If happiness is man’s nature, why do we go on choosing to be unhappy?
“Happiness is man’s nature. You need not worry about happiness at all, it is already there.
“It is in your heart – you just have to stop being unhappy, you have to stop the mechanism functioning which creates unhappiness.
“But nobody seems to be ready for that. People say, ‘I want happiness.’ It is as if you go on saying, ‘I want health’ – and you go on clinging to your disease, and you don’t allow the disease to go. If the doctor prescribes the medicine, you throw away the medicine; you never follow any prescription. You never go for a morning walk, you never go swimming, you never go running on the beach, you never do any exercise. You go on eating obsessively, you go on destroying your health – and again and again you go on asking where to find health. But you don’t change the mechanism that creates unhealth.
“Health is not something to be attained somewhere, it is not an object. Health is a totally different way of living. The way you are living creates disease, the way you are living creates misery.
“For example, people come to me and they say they would like to be happy, but they cannot drop their jealousy. If you can’t drop your jealousy, love will never grow – the weeds of jealousy will destroy the rose of love. And when love does not grow, you will not be happy. Because who can be happy without love growing? Unless that rose blooms in you, unless that fragrance is released, you cannot be happy.
“Now people want happiness – but just by wanting, you cannot get it. Wanting is not enough.
“You will have to see into the phenomenon of your misery, how you create it – how in the first place you became miserable, how you go on becoming miserable every day – what is your technique? Because happiness is a natural phenomenon – if somebody is happy there is no skill in it, if somebody is happy it needs no expertise to be happy.
“Animals are happy, trees are happy, birds are happy. The whole existence is happy, except man.
“Only man is so clever as to create unhappiness – nobody else seems to be so skillful. So when you are happy it is simple, it is innocent, it is nothing to brag about. But when you are unhappy you are doing great things to yourself; you are doing something really hard.”