Spread Laughter and heal the world

In the world of Osho, laughter is very sacred - it is like a daily prayer. And Osho World
does not claim any copyright over it.

Says Osho: "My definition of man is that man is the laughing animal. No computer
laughs, no ant laughs, no bee laughs. If you come across a dog laughing you
will be so scared! Or a buffalo suddenly laughs: you may have a heart
attack. It is only man who can laugh, it is the highest peak of growth."

Laughter is simply a human prerogative. Some people say that Buddha never laughed. I don’t know history, but I certainly know Buddha. His Buddhahood lacks something very significant if he didn’t laugh. I know Osho used to laugh a lot. Though I am not very sure about J. Krishnamurti, as he is not so famous for his Laughter, but he had so much love and reverence for life that one can easily guess that he too was a man of laughter.

Laughter is a spiritual quality. So don’t just laugh it off, as it is not a laughing matter.
It is very serious. Once and for all, medical science has recently announced that laughter is good for health. Psychologically and spiritually it was always an established fact that laughter is good for health. Now it has been proven scientifically that genuine laughter increases endorphins-- scientists describe these Endorphins, as "little thingies in your brain that make you feel happy."

Now the medical experts in the West have conclusively proved that laughter lowers blood pressure and boosts the immune system. What is even more amazing that the laughter exercise, which I prefer to call it a meditation, burns a lot of calories.

Did you ever wonder that the words medicine and meditation have the same root—"medi." Any normal medicine that cures heart diseases and blood pressure may cost you a lot, but the
medicine of laughter meditation is absolutely free. You can continue to be a miser as far as
spending money on medicine is concerned, but there is absolutely no need to be stingy
about laughter. It costs nothing, yet it is the most precious quality that humans being have- exclusively.

"Laughter is healing," according to a report of a recent study published in the journal of the
National Cancer Institute. In another significant study it was reported that "laughter
increases antibodies in the saliva that helps in combating respiratory infections,
relaxes muscles throughout the body, helps reduce symptoms of neuralgia and
rheumatism and helps move nutrients and oxygen to body tissue."

The report added, "Laughter ‘massages’ internal organs. This can aid in digestion and improve
the flow of blood throughout the body…when you laugh the blood circulation in the body improves. For all body organs including the mind, this acts as an elixir. You can think more clearly, be more creative and solve problems better."

William, Fry, M.D., a Stanford University Medical School professor Emeritus, has studied
the effects of laughter upon the human body. His findings: laughter give the heart a
workout, supplies the lungs with oxygen, stimulates the brain, activates the immune
system and suppresses stress hormones.

Osho has given some instructions for daily laughter meditation:

"Every morning upon waking, before opening your eyes, stretch like a cat.  Stretch every fibre of your body.  After three or four minutes, with eyes still closed, begin to laugh.  At first you will be doing it, but soon the sound of your attempt will cause genuine laughter.  Lose yourself in laughter. It may take several days before it really happens, for we are so unaccustomed to the phenomenon.  But before long it will be spontaneous and will change the whole nature of your day."

Wishing you a very healthy start for your day!

- Swami Chaitanya Keerti


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