Questioner: I want to ask you a very simplistic question. But, something that evade everybody. How does one manage to find happiness? Really simple question. But, no one today is happy.
Sadhguru: Why do you say that? Do I look unhappy?
Questioner: You don’t. So many people around us are just not. Or they are not be able to be happy for other people, or just with what they have, necessarily. They always looking for the next… next goal, purpose, something. It could be material vindication, it could be experiential, anything.
Sadhguru: One simple thing is every human experience has a chemical basis to it. What you call as peace is one kind of chemistry, what you call as happiness or joy is another kind of chemistry, ecstasy is one kind of chemistry, agony is another kind of chemistry, anxiety another kind of chemistry, stress another kind of chemistry. All levels of pleasantness and unpleasantness is rooted in a certain chemical background within you. Or in other words what you call as ‘this’ – is a certain chemical soup. The question is only – are you a great soup or a lousy soup?
Every human experience has a chemical basis to it
Now, if I give soup making ingredients to 10 different people, the same ingredients, 10 people will not produce the same soup. 10 soups will taste in 10 different ways, though the ingredients are same. Similarly all of us are made with the same ingredients, but see in how many different ways we made ourselves. So, it’s time to pay attention to soup making, that this is a great soup, this is not a lousy soup.
If you establish a chemistry of blissfulness. That’s how you will be. This is what we’re teaching people. We are not advising people to be happy or peaceful. We are teaching them how to engineer your chemistry the way you want it. You create a chemistry of blissfulness, then why are you bothered about being happy, that’s how it’ll be.
Questioner: In fact Sadhguru, you’ve in fact created an organisation where there is a lot of, I mean people are volunteering, uh they’re happy. There’s a very positive, uh vibe and culture for instance. How have you managed to create uh such an organisation?
Sadhguru: Wonderful people around me. Wherever I go, whichever part of the world I am in, not a single day passes for me, without witnessing tears of joy and love around me – every day. Somebody will be shedding tears of love and joy. I don’t think there’s a better way to live in this world. And all of us should strive to create our own circles, of joyfulness and pleasantness around us.
As long as fear of suffering is there within you, you will never walk your life with full stride
Because if you are not joyful by your own nature, if you are always going around with the fear of suffering, as long as fear of suffering is there within you, you will never walk your life with full stride. It will always be half a step. Most human beings have crippled themselves, simply because of fear of suffering. What will happen to me, is always the question. Whatever happens, this is how I will be – if this assurance comes to you, only now you will want to scale the peaks of life and see what about it. If it happens, makes no difference to you, if it doesn’t happen makes no difference to you, that’s when you would like to really explore every dimension of life.
So first and foremost thing is this that your ‘way of being’ is not determined by what’s around you
So first and foremost thing is this that, your way of being is not determined by what’s around you. If you bring this one aspect to you there is no fear of suffering. Once there is no fear of suffering you will traverse the breadth and length of this life without hesitation.