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Joy (Pîti) is a Link to Awakening!

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The Joy Link to Awakening (Pīti-sambojjhanga) has the characteristic
of suffusing contentment, and the property of gladdening satisfaction.
This Joy Link to Awakening manifests as mental elation, which can reach
five successively increasing degrees of intensity:

1: Minor Joy, which can raise the hair on the body, when thrilled.
2: Momentary Joy, which flashes like a lightning at various occasions.
3: Showering Joy, which breaks over the body repeatedly like sea-waves.
4: Uplifting Joy, which can be strong enough even to levitate up the body.
5: Pervading Joy, which is like a heavy sponge saturated & dripping with water.
Visuddhimagga IV 94-9

The Buddha once said: What mental fermentations (āsava) should be
overcome by development? When a Bhikkhu by careful and rational attention
develops the Joy Link to Awakening based on seclusion, on disillusion,
on ceasing, and culminating in relinquishment, then
can neither any mental
fermentation, nor any fever, nor any discontent ever arise in him. MN2 [i 11]

In one who has aroused enthusiastic energy, there arises a joy not of this world,
and this Joy Link to Awakening emerges right there. He develops it, and for him
it goes to the culmination of its development. MN118 [iii 85]

Ahhrhrh dats goood :-)

Any one convinced by understanding of the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha,
gets an enthusiastic sense of the sublime good goal of Nibbāna , and thus
gains the gladness connected, joined, and fused with this supreme Dhamma!
In anyone gladdened, Joy is born. The body of the Joyous becomes calmed.
One of calm body experiences pleasure and happiness! The mind of any one,
who is happy becomes concentrated. The concentrated mind sees and knows
things just as they really are. This produces disgust & disillusion, which then
enables full direct own experience of mental release without any clinging..
It is in this way that Joy indeed is a factor leading to Awakening!
MN [i 37-8], AN [iii 21-3], DN [iii 21-3]

Making it grow by a positive feedback loop: Old Joy feeds new Joy:
Feeding the cause of Joy can be done by reflecting on own
prior Joy!
Try yourself right now: Remember the last time you laughed and feel
the smile drag up on your astonished face :-) :-) :-) Train that often:

Just can't get enough..

Further inspirations on the elevating and ecstatic quality
of Joy (Pīti):
Happiness_of_the_Flesh_and_Beyond, Joys_of_the_Flesch_&_Beyond,
Joys_Beyond_This_World, Feeding_Joy, Alert_Elevated_Joy,

On the 7 links to Awakening (Sambojjhanga):

Floated by Joy :-)

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