Then if such a man is going to be beheaded he can say, “This is how it was meant to be.” He does not even blame the executioner, because now he trusts that no one is the doer. For him the doer has disappeared – it was meant to happen. And if such a person is poisoned he says, “It was meant to happen, I had to drink the poison.” And if someone who at the time of taking poison recognizes it as a happening, he cannot feel anger even for a moment towards the one who gives him the poison, because now he knows that no one is the doer. He does not accuse anyone and no one else is responsible; whatever is happening is the ultimate destiny, it has nothing to do with others. It is not surprising if such a person attains to ultimate peace and the ultimate contentment.
One who chooses between happiness and misery will never attain contentment, the one who distinguishes between happiness and misery will never find satisfaction. But the one who abandons all the distinctions between happiness and misery is contented.
Sometimes valuable ideas become the bases for foolish concepts. People who say, “Happiness lies in contentment” are mad, they do not know what contentment is and they are still connecting contentment with happiness. They are teaching you that if you want happiness, just be content. And yet if you are striving for happiness you cannot be contented, because the desire for happiness is the very root cause of discontent. Whoever strives for happiness will also be trying to avoid misery, otherwise he cannot be desiring happiness. So how can he be contented?
Happiness is not contentment, contentment is not happiness. Contentment is beyond both happiness and misery, and only the one who abandons the distinction between happiness and misery is contented. Contentment transcends both. If you are choosing contentment for happiness you are in an illusion and your contentment is a mere deception.
Destiny, fate and fortune are great spiritual words. They denote a state of egolessness, a state where there is no ego, no complaint, where whatsoever comes is totally accepted – and there is no reason for it to be any other way, it could not have been otherwise. Desire for anything different no longer exists. The dream that something different should have happened does not arise.
If this total acceptance, this devotion to suchness, pacifies all the waves of thoughts inside you, is there any surprise in it? Is it surprising if all the waves in you disappear? And with this disappearance of the waves, you will go on sinking deeper and deeper within yourself.
The senses are the cause of both happiness and misery.
The senses – sound, touch, sight, taste, smell –
are the causes of both happiness and misery.
When the soul is identified
with its karmically acquired body,
this is a diseased embodied soul.
You dwell in the body but you are not the body. To dwell in the body and to be identified with the body are two different things. The one who knows that he is in the body is the soul, and the one who thinks that he is the body is the embodied soul – and this embodied soul is diseased, it has fallen into illusion. It really does not know that which it is, it knows itself as that which it is not.