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The Happiness That Comes from Within
In "Joy", Osho posits that to be joyful is the basic nature of life. Joy is the spiritual dimension of happiness, in which one begins to understand one’s intrinsic value and place in the universe. Accepting joy is a decision to "go with the flow," to be grateful to be alive and for all the challenges and opportunities in life, rather than setting conditions or demands for happiness.The Insight for a New Way of Living series aims to shine light on beliefs and attitudes that prevent individuals from being their true selves. The text is an artful mix of compassion and humor, and readers are encouraged to confront what they would most like to avoid, which in turns provides the key to true insight and power."Joy" is a wondrous investigation into the source and importance of joyfulness in our lives.
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    #1: What Is Happiness?
    #2: It Depends on You
    #3: From the Surface to the Center
    #4: Empty Hands
    #5: In Pursuit
    #6: The Fundamental Duality
    #7: Not Character but Consciousness
    #8: Chasing Rainbows
    #9: The Roots of Misery
    #10: From Agony to Ecstasy
    #11: Understanding Is the Key
    #12: Bread and Circuses
    #13: Ecstasy Is Rebellious
    #14: Real or Symbolic?
    #15: Being and Becoming
    #16: Understanding the Roots of Misery
    #17: Responses to Questions
Excerpt from: Joy
"Happiness is unbelievable. It seems that man cannot be happy. If you talk about your depression, sadness, misery, everybody believes it; it seems natural. If you talk about your happiness nobody believes you – it seems unnatural.

"Sigmund Freud, after forty years of research into the human mind – working with thousands of people, observing thousands of disturbed minds – came to the conclusion that happiness is a fiction: man cannot be happy. At the most, we can make things a little more comfortable, that’s all. At the most we can make unhappiness a little less, that’s all, but happy? Man cannot be.

"Looks very pessimistic… but looking at humanity, it seems to be exactly the case; it seems to be a fact. Only human beings are unhappy. Something deep down has gone wrong.

"I say this to you on my own authority: Human beings can be happy, more happy than the birds, more happy than the trees, more happy than the stars – because human beings have something which no tree, no bird, no star, has. They have consciousness.

"But when you have consciousness, two alternatives are possible: either you can become happy or you can become unhappy. Then it is your 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 for them. The birds chirping in the trees 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.

"Human beings can be tremendously happy and tremendously unhappy – and they are 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." Osho

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