Joy and sorrow are inseparable.

Hyderabad: 11 Jan 2023: 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."

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