Happiness is a by product

Whenever you feel happy, you were not looking for it. That is the first basic thing about happiness: it happened when you were looking for something else. For example, you have heard the story of Archimedes: he was in search of a scientific truth. He worked, experimented, thought, pondered over it many days and nights. He forgot himself. Then suddenly, when he was in his bath one day, lying down in his tub, it happened, it bubbled up – he realized. He was naked, but he forgot that he was naked. When you are happy you forget yourself; if you cannot forget yourself you are not happy. Happiness means you are no longer there; it happens only when you are not.

The problem was solved, the whole tension relaxed. Archimedes ran into the street shouting, ”Eureka, Eureka! I have found it, I have found it!” People thought he had gone mad. They had always been suspicious of this man, this Archimedes, and now their suspicion was proved right. ”Too much thinking is bad” – they had always been of this opinion, and this man was thinking too much. Now he had gone mad and was crying, ”Eureka!” on the street – ”I have found it!”

What happened? How ecstatic he was in that moment! And it was not the ultimate truth, it was just an ordinary problem. Now it is ordinary – once discovered, scientific truths become ordinary, common. But he discovered it. In that moment of discovery, all tension relaxed, and he was so happy, so ecstatic, that he forgot himself. Whenever you are happy, the first basic thing is to remember that you were searching for something else, not for happiness. If you search for happiness directly, you will miss it forever and forever. It is a byproduct: you are engaged in search of something else, and then that something else is discovered. The discovery makes you so fulfilled, the whole effort relaxes, the whole tension goes; you are at ease, at peace, at rest, and you feel filled with happiness. Happiness is a byproduct. 

– Osho

3 thoughts on “Happiness is a by product

  1. Hmm… um… It sounds like finding finding “Happiness” is the same as expectations. (Eclectically using collective information) Expectations are like trying to find happiness, both are the results of active searching or “Doing”. In comparison to the word “Being” where it’s passive and not so narrow in it’s acceptance of whatever criticism may occur.

    My two free cents!

  2. Viktor Emil Frankl in the Preface to Man’s Search for Meaning, 1988…

    “Don’t aim at success – the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run – in the long run, I say! – success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.”

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