Duration: 3:16 min

Joy or misery – you must make your choice today


You heard of Lao Tzu? Lao Tzu? Lao Tzu is a celebrated Zen master today. Even then, he gathered a certain number of disciples around him. It is part of the Zen tradition, that when the master, or the Guru is dying, people gather around for a final message. So at the age of 83 or 84, he was passing. So people gathered around him and asked him, ‘Master, what is the secret of your joy?’ You know, he faced a lot of extreme situations in his life. He was accused of things that he had never thought of. And he went through troubles. So people asked, you went through so many things, but you were always joyful. What is the secret of your joy? Lao Tzu said, ‘Oh! That, it’s just that everyday in the morning when I woke up, I used to get a question. The question is, today shall I be joyful or miserable? Till now I just happened to choose joy, that’s all.’ So, have you made your choice? I’m asking. Everyday in the morning, if a question comes to you. I will come and ask you a question everyday in the morning. Today you are going to be joyful or miserable? What’s your choice? You must make this choice everyday. Today I’m going to be joyful. Joy is not a goal by itself, it is just that when you are joyful, you are pleasant to the world. When you are joyful, you are sensible in your head. When you are joyful, you will not do stupid things against yourself. But look at yourself and see. Right now, somebody else, if they determine what should happen, around you, you feel like a slave. But right now, somebody else is determining what should happen within you, is this not slavery? Somebody can decide whether you are happy or unhappy, is this not slavery? Somebody can decide whether you will be a pleasant human being or an unpleasant human being, is this not slavery? What happens within you, somebody else determines. This is the worst form of slavery, isn’t it? Isn’t it so? It is just that, because everybody is like that it seems to be normal. It is not, it is not normal. Just because everybody is like that it does not become normal. This human being, life around you will not happen, will never happen 100% the way you want it.

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