Key to Happiness

Once, a very rich man was searching for real happiness and bliss. He had much money and he was ready to offer any amount of this money to anybody who could give him a key.

He went from one teacher to another, but nobody could supply him with happiness. He was ready to pay any price; that was not a problem at all.

He was carrying a big load of diamonds in a bag and he would put the bag before a Master and he would say, "Now take this, but tell me the secret of bliss."

Then he came to a Sufi teacher. The Sufi was sitting under a tree. The rich man came on his horse with his famous bag it had become famous all over the country and he put the bag before the Master and said, "I am in search of happiness and I am ready to pay anything. Here are many diamonds. You can take them, but give me happiness."

And the Sufi Master did something. Sufis are the people who do. Rather than answering, they create a situation. The Master simply jumped upon the bag and ran away!

For a second, the rich man could not believe what was happening. Such a famous Master! And then he suddenly realized what had happened. The Master had gone with his diamonds! So he started shouting and running after the Master. But in that village the Master knew every street every nook and corner.

And the rich man was running after him and shouting, "I have been robbed! My whole life's treasure has been robbed! This is a thief. Catch hold of him. This is no longer a Master. This is a fraud. This man is a cheat." And he was shouting and running. But he could not get hold of the Master because the Master knew the streets of the town.

The whole town gathered. The whole town started collecting around the rich man and they said, "Don't be worried." But he said, "Why should I not be worried? I have been completely destroyed. All that I had was in the bag and that man has escaped with it." And he was crying and he was as miserable as one can be.

Then the whole crowd and the rich man went in search and found the Master sitting back under his tree with the bag in the place where the rich man had put it. And his horse was standing there. The rich man came and jumped on his bag. Holding the bag close to his heart he gave a great sigh of relief and he said, "Thank God!"

And the Sufi Master asked, "Are you happy now? This is the key to happiness." And the man said, "Really, I have never been so happy!"