From Happiness, Meditation Flows

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"Let me tell you first one small anecdote:
"'My doctor insisted that I come to see you,' the patient told the psychiatrist. 'Goodness knows why – I am happily married, secure in my job, lots..."
"Let me tell you first one small anecdote:
"'My doctor insisted that I come to see you,' the patient told the psychiatrist. 'Goodness knows why – I am happily married, secure in my job, lots..."

Osho continues:
"At the most we can make unhappiness a little less, that's all. But happy, man cannot be.

"It looks very pessimistic. But looking at the modern man, it seems to be exactly the case; it seems to be a fact.

"Buddha says that man can be happy, tremendously happy. Krishna sings songs of that ultimate bliss – sat chit anand. Jesus talks about the Kingdom of God. But how can you believe so few people, who can be counted on the fingers, against the whole mass – millions and millions of people down the centuries, remaining unhappy, growing more and more into unhappiness, their whole life a story of misery and nothing else? And then comes death!

"How to believe these few people? Either they are lying or they are deceived themselves. Either they are lying for some other purpose or they are a little mad, deceived by their own illusions. They are living in a wish fulfillment. They wanted to be happy and they started believing that they were happy. It seems more like a belief, a desperate belief, rather than a fact. But how did it come to happen that very few people ever become happy?

"If you forget man, if you don't pay much attention to man, then Buddha, Krishna, Christ will look more true. If you look at the trees, if you look at the birds, if you look at the stars, then everything is shimmering in tremendous happiness. Then bliss seems to be the very stuff existence is made of. Only man is unhappy.

"Something deep down has gone wrong.

"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."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 82 mins
File Size 23.18 MB
Type Conversa Individual
Edition/ Version 2