YOU SIMPLY REJOICE BECAUSE YOU ARE
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From: "Subhuti" <subhuti@...>
Sent: Friday, June 01, 2012 8:44 AM
Subject: [RiverIIOsho] YOU SIMPLY REJOICE BECAUSE YOU ARE
Unless you are enjoying yourself, sooner or later you will feel frustrated.
PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW TO ENJOY THEMSELVES. They know many other things: how
to go to a movie and enjoy it, how to make love to a woman and enjoy it, how
to eat good food and enjoy it -- but nobody seems to know how to just enjoy
You can see movies, but you will get fed up. You can move with women, but
you will get fed up -- because it is the same repetition again and again.
You can read a few stories and novels, but again you will get fed up --
because it is the same triangle and the same love story. Only details
change, but the whole gestalt remains the same. By and by, the food is the
same; it is the same morning and evening -- everything continues. It is a
routine, unless you can enjoy yourself -- because YOU ARE THE SOURCE OF
CONSTANT RENEWAL, RESURRECTION. Within your innermost core, new life is
happening every moment. It is an explosion, an ongoing explosion.
UNLESS YOU START ENJOYING IT, NOTHING IS GOING TO HELP; all are just
postponements. You can push frustration a little further away, but again it
will be there waiting for you.
So start enjoying yourself. JUST SITTING SILENTLY, FEEL DELIGHTED. Just
looking at the stars, for no particular reason, start singing or dancing.
And don't think that this is mad. People have a very curious notion. If they
are happy for no reason at all, they are thought to be mad. People say that
you must have some reason to be happy.
As I see it, happiness should be just a natural state of affairs. YOU ARE
ALIVE -- THAT'S ENOUGH. You should be happy. To be alive is enough reason to
be happy, to rejoice.
If people ask you why you are happy, you simply say because you are alive!
But people think that we must have some other cause: you have won a lottery
or have won something in a horse race; you have a new girlfriend or you have
become famous; you have become a Nobel Prize winner or something. These
people can never really be happy. Their happiness is just like lightning; it
comes and goes. It is nothing that you can be nourished by, it is nothing
that you can breathe in and out.
SO START BEING HAPPY FOR NO REASON AT ALL. Even you will think that
something is going wrong, there is no reason to be happy. But I say just
being alive is enough.
In the Bible, one of the most repeated words is 'rejoice' -- almost nine
hundred times. Again and again 'rejoice', 'joy', 'delight' -- or other
synonyms for the same word. And the meaning of the word rejoice is
beautiful: YOU SIMPLY REJOICE BECAUSE YOU ARE. Try it and get in tune with
Again the morning has come. Rejoice and thank God because one day there will
be no morning.
Again the night is full of stars. Rejoice and dance under it -- because one
day you will not be there and the dance will not be possible. A night has
been given to you again. Why waste it?
And this enjoyment should be simple, unreasonable, irrational. And it should
not have anything to do with anybody else. It should be simply within you,
the flame of it. And when you can rejoice alone, you can relate; you will
have something to say.
EVEN YOUR SILENCE WILL BECOME PREGNANT. Even if you sit silently by someone,
he will feel your presence. He will be filled by your presence. He will be
touched by you, invoked, invited to your innermost shrine. He will become a
guest in you. Whether you say anything or not is irrelevant.
Even silence says much when you have something to say.
And when you don't have anything to say, you go on talking; those words are
empty. They are not pregnant with life. They really don't belong to you;
they have not arisen out of you. They don't carry any part of you, are not
full of your presence.
So first create an aura of rejoicing around you, a milieu, an atmosphere.
Then you can create it alone; nobody is needed. And when you are happy, you
will feel that people are attracted towards you, are pulled almost
magnetically. Something inner starts pulling one. Who does not want to be
happy? And who does not want to be with a man who is happy? THE HAPPY MAN
HAS BECOME SUCH A RARITY.
People go on tolerating unhappy people, because what else can one do? Those
are the only people available. Become happy, and then you will see that even
your silence is heard, to say nothing of your words. PEOPLE SIMPLY FEEL GOOD
WHEN THEY ARE CLOSE TO YOU, and then you become open -- these are reciprocal
things. When your presence makes others happy, their happiness makes you
more happy. This goes on and on to higher waves.
Beloved of My Heart
Ch #25: Simply rejoice because you are
pm in Chuang Tzu Auditorium