OSHO: Happiness


Happiness, is your nature. This relaxation is the space in which happiness grows.  It is not that you are happy because of something. You are simply happy. Happiness is your nature.

Don’t choose, but Accept life as it is, in its totality. You must look at the total: life and death together, love and hate together, happiness/unhappiness together, agony/ecstasy together. If you look at them together, then what is there to choose? If you see they are one, then from where can choice enter? How to choose? The choice drops.

The difference between happiness and bliss: Your ‘happiness’ is caused. Sometimes a friend has come and you are happy. How long are you going to be happy with the friend? A few moments — and then you will be happy when he leaves. What type of happiness is this? It is caused, and the cause disappears. Bliss is a happiness uncaused. Simply as you are, you are happy. There is nothing to say about why you are happy.

Seek the witnessing within you, just look: Happiness, unhappiness, sadness, joy, they come and go, they are beggars around you. The witnessing remains at the very center, uncaused, unchanging, one. Seek that within you and then everything becomes clear. When you are clear within, everything is transparent. The truth is everywhere around you, only you have to become one with.

Happiness needs no cause. It is your simple nature, you are intrinsically happy. No cause, no purpose, no goal is needed. Life is in itself enough. It needs nothing else to complete it. It is complete in It’s entirity! It is already what it has to be. So there is no purpose in existence and no goal in existence. Existence is a sheer dance.

 A healthy psychology is not ambitious You are happy as you are, so there is no need for you to become a president of the country. Then will you be happy? No president is happy, because happiness has nothing to do with your post, with your money, with your power. It has something to do with your inner change, inner transformation.

Every action has its intrinsic reward or punishment.  So a man of intelligence soon starts finding what are the acts which bring you happiness, joy, blissfulness, and what are the actions which create misery, and suffering. There is no need to wait for the last judgment day, there is no need to wait until after death as you will be thrown into either hell or to heaven. Each moment completes itself.

The simple secret of happiness in whatever you are doing: Don’t let ‘past’ move your mind. Don’t let the ‘future’ disturb you. Because, the past is no more and the future is not yet. To live in the memories, to live in the imagination, is to live in the non-existential. And when you are living in the non-existential, you are missing that which is existential. Naturally you will be miserable, because you will miss your whole life.

Happiness is a byproduct. Happiness happens when truth is achieved. But if you are seeking happiness you cannot achieve truth, because happiness is a byproduct; You cannot achieve it directly, there is no way to it — it comes via truth. If you reach the truth, happiness will happen; it is a shadow, it comes with the truth. But if you seek happiness only, then happiness is not possible and truth is missed.

Be happy when alone. Let happiness be your quality. And when you move from aloneness in to involvement, into communication, relationship, carry that quality of happiness which was in loneliness — carry that.

Happiness is an art. It is a way of life.  Ask for Happiness and you will never get it. There is only one way to be happy, and that is to be happy here, now.  Happiness is not a result. It is a way of life. Happiness is not the end result of desire. It is an attitude, not a desire. You can be happy here and now if you know how to be, but you will never be happy if you don’t know how to be and you go on desiring it.

Happiness is happening all around you Allow it to enter within. Be part of existence. In fact, it has already happened but you are not aware of it. Then you will be fulfilled. Non-ambitious, you will be fulfilled. Don’t move into the future. Existence never moves into the future; only mind does. This is what I call meditation: to be here, to not move into the future. And then you will be deathless and eternal life will have happened to you.

Be – don’t try to become. Within these two words – being and becoming, your whole life is contained. Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.”

Venu Pillai


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