mysterious peaceful joy.

But if you go about with the cramped demeanor of a pallbearer, convinced of being able to obtain great joy through conceptual thought and the moral attitudes of acceptance and rejection, of right and wrong, you're on the wrong track.

As long as you remain attached to duality and maintain the belief of thus being able to gain access to mysterious peaceful joy, to experience great divine joy -- forget it. If you do not open yourself to this joy, you will never experience true joy. On the contrary, divine joy will take to its heels upon catching sight of you.

I have often said: As long as you do not dwell in inner joy and truly breathe the joy of being, totally experience and feel it in every pore of your body, you will remain caught in illusion.

And by joy, l don't mean the external type you feel only when things are going your way, when, for example, you find yourself in bed with your lover or surrounded by a beautiful landscape, or when you are seated before a good meal and say: "Oh, how marvelous. I feel great, fantastic -- what a wonderful world!"

Joy is everywhere, regardless of where you are! In other words, it's not something you can produce. Joy is there once you let go of all you consider important, what you believe you are, and what you think belongs to you.

But this kind of letting go is not a matter of self-will, for if you want to let go, you'll wind up hanging on to letting go. Then before you know it, letting go is hanging on to you. Just leave everything as it is, and the joy behind everything will reveal itself.

Leave everything, regardless of what it is, as it is. Don't project your moral attitudes, conceptual fixations, patterns of behavior, and conditionings over your awareness of things. Instead, let everything take its natural course. Simply go with the flow! You walk through town and pass a pretty woman who smiles at you. It is good. Then you come across a babbling drunk who swears at you. It is good.

Everything is good just as it is, for all is one ocean of being. One wave is somewhat rounder, the other a bit pointier; another has a foam crest, and another more bubbles. Yet everything is the one ocean. Everything is perfect.

THE CHEERFULNESS OF THE SOUL

"Rejoice always!" (1 Thes. 5:16) says the apostle Paul, and Teresa of Avila (16th century) notes, "A sad saint is a sorry saint." It was to these sad saints that John Climacus (7th century) spoke: "God does not insist or desire that we should mourn in agony of the heart; rather, it is his wish that out of love for him we should rejoice with laughter in our soul."

"Joy" is a favorite word of the New Testament because the message that Jesus brings is a joyful revelation that is able to yank people out of their hopelessness. Those who understand with their hearts something of the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ should no longer find it difficult to laugh. Laughter, as expression of the cheerfulness of the soul, is precisely what comes hardest to those who are still too attached to their small pseudo-self, the ego.

The seriousness of the spiritual way can easily lead to a lack of humor and intolerance, so that all you see is "the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye" (Matt. 7:3). This kind of pseudo-religious mentality becomes increasingly evident, the more the inflated ego in its pretense of respectability concerns itself with external appearances.

Where there is no joy, there can be no truth! Great joy has been proclaimed to us, so why should we be down in the dumps? At the beginning of the Gospel it says, "I bring you great joy," and at the end, "They returned to Jerusalem with great joy" (Luke 2:10, 24:52).

When we empty ourselves of all that God is not, we will be filled with the superabundance of the Godhead. We will have the fullness of life: Jesus said to his inner circle, "These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full." And subsequently, they were "filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 13:52). Paul, who experienced that joy, wrote: "the fruit of the Spirit (conscious awareness of our true nature) is joy" (Gal. 5:22).

From, Zen Beyond All Words & Free Yourself of Everything, by Wolfgang Kopp

THE GROUND OF JOY

"Since I have stopped searching for fulfillment in the mind or in external circumstances, my life is now lived on a ground of joy. There are moments of unhappiness, anger, and distress, there are moods that pass through, yet all is occurring on a ground of joy. No mood needs to be feared, no moment needs to be avoided. Finally I see that all moods, all states of mind, all feelings, anything that is truly investigated, points back to the same source – that pristine sky of fulfilled consciousness that is the truth of who I am, and is the truth of who you are."

~ Gangaji

"You are an incredible mystery that you will never figure out. To be this mystery consciously is the greatest joy. You are dancing -- the emptiness is dancing. Then we go deeper into that love and that dance and that joy. Then it settles, and it is still love, dance, and joy, but it settles into something that is quiet and very pervasive. There is a love and a stillness that's just deepening."

~ Adyashanti

"So in this house of horrors (prison), I found joy. I laughed till I cried at the cosmic joke of it all. And in the end, I finally realized that it didn't matter if I ever got out. It's all the same anyway, wherever you are. I Am That! My joy and freedom in life springs from my knowingness of who I am. That frequency of energy now sweeps me away every hour of every day in the peaceful delight of just observing life without having to direct it anymore.

The experience is akin to a constant hum or buzz of joy. It's not the dysfunctional bliss that blows you away occasionally, when all you can do is weep with sobs of gratitude. (I have found that) as you embrace what is -- as is, you are filled with the joy of Source as It admires Its own projection of creation. It doesn't even take a special event to do this. All events do it when you are free from judging, comparing, or having opinions and preferences among and about the events that Source sends your way."

~ Satyam Nadeen

ENJOYMENT

Joy is the dynamic aspect of Being. When the creative power of the universe becomes conscious of itself, it manifests as joy. You don't have to wait for something "meaningful" to come into your life so that you can finally enjoy what you do. There is more meaning in joy than you will ever need.

The "waiting to start living" syndrome is one of the most common delusions of the unconscious state. Expansion and positive change on the outer level is much more likely to come into your life if you can enjoy what you are doing already, instead of waiting for some change so that you can start enjoying what you do.

Don't ask your mind for permission to enjoy what you do. All you will get is plenty of reasons why you can't enjoy it. "Not now," the mind will say. "Can't you see I'm busy? There's no time. Maybe tomorrow you can start enjoying ...." That tomorrow will never come unless you begin enjoying what you are doing now.

When you say, I enjoy doing this or that, it is really a misperception. It makes it appear that the joy comes from what you do, but that is not the case. Joy does not come from what you do, it flows into what you do and thus into this world from deep within you.

The misperception that joy comes from what you do is normal, and it is also dangerous, because it creates the belief that joy is something that can be derived from something else, such as an activity or thing. You then look to the world to bring you joy, happiness. But it cannot do that. This is why many people live in constant frustration. The world is not giving them what they think they need.

Then what is the relationship between something that you do and the state of joy? You will enjoy any activity in which you are fully present, any activity that is not just a means to an end. It isn't the action you perform that you really enjoy, but the deep sense of aliveness that flows into it.

That aliveness is one with who you are. This means that when you enjoy doing something, you are really experiencing the joy of Being in its dynamic aspect. That's why anything you enjoy doing connects you with the power behind all creation.

Here is a spiritual practice that will bring empowerment and creative expansion into your life. Make a list of a number of everyday routine activities that you perform frequently. Include activities that you may consider uninteresting, boring, tedious, irritating, or stressful. But don't include anything that you hate or detest doing. That's a case either for acceptance or for stopping what you do. The list may include traveling to and from work, buying groceries, doing your laundry, or anything that you find tedious or stressful in your daily work.

Then, whenever you are engaged in those activities, let them be a vehicle for alertness. Be absolutely present in what you do and sense the alert, alive stillness within you in the background of the activity. You will soon find that what you do in such a state of heightened awareness, instead of being stressful, tedious, or irritating, is actually becoming enjoyable.

To be more precise, what you are enjoying is not really the outward action but the inner dimension of consciousness that flows into the action. This is finding the joy of Being in what you are doing. If you feel your life lacks significance or is too stressful or tedious, it is because you haven't brought that dimension into your life yet. Being conscious in what you do has not yet become your main aim.

The new earth arises as more and more people discover that their main purpose in life is to bring the light of consciousness into this world and so use whatever they do as a vehicle for consciousness. The joy of Being is the joy of being conscious. Awakened consciousness then takes over from ego and begins to run your life.

From, A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle