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    At the top of the Home Page:
    --You have gladdened me, Hashem...
    --The first sign of becoming religious...
    --A critic who's cheerful!

    Midway down the page:
    --From a sermon by PastorJohn Piper
    --Buddha: Happiness is like a candle

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    --Mary Baker Eddy: Happiness is spiritual...
    --St. Ambrose: Give me a heart to adore thee...

          And the Last Word: Mahatma Gandhi


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And yes, happiness is also a warm puppy!
THis page changes each weekday.
It is good to thank Hashem and to sing praise to your
name, O Exalted One; to relate Your kindness in the
dawn and Your faith in the nights.  Upon a ten-stringed
instrument and upon lyre, with singing accompanied by
a harp. For You have gladdened me, Hashem, with Your
deeds; at the works of Your hands I sing glad song.
How great are Your deeds, Hashem; exceedingly
profound are Your thoughts.
Psalms 92: 1-6
The Stone Edition Tanach
Mesorah Publications, 2005
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The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful.

Swami Vivekananda  (1863-1902)
One of the most famous spiritual leaders of Hinduism's Vedanta philosophy
Cheerfulness in most cheerful people, is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.

Edwin P. Whipple (1819- 1896)
American essayist and critic
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    John 17:13
    But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they
    may have my joy fulfilled in themselves.
The enjoyment of God above all else is the deepest way that God's glory in reflected
back to him. The enjoyment of God terminates on God alone and is not performed as
a means to anything else. It is the deepest reverberation in the heart of man of the
value of God's glory.

We can do good works as a means to many things. We can speak good words as a means to
many things. We can think good thoughts as a means to many things. But we cannot enjoy God
as a means to anything. We don't choose joy in God as an act for the sake of something beyond
joy in God. That's not the way joy works. You don't enjoy your wife
so that  she will make your
supper. You don't enjoy playing ball with your son
so that he will wash the car. You don't enjoy a
so that  you can become a poet. There are no so thats  in the experience of joy.

It's the very nature of joy to be a spontaneous response to something that you value. Joy
comes to you. It rises spontaneously as witness to what you treasure. And therefore, it reveals
more authentically than anything what your treasure is. "For where your treasure is, there your
heart will be also" (Matthew 6:21). Joy is unique in its capacity to witness to what we treasure.

There is no such thing as hypocritical joy. There are hypocritical smiles, and hypocritical
laughter, and hypocritical testimonies about our joy, and hypocritical good deeds and kind
words. But there is no hypocritical joy. Joy is either there as a testimony to what you treasure.
Or it isn't there.

God knew what he was doing when he created us to know and enjoy him. His aim is that we
reflect and display the worth of his glory. God created us to enjoy him, because joy is the
clearest witness to the worth of what we enjoy. It's the deepest reverberation in the heart of
man of the value of God's glory.
John Piper, Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN
Excerpted from his sermon entitled: "The Supremacy of Christ and Joy
in a Postmodern World." 
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Thousands of candles can be lit from a single
candle, and the life of the candle will not be
shortened. Happiness never decreases by
being shared.

The Buddha (563-483 B.C.)
Founder of Buddhism
Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love.
It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone,
but requires all mankind to share it.

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910)
Founder of the Church of Christ, Scientist
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O Lord, who hast mercy upon all, take away from
me my sins, and mercifully kindle in me the fire of
thy Holy Spirit. Take away from me the heart of
stone, and give me a heart of flesh, a heart to love
and adore thee, a heart to delight in thee, to follow
and to enjoy thee, for Christ's sake.

Saint Ambrose (c. 339-397)
Bishop of Milan
And now, the Last Word:
Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.
Romans 12:11
Holy Bible, Revised Standard Edition
Happiness is when what you think,
what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
Major political and spiritual leader of the Indian independence movment