Chapter 3: Just Be Happy
There is a situation in which you feel happy. A friend has come, a beloved has called, a situation is the cause - you feel happy. Happiness is the effect, the coming of the beloved is the cause. Religion says: Be happy and the beloved comes. Create the effect and the cause follows. And this is my own experience, that the second law is more basic than the first. I have been doing it and it has been happening.
Just be happy and the beloved comes.
Just be happy and friends are there.
Just be happy and everything follows.
Jesus says the same thing in different words. He says: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, then all else will follow.” But the kingdom of God is the end, the effect. “Seek ye first the end..” End means the effect, the result - and the cause will follow. And this should be so.
It is not only that you place a seed in the soil and the tree follows. Let there be a tree and there are millions of seeds. If cause is followed by effect, effect is again followed by cause. This is the chain. Then it becomes a circle - start from anywhere, create the cause or create the effect. And I tell you, it is easier to create the effect because the effect depends totally upon you; the cause may not be so dependent on you. If I say I can only be happy when a certain friend is there, then it depends on a certain friend, whether he is there or not. If I say that until I see this much wealth I cannot be happy, then it depends on the whole world and the economic situation and everything. It may not happen, and then I cannot be happy.
Cause is beyond me, effect is within me. Cause is in the surroundings, in the situations - cause is without. Effect is me. If I can create the effect the cause will follow. Choose happiness - that means you are choosing the effect - and then see what happens. Choose ecstasy and see what happens. Choose to be blissful and see what happens. Your whole life will change immediately and you will see miracles happening around you - because now you have created the effect and causes will have to follow.
This will look magical; you can even call it the law of magic. The first is the law of science and the second is the law of magic. Religion is magic and you can be the magician. That’s what I teach you, to be the magician, to know the secret of magic. Try it. You have been trying the other your whole life - not only this but many other lives also. Now listen to me. Try this magic formula. I give to you this mantra: create the effect and see what happens. Causes immediately surround you, they follow. Don’t wait for the causes; you have waited long enough. Choose happiness and you will be happy.