and let laugh.
is one of the things most repressed by society all over the
world, in all the ages. Society wants you to be serious. Parents
want their children to be serious, teachers want their students
to be serious, the bosses want their servants to be serious, the
commanders want their armies to be serious. Seriousness is
required of everybody.
Be A Hotei Unto Yourself
is the very essence of religion. Seriousness is never religious,
cannot be religious. Seriousness is of the ego, part of the very
disease. Laughter is egolessness. Yes, there is a difference
between when you laugh and when a religious man laughs. The
difference is that you laugh always about others -- the
religious man laughs at himself, or at the whole ridiculousness
of man's being.
Life is a joke!
HAVE TO TELL JOKES TO YOU, otherwise you will fall asleep. A
joke shocks you back into awareness. It is a small electric
shock. That's the beauty of a joke, and that's the secret of a
joke. It is impossible even for the dullest mind to remain
unalert when a joke is being told. Even the dullest, the most
stupid, will become interested -- even one who is snoring will
come out of his snoring and will start listening to what is