Chapter 9: Away with the Passions!
Or you can be unhappy for tomorrow. Tomorrow your money will be finished, then where are you going to stay? Where are you going to eat? Tomorrow your money will be finished - then unhappiness enters in.
Either it comes from yesterday, or it comes from tomorrow, but it is never herenow. Right this moment, in the now, unhappiness is impossible. If you have learned this much, you can become a buddha. Then nobody is hindering your path. Then you can forget all the Freuds. Then happiness is not only possible - it has already happened, it is just in front of you. And you are missing it because you go on looking sideways.
Happiness is where you are; wherever you are, happiness is there. It surrounds you. It is a natural phenomenon. It is just like air, just like sky. Happiness is not to be sought: it is the very stuff the universe is made of. Joy is the very stuff the universe is made of. But you have to look direct, you have to look in the immediate. If you look sideways then you miss. You miss because of you. You miss because you have a wrong approach.
This is the most fundamental truth Buddha brought to the world. This is his contribution. He says: Go on dying to the past and never think of the future - and then try to be miserable. You will fail. You cannot be miserable. Your failure is absolutely certain; it can be predicted. You cannot manage, howsoever efficient you are in being miserable, howsoever trained, but you cannot create misery this very moment.
Desiring for happiness helps you look somewhere else, and then you go on missing. Happiness is not to be created, happiness is just to be seen. It is already present. This very moment, you can become happy, tremendously happy.
This is how it happened to Buddha. He was the son of a king. He had everything, but was not happy. He became more and more unhappy - the more you have, the more unhappy you become. That is the misery of a rich man. That’s what is happening in America today: the more rich they are getting, the more unhappy they are becoming; the more rich they are getting, the more they are completely at a loss what to do.
Poor people are always certain about what to do: they have to earn money, they have to make a good house, they have to buy a car; they have to send their children to the university. They always have a program waiting for them. They are occupied. They have a future. They have hope: some day or other. They remain in misery, but the hope is there.
The rich man is in misery and the hope has also disappeared. His misery is double. You cannot find a poorer man than a rich man; he is doubly poor. He remains projected in the future, and now he knows the future is not going to supply anything - because whatsoever he needs, he has it. He becomes troubled, his mind becomes more and more anxious, apprehensive. He becomes anguish. That’s what happened to Buddha.