Chapter 3: Just Be Happy
So look at a child - an unspoilt child I mean. If he is angry then his whole energy becomes anger; nothing is left behind, no hold-up. He has moved and become anger; there is nobody manipulating and controlling it. There is no mind. The child has become anger - he is not angry, he has become the anger. And then see the beauty, the flowering of anger. The child never looks ugly - even in anger he looks beautiful. He just looks more intense, more vital, more alive - a volcano ready to erupt. Such a small child, such a great energy, such an atomic being - his whole universe exploding. And after this anger the child will be silent. After this anger the child will be very peaceful. After this anger the child will relax. We may think it is very miserable to be in that anger, but the child is not miserable, he has enjoyed it.
If you become one with anything you become blissful. If you separate yourself from anything, even if it is happiness, you will become miserable.
So this is the key: To be separate as an ego is the base of all misery; to be one, to be flowing with whatsoever life brings to you; to be in it so intensely, totally, that you are no more, you are lost, then everything is blissful. The choice is there, but you have even become unaware of the choice. You have been choosing the wrong so continuously, it has become such a dead habit, that you simply choose it automatically. There is no choice left.
Become alert. Each moment when you are choosing to be miserable, remember: this is your choice. Even this mindfulness will help - this alertness that this is my choice and I am responsible, and this is what I am doing to myself, this is my doing. Immediately you will feel a difference. The quality of mind will have changed. It will be easier for you to move toward happiness.
And once you know that this is your choice then the whole thing has become a game. Then if you love to be miserable, be miserable, but remember this is your choice and don’t complain. There is nobody else who is responsible for it. This is your drama. If you like it this way, if you like a miserable way, if you want to pass through life in misery, then this is your choice, your game. You are playing it - play it well! Then don’t go and ask people how not to be miserable. That is absurd. Don’t go and ask masters and gurus how to be happy. The so-called gurus exist because you are foolish. You create the misery, and then you go and ask others how to uncreate it. And you will go on creating it because you are not alert to what you are doing.
From this very moment try - try to be happy and blissful.
I will tell you one of the deepest laws of life. You may not have thought about it at all. You have heard that cause and effect is the base - the whole of science depends on it. You create the cause and the effect follows. Life is a causal link. You put the seed in the soil and it will sprout. If the cause is there then the tree will follow. The fire is there - you put your hand in it and it will burn. The cause is there and the effect will follow. You take poison and you will die. You arrange for the cause and then the effect follows. This is one of the basic, the most basic scientific laws, that cause and effect is the innermost link of all the processes of life.
Religion knows about a second law, still deeper than this. But the second law which is deeper will look absurd if you don’t know it and experiment with it. Religion says: Produce the effect and the cause follows. This is absolutely absurd in scientific terms. Science says: If the cause is there the effect follows. Religion says the converse is also true: you create the effect, and see - the cause follows.