Issue 3

Issue 3, January 2002

 WAR OR PEACE

Issue 3

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: :  Laughter Capsule  : :

Olga Kowalski comes bouncing enthusiastically downstairs in her new Kung Fu outfit. Kowalski takes one look at her, and puts his hand over his face. "Good God, Olga!" groans Kowalski. "Now what are you doing?" "I'm taking Kung Fu lessons," says Olga, proudly -- and she playfully slices the air with her hand, giving Kowalski a punch on the neck. "It is just in case," explains Olga, "some sex-fiend tries to rape me on some dark night." "Why bother?" remarks Kowalski, slurping his beer. "It will never get that dark!"

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On the occasion of 70th Birthday of Our Beloved Master Dept. of Posts. Govt. of India launched a Special Day Cover at a special function in the capital. 'Prem Ki Madhushala' - a concert by Shubha Mudgal was also held.

 

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I don't know what stress is - Thanks to Osho!
Surendra Sharma 

In the Hindi states of India, if you think of laughter, chances are that the face of Surendra Sharma - the straight faced, glum looking poet - will spring to your mind. Surendra Sharma is a well-known name not just in the literary circles in India but among the masses as well. He has also travelled abroad extensively and entertained Indians away from their homeland. 

As a satirist his fame has reached far and wide and his works have caused many a laugh riots. An amazing fact about him is that although he makes all and sundry laugh, he himself seldom laughs and maintains a straight face most of the time. In fact it is this demeanour that a lot of people find amusing and so start giggling just by looking at him. An avid Osholover, he has regaled audiences at scores of Osho events. He was the guest of laughter at the Laughter Week recently at Osho World Galleria in New Delhi when Ma Bodhi Shashi interviewed him.


Q. When did you come in contact with Osho and how? 
A. I never met Osho in person. Once I got a chance to listen to one the cassettes of his audio discourse and that became a turning point in my life. It felt as if the notions and beliefs I have so strongly held on to are clinging on to me like deadwood. After reading him I realised the expanse of His thought.


Q. What do you think is the effect of Osho in your profession that is laughter?

A. I was also critical about him like everyone else but all my preconceived notions and dogmas about caste, religion and country suddenly gave way. Earlier I enjoyed jokes where Christians were made an object of humour. Now even if someone else enjoys these jokes I feel a certain irritation. Now I wonder how I could enjoy all that I hate now.


Q. What did you learn from Osho and how did you put this to practice?
A. Well, I have learnt that in serious discussions you cannot do away without quoting Osho in some or the other context. That is because you do no have solutions without Osho. On many burning issues, for instance, the explanations and solutions Osho has given us, nobody has been able to do that. Reading Osho is very different from understanding, appreciating and putting His ideas into practice, in my opinion is no less than a revolution.

Words are the greatest force in this world. No less than 26 countries did not allow Osho to enter their boundaries. Osho did not have an atom bomb or any weapon. Just the strength of thought was what these countries could not digest. Now there is no more thought or thought process in this nation. Osho came at a right time but left very prematurely. This country has taken satire as humour. A frustrated man cannot create humour. It always arises from deep down, when all distortions have ended. This happened when I read Osho. Frustration was gone because when you set targets you are bound to be frustrated. I was freed of the entire clamour inside me and I became relaxed. This relaxation brought about a better quality in everything. Today all things we do are commanded by brain. Heart, love and aesthetics are becoming redundant. We celebrate the Day of Love and Mother Day every year! Does this mean that you can go on hating others on 364 days? One day for Mother…Why? What should have been a feeling that remains in us all the time, now a Day has been fixed for it?


Q. How have you translated Osho in your personal life?
A. I don't know what stress is. I believe on keeping my feet on the terra firma no matter how high I go. One of my children is physically challenged. But I have never let him realise that he has any handicaps. He does all his work by himself. Children should grow by their own, of their own, on their own. Even if they fail I remind them that this is not Hailey's comet that will come after 76 years or the Kumbh that is held every 12 years. You cannot teach a child swimming through theory lessons. For that he has to take a plunge. The endeavour should be to make them sensitive and receptive towards arts.

Q. What is Osho to you?
A. Osho says that you can feel the fragrance of a flower but how can you express it? You can feel the beauty but words will fail if you will try to describe it. If you love someone, it's only your heart that witnesses it and knows it. Language then becomes useless and inadequate. Words are not even needed. 


Q. How have you adopted religion in your life?
A. Being a Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Buddhist is not religion. The free flow, the effortless blending, the intermingling. This is the concept of religion for me. Never ill-treating anyone, not hurting anyone by words or deeds. That is true religion for me.


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