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Chapter 29: Life - for the Sheer Joy of It

Carol Olstrom,Seattle Times, Seattle, WA

You are a very funny master. Why do I keep getting the feeling that you are playing a joke on everyone and, if you are, how would I know?

Answer:* That is the funniest part of it. A joke can never be explained. Either you get it or you don’t get it.

Could you give me some help?

That’s the beauty of a joke.

Does that mean that it is a joke?

Everything is a joke, because to me life is not a serious affair. It is playfulness. It is fun. It is overflowing energy of existence - for no reason, for no purpose. For no goal, for no end. Just for the sheer joy of it. This whole universe is just a big joke. That’s why it cannot be explained.

There have been so many philosophers, theologians, trying to explain it. They have all failed for the simple reason because it is not something that can be explained. Either you get it or you don’t get it.

Somehow Rajneeshpuram doesn’t feel like a city to me. If you came to visit me in Seattle, I wouldn’t search you or have my dog sniff you. Why do you have your people search me and have the dog sniff me? I don’t understand this.

It is a mystery school. It is no ordinary city. It is illegal city. So we have to take care of everything.

What do you mean when you say it’s an illegal city?

The Oregon attorney general declares it illegal city. And now he wants to prove it, and we have to protect it. And we have to search everybody who comes in because his plan is to plant things inside and to prove that we are doing illegal things. We are not going to be so gullible.

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