Man can be happy, happier than the birds, happier than the trees, happier than the stars—because man has something which no tree, no bird, no star has. The man has consciousness!
But when you have consciousness then two alternatives are possible: either you can become unhappy or you can become happy. Then it is your own choice! Trees are simply happy because they cannot be unhappy. Their happiness is not their freedom—they have to be happy. They don’t know how to be unhappy; there is no alternative.
These birds chirping in the trees, they are happy! Not because they have chosen to be happy—they are simply happy because they don’t know any other way to be. Their happiness is unconscious. It is simply natural.
Man can be tremendously happy, and tremendously unhappy—and he is free to choose. This freedom is hazardous. This freedom is very dangerous—because you become responsible. And something has happened with this freedom, something has gone wrong. Man is somehow standing on his head.
You have come to me seeking meditation. Meditation is needed only because you have not chosen to be happy. If you have chosen to be happy there is no need for any meditation. Meditation is medicinal: if you are ill then the medicine is needed. Buddhas don’t need meditation. Once you have started choosing happiness, once you have decided that you have to be happy, then no meditation is needed. Then meditation starts happening of its own accord.
A happy person needs no religion; a happy person needs no temple, no church—because for a happy person the whole universe is a temple, the whole existence is a church.
Osho is known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, with an approach to meditation that acknowledges the accelerated pace of contemporary life.