1. Divine Joy Surpassing the Pleasures of the Senses

 

The kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14.17

 

“Joy in the Spirit surpasses everything else. Joy in the Holy Spirit is Divine Joy. It requires righteousness and peace. You cannot have Joy in the Holy Spirit if you are not righteousness and do not have peace within yourself. Father Moon talks about being at the zenith point with no shade; being a person of integrity.”

 

The Infinite is the source of joy. There is no joy in the finite. Only in the Infinite is there joy. Ask to know the Infinite.

Chandogya Upanishad 7.23 (Hinduism)

 

“The infinite is the immaterial, spirit world. It is interesting that there is no Joy in the physical world, in physical things- we need to ask to know the spirit world. It requires our responsibility and being active in asking to know the spirit world.”

 

God has promised to believers... beautiful mansions in Gardens of everlasting bliss. But the greatest bliss is the good pleasure of God: that is the supreme felicity.

Qur’an 9.72

 

“The same thing, that the real joy comes from things that are connected to God, that give joy to God. This comes back to the Divine Principle which states that supreme happiness in returning joy to God; even better than beautiful mansions in Gardens of everlasting bliss. This is deep.”

 

The bliss of lusts and heaven-world equal not One sixteenth of the bliss of craving’s ending.

Udana 11 (Buddhism)

 

“The bliss that we can receive from receiving all sorts of lustful things are not but a small part of what we can get from putting an end to all cravings and desires.”

“For God to have pleasure and joy depends on us. We are completely free to do as we wish, but if what we do is for God, this gives the greatest joy to God, which in turn gives us the greatest joy like when a child pleases their parents.”

“God does the 99.99% perhaps of what is needed but he relies on us. Without the last wheel the car will not work. We have a big responsibility.”

“A question: Do we follow the inspiration that we receive from God?”

 

Having tasted the flavor of seclusion and the flavor of pacifying the passions, he becomes free from anguish and stain, imbibing the taste of the joy of the Dhamma.

Dhammapada 205 (Buddhism)

 

“Through having dominion over your physical desires, you free yourself from pain and can feel this divine joy.”

“How can we control our emotions such as anger? In Buddhism, they do a lot of meditation. Also through martial arts. We can also work on it over time.”

 

Anybody can enjoy the pleasures of the body, a slave no less than the noblest of mankind; but no one allows a slave any measure of happiness, any more than a life of his own. Therefore happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements, but in activities in accordance with virtue.

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics 10.6 (Hellenism)

 

When totally free from outer contacts a man finds happiness in himself, He is fully trained in God’s discipline and reaches unending bliss. The experiences we owe to our sense of touch are only sources of unpleasantness. They have a beginning and an end. A wise man takes no pleasure in them.

Bhagavad-Gita 5.21-22 (Hinduism)

 

The Self-existent is the essence of all felicity... Who could live, who could breathe, if that blissful Self dwelt not within the lotus of the heart? He it is that gives joy.

            Of what is the nature of joy? Consider the lot of a young man, noble, well-read, intelligent, strong, healthy, with all the wealth of the world at his command. Assume that he is happy, and measure his joy as one unit.

            One hundred times that joy is one unit of the gandharvas; but no less joy than gandharvas has the seer to whom the Self has been revealed, and who is without craving.

One hundred times the joy of the gandharvas is one unit of the joy of celestial gandharvas [angels]... One hundred times the joy of the celestial gandharvas is one unit of the joy of the pitris... joy of the devas... of Indra... of Brihaspati... of Prajapati... of Brahma, but no less joy than Brahma has the seer to whom the Self has been revealed, and who is without craving.

            It is written: He who knows the joy of Brahman, which words cannot express and the mind cannot reach, is free from fear. He is not distressed by the thought, “Why did I not do what is right? Why did I do what is wrong?” He who knows the joy of Brahman, knowing both good and evil, transcends them both.

Taittiriya Upanishad 2.7-9 (Hinduism)

 

Teachings of Sun Myung Moon

 

What is the way to live in joy and ecstasy? Most people’s eyes are too dim to see, their ears are too dull to hear, their noses are too numb to smell, their tongue too numb to taste, and their limbs too heavy to move. What is the way to live in unity—my eyes, my ears, and all my sense organs all knit together with my nervous system, all united into one? What is the shining way that will not only satisfy me in my personal life, but will also satisfy my family, clan, country, world, and even God? (95:181, November 13, 1977)

 

“We have this same question about satisfying both myself and God. Not to be consumed by our physical senses but to go beyond this.”

“Rev. Moon talks about the 8 stages to reach harmony and to reach God. We need to do this on the individual level, then the couple, clan, nation and world. We always start from 0. Already to find unity in yourself is difficult, to do it at these higher levels is much more difficult.”

“Satisfy means to give Joy, so what can we do that will satisfy God?”

 

People living ordinary, self-centered lives lack stimulation. But if your life is filled with God’s grace, you will feel newness in your spirit every day and experience your surroundings as ever new and fresh. Every morning there is something new; every evening there is something new. When God’s grace is rolling in like waves, you can feel the mystery in three dimensions. Anyone who experiences life like this is a happy person. (30:134, March 21, 1970)

 

“There are times we have less inspiration. Is this when we are more self-centered? But blessings that come from God are independent of this.”

“We are not machines sometimes our physical bodies need a break, and we have a phase of recuperation while there is less inspiration.”

“Sometimes you need to get through the moments of doubt and difficultly and then you can get back to being inspired. You can be aware that there is light at the end of the tunnel.”

“Sometimes there are times where you want to do something such as write poems, but then you need to do the housework! This is annoying.”

“Perhaps one solution to this is that as you do not need to think much to do the housework, you can use this time to think of deeper things, reflect and meditate.”

“We had an interesting discussion about ups and downs, times of inspiration and no inspiration and how this differs for each of us. Some of us are more stable, which seems to be when people focus more on intellect and some of us are more up and down which seems to be the case for more artistic people who may rely on big moments of inspiration for their music or poems.”

 

When you become a child of God and dwell in His love, your joy has no limit. You breathe in and out with the entire universe. We are meant to be intoxicated by the love of God. Can the artificial intoxication provided by drugs or alcohol even remotely compare? In the realm of God’s love, every need is satisfied. All your body’s forty trillion cells are dancing together. Your eyes and ears, your hands, and all the parts of your body revel in the rapture of joy. Nothing else can ever match it. God’s love is real, and it is our highest aspiration to pursue this love. We must have it. (69:79-80, October 20, 1973)

 

The fact that we can rejoice this day is something to be grateful for. But we must understand: If we cannot link today’s joy with the joy of tomorrow, today’s joy becomes for us as an enemy, a condition for sorrow, difficulty and lamentation. Joy, we know, is not only good, and sorrow is not only bad; the question is our investment of inner effort to link joy and sorrow to the accomplishment of our purpose, and how much our joy and sorrow connect with the values of God’s Will. (43:10, April 18, 1971)

 

“Sometimes we need to use the sorrow that we feel to understand God and humanity’s sorrow then divine joy fills our spirit.”

“Everything is linked. The happiness and the sad. We are made to live in the love of God, but at the moment there is very little of God’s love in this world.”

 

 

Written by Thomas Pritty