Finding Deep Joy Robert Ellwood Shows how the quality of bliss underlies all of our experiences of life. The author suggests that joy is the fundamental reality in the universe, underlying all of our awareness.
"All the divinity, all the love, all the deep joy in the universe are already in us and all around us, nearer than hands and feet. All we need to do is awaken to them, prepare for them, clean out the channels through which they ought to flow into consciousness."
"Ultimate joy – call it intimacy with God, the Buddha-nature within, the Holy Spirit – is the ground of our being."
"Compassion or love and joy are closely related, both articulating the unity of the universe. Love struggles for unity, joy sings out the even deeper truth that it is already there."
"There is a deep joy in this universe which is accessible to everyone everywhere, which is everyone's birthright. It can enhance the happiest circumstances and be tapped for strength in the most adverse. It is our own true nature."
"In any situation, there is some good….In the most hopeless and heartless situation, even a concentration camp, some opportunity for good remains, if only, as for Betsie tenBoom [holocaust survivor], the opportunity to love and undergo a purifying ordeal."
"The Upanishads relate that Brahman, being-knowledge-joy, is the Atman or soul, the innermost nature of all beings, ourselves included."
"God is comprised as both one and infinitely many."
"Compassion is simply expressing in action the interrelatedness of all life, all being."
"When you suffer in mind or body, the road forks. You can go the route of feeling sorry for yourself, dwelling on your pain and the unfairness of a life which dealt you that card…or you can determine to let this experience open you to learning more about human life in all its dimensions."
"Our deepest nature as a self, as well as the quintessential nature of God, is joy!"
"Love is the sublime teacher."
"Through sharing a broad range of feelings with another, from sorrow to rapture, we KNOW the other – and in the process ourselves….And in knowing is joy. Beneath knowing is joy. For knowing KNOWS – and for us creates – the unity of the universe."
"The older and deeper all-pervading joy is there…even when evil or pain is being endured on the level of consciousness controlled by individualized existence. Joy is always in the revels of the atoms and molecules making up the flesh and blood of the sufferer, in the swing of the planet on which he or she stands, in the sun which gives warmth and life. It is there…and can be tapped even in the darkest suffering."
"Brahman, though one, is all things, as a single flame takes many different shapes."
"When we are in the pits of a Dark Night of the Soul, it can be most helpful to realize that others have already been there and have come out the other side to something far better than they had ever known before."
"God is a Presence deep within."
"Caring love will tell you what to do."
"As you work or play or walk down the street, essentially you are the Atman – God, Brahman, the Essence of the Universe – replete with being-knowledge-joy, birthless and deathless, unconditioned by space, time, or motion. You are a role the universe is playing, and you are also the One who is playing this and all other roles. You are one and the One."
"We are already in the Holy Spirit – now. We have only to realize it."
"We can know more of our inner subtle states of consciousness. We can think and understand. We can love those who come to us, and we can delight in deep joy. All this comes from choosing the right fork in the road."
"Like Jesus, become engaged with the reality of every person and every situation you encounter. You feel the person's pain, you share his or her joys, you are right with the pressures and paradoxes of every human situation."
"Buddhism emphasizes that the wisdom of enlightenment must always be conjoined with compassion, for if wisdom is seeing the interrelatedness of all beings, love is the ethical expression of the same truth."
"Difficulties are opportunities."
"Joyous unity of being is already there on a deeper level."
"The supreme human condition it that we are creatures who simultaneously live in God and want God."