Chapter 2: Be a Joke unto Yourself
And the man said, “You have been serving me, spreading my word, and you don’t recognize me!”
The bishop’s heart started sinking: “My god! He is Jesus Christ! And now there is bound to be trouble.”
He phoned the pope in Rome: “What am I supposed to do? In our teaching courses there is not even a single mention that ‘Jesus will come one day to your church.’ So what has to be done, what is the right course? How should I behave?”
The pope said, “Don’t create trouble for me! It is good that he has come to New York. Do two things: first, the most important, look serious and busy. Who knows, he may be.And second, don’t forget to inform the police.”
Religions have been teaching people to be serious because seriousness creates a certain kind of dullness in your consciousness. Seriousness is not a help. It is poisonous; nobody can take it away, unless you understand.then it will disappear.
A psychiatrist and a friend were walking down the street, and a stranger passing by suddenly kicked the psychiatrist in the shins. The shrink walked on as if nothing had happened. His friend was astounded. “Aren’t you going to do anything about it?” he cried.
“Why should I?” asked the psychiatrist. “It’s his problem.”
If the monkey is there inside you, it is his problem! He must be getting tortured with your seriousness and your tai chi. Don’t be worried. He himself will be trying to find a way to get out of the mess.
A man who is playful does not bother about things like tai chi! There is so much to enjoy around and you, like an idiot, do tai chi! Naturally you are becoming serious. A beautiful woman passes by.and you are doing tai chi! Can’t you do anything playful, blissful, pleasant? Naturally you are becoming serious because you are losing contact with life.
There are all kinds of idiots in the world. Somebody is doing tai chi, somebody is doing acid, somebody is doing jujitsu, somebody is doing yoga, standing on his head. Now, I don’t think any woman is going to be interested in you: this kind of fellow who is standing on his head is already dead! So then nobody takes interest in you, and you become serious. You are creating it, and you want me to chase it out. I am not responsible for it. Who suggested you do tai chi?
I have heard that three missionaries were caught by cannibals in southern Africa. The chief of the cannibals asked the first, “Which do you want - you can choose - do you want ‘chi-chi’ or do you want death?”