Questioner: You have emphasized the importance of being joyful in all we do. Is it possible to achieve such a state in the rat-race all of us are involved in?

Sadhguru: Everything that a human being does is only in pursuit of his joy. So whether you are racing with the rats or with the dinosaurs – if that is your choice, why don’t you do it joyfully? If you are going to be in this race for a major part of your life, what you are saying is that you cannot be joyful for a major part of your life. You believe that when the race stops or when you fall out of it or when you are incapable of racing, you will be joyful. This is an argument for living miserably.

In Control or Out of Control?

Joy is not about what you do and what you do not do. Joy is about how you are within yourself.

If only your mind and your emotion happened the way you wanted it, if your mind was taking instructions from you, you would definitely keep it joyful. The question is not about joy or misery, the question is just whether your mind is out of control or in control. If it is in control, you would definitely create a joyful situation within yourself. Only because it is out of control – it is happening in random reaction to external situations – it is not joyful.

You can manage external situations only to a certain extent. Whether you are in the race or not in the race, outside situations happen your way only to some extent, and never 100% your way. If your inner situation is happening in compulsive reaction to the external situation, you being joyful is always going to be accidental.

What you call as the outside is a million different ingredients over which you have no control. But inside there is only one – you. If you happen the way you want yourself to be, your choice would definitely be joy. The problem is just that your interiority, your mind, your body, your energies, your emotions, nothing is happening the way you want it. Everything is happening accidentally, in compulsive reaction to the situations in which you exist.

Inner Engineering

As there is a science and technology to create external situations the way we want it, there is a whole science and technology to create inner situations the way we want it.

If we employ this technology, an inner technology, the yogic technology to create your inner situations the way you want it, being joyful or not being joyful is never in question because if you had a choice your intelligence would definitely choose to be joyful, not miserable. So, in the race or out of the race is not the question. The question is, whether your body, mind, emotion and energies are taking instructions from you or are they happening in a compulsive reaction to external situations?