The ecstasy into which I was plunged upon my arrival in Boston was as intense as the gloom that enveloped me upon my departure...both were overwhelming and indescribable.
Yours as ever, Nemo
--Windsor McCay, Little Nemo in Slumberland
Approve me or diapprove me: I praise the Mountain Energy night and day. I take the path that ecstatic human beings have taken for centuries. I don't steal money, I don't hit anyone. What will you charge me with? I have felt the swaying of the elephant's shoulders; and now you want me to climb on a jackass? Try to be serious.
--Mirabai, Mirabai Versions
The idea that the soul will join with ecstatic just because the body is rotten -- that is all fantasy. What is found now is found then. If you find nothing now, you will simply end up with an apartment in the City of Death. If you make love with the divine now, in the next life you will have the face of satisfied desire.
--Kabir, To Be a Slave of Intensity
Greek ekstasis meant ``standing forth naked," a word for the state of mind
ensuing in a religious trance when the consciounsness was stripped away,
leaving only the essential self.
--Barbara Walker, The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets
And you, enigma, you lost and brilliant:
Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
When the soul lies down in that grass,
Joy is when the kids are choosing teams
and your brother chooses you to be on his side
even though you are the smallest.
--Jane Moncure, Joy, What is it?
Now incense fill the air