What is joy? Is it joy when you eat a sumptuous feast, or when you are driving in that special car? These events do bring some happiness, but are they joy? But what happens when we over eat, or when the smell of the new car wears off? These joys are temporary and may be considered selfish.
Many times we receive joy from helping others, especially when we don’t expect anything in return. Events like graduations, weddings, and anniversaries bring much joy to the participants. Although each event is brought upon by much hard work and sacrifice, the joy comes from helping others without expecting any remuneration or credit.
How about the joy brought upon by a smile of a toddler walking toward you? The innate unselfish smile of the innocent child gives us joy that is immeasurable.
Donations given to charities, or strangers without any expectations in returns bring us joy. Some give to charities for tax purposes, or to distinguish themselves in society. These situations may not bring upon true joy?
In the Tip of the Writing Brush is the following:
What do you think path (joyous path) is to be?
It is solely mutual help among all people in all matters. 13-37
True joy is difficult to describe; but it is a feeling that makes you happy that you are alive. If one could put it in a bottle and sell it, one can make infinite amounts of dollars. Even if this silly idea were possible, it would be selfish, and would not bring upon true joy. True joy is free. All we have to do is free our minds of greed, arrogance, and self love. This will create a giving attitude, and bring upon mutual help among all people. When this occurs, there will be true joy!