Chapter 30: Laughter and Tears - a Cleansing of the Heart
If you go in you will find both, laughter and tears. That’s why sometimes it happens that by laughing, suddenly you find tears also start coming together with it - very confusing, because ordinarily we think they are contrary. When you are full of tears it is not a time to laugh, or when you are laughing it is not the right season for tears. But existence does not believe in your concepts, ideologies; existence transcends all your concepts, which are dualistic, which are based on duality. Day and night, laughter and tears, pain and blissfulness, they both come together.
When a man reaches into his innermost being he will find the first layer is of laughter and the second layer is of agony, tears.
So for seven days you have to allow yourself to weep, cry, for no reason at all - just the tears are ready to come. You have been preventing them. Just don’t prevent, and whenever you feel they are not coming, just say, “Yaa-Boo!”
These are pure sounds, used as a technique to bring all your laughter and all your tears and clean you completely, so that you can become an innocent child.
This is absolutely my meditation.
Leela will be in charge of it and you will be surprised that no meditation can give you so much as this small strategy. This is my experience of many meditations, that what has to be done is to break two layers in you. Your laughter has been repressed; you have been told, “Don’t laugh, it is a serious matter.” You are not allowed to laugh in a church, or in a university class.
So the first layer is of laughter, but once laughter is over you will suddenly find yourself flooded with tears, agony. But that too will be a great unburdening phenomenon. Many lives of pain and suffering will disappear. If you can get rid of these two layers you have found yourself.
Maneesha, there is no meaning in the words, Yaa-Hoo or Yaa-Boo. These are simply techniques, sounds which can be used for a certain purpose to enter into your own being.
And you may have felt it - when you shout, “Yaa-Hoo!” you may have felt a sudden breeze of freshness and joy.
I don’t want so many people to cry here; that’s why I have not used the other part. That is to be used in special groups.
I have invented many meditations, but perhaps this will be the most essential and fundamental one. It can take over the whole world. Already from every country news cuttings are coming to me - “What is this Yaa-Hoo!?” People are making up meanings of their own, but it has taken over around the world. Now the second thing is Yaa-Boo! And the whole process of Yaa-Hoo and Yaa-Boo, the couple, married.arranged marriage!
Every society has done so much harm by preventing your joys and your tears. If an old man starts crying you will say, “What are you doing? You should feel ashamed; you are not a child, that somebody has taken your banana and you are crying. Have another banana, but don’t cry.”