Happiness, Release & Beyond!
The Blessed Buddha once said:
Bhikkhus, there are joys of the flesh, there are joys not of
this world, and
there are rapturous joys far beyond even such subtle unworldly joys ...
There is happiness of the flesh, there is a happiness not of
this world, and
there is exquisite bliss far beyond even such subtle unworldly
There is indifference of the flesh, there is
not of this world,
and there is a serenity far beyond even such subtle unworldly
There is satisfaction of the flesh, there is a mental release not of this
and there is a liberation far beyond even such subtle unworldly
And what, Bhikkhus, are then these simple joys of the flesh?
There are these five strings of sense-pleasure. What five?
Visible forms experienceable by the eye ...
Hearable sounds experienceable by the ear ...
experienceable by the nose ...
experienceable by the tongue ...
experienceable by the body ...
All are attractive, captivating, desirable, irresistible, lovely,
tempting, pleasing, sensually enticing, seductive,
alluring, and tantalizing!
These are the 5 strings of sense-pleasure.
Joy that arises from
five strings of sense-pleasure: This is simply the
Joy of the flesh ...
Blissful is being
without passions in this world,
Blissful is the overcoming of all sense-desires!
Udana II, 1
More on the folly
vanity of desire for simple Sense Pleasure (Hedonism):
Prince Siddhattha realizes the empty folly of
Source (edited extract):
The Grouped Sayings of the Buddha.
Samyutta Nikāya. Book IV [235-7]
section 36:11 On Feeling:
Joys beyond this world ...