JOY and SORROW are inseparable. They complement each other. They are part of human condition. There is no way we can escape one or enjoy the other. We must go through the bad times to appreciate the good times.
What brings us great joy and sorrow are the deep attachments we have formed for someone or something. Very often, these people and things that created joy and bring happiness to our lives are the very same things and people that will make us sad or sorrowful when we lose them.
Sadness and joy come together; they are in equilibrium.
Learning to accept our sorrows, we will then be able to dance to the symphony of joy!
With great joy, comes the potential of great sorrow. Such is the nature of life.
On Joy and Sorrow
Then a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.
And he answered :
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.
Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.