Questioner: People say “look within” for happiness. But that never worked for me. So how can we actually be happy?
Sadhguru: Now, we are thinking of happiness like it’s some kind of a commodity, or some kind of an attainment. No. When your life comes to ease, when you come to ease, happiness is a natural consequence.
Coming to ease – what does it mean? There are many ways to look at this. Well, because I should not say, “look inward” you already put a condition on me. So, is it true that today, even medically we know, every human experience has a chemical basis to it?
So, what you call as peace is one kind of chemistry, happiness is another kind of chemistry, joy is another kind of chemistry, misery is another kind of chemistry, agony is one kind of chemistry, ecstasy is another kind of chemistry – every human experience has a chemical basis to it. Or, in other words, you are a very complex chemical soup. The question is only, are you a great soup, or a lousy soup?
If you’re a great soup, you taste good; not for somebody, for yourself. When you taste very good for yourself – if you sit here, if you feel extremely pleasant within yourself because the soup is great, then, people say you’re happy. If you become very, very pleasant, people will say you’re joyful. If you become super pleasant, people will say you’re ecstatic. So, to make it very simple and understandable for most people, your chemistry needs to be altered.
When you’re blissful, you will no more be in pursuit of happiness
There’s a whole technology with which we can create the kind of chemistry that you want. If I teach you how to create a blissful chemistry within yourself, your very chemistry is blissful, and you will be blissful. When you’re blissful, you will no more be in pursuit of happiness. That is the biggest mistake, that we are in pursuit of happiness. Your life has to become an expression of joy. When your life is an expression of your experience, then, what you do, what you do not do, will not determine the quality of your life; how you are within yourself will determine the quality of your life.
I’m sorry – once again, I used the word ‘within’. But, chemistry is not within, it is still outside of you. But, if you know how to make the right soup, then, being joyful is not an issue, it’s a natural consequence of that. So, we can teach you a technology, we can teach you a methodology with which you will know how to stir the right kind of soup within you. This is what I’m calling as “Inner Engineering,” that you engineer your chemistry in such a way, that it’s blissful by its own nature, not because of something. If you think you’re going to squeeze happiness out of something or somebody, you will be disappointed, because nothing will yield anything, unless you have a chemistry of blissfulness within you.