starter wrote:Hello friends,
I don't know the pali words for "delight" and "joy" in this paragraph, but I feel they probably don't mean the strong emotions of happiness (sensual feelings). I thought any emotions should be avoided during meditation.
It may be helpful for you to familiarize yourself with the Seven Factors of Awakening:Balancing factor:
1. Mindfulness (sati)Energizing factors:
2. Investigation (dhammavicaya)
3. Energy/enthusiasm (viriya)
4. Rapture/bliss/happiness (piti)Calming factors:
5. Tranquility/Calm (passaddhi)
6. Concentration (samadhi)
7. Equanimity (upekkha)
As Individual stated above, blissful states can become wild and out of control, so stability from equanimity can balance that out. I would not say that any of these are "superior" to the others, but rather they are all essential ingredients that one learns to balance in time. Any imbalance leads to a different kind of problem. When there is too much excitement or agitation, one applies more of the calming factors. When there is too much sleepiness/dullness, one applies more of the energizing factors.
There is a good, clear chapter on this in Goldstein & Kornfield's book Seeking the Heart of Wisdom
Emotions are definitely not
to be avoided during meditation, only observed with mindfulness, and maybe balanced in a way that allows the meditation to continue.