Inspiring Osho’s Quotes on Happiness
Everyone has their own definition of being happy. Sometimes, unaware of its real source. Psychologists have a different concept. The philosophers hypothesized it with the unfathomable and inapprehensible precepts that are far from the common man’s mind. Spiritual Gurus like Osho’s view is straightforward, inspiring, and elucidated with simple allegorical notions. These quotes are extracted from his discourses and works that would give you a better insight – that’s what happiness really means to you? (Read also 6 Most Influential Spiritual Yogis in the World?)
♦ The desire for total happiness and ultimate freedom lies dormant in everyone. It is in the form of a seed. It is like a seed that contains a tree within it. In the same way, the fulfillment of man’s ultimate desire is hidden in his very nature. In its perfectly developed state, it is our nature to be happy, to be free. Our real nature is the only true thing, and only perfecting it can bring complete satisfaction.
♦ The misery has many things to give to you which happiness cannot give. In fact, happiness takes away many things from you. Happiness takes all that you have ever had, all that you have ever been; happiness destroys you. Misery nourishes your ego, and Happiness is basically a state of egolessness. That is the problem, the very crux of the problem. That’s why people find it very difficult to be happy. That’s why millions of people in the world have to live in misery; they have decided to live in misery. It gives you a very very crystallized ego. Miserable, you are. Happy, you are not. In misery, crystallization; in happiness, you become diffused. If this is understood then things become very clear. Misery makes you special.
♦ The total absence of desire brings happiness. It also brings freedom and liberation, because whenever something is lacking there are both limits and dependency. Only when nothing at all is lacking is there the possibility of total freedom. Freedom brings happiness. And happiness is salvation.
♦ Happiness is a universal phenomenon; there is nothing special about it. Trees are happy, animals are happy, and birds are happy. The whole existence is happy, except man. Being miserable, man becomes very special, extraordinary.
♦ I cannot give you certainty; certainty is given by ideology. Certainty is nothing but patching up your confusion. You are confused. Somebody says, “Don’t be worried,” and says it very authoritatively, convinces you with arguments, with scriptures, and patches up your confusion, covers it with a beautiful blanket — with The Bible, with the Koran, with the Gita. And you feel good, but it is temporary because the confusion is boiling within. You have not got rid of it, it has only been repressed.
♦ Ecstasy is our very nature; not being ecstatic is simply unnecessary. To be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic; it needs a great effort to be miserable. That’s why you look so tired because misery is really hard work; to maintain it is really difficult because you are doing something against nature. You are going upstream — that’s what misery is. And what is bliss? Going with the river — so much so that the distinction between you and the river is simply lost. You are the river. How can it be difficult? To go with the river no swimming is needed; you simply float with the river and the river takes you to the ocean. The river is already going to the ocean.
♦ Happiness has nothing to do with what you have or don’t have. Happiness is related to what you are. However many things you may collect, perhaps they may increase your worries, your troubles, but happiness will not increase because of them. Certainly, unhappiness will increase with them, but they have no relation to an increase in your happiness.
♦ The moment you become identified with your suffering you want to discard it, you want to get rid of it, it is so painful. But if you are a witness then suffering loses all thorns, all stings. Then there is suffering, and you are a witness to it. You are just a mirror; it has nothing to do with you. Happiness comes and goes, unhappiness comes and goes, it is a passing show; you are just there, a mirror reflecting it. Life comes and goes, death comes and goes; the mirror is not affected by either. The mirror reflects but remains unaffected; the mirror is not imprinted by either.
♦ Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. (Read also 21 Most Inspirational Quotes of Swami Vivekananda for Positivity)
♦ If you are unhappy, it simply means that you have learned tricks for being unhappy, and nothing else. Unhappiness depends on the frame of your mind. Some people are unhappy in all kinds of situations. They have a certain quality in their mind which transforms everything into unhappiness. If you tell them about the beauty of the rose they immediately start counting the thorns. If you say to them, “What a beautiful morning, what a sunny day!” they will look at you as if they are surprised by your statement. They will say, “So what! One day between two nights! It is only one day between two nights, so what is the big deal? Why are you looking so fascinated?” The same thing can be seen from a positive reference; then suddenly each night is surrounded by two days. And then suddenly it is a miracle that the rose is possible, that such a delicate flower is possible among so many thorns.
♦ You cannot be happy forever; otherwise, happiness will lose all meaning. You cannot be in harmony forever; otherwise, you will become unaware of harmony. Harmony has to be followed by discord again and again, and happiness has to be followed by unhappiness. Every pleasure has its own pain, and every pain has its own pleasure. Unless one understands this duality of existence, one remains in unnecessary misery. Accept the total, with all its agonies and all its ecstasies. Don’t hanker for the impossible; don’t desire that there should be only ecstasy and no agony. Ecstasy cannot exist alone, it needs contrast. Agony becomes the blackboard, then ecstasy becomes very clear and loud, just as in the darkness of night the stars are so bright. The darker the night, the brighter are the stars. In the day they don’t disappear, they simply become invisible; you cannot see them because there is no contrast.
♦ It is so difficult to be happy and so easy to be miserable. One thing more: misery needs no talents, anybody can afford it. Happiness needs talents, genius, and creativity. Only creative people are happy. Happiness is a byproduct of creativity. Create something, and you will be happy. Create a garden, let the garden bloom, and something will bloom in you. Create a painting, and something starts growing in you with the growing painting. As the painting comes to the finish, as you are giving the last touches to the painting, you will see you are no more the same person. You are giving the last touches to something very new in you. (Read Also 8 Most Powerful and Inspirational Quotes in Spirituality)