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Laughter and Tears: A Cleansing of the Heart
The first part will be laughter “Yaa-Hoo!” – for three hours, people simply laugh for no reason at all, and whenever their laughter starts dying they again say, “Yaa-Hoo!’, and it will come back. Digging for three hours you will be surprised how many layers of dust have gathered upon your being. It will cut them like a sword in one blow. For seven days continuously, three hours every day…you cannot conceive how much transformation can come to your being.
And then the second part is “Yaa-Boo!”. The first part removes everything that hinders your laughter – all the inhibitions of past humanity, all the repressions. It cuts them away. It brings a new space within you, but still you have to go a few steps more to reach the temple of your Being, because you have suppressed so much sadness, so much despair, so much anxiety, so many tears – they are all there covering you and destroying your beauty, your grace, your joy.
In old Mongolia they had an ancient idea that every life, whatever pain is suppressed – and pain is suppressed, because nobody wants it. You don’t want to be painful so you suppress it, you avoid, you look somewhere else. But it remains.
And the Mongolian idea was – and I agree with it – that life after life it goes on accumulating in you; it becomes almost a hard shell of pain.That’s why all the saints and the sages have been telling, shouting ,Go into yourself!” You listen to them, but you don’t go. There is a reason why you don’t go; you know that going in, you have to encounter pain; going in you have to encounter misery, suffering, agony. It is better to remain outside – engaged, busy. Never be alone, because in your aloneness you may unconsciously start moving inwards. Being alone, having nothing else to do, you may start looking inward.
People have invented all kinds of things to escape from themselves: they may smoke cigarettes… Not that they need them. I have never felt any need for cigarettes, so I cannot conceive that there is any necessity for anybody to be so stupid. When pure air is available, he is making his breathing full of poison, and he is paying for it! But there must be some reason. Why do millions of people go on smoking? The reason is, it keeps you occupied. Even if you are alone, it does not leave you unoccupied.
If you go in you will find both laughter and tears. Thats why sometimes it happens that by laughing, suddenly you find tears also start coming together with it – very confusing because ordinarily we think they are contrary. When you are full of tears it is not a time to laugh, or when you are laughing it is not the right season for tears. But existence does not believe in your concepts, ideologies’ existence transcends all your concepts, which are dualistic, which are based on duality. Day and night, laughter and tears, pain and blissfulness, they both come together.
When a man reaches into his innermost being he will find the first layer is of laughter and the second layer is of agony, tears.
So for seven days you have to allow yourself to weep, cry, for no reason at all – just the tears are ready to come. You have been preventing them. Just don’t prevent, and whenever you feel they are not coming, just say, ”Yaa-Boo!” These are pure sounds, used as a technique to bring all your laughter and all your tears and clean you completely, so that you can become an innocent child.
This is absolutely my meditation. Leela will be in charge of it and you will be surprised that no meditation can give you so much as this small strategy. This is my experience of many meditations, that what has to be done is to break two layers in you. Your laughter has been repressed; you have been told, ”Don’t laugh, it is a serious matter.” You are not allowed to laugh in a church, or in a university class.
So the first layer is of laughter, but once laughter is over you will suddenly find yourself flooded with tears, agony. But that too will be a great unburdening phenomenon. Many lives of pain and suffering will disappear. If you can get rid of these two layers you have found yourself.
Every society has done so much harm by preventing your joys and your tears. If an old man starts crying you will say, ”What are you doing? You should feel ashamed; you are not a child, that somebody has taken your banana and you are crying. Have another banana, but don’t cry.”
Just see – stand on the street and start crying and a crowd will gather to console you: ”Don’t cry! Whatever has happened forget all about it, it has happened.” Nobody knows what has happened, nobody can help you, but everybody will try – ”Don’t cry!” And the reason is that if you go on crying, then they will start crying, because they are also flooded with…
Those tears are very close to the eyes.
And it is a healthy thing to cry, to weep, to laugh. Now scientists are discovering that crying, weeping, laughter, are immensely healthful; not only physically but also psychologically, they are very much capable of keeping you sane. The whole of humanity has gone a little cuckoo, for the simple reason that nobody laughs fully because all around there are people who will say, “What are you doing? Are you a child? – at this age? What will your children think? Keep quiet!”
If you cry and weep without any reason, just as an exercise, a meditation… nobody will believe it. Tears have never been accepted as meditation. And I tell you, they are not only a meditation, they are a medicine also. You will have better eyesight and you will have better inner vision.
I am giving you a very fundamental technique, fresh and unused. And it is going to become worldwide, without any doubt, because its effects will show anybody that the person has become younger, the person has become more loving, the person has become graceful. The person has become more flexible, less fanatic; the person has become more joyful, more a celebrant.
All that this world needs is a good cleansing of the heart of all the inhibitions of the past. Laughter and tears can do both. Tears will take out all the agony that is hidden inside you and laughter will take all that is preventing your ecstasy. Once you have learned the art you will be immensely surprised: why has this not beentold up to now? There is a reason: nobody has wanted humanity to have the freshness of a roseflower and the fragrance and the beauty.
I have called this series of lectures THE MYSTIC ROSE. “Yaa-Hoo!” is the mantra to bring the mystic rose in your very center, to open your center and release your fragrance. You life becomes for the first time significant, not just useful. […]
Yaa-hoo! The Mystic Rose