What does Muditā mean?
“Muditā ” comes from an ancient language from India named Pali, which refers to the ability to delight in luck, happiness, and the accomplishments of others. As we are happy with our own lives, it’s easy for us to be happy with the joys of others. Mudita means sympathetic joy or unselfish joy that comes from delighting in the happiness or good fortune of other people. It’s lovely to see people doing well in their lives. Seeing people doing well in their own life inspires me to believe that the world is not rife with suffering but with hopes and joys.
The 5th-century scholar Buddhaghosa offers his advice on practising mudita. He believes that people should not focus on someone dearly loved, or someone despised, or someone one feels neutral about. Instead, people are advised to practice mudita with a cheerful person who is a good friend. Thus, your soul and mind might be influenced by a cheerful person. Contemplate cheerfulness with appreciation and let gratitude heals and brightens your soul. When this state of sympathetic joy is strong, then direct the positive energy toward a dearly loved person, a “neutral” person, and a person who causes suffering to your life.
Schadenfreude literally means taking pleasure in the misfortune of others, which is marked by malice. In Latin, invidia refers to jealousy, which is associated with sin and hostility. Again, it’s worth noting that jealousy is one of the Seven Deadly Sins in the Bible.
Muditā (Pāli and Sanskrit: मुदिता)