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Chapter 31: Unholy Gossip - Not Holy Gospels

It is for the betterment of both man and woman that the woman should be given every freedom and equal opportunity for her individuality. Then there will be a sense of humor. And the woman can laugh more gracefully than man, she has every potential for it - but it is repressed, condemned, criticized. She has lived a life of such misery that you cannot hope that she will show some sense of humor. But the day is not far away.then the whole earth will be full of laughter. Instead of talks about war, instead of politicians giving speeches all around the world, instead of the sermons of stupid priests who know nothing, it will be far better that every man and every woman is able to see the hilarious side of life and to enjoy it.

Two jokes for you, Maneesha:

On his way home from work one day, the husband was suddenly filled with inspiration and bought his wife a bunch of flowers. Wanting to surprise her he knocked on the front door and waited around the corner. When his wife opened the door, he jumped out in front of her and with a big smile handed her the flowers. The smile froze on his face as she burst into angry tears. “My God, what is the matter, honey?” he asked.

“I have had a terrible day,” she cried. “This morning I broke the teapot, the baby has been crying all day long and now, to top it all off, you come home drunk!”

Because this must have been the first time that he has brought flowers, out of great inspiration. The poor woman cannot laugh. On the contrary, the man’s smile becomes frozen. He cannot believe that this is the reception his great inspiration gets.

A man went to visit an old married couple he had not seen for some time. The old housewife greeted him at the door and the man asked, “Hello Mabel, and how is Jack?”

“Ah, did not you hear?” said Mabel. “He died a little while ago.”

“I am very sorry to hear that, Mabel,” said the man. “Tell me, how did it happen?”

“Well,” said Mabel, “he had gone into the garden to pick some vegetables for our dinner when he just collapsed and died.”

“Good Lord,” said the man, “that’s simply terrible. What on earth did you do?”

“What could I do? I opened a tin of beef.”

Osho,
In the last few days I heard you speak about watching the clouds of moods passing by. The other day I heard you saying: be total, go totally into it. I like to watch the clouds of anger, sadness, jealousy, etc. Passing by, but not moods like happiness and joy. I like to become identified with these moods and go totally into them and express them. Should I watch every mood or should I go totally into every mood? I cannot bring these things together. Would you please comment?

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