Chapter 30: Laughter and Tears - a Cleansing of the Heart
I have seen people missing their wives, just after two or three days when the wife has gone to her parents. For two or three days they are so joyful, but the fourth day they start missing the wife. And I have said to my friends, “You always wanted to get rid of your wife. It is good that she is prolonging her holiday - enjoy!”
And what have I heard from my friends? “Yes, it is true, when she is here I feel like killing her. But when she goes somewhere else I feel so alone, that I go on writing letters and sending telegrams and every day a phone call - ‘Come back soon; without you, life is not life!’”
Strange people! And when she comes then they want to kill her. They don’t kill, just because they know it is very risky. If there were rewards for killing wives, I don’t think you would find anybody who would not participate in the competition. Afterwards they will cry and weep and they will remember the golden days, but right now it is a nightmare.
The whole of life has become just a utility: either you are an inspector, or you are a police commissioner, or you are a minister, or you are a teacher - just a function which any robot can do.
The only thing that the robot cannot do is meditation. In other words, I am saying that those who are not in meditation are being robots, without being aware that they are just utilities, functions, they are needed.
But a man of meditation for the first time realizes that it does not matter whether he is needed or not - he himself is a joy unto himself. He himself is bliss, he does not depend on anybody to make him blissful. That is the only freedom possible in the world. Otherwise everybody is a slave.
I want my people to understand it absolutely that unless you become blissful on your own accord, unless your rose opens within your own being, you are just a commodity, just a thing, an object. Meditation reveals your subjectivity. Subjectivity is your consciousness, and your consciousness and its experience makes your life significant, meaningful, eternal, immortal, without any beginning and without any end. A celebration, moment-to-moment a dance.
And unless you have transformed your life into a moment-to-moment dance you have missed the opportunity that existence gives you.
Could you speak to us on laughter, its meditative powers, its chemistry on the brain, its power of transformation and healing.Its relation to silence, the gap, clarity, vision.
Its contagiousness, its relation to different emotions.On homo ridens - the essential human condition, on how to recognize true, authentic laughter from hysterical, exhibitionist, or hypocritical laughter, on how to be a channel of pure joy?