Joy - Wisdom Leading to Joy, Inner-standing Spirituality
Life is full of ups and downs, one after another, one at the same time as another. It is natural to want to be comfortable, and to have all sorts of desires. Ups and downs are inherent to earthly life. We are born with physical pain and pleasure, and soon enough experience emotional, mental, and uniquely human types of comfort and discomfort. We can experience multiple sensations simultaneously. Joy helps us to bear pain and sorrow. We can also feel happiness or sorrow through memory or imagination. A transcendent joy lies within all of Life, all of Creation, a joy without pain or sorrow, independent of all the ups and downs of life.
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Current revision: September 241th, 2021 (first version 2019 December). New versions clarify or expand points in the original thesis; the points are unchanged.
The content of these presentations has been garnered through observation, contemplation, hopefully insight, and, most importantly, experience. Ideas and assertions are simply presented for consideration. The effort is not to prove or convince, but rather to present ideas for one’s own thought, research, innate common sense, and experience.
References are included only if information is specific and may not be generally known. No offense whatsoever is taken at any disagreement or counter-assertion. Many disagreements are due to semantics. Take whatever is useful and ignore the rest. If something fits and is useful, wonderful!
Deep gratitude is expressed to developers and everyone who has assisted in making open-source software available to all. These presentations have been made possible by LibreOffice (Open Office), Audacity, SimpleScreenRecorder, RecordMyDesktop, Glimpse, Gimp, Inkscape, ImageMagick, Pitivi, ffmpeg, OpenClipart, PublicDomainVectors, and Linux. Appreciation is also expressed to FreeThesaurus.com. In addition, gratitude is expressed to all the wonderful artists who have made their work available, for pictures speak to the soul. Gratitude is also expressed to people who have contributed comments that have helped to improve these presentations, and for the expert advice of Sweetwater, which made possible the quality of these recordings and the continued sanity of the editor.
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The brilliant spectrum in the banner is the closest representation of the absolute joy of a realm of which I have memory since childhood. No one owns the spectrum. It is used here because of its joy.
In case it seems that it took a lot of work to create these multi-media presentations, it was negligible compared to acquiring the inner-standing required to write the content.