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Whatever you have to do, wherever you may be, don’t do anything unhappily, because then, even if you enter heaven, you will enter unhappily; there too you will always manage to find reasons for being unhappy. You will be always looking for unhappiness, and there too you will generate darkness. Even if God himself is present, you will find that something or other is wrong, so that you can remain unhappy.

Whatever you are doing, do it happily. Don’t ask for happiness. During these camp days, be mindful of this. Live happily, don’t ask for happiness. Whatever may be happening, seek out where and how you can find happiness in it. Then even a dry crust of bread can give you happiness – if you know how to find it. If you know how to be happy, even ordinary water can quench you deeply. If you know how to be happy then even the shade from an ordinary tree will put palaces to shame. If you know how to be happy then just the song of the birds in the morning, or the sun rising, or the beauty of the stars at night, or even a small breeze, can shower you with happiness. Don’t ever ask for happiness – live happily. The moment you ask, you have already begun to live in unhappiness.

Seek in everything around you to find where happiness lies. Happiness is there. And drink so deeply from it that not a moment goes to waste, not a moment is without it. Squeeze it. Whatever the source of happiness, squeeze it! When you drink water, when you take your food, when you walk on the road or sit under a tree and just take a breath, even then, live in happiness. Make being happy the art of living, and not asking for and desiring happiness.

There is so much happiness that you won’t be able to gather it all. There is so much happiness that all your pockets and containers will seem too small. There is so much happiness that your heart will be overflowing – and not only will you become happy but whosoever sits near to you will be moved by the presence and dancing energy of your happiness. Wherever you go, an atmosphere of happiness will follow you: whosoever you touch, will feel the glow of your happiness. When you look at someone, flowers of joy will blossom there. You will have so much happiness inside you that you will be able to share it, it will start being shared.

Happiness, joy begins to share of its own accord. It begins to spread all around you. Waves of happiness will arise in you, and songs of joy will emanate from you. But happiness is not a demand; happiness is a way of living.

Please understand this difference correctly. Happiness is not a wish, happiness is the art of living. The moment you demand it, you have missed. Learn the art, start with this very moment. What is lacking in this moment? Everywhere around you birds are singing, the sun’s rays are showering on you, life is blooming, you are alive. At this moment where is the shortage of joy? This moment is full of joy.

But if you desire, then you will become unhappy this very moment. Don’t desire. Emptiness, silence…then who can be happier than you? The sutra says:

Be happy as those are who live for happiness.

From Osho, The Voice of Silence, Chapter 2

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Whatever you have to do, wherever you may be, don’t do anything unhappily, because then, even if you enter heaven, you will enter unhappily; there too you will always manage to find reasons for being unhappy. You will be always looking for unhappiness, and there too you will generate darkness. Even if God himself is present, you will find that something or other is wrong, so that you can remain unhappy.

Whatever you are doing, do it happily. Don’t ask for happiness. During these camp days, be mindful of this. Live happily, don’t ask for happiness. Whatever may be happening, seek out where and how you can find happiness in it. Then even a dry crust of bread can give you happiness – if you know how to find it. If you know how to be happy, even ordinary water can quench you deeply. If you know how to be happy then even the shade from an ordinary tree will put palaces to shame. If you know how to be happy then just the song of the birds in the morning, or the sun rising, or the beauty of the stars at night, or even a small breeze, can shower you with happiness. Don’t ever ask for happiness – live happily. The moment you ask, you have already begun to live in unhappiness.

Seek in everything around you to find where happiness lies. Happiness is there. And drink so deeply from it that not a moment goes to waste, not a moment is without it. Squeeze it. Whatever the source of happiness, squeeze it! When you drink water, when you take your food, when you walk on the road or sit under a tree and just take a breath, even then, live in happiness. Make being happy the art of living, and not asking for and desiring happiness.

There is so much happiness that you won’t be able to gather it all. There is so much happiness that all your pockets and containers will seem too small. There is so much happiness that your heart will be overflowing – and not only will you become happy but whosoever sits near to you will be moved by the presence and dancing energy of your happiness. Wherever you go, an atmosphere of happiness will follow you: whosoever you touch, will feel the glow of your happiness. When you look at someone, flowers of joy will blossom there. You will have so much happiness inside you that you will be able to share it, it will start being shared.

Happiness, joy begins to share of its own accord. It begins to spread all around you. Waves of happiness will arise in you, and songs of joy will emanate from you. But happiness is not a demand; happiness is a way of living.

Please understand this difference correctly. Happiness is not a wish, happiness is the art of living. The moment you demand it, you have missed. Learn the art, start with this very moment. What is lacking in this moment? Everywhere around you birds are singing, the sun’s rays are showering on you, life is blooming, you are alive. At this moment where is the shortage of joy? This moment is full of joy.

But if you desire, then you will become unhappy this very moment. Don’t desire. Emptiness, silence…then who can be happier than you? The sutra says:

Be happy as those are who live for happiness.

From Osho, The Voice of Silence, Chapter 2

www.osho.com

Copyright © 2010 OSHO International Foundation, Switzerland. All Rights Reserved

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