How do we find joy in this world? It is obvious that power or money does not deliver us lasting joy. We read tragedies and misfortunes about the rich and famous. Can alcohol or drugs produce joy? We see the results of the consumption of these illicit and legal drugs; more despair and suffering. In America, the most written drugs are for depression. But these drugs are not long lasting, and cause only temporary relief. Where else do we seek to find happiness. In the Book of Prophecy (Ofudesaki), God gives us instructions on how to gain lasting joy.
God promises us that if we remove arrogance, greed, and self-love from our hearts, we will be assured of joy by the law of cause and effect. But he also tells us that true joy is shared joy. God tells us to spread this message to the world. God has given us a special prayer, the Joyous Service.
The Joyous Service is a special prayer. It is not a prayer that benefits us directly. It is a prayer for others. Imagine praying for the happiness of others? With this sincere prayer from our hearts, we are asking God to help sweep arrogance, greed, and self-love from the minds of others. When God accepts our mind, he guides them to us (our churches), so we can teach them how to avoid evil (greed, arrogance, and self love), and also teach them our prayer. The spreading of this prayer will result in the salvation of all mankind.
Imagine a world without greed, arrogance, and self-love. Imagine not locking your doors, imagine no wars, imagine no disease or illness, and imagine only joy. God and all mankind will be spirited. This is True Joy.