The Concept of Mudita and Viraha

“In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”

 – Buddha

Mudita‘ is a Sanskrit word that means taking delight in the happiness of others.

Viraha‘ is a Hindi word that means realization of love through separation.

Now the question is…

Is it possible to be delighted just by looking at the happiness of others, i.e. ‘Mudita‘?


Is it possible to realize real love through separation, i.e., ‘Viraha‘?

Well, most people will answer it in a hurry without thinking…

Yes‘ and with confidence.

It’s not that they understand what it means or how it feels; they answer it quickly without realizing its essence to look intelligent in the eyes of the questioner.


It works.

But when it comes to real life, all they crave is…

Only their happiness without caring for others and realization of real love without separation.

Is it possible to attain ‘absolute happiness‘ without ‘Mudita’ and realize ‘true love’ without ‘Viraha’?

What do you think?


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