“Since things neither exist nor don’t exist, are neither real nor unreal, are utterly beyond adopting and rejecting – one might as well burst out laughing”.
˜Tibetan nyingma master, Longchempa Rabjampa, 14th century
I’ve always loved this photo; two of my favourite people, Swami Sivananda and Swami Venkatesananda, laughing. I used to think that the photo had captured a rare moment between guru and disciple, but I have since learned that they would sit for some time each day and deliberately practice laughter together. What I like about laughter is that there is acceptance in it. With anger, for example, there is rejection and judgment. When we laugh we are accepting and simply enjoying what ‘is’.
The Ancient Egyptians saw joy as a sacred responsibility. They believed that upon their death, the God Osiris would ask them two questions:
Did you bring joy?
Did you find joy?
Those answering “yes” would continue into the afterlife.
Here are a couple of quotations by Osho that I like, one of which I’ve been carrying around for years:
“Respect your longings. To respect your longings is to respect the voice of God within you”.
“There is nothing more sacred than love and laughter, and there is nothing more prayerful than playfulness”.