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Kalu Rinpoche explains:
- The first stage of realization and activity of a bodhisattva is called 'the Supremely Joyful' because for as long as one has not recognized the true nature of one's mind, and one is not conscious of the illusory projections of mind, one is subjected to all sorts of sufferings and difficulties. Realization of the true nature of one's mind is compared to pouring cold water into water that is already boiling; instantly, the water stops boiling. In the same way, through this realization, the mind immediately knows a great peace and a great happiness. Hence it is called 'the Supremely Joyful'.