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 Joys neither of this world, nor even Beyond!

The Blessed Buddha once said:

And what, Bhikkhus, is the Joy not of this world? Aloof and above any lust,
quite secluded from any sense desire, protected from any disadvantageous
mental state, one enters & dwells in the 1st jhāna mental absorption; full of
joy & pleasure born of solitude, joined with directed and sustained thought...
With the stilling of directed & sustained thought, one later enters & dwells
in the 2nd jhāna of calmed assurance and unification of mind devoid of any
thought and thinking, joined with joy & pleasure now born of concentration!
These are called the joys not of this world!
And what, Bhikkhus, is the joy beyond  that joy, which is not of this world?
When a bhikkhu, whose mental fermentations are eliminated, reviews his
mind liberated from lust, freed from hatred, and released from confusion,
there arises a transcendental joy. This is called Joy quite beyond that joy,
that is not of this world...

More on quite rapturous Joy (pīti)  here hihihi ;-): 
Happiness_of_the_Flesh_and_Beyond, Joys_of_the_Flesch_and_Beyond,
Joy_Piti, Joys_Beyond_This_World, Feeding_Joy, Alert_Elevated_Joy,

Regarding Joys of this World: Balance - Sara Tavares seems infectious!

Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha. Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV [235-7]
section 36:11 On Feeling: Vedanā. Joys beyond this world ...

Joys beyond this World!

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Updated: 22 Dec 2016
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