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You Don’t Want to be Happy

You don’t really want to be happy and I’ll prove it. Think of someone you love very much, someone you’re close to, someone who is precious to you, and say to that person in your mind, “I’d rather have happiness than have you.” See what happens. “I’d rather be happy than have you. If I had a choice, no question about it, I’d choose happiness.” How many of you felt selfish when you said this? Most of you I would say. See how you’ve been brainwashed into thinking, “How could I be so selfish?” But look at who’s being selfish. Imagine somebody saying to you, “How could you be so selfish that you’d choose happiness over me?” Would you not feel like responding, “Excuse me, but how could you be so selfish that you would demand I choose you above my own happiness?”

We don’t want to be happy and we certainly don’t want to be unconditionally happy. We are always telling ourselves I’ll be happy if I have this and that and the other thing. But this is really to say to our friend or to our God or to anyone, “You are my happiness. If I don’t get you, I refuse to be happy.” It’s important to understand, we cannot imagine being happy without those conditions. We cannot conceive of being happy without them. We’ve been taught to place our happiness in them.

We must first realize this if we want love, if we want freedom, if we want joy and peace and spirituality. Spirituality is the most practical thing in the whole wide world. There is nothing more practical—not piety, not devotion, not religion, not worship, but spirituality, because that is, waking up!

Look at the heartache everywhere, look at the loneliness, look at the fear, the confusion, the conflict in the hearts of people. Suppose somebody gave you a way of getting rid of all of that? Suppose somebody gave you a way to stop the drain of energy, health, and emotion that comes from these conflicts and confusion. Suppose somebody showed us a way whereby we would truly love one another, and be at peace, be at love. Can you think of anything more practical than that? But, instead, we have people thinking big business is more practical, or politics is more practical, or science is more practical. What is the use of putting a man on the moon when we cannot live on the earth?

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