Once You Got Joy, You Got Love

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It is Thursday evening and I feel like it is Friday. An hour ago I finished my first book by Osho, “Joy, The Happiness that Comes From Within”. It has been a very inspirational, enlightening book. By the way, I just made myself a ginger tea and there was a note on the tea bag that says, “When you know that all is light, you are enlightened.” Call it a coincidence or what, but I do not!

Going back to Osho’s book, the end was as good as the beginning and the rest of the tome. As the writer pointed out it is fundamental in our lives to look for joy, not just happiness. This because the former has an eternal power while the latter just a temporary one. And in particular because while happiness has a root in the outside, joy derives from within. Joy is not originated by others and more it is not even “caused at all. It is the spontaneous flow of your own energy.” Consequently, joy does not get along with stagnancy, but the moment “your energy becomes a flow, a movement, a river, there is great joy – for no other reason, just because you become more fluid, more flowing, more alive.”

Then, the writer suggests a fact that could be banal, but that instead we forget so often in our search for love. Yes, without joy there could not be love. So if you are not joyful inside, there would not be a chance for you to give or receive love. People keep longing for love, but they do not have a clue about what joy is. And as a result, their love is “hollow, empty, meaningless.” Osho perfectly said, “unless you have joy, you can’t be in love. You have nothing to give, you are a beggar yourself.”

Finally, I would love to conclude with an image that Osho gave in the last pages of this book. If you imagine yourself as a continent, pretend to give light to others only if the flame is lit. Otherwise, you will not be able to bright on them. On the contrary, “you will only succeed in giving them more darkness – and they are already in darkness.”

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