In a few Zen monasteries,
every monk has to start his morning with laughter, and
has to end his night with laughter. It will be
difficult, living in a family set-up, to suddenly laugh
early in the morning. But do try it; it's worth getting
out of bed laughing. Yes, for no reason at all. Isn't it
good to be alive?
One day you will not get up
in the morning. One day the milkman will knock at the
door, the spouse will be snoring, but you will not be
there. One day, death will come. Before it knocks you
down, have a good laugh – while there is time, have a
look at the whole
ridiculousness: again the same day starts; you have done
the same things again and again for your whole life.
Again you will get into your slippers, rush to the
bathroom – for what? Brushing your teeth, taking a
shower – for what? Where are you going? Getting ready
and nowhere to go!
Look at the whole
ridiculousness of it and have a good laugh. Laughter
leads to more laughter. And almost always I have seen
people doing just the wrong thing. From early morning
they get out of bed complaining, gloomy, sad, depressed,
and miserable. Then one thing leads to another and for
nothing. And they get angry. it is very bad because it
will change your climate for the whole day, it will set
a pattern for the whole day.
In their insanity,
people are saner than you are. They start the day
laughing. Then the whole day you will feel laughter
bubbling, welling up. There are so many ridiculous
things happening all over! God must be dying of laughter
down the centuries, for eternity, seeing this
ridiculousness of the world. The people that He has
created, and all the absurdities? it is really a
comedy. He must be laughing.
If you become silent after
your laughter, one day you will hear God also laughing,
you will hear the whole existence laughing with you even
the trees and stones and stars.