Chapter 30: Laughter and Tears - a Cleansing of the Heart
Just see - stand on the street and start crying and a crowd will gather to console you: “Don’t cry! Whatever has happened forget all about it, it has happened.” Nobody knows what has happened, nobody can help you, but everybody will try - “Don’t cry!” And the reason is that if you go on crying, then they will start crying, because they are also flooded with.
Those tears are very close to the eyes.
And it is a healthy thing to cry, to weep, to laugh. Now scientists are discovering that crying, weeping, laughter, are immensely healthful; not only physically but also psychologically, they are very much capable of keeping you sane. The whole of humanity has gone a little cuckoo, for the simple reason that nobody laughs fully because all around there are people who will say, “What are you doing? Are you a child? - at this age? What will your children think? Keep quiet!”
If you cry and weep without any reason, just as an exercise, a meditation.nobody will believe it. Tears have never been accepted as meditation. And I tell you, they are not only a meditation, they are a medicine also. You will have better eyesight and you will have better inner vision.
I am giving you a very fundamental technique, fresh and unused. And it is going to become worldwide, without any doubt, because its effects will show anybody that the person has become younger, the person has become more loving, the person has become graceful. The person has become more flexible, less fanatic; the person has become more joyful, more a celebrant.
All that this world needs is a good cleansing of the heart of all the inhibitions of the past. Laughter and tears can do both. Tears will take out all the agony that is hidden inside you and laughter will take all that is preventing your ecstasy. Once you have learned the art you will be immensely surprised: why has this not been told up to now? There is a reason: nobody has wanted humanity to have the freshness of a roseflower and the fragrance and the beauty.
I have called this series of lectures The Mystic Rose. “Yaa-Hoo!” is the mantra to bring the mystic rose in your very center, to open your center and release your fragrance. Your life becomes for the first time significant, not just useful. Right now it is only useful - you are a father, useful. Without you what will your children do? You are a mother, useful; you are a wife, useful - without you what will your husband do? He may go astray.
He is already going astray, so you have to hang around! If the husband is too joyous the wife cannot believe that he is joyful because of her. There must be some other woman: “Just tell us, what is her name? Who is the other woman? Why are you laughing!?”
The husband cannot cry, because the wife will say, “What is the matter? I have been telling you continually, these love affairs won’t do. Has the woman gone, leaving you behind crying and weeping?”