Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Four Immeasurables, Sympathetic Joy Part 1

The third immeasurable is dga' ba, in Sanskrit mudita. It's one of those hard words to translate, typical ones is joy, bliss, rapture, happiness, or sympathetic joy that I selected this time.

The third verse will clarify it all, but to sneak some information in, this is the happiness that enlightened beings experience every moment of their existence. So it's not samsaric happiness that comes and goes. The word bliss is used to express this state, but it's close to being misunderstood as a big bliss-out trip -- and that's neither the state, as enlightened beings are totally aware and blissful at the same time.

The closest example I could think of is a summer morning on vacation when someone is awake and has no worries, and could just experience everything without any kind of negativity, and multiply that state with an infinite number...

No comments: