Seeking Happiness Is What Keeps It Away – Why Not Stop Searching?
Happiness can be elusive, so why not stop searching for it and just relax into the here and now?
“What are you seeking? Happiness, bliss, joy – that’s what you are seeking. You have been seeking for millennia, and you have not yet found it. It is time, the right time to think again, to meditate again. You have been seeking so hard, you have been trying so hard – perhaps you are missing just because you are trying?
“Maybe it is trying that keeps you away from happiness? Let us think over it, brood over it. Give a little pause to your search – recapitulate.
“You have been searching for many lives. You don’t remember other lives, no need – but in this life you have been searching, that will do. And you have not found it: nobody has ever found by searching. Something is wrong in the very search. In the search, naturally you forget yourself. You start looking everywhere, everywhere else. You look to the north and to the east and to the west and to the south, and in the sky and underneath the seas, and go on searching everywhere.
“The search becomes more and more desperate because the more you search and don’t find, great anxiety arises: ‘Am I going to make it this time, or am I again going to miss it?’
“More and more desperation, more and more misery, more and more madness – you go nuts. And happiness remains as far away as ever, in fact it recedes farther away from you. The more you search, the less is the possibility to get it because it is inside you.
“Happiness is the function of your consciousness when it is awake, unhappiness is the function of your consciousness when it is asleep. Unconsciousness is your mirror burdened with much dust and luggage, and the past. Happiness is when the burden has been dropped and the mirror is found again; your mirror can again reflect the trees and the sun and the sand and the sea and the stars.
“When you have again become innocent, when you again have the eyes of a child – in that clarity you are happy.