Laugh your way to God? Laugh your way to love? What if you could reach enlightenment, joy and total relaxation through laughter?
Do you think you would be inclined to incorporate laughter into your day if you knew it would be a pathway to love, growth and perhaps even God?
Meet my buddy, Osho, a fellow giggle guru. I never met him but I love what he says about laughter.
Osho’s world class smile, sense of humor and joke delivery skills are on full display in this “spiritually incorrect” Osho International video. Osho says instead of “God”, the word “F**K” has become the most important word in the English language.
Ever wondered what it would be like to mix George Carlin’s humor with Ghandi’s demeanor?
Wait no more. Check out the video at the 1:20 and 2:20 minute mark. (I know my giggle yogini friend Joyce will love this!) If 4 letter words offend you, skip the video.
“At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.” — Jean Houston
God, Granola & Yogic Woo-Woo
I was searching the Internet the other day and found a short written interview with Osho explaining why he tells jokes. Osho believes jokes are prayers and through laughter, we can reach God.
I realize some of you may feel talk of God is too granola-yogic-WooWoo for your tastes but that’s ok. To each his own. One of my fellow blogger mates, Tom Volkar, from Delightful Work once said he lost 60 readers overnight because he mentioned the word, “God”. God means many things to many people.
I’m one of God’s biggest fans. Because this is my blog, I’m going to let my God flag fly high since I am 100% certain God Giggles On!
I don’t think you need to believe in a supreme being to appreciate the sentiments stated by Osho about laughter. Perhaps reaching God is not your goal but maybe you would like to bring more peace, joy and relaxation into your life. Let laughter take you where you want to go! Let Laughter be your release. Let Laughter be the celebration of life!
“Mirth is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.” – Henry Ward Beecher
Who was Osho?
Osho, born Chandra Mohan Jain (Hindi: चन्द्र मोहन जैन) (11 December 1931 – 19 January 1990) was an Indian mystic and spiritual teacher who garnered an international following and created an enormous amount of controversy. He is one of my newest giggle gurus. Osho’s teachings emphasize the importance of meditation, awareness, love, celebration, creativity and humor (YAY!) – qualities that he viewed as being suppressed by adherence to religious tradition and static belief systems. Boo to suppression and YAY for laughter! Source: Wikipedia
“Humor is the fastest, fleetest way of giving —it can change pain to joy in a mere millisecond.” — Stephen Post
Life, a Great Cosmic Joke
Osho was once asked: Why do you tell jokes?
First, Religion is a complicated joke. If you don’t laugh at all you have missed the point; if you only laugh you have missed the point again. It is a very complicated joke.
And the whole of life is a great cosmic joke. It is not a serious phenomenon — take it seriously and you will go on missing it. It is understood only through laughter.
Have you not observed that man is the only animal who laughs? Aristotle says man is the rational animal. That may not be true — because ants are very rational and bees are very rational. In fact, compared to ants, man looks almost irrational. And a computer is very rational — compared to a computer, man is very irrational.
My definition of man is that man is the laughing animal. No computer laughs, no ant laughs, no bee laughs. If you come across a dog laughing you will be so scared! Or a buffalo suddenly laughs: you may have a heart attack. It is only man who can laugh, it is the highest peak of growth.
And it is through laughter that you will reach to God — because it is only through the highest that is in you that you can reach the ultimate. Laughter has to become the bridge. Laugh your way to God. I don’t say pray your way to God, I say laugh your way to God.
If you can laugh you will be able to love. If you can laugh you will be able to relax. Laughter relaxes like nothing else. So all jokes to me are prayers — that’s why I tell them. Laugh.