Buddhism in Eyes of Intellectuals

Joyful religion
“Buddhism is quite opposed to the melancholic, sorrowful, penitent and gloomy attitude of mind which is considered a hindrance to the realization of Truth.  On the other hand, it is interesting to remember here that joy is one of the seven 'Factors of Illumination', the essential qualities to be cultivated for the realization of Nirvana.” 
Ven. Dr. W. Rahula, 'What the Buddha Taught'