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Chapter 3: Just Be Happy

If people are blissful you cannot make them obsessed with money. They will not waste their whole lives just accumulating money. It will look like madness to them that a person is destroying his whole life, and just exchanging his life for dead money, dying and accumulating money - and the money will be there and he will be dead. This is absolute madness! But this madness cannot be seen unless you are ecstatic.

If people are ecstatic then the whole pattern of this society will have to change. This society exists on misery, it is a great investment for this society. So as we bring up children, from the very beginning we create a leaning toward misery. That’s why they always choose it.

In the morning there is a choice for everybody - not only in the morning really - every moment there is a choice to be miserable or to be happy. And you always choose to be miserable because there is an investment. You always choose to be miserable because that has become a habit, a pattern, you have always done that. You have become efficient at doing it, it has become a track. The moment your mind has to choose, it immediately flows toward misery.

Misery looks downhill; ecstasy looks uphill, it looks very difficult to reach - but it is not so. The real thing is quite the opposite: ecstasy is downhill, misery is uphill. Misery is a very difficult thing to achieve, but you have achieved it, and you have done the impossible - because misery is so anti-nature. Nobody wants to be miserable and everybody is miserable.

Society has done a great job. Education, culture - and the agents of culture, parents, teachers - they have done a great job. They have made miserable creatures out of ecstatic creators. Every child is born ecstatic. Every child is born a god, and every man dies just a madman.

Unless you recover, unless you reclaim your childhood, you will not be able to become the white clouds I am talking about. This is the whole work for you, the whole sadhana - how to regain childhood, how to reclaim it. If you can become children again then there is no misery. I don’t mean that for a child there are no moments of misery - there are, but still there is no misery.

Try to understand this. A child can become miserable, he can be unhappy, intensely unhappy in a moment, but he is so total in that unhappiness, he is so one with that unhappiness, that there is no division. The child separate from unhappiness is not there. The child is not looking at his unhappiness as separate, divided. The child is unhappiness - he is so involved in it. And when you become one with unhappiness, unhappiness is not unhappiness. If you become so one with it, even that has a beauty of its own.

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