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
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
quite beyond that joy,
that is not of this world...
More on quite rapturous
here hihihi ;-):
this World: Balance -
Sara Tavares seems infectious!
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Book IV [235-7]
section 36:11 On Feeling:
Vedanā. Joys beyond this world ...