From Pleasure and Pain to the Joy

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What does it mean to consider as equal pain and pleasure? Pain originates from unfavorable circumstances, and pleasure originates from favorable circumstances. Treating them as equals means stop expecting the circumstances to be one way or the other, and being content with whatever it is. It means withdrawing consciousness from…

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Pursue the higher taste

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Every religion asks us to follow restraint, to withdraw from the worldly pleasures. But hardly anyone understands the logic behind such restraint. The reasoning is simple: the religion asks you to withdraw from the worldly pleasures so that you can taste the higher and more sublime taste of the divine.…

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Pleasure and Joy

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One of the highest forms of wisdom is the discriminating power between pleasure and joy. While it is certainly great if you sacrifice your pleasures for a higher cause, the joy cannot be sacrificed for anything since nothing can be higher than the joy of an individual. Within the joy…

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Happiness and Joy

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Sadness is when there is incongruity between what we wanted and what happened. Happiness is when there is congruity between what we wanted and what happened. Both are dependent on what happens outside of us. Joy is something that wells from within us and is independent of anything external. Where…

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