THE DUTY TO BE HAPPY

THE BOOK ON HAPPINESS

Prelude
The duty to be happy
‘I’ and ‘You’
Love
Wealth and Poverty
Money
Optimism
Conclusion


THE DUTY TO BE HAPPY

 

Few on this earth truly know how to bind happiness to their days; these few would do well not to speak of their happiness lest envy becomes their insidious adversary.
Countless are those, however, who yearn for happiness without ever finding it, because they do not know that only they can become creators of their happiness themselves.
They strive for happiness as for forbidden fruit, because they would like to find it as a free gift, and yet dimly suspect that it can only be acquired at its proper price.
From their youth they have been told that all earthly happiness is but a gift bestowed by chance and that it is unseemly for the noble to strive for happiness.
They have never heard the teaching telling them of the duty to use life on this earth in the way that it becomes a source of continual happiness.
Of course, they would all like ‘to be happy’, and everyone tries to be so in a different way. Yet happiness is regarded as a bonus; a thousand other things are truly more important to them than their happiness.
But those who would attain happiness must strive alone for their happiness; everything else they would like to achieve must be subordinated to this striving and wisely woven into it. – –
No other desire must obstruct his will to create through his own free action, the greatest happiness this earth has to bestow.
No other task can be higher than the duty to attain the purest enduring happiness and to increase this earth’s happiness within oneself and thereby in others too.

Since the most ancient of days a wretched doctrine has held that happiness on earth can only be attained by the few, while all others are forever barred from achieving their happiness.
They do not suspect that this earth contains boundless possibilities of both happiness and unhappiness, and that man’s will – not his wishes! – – steers what will occur in both cases………
They think they are ‘strong in will’ – and yet are slaves to their wishes, which may on occasions be able to influence some small part of the will; modestly they find satisfaction in the effects, without ever aiming for more, since they believe they have long since reached the limits of the will’s influence.
If only they knew, however, what man’s will can truly bring about, one would soon find on this earth a number of happy people far greater than even the boldest dreamer could dare to hope for when believing that all chance of happiness depends on the triumph of his utopian ideas. – –

 

 

 
The duty to be happy
 
 

 

We are what we want to be!
We remain only the ‘toys of fate’ as long as we allow fate to play its games with us. – –
We remain only ‘pursued by unhappiness’ as long as we run away from unhappiness in order to escape it. – – –
We remain the ‘disinherited of happiness’ only as long as we refuse to recognise the obligation to strive for the highest happiness attainable on earth. – – – – –

It is a sin not to yearn for happiness, but it is an even greater sin not to want to create one’s happiness here on earth!
Sinful and a blasphemy against the omnipotence of the spirit is also the miserable modesty with which happiness is yearned for. –
For some happiness is already to be able to feed themselves and their families without any worries.
For others happiness would be living in palaces and driving around in coaches.
Still others seek fame and honour, status and dignity as their ‘happiness’.

Only a few know that neither wealth nor honour can bestow happiness; that happiness is a power which provides everyone with all the goods of this earth exactly to the extent he needs them for a happy existence – – no more, no less. –
Those who believe they can find happiness in the acquisition of certain earthly goods are just seeking these goods – not happiness!

Happiness is the satisfaction of the creator in his creation.
This creation is, however, never completed; its creator knows merely ‘days of rest’, – Sabbaths of the soul which give him renewed strength for further creative acts.
The happy man is always a creator and never tires of creating.
Whatever he fashions in his act of creation is the fundament and condition of his happiness, – his happiness, however, is the might of the creator which directs towards him everything granting enduring satisfaction.
Not everyone needs the same things; yet everyone undertaking to create his own happiness will obtain everything he really needs for his happiness.

“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you!”
How badly misinterpreted have been these words of the Master of Nazareth!
Certainly He also said, according to the books which describe his teaching, these words: “The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, lo here! Or lo there, for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you!”, and through this he demonstrated that there is a power in man whose ‘righteousness’, whose conditions must be fulfilled, if ‘all these things shall be added’, – – only, who had ever the courage to interpret these words tradition has passed on, here in the way the Master once uttered them in plain wisdom!?!
Men of little faith have turned the ‘Kingdom of God’ of which he spoke into a realm of unctuous sermons and mild consolations. Or else they sought this ‘Kingdom’, totally contrary to his words, in a distant beyond, ignoring his teaching that ‘the Kingdom of Heaven is near at hand’. – – –
Alas! Attachment to an earthly and sensual form of perception of things has prevented men from seeing that the ‘Kingdom of God’ can become effectual in them, and that the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ is all around them, even though they might delude themselves into thinking they are in some form of ‘hell’! . . .
They needed only to enter their ‘inner selves’ to retrieve an inexhaustible treasure, – – they needed only to cast forth the waves of that power residing within them, and the countenance of the earth would be renewed.

It was shown to the men who know throughout the ages that in this world cycle still only few want to allow this will to freedom to be effective within them. A new world cycle and a new earth must arise before the “earnest expectation of the creature for redemption through the children of God” of which Paul speaks can become a cosmic fact. – – – – –
In most people the will is still bound so tightly by themselves into the hypnosis of the earthly-sensory form of perception that they lack the confidence to direct earthly-sensory things through powers of the spirit.
Doubtingly they are waiting for something to bring help mechanically from the outside – or they have buried all hope and expectation long ago; – only the fewest of the few are prepared to risk the attempt to become spiritual rulers of their own destinies. –
Yet even in this world cycle those ‘few’ can become many and some already feel a dark suspicion of a power enclosed within them without knowing how to get hold over it.
The teaching proclaimed in this book can show them the right way. The communicator of this teaching is merely giving form to ancient wisdom formerly kept secret and only rarely imparted by the elect amongst specially chosen men.
It is knowledge founded upon experience tested over thousands of years; no man who has tried it out has ever been deceived.
Those who now pass it on agreed to reveal it to all mankind – and to bear the responsibility for this.

The teaching of earthly happiness is like an unbroken ring.
Within yourself alone is the power to create your happiness and all happiness is founded only in the power of the creator, for the satisfaction granted by this power alone is true happiness. – – –
You have the obligation to activate the power residing within you, – you have the obligation to create your greatest happiness for yourself on this earth. This book will now make you aware of how you can fulfil your obligation. –