22 Jun You have taken a wrong train…. (OSHO)
The moment you desire for happiness, you have moved away from the present, you have moved away from the existential, you have already moved into the future — which is nowhere, which has not come yet.
You have moved in a dream. Now, dreams can never be fulfilling.
Your desire for happiness is a dream. The dream is unreal. Through the unreal, nobody has ever been able to reach to the real. You have taken a wrong train.
The desire for happiness simply shows that you are not happy right at this moment. The desire for happiness simply shows that you are a miserable being. And a miserable being projects in the future that some time, some day, some way, he will be happy. Out of misery comes your projection. It carries the very seeds of misery. It comes out of you — it cannot be different from you. It is your child: its face will be like you; in its body your blood will be circulating. It will be your continuity.
You are unhappy — the tomorrow will come out of this unhappiness and you will be more unhappy. Of course, out of more unhappiness you will desire for more happiness in the future again. And then you are in a vicious circle: the more unhappy you become, the more you desire for happiness; the more you desire for happiness, the more unhappy you become. Now it is like a dog chasing its own tail.
So the first thing is not to dream, not to project.
The first thing is to be here-now.
Whatsoever it is, just be here-now — and a tremendous revelation is waiting for you. The revelation is that nobody can be unhappy in the here-now.
Have you ever been unhappy here-now?
Right this moment you are facing me: is there any possibility of being unhappy right now?
You can think about the yesterday and you can become unhappy. You can think about tomorrow and you can become unhappy.
But right this very moment, this throbbing, beating, real moment — can you be unhappy right now? Without any past, without any future?
You can bring misery from the past, from the memory. Somebody insulted you yesterday and you can still carry the wound, you can still carry the hurt, and you can still feel unhappy about it.
Or you can be unhappy for tomorrow. Tomorrow your money will be finished — then where are you going to stay? Where are you going to eat? Tomorrow your money will be finished! — Then unhappiness enters in.
Either it comes from yesterday, or it comes from tomorrow, but it is never here-now. Right this moment, in the now, unhappiness is impossible.
If you have learnt this much, you can become a Buddha.
Then nobody is hindering your path.
Happiness is where you are; wherever you are, happiness is there. It surrounds you. It is a natural phenomenon. It is just like air, just like sky. Happiness is not to be sought: it is the very stuff the universe is made of.
Joy is the very stuff the universe is made of.
But you have to look direct; you have to look in the immediate.
If you look sideways then you miss.
You miss because of you. You miss because you have a wrong approach.
Desiring for happiness helps you look somewhere else, and then you go on missing. Happiness is not to be created — happiness is just to be seen. It is already present.
This very moment, you can become happy, tremendously happy.
The Discipline of Transcendence