Osho World galleria was rocked with uproarious laughter, on April 01, when April fools day, celebrated as Mulla Nasruddin day, in honour of the laughing Sufi mystic popularized by Osho in his discourses was inaugurated by popular Hindi humour poets Yusuf Bhardwaj, Rajesh Chetan and Poetess Ritu Goyal
The humour poets regaled the audience with their witty and humorous compositions.
At 6 p.m. every evening from 1 to 7 April, Osho World Galleria will be rocking with laughter as Osholovers will share rip-roaring jokes of the Mulla. A favourite of Osho in his discourses, these Mulla jokes with a deep spiritual message will also be related on tape in the inimitable style of Osho. It will all add up to an hour of uninhibited laughing meditation that has proved so popular at the Galleria.
Maquettes of Mulla cast in Bronze created exclusively for Osho World galleria by famous sculptor K.S. Radhakrishnan captures Mulla Nasruddin in an array of moods and gestures are on display at the galleria.
But who is this Mulla Nasrudin? Replies, Osho, “Born in Iran, Nasrudin is a Sufi mystic, a little crazy, but always tremendously wise.
“To be Mulla Nasrudin means two things: Be foolish in your wisdom and be wise in your foolishness. It is a very great contradiction. Be wise in your foolishness and be foolish in your wisdom.
You should be aware of the fact that Mulla Nasrudin is a Sufi device. It is to make you clear that life is wise in its foolishness. And when you try to be wise you become a fool. The greatest wise people are like fools. And the greatest foolish people are those who pretend that they are wise. If you have to choose, choose the fool and you will become wise. Don't choose to pretend wisdom, otherwise you will become a fool.”
Explains Osho, “Mulla Nasrudin is a simple man with utter purity -- every act in his life is full of wisdom, but on the surface looks a little crazy. He belongs to the same category as Bodhidharma, as Mahakashyap. But he is a little more eccentric than any of them. Who has recognized Mulla Nasrudin? Very few people. Who has recognized Mahakashyap suddenly laughing? Only Gautama Buddha. Ten thousand monks were present but nobody could understand this eccentric behavior. But it was arising out of the empty heart, from a clarity of vision. Only another man of the same clarity can understand it.”
Osho concludes, “Buddha's message in short is: Be a light unto yourself. And mine? Be a joke unto yourself! Being a joke unto yourself, you will be a bliss for everyone.”