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Joy through self-forgetfulness

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“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one.” –GB Shaw

 

All of us have tasted the freedom and happiness that self-forgetfulness brings. In watching a good game of tennis or becoming engrossed in a novel, the satisfaction comes not so much from what we are watching or reading as from the act of absorption itself. For that brief span, our burden od personal thoughts is forgotten, then we find relief, for what lies beneath that burden is the still, clear state of awareness we call joy.

The scientist or the artist absorbed in creative work is happy because she has forgotten herself in what she is doing. But nowhere will you find personalities so joyous, so unabashedly light-hearted, as those who have lost themselves in love for all.

 

“As irrigators lead water where they want, as archers make their arrows straight, as carpenters carve wood, the wise shape their minds.” –Buddha.

 

The compassionate Buddha sums up spiritual life in one simple phrase, going against the current, the current of  all our conditioning, in how we act, how we speak, and even how we think.

-Eknath Easwaran