Chapter 7: Only the Gold
Buddha is not deceived and he is not lying. And I say to you, not on the authority of tradition, I say this to you on my own authority: Man can be happy, more happy than the birds, more happy than the trees, more happy than the stars - because man has something which no tree, no bird, no star has. Man has consciousness.
But when you have consciousness then two alternatives are possible: either you can become unhappy or you can become happy. Then it is your own choice!
Trees are simply happy because they cannot be unhappy. Their happiness is not their freedom - they have to be happy. They don’t know how to be unhappy; there is no alternative. These birds chirping in the trees, they are happy! Not because they have chosen to be happy - they are simply happy because they don’t know any other way to be. Their happiness is unconscious. It is simply natural.
Man can be tremendously happy and tremendously unhappy - and he is free to choose. This freedom is hazardous. This freedom is very dangerous - because you become responsible. And something has happened with this freedom, something has gone wrong. Man is somehow standing on his head.
You have come to me seeking meditation. Meditation is needed only because you have not chosen to be happy. If you have chosen to be happy there is no need for any meditation. Meditation is medicinal: if you are ill then the medicine is needed. Buddhas don’t need meditation. Once you have started choosing happiness, once you have decided that you have to be happy, then no meditation is needed. Then meditation starts happening of its own accord.
Meditation is a function of being happy. Meditation follows a happy man like a shadow: wherever he goes, whatsoever he is doing, he is meditative. He is intensely concentrated.
The word meditation and the word medicine come from the same root - that is very significant. Meditation is also medicinal. You don’t carry bottles of medicines and prescriptions with you if you are healthy. Of course, when you are not healthy you have to go the doctor. Going to the doctor is not a very great thing to brag about. One should be happy so the doctor is not needed.
So many religions are there because so many people are unhappy. A happy person needs no religion. A happy person needs no temple, no church, because for a happy person the whole universe is a temple, the whole existence is a church. The happy person has nothing like religious activity because his whole life is religious.
Whatsoever you do with happiness is a prayer: your work becomes worship; your very breathing has an intense splendor to it, a grace. Not that you constantly repeat the name of “God” - only foolish people do that - because the divine has no name, and by repeating some assumed name you simply dull your own mind. By repeating its name you are not going to go anywhere. A happy man simply comes to see the divine is everywhere. You need happy eyes to see it.
What has gone wrong?