Where can one always find happiness?
…see the dictionary under the letter ‘H’ – only there will you always find happiness!
In life things are very mixed up. Day and night are together, so are happiness and unhappiness. Life and death are together, so is everything.
Life is rich because of polar opposites.
The very idea that one would like to be happy forever is stupid. The very idea will create only unhappiness and nothing else. You will become more and more miserable because more and more you will be missing your so-called eternal happiness. Your greed is too much.
Then who is the happy person?
The happy person is not one who is always happy. The happy person is one who is happy even when there is unhappiness.
Try to understand it. The happy person is one who understands life and accepts its polarities. He knows success is possible only because failure is also possible. So when failure comes he accepts it.
Then what should the attitude be? When happiness comes, enjoy happiness; when unhappiness comes, enjoy unhappiness. When there is happiness, dance with it; when there is unhappiness, cry with it. That’s what I mean when I say ‘Enjoy’.
Unhappiness is a must.
If you can accept unhappiness as smoothly as you welcome happiness, you will transcend both. In that very acceptance is transcendence.
Then unhappiness and happiness will not make much difference to you, you will remain the same.
When there is sadness you will have a taste of it; and when there is joy you will have a taste of it.
And sometimes bitter things also taste beautiful.
And sadness has something of depth in it which no happiness can ever have. Happiness has something shallow. Laughter always looks shallow, tears always look deep. If you want to be happy always you will become a shallow person, a superficial person. Sometimes it is good to fall into the depths, dark depths, dismal depths of sadness. Both are good. And one should be total in both.
Whatsoever happens, go totally into it!
When crying, become the crying, and when dancing, become the dance. Then the ultimate happens to you…you forget the distinction between what happiness is and what unhappiness is. You enjoy both!
So by and by the distinction disappears…
And when the distinction has disappeared, there arises something which is eternally there, which remains always there.
That is witnessing.