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Chapter 2: Surrendering to What Is

Existence is happiness. It is an eternal celebration, a festivity.

Look at existence! Every tree is in a festive mood, every bird is in a festive mood. Except man, everything is in a festive mood. The whole of existence is a festival, a constant, continuous festival. No sadness, no death, no misery exists anywhere, except in the human mind. Something is wrong with the mind, not with existence. Something is wrong with you, not with the situation.

Why is man unhappy? No animal is so unhappy, no bird is so unhappy, no fish is as unhappy as man. Why is man so unhappy? - because man desires happiness, and the birds are happy right now, the trees are happy right now. Man desires happiness - he is never happy here and now. He always desires it, and goes on missing it, because happiness is here. It is happening all around you. Allow it to enter within. Be part of existence. Don’t move into the future. Existence never moves into the future, only the mind does.

This is what I call meditation: be here, don’t move into the future. Be non-ambitious, kill all desire for life, don’t desire happiness. And then you will be happy, and no one can destroy your happiness. Then it becomes impossible for you to be unhappy. Then you will be deathless and eternal life will have happened to you. It has already happened but you are not aware of it. Then you will be fulfilled. Non-ambitious, you will be fulfilled.

You are unique. Everything, every peak experience that is possible to anyone, is possible to you also - but it will happen only in a unique way.

It has happened to a Buddha, to a Jesus, to a Zarathustra, it will happen to you also. But it never happens in the same way. It is not going to happen to you like it happened to a Buddha. It is not going to happen to you like it happened to a Jesus. It will happen in a unique, individual way to you. It will happen to you. It will be absolutely new. The innermost core of the experience will be the same - the same bliss, the same silence, the same enlightenment - but on the periphery everything will be different.

So don’t imitate anyone. That is part of ambition. Don’t imitate Jesus, don’t imitate Buddha. Try to be yourself. Rather, even trying is futile. Just be yourself. When you are yourself, you are open to all possibilities. When you are yourself, the whole existence starts helping you. You are not fighting it.

When you are not fighting. This is what trust means. When you are not fighting, existence will happen to you. If you are fighting with it you are simply destroying yourself: your possibilities, energy, life, your existence.

Don’t fight! Surrender to existence.

Accept yourself as the whole wishes you to be. Don’t try to be anything else, and enlightenment can happen any moment. It can happen this very moment. There is no need to wait. But these three basic sutras are to be remembered.