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What Do You Have to Do to Get Happiness?
You don’t have to do anything to acquire happiness because happiness cannot be acquired.
Do you know why?
Because you have it already. How can you acquire what you already have?
Uninterrupted happiness is uncaused. True happiness is uncaused. You cannot make me happy. You are not my happiness. You say to the awakened person, “Why are you happy?” and the awakened person replies, “Why not?”
Happiness is our natural state. Happiness is the natural state of little children to whom the kingdom of joy belongs until they have been polluted and contaminated by the stupidity of society and culture.
So, why aren’t you experiencing happiness? You’ve got to drop something. You’ve got to drop attachments. You were born happy. You lost it. You were born with the gift of life. You lost it. You’ve got to rediscover it. The world is full of sorrow. The root of sorrow is attachment, desire. The uprooting of sorrow is the dropping of attachment.
The great Meister Eckhart said, “God is not attained by a process of addition to anything in the soul, but by a process of subtraction.” You don’t do anything to be free; you drop illusions. Then you’re free. You don’t have to add anything to be happy; you’ve got to drop attachments. Then you’re happy.
How does one drop attachments?
Through awareness. You only have to look and see that the attachment is based on a false belief that, without this or that, I cannot be happy.
That’s false; that’s an illusion. The moment you see that belief is false, it drops, and you are free. That’s what it is to watch yourself.
Then you will discover the truth that there is not a single moment in your life when you don’t have everything you need to be happy. You will see with clarity that the only reason you are ever unhappy is because you are focusing on what you don’t have, rather than on what you have right here, right now.