Happiness is contentment, not life or death.
Misery is discord, not Wisdom but error,
If then you attach your life to an error,
like distributing life to the body,
Then your life is unhappy according to the loss.
If our happiness is from wisdom it becomes a part of ourselves,
But if it is from a belief,
it is adopted and we may lose it." Quimby
"All's love, yet all's law."
As the offspring of God, only by living in love and harmony can we fulfill the law and maintain health and happiness, either individually in family life, or collectively in our intercourse with the world. As Goethe taught:-
Let the God within thee speak,
Love all things that lovely be,
And God will show His best to thee. [Vibratory Physics - The Connecting Link between Mind and Matter]
"The joy, the peace, the happiness, that may be ours is in doing for the other fellow. For, gaining an understanding of the laws as pertain to right living in all its phases makes the mind in attune with Creative Forces, which are of His consciousness. So we may have that consciousness, by putting into action that we know." Cayce (262-3)
"The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile. ... The happy man is the man whose personality is neither divided against itself nor pitted against the world. Such a man feels himself a citizen of the universe, enjoying freely the spectacle that it offers and the joys that it affords, untroubled by the thought of death because he feels himself not really separate from those who will come after him." - Bertrand Russell
"Happiness, then, is not a thing set apart from self, but the conditions with which one approaches that in hand to be DONE! for when one considers that the position of self is hard to bear, is not as is desired, the desire of the heart often maketh one AFRAID - unless that desire is ever in that attitude of "USE ME, O God, as I am", for the I AM is ready, willing, to make MY will ONE with THY WILL - "Though He slay me, though He bruise me in mine own selfish or unseen ways; yet will I trust Him day by day", and He will NOT forsake thee; neither will He allow thee to be afraid; for He will raise thee up, and He understands all the hardships, the LITTLE things, the separations, the variations in the surroundings - but TRUST Him!
"In this manner may the body, the mental body, the physical body, allow the spirit of Truth, peace, joy, understanding, come in and make for self, for those dependent upon self, mentally and physically, whole and strong - and able and capable of meeting every issue of EVERY day." Cayce (5563-1)
"Whenever you are happy, whenever you are feeling appreciation, whenever you are noticing the positive aspects of someone or something, you are vibrating in harmony with what you DO want. But, whenever you feel angry or fearful, whenever you feel guilty or disappointed, you are - in that moment - achieving harmony with what you DO NOT want."
....."When your happiness depends on what somebody else does or does not do, you are trapped because you cannot control what they think or what they do. You will discover a true liberation, a freedom beyond your wildest dreams, when you discover that your joy does not depend on someone else. Your joy only depends on what YOU choose to give your attention to." That which is like unto itself is drawn - Law of Attraction." ["Sara - And the Foreverness of Friends of a Feather", Ester and Jerry Hicks Abraham Hicks Publications]
"MISERABLE PEOPLE ARE dangerous for the simple reason they don't care whether the earth survives or not. They are so miserable that deep down they may think it would be better if everything were finished. Who cares, if you are living in misery?
Only happy people, ecstatic people, dancing people would like this planet to survive forever.
A serious man cannot laugh, cannot dance, cannot play. He is always controlling himself, he has become a jailer to himself. The sincere man can rejoice sincerely, can dance sincerely, can laugh sincerely. And in laughter your body joins, your mind joins, your being joins - the divisions disappear, the schizophrenic personality disappears.
The people who have gathered around me are learning how to be more happy, how to be more meditative, how to laugh more, live more, love more, and spread love, laughter around the world. This is the only protection against nuclear weapons.
If the whole globe can learn to love and laugh and enjoy and dance, then politicians will look surprised: What has happened? The whole world seems to have gone mad!
People who are happy, contented, are not the people to be forced to kill other people who have not done any harm to them. It is not surprising that all the armies down the ages have been kept sexually repressed - because those sexually repressed people are bound to be destructive. Their very repression forces them to destroy something.
Have you ever watched in your own being - when you are happy, joyful, you want to create something. When you are miserable, suffering, you want to destroy something. It is a revenge. All the armies are kept in a state of repressed sexuality so the moment they get to kill, that becomes their joy. At least their repressed energies are expressed, of course in a very ugly way, an inhuman way. But some expression is there.
Have you ever noticed painters, poets, sculptors, dancers are never sexually repressed people. In fact, they are oversexual; they love too much. They love too many people. Perhaps one person is not enough to exhaust their love. They have been condemned by the priests down the ages: "These poets, painters, sculptors, musicians, these are not good people." And these are the only people who have made this humanity something beautiful, who have contributed to the world some flowers of joy, some flowers of music, some beautiful dances. It is one of the fundamentals of life that unless you create, you don't reach to your fullest dignity.
What have the priests done to the world? They have burned women, calling them witches. They have killed people who belong to other faiths. They have not been creative people. They have not enhanced the earth and they have not enhanced life.
We need a great respect for creative people of any dimension.
And we should learn how to transform our energies so that they are not repressed, so that they are expressed in your love, in your laughter, in your joy. And this earth is more than a paradise - you don't have to go anywhere.
Paradise is not something that has to be achieved, it is something that has to be created.
It depends on us.
This crisis gives a chance for courageous people to disconnect themselves from the past and start living in a new way - not modified, not continuous with the past, not better than the past, but absolutely new.
And it has to be done now - because the time is very short. By the end of the twentieth century, either we will enter into the first century of a new history of man or there will be no one left, not even a single wildflower alive. Everything will be dead.
Apart from neutron bombs, which already exist, there are experiments going on in the Soviet Union and perhaps in America too, on death rays. Rather than dropping the bomb, it is far easier to spread death rays which simply kill the living people, the animals, birds, trees. Only dead things - houses, temples, churches - will remain. It will be really a nightmare. And those death rays are not visible. We know they exist, they are just trying to find out how to spread them, how to reach a certain destination and destroy all living beings that they come across.
We need more happy people around the earth to prevent the third world war. These nuclear weapons and these destructive war machines cannot work by themselves. They are being worked by human beings; behind them are human hands.
A hand that knows the beauty of a rose flower cannot drop a bomb on Hiroshima.
I am saying: spread laughter, spread love, spread life affirmative values, grow more flowers around the earth. Everything that is beautiful, appreciate it - and everything that is inhuman, condemn it.
If you want to change the world into a totally new phenomenon with a new human consciousness, you will have to take this whole earth away from the hands of the politicians and the priests. Man has to be freed from these monsters.
Reduced to one single statement, I can say: if we can make humanity happy, there is not going to be any third world war."
Osho Vision, The Greatest Challenge: the Golden Future
We often hear people say that the object of religion is to make us happy. The question then arises, What is happiness. This question cannot be decided by the opinions of one man or a hundred, for it must embrace some wisdom higher than man's opinion. If the author had no wisdom superior to the common belief of the world and chose the word happiness merely to represent a quiet ignorant state, then I have no objection to the common definition of it. But if it includes the person that labors for the improvement of man and his development, then I say the word is misapplied, for the results are as wide apart as virtue and vice. You might as well apply the word virtue to the most vicious person on earth, as to apply the word happiness to a man who seeks every opportunity to defraud and get the advantage of his neighbor by every means in his power without laying himself liable to the law.
Just see how the word is used. The little child when it is playing around like a little puppy is called happy. Now if this is happiness, it is not wisdom. So if it is desired rather than wisdom, then it is folly to be wise. Now let this state be called quiet, and the word happiness be applied to the person who, by his labors, has discovered some great truth that is for the benefit of man's condition and who puts his wisdom into practice and receives something that he feels and knows has enriched him both in health and wisdom and has raised him above the one who is ignorant. Then he can say that wisdom is happiness and riches. Just the same as the opposite man can say of the goods and money which he has extorted from some ignorant person, as he sits down and counts it over and over and exclaims, "How happy I am for what I have got." Now while he is rejoicing over the ill-gotten gains, his neighbor is grieving over his losses and turns to the other who has by his labor lifted up some poor, sick invalid, who had been robbed by these land sharks out of their health and left on the cold icy hand of the world to perish for want of the wisdom that might make them free. Now see such a person suffering, robbed of the comforts of this life and praying that some kind angel would come and feed them with the bread of life or explain to them the great truth of nature which will set them free from sin and death.
Now see some one come and open the book of wisdom and read to them all their grief's and pains and by the power of his wisdom destroy their beliefs or misery and show them the true way. Then they will arise in their strength and might and with the God of Wisdom which has set them free. Then the oppressed and the redeemer can mingle together and their joy will reign, and that is happiness. Quimby, 1865