Except man, no animal is capable of laughter. Laughter shows an awfully high peak. If you go out on a street and you see a buffalo laughing you’ll be afraid to death, and if you report it no one goes to believe that it happened. It’s not possible.Why cannot animals laugh? Why cannot trees laugh?There may be a terribly deep relation to the laughter;solely that animal will laugh which might get bored.Animals and trees don’t seem to be bored.Boredom and laughter — this is often the polar duality, these are the polar opposites. Man is the only animal who is bored; boredom is the symbol of humanity. Look at dogs and cats — they are never bored. Man seems to be deep in boredom. Why are they not bored? Why does only man suffer boredom? And the higher your intelligence the more you will be bored, a lower intelligence is not bored so much. That’s why primitives are more happy.You will find more happy people in a primitive society than in a civilized society; even a Bertrand Russell becomes jealous. When Bertrand Russell for the first time came in contact with some primitive tribes he started feeling jealous because they were so happy –not bored at all. Life was a blessing. They were poor,starved, almost naked; in every way they had nothing,but they were not bored with life. In Bombay, in NewYork, in London, everybody is bored — more intelligent,more civilized, more boredom.So the secret can be understood: the more you can think, the more you will be bored, because through thinking you can compare — past, future, present. Through thinking you can hope, through thinking you can ask, “What is the meaning of it?” And the moment a person asks, “What is the meaning of it?” boredom will enter, because really there is no meaning in anything. If you ask the question, “What is the meaning of it?” you will feel meaninglessness. And when meaninglessness is felt you will be bored. Animals are not bored, trees are not bored, rocks are not bored. They never ask, “What is the meaning of life, what is the purpose of life?” They never ask, so they never feel it is meaningless. As they are they accept it,as life is it is accepted. There is no boredom.Man feels bored, laughter is the remedy. You cannot live while not laughter,as a result of you’ll kill your dissatisfaction solely through laughter. You cannot find a single joke in primitive societies, they don’t have any jokes. Jews have the largest number of jokes, they are the extremely bored people in the world.However they have to be therefore,as a result of they win a lot of nobel prizes than the other community.The entire last century the majority of the great names are Jews: Freud, Einstein,Marx — Jews. And look at the list of Nobel prize winners– almost half the Nobel prizes go to the Jews. They have the largest number of jokes. And this may be the reason why all over the world Jews are hated — because everybody feels jealous of them. Wherever they are they will always win any type of competition, therefore everyone feels jealous of them,the entire world is united against them, feels hate for them.When you cannot compete with someone hate is the result. And they have the most beautiful jokes on the earth. Why? They have to be feeling terribly bored;they need to make jokes — a joke is that the remedy to feeling bored. Laughter is required to exist, otherwise you will commit suicide.
Now attempt to perceive the mechanism of laughter, how it happens. If I tell a joke, why does one laugh?What happens? What’s the inner mechanism? If I tell a joke, expectation is created, you start expecting. Your mind starts searching for what the end is going to be,and you cannot conceive the end. A joke moves in two dimensions: first it moves in a logical dimension, you can conceive it. If the joke goes on being logical to the very end there will be no laughter. Suddenly the joke takes a turn and becomes illogical, something which you could not conceive. And when the joke takes a turn and the result becomes illogical, the expectation, the tension that was created in you, suddenly explodes. You relax, laughter comes out of you. Laughter is a relaxation, but a tension is needed. A story creates expectation, tension. You start feeling that now the crescendo, now the crescendo will come,something is going to happen. Your backbone is straight like a yogi, you have no more thoughts in the mind; the whole being is just waiting, all the energy moving towards the conclusion. And all that you could conceive isn’t getting to happen.Suddenly one thing happens that the mind couldn’t conceive; something absurd happens, something illogical,irrational. The end is such a flip that it absolutely was not possible for logic to trust it.You explode. The entire energy that has become a pillar inside suddenly relaxes.Laughter comes out of you through this relaxation. Man is bored, hence he wants laughter. The more bored he is, the more and more laughter he will need,otherwise he cannot exist.Thirdly, it has also to be understood about laughter that it is of three types. One, when you laugh at somebody. This is often the meanest, the lowliest, terribly normal and vulgar – after you mock someone else’s cost. This is often violent, aggressive, insulting. Deep down there is a revenge.Secondly, when you laugh at yourself. This is worth achieving, this is cultured, and the man who can laugh at himself is valuable. He has risen above vulgarity, he has risen above low instincts — hatred, aggression,violence.And third,the best laughter,that isn’t concerning anybody — neither the other nor oneself. The third is simply cosmic, you laugh at the whole situation as it is. The whole situation as it is, is absurd — no purpose in the future, no beginning in the beginning. The whole situation of existence is such that if you can see the whole — such a great vastness, an infinite vastness,moving to no fixed purpose, moving to no goal; so much going on without leading anywhere; no one within the past to make it, no one in the end to finish it; a whole cosmos, and moving so beautifully, so systematically, so rationally — if you can see this whole cosmos, then a laughter arises.
Benefits of laughter
According to many studies made previously,laughter is helpful for many ways:
#Laughter stimulates physical healing.
#Laughter enhances our creativity.
#Laughter is rejuvenating and regenerating.
#Laughter is sexy.
#Laughter is good for relationships.
#Laughter opens the heart.
#Laughter gives us a glimpse of freedom from the mind.
When you wake up in the morning, stretch your body-every muscle, cell and fibre-just like a cat. After a few moments, start laughing. Just start. At the start you will need to force it a bit saying ‘Ha,Ha, Ha,’ or ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ to get the laughter energy moving. Soon, a spontaneous laughter can arise at the sound of your attempts at laughing. Try it for five minutes. Just laugh for no reason at all. Laugh for the sake of laughing.Try it again for five minutes when you go to bed, just before you go to sleep. Try it in the shower or while driving your car in traffic. Ha, Ha, Ha. Even to say those words out loud will start a transformation in your energy, in your mood.
Take a dose of tonic called laughter twice a day
Laughter brings strength. Now, even bio-science says that laughter is one in every of the foremost deep-going medicines nature has provided man with. If you ‘ll be able to laugh when you are ill you will get your health back sooner. If you can’t laugh, although you’re healthy, sooner or later you may lose your health and you may become sick.Laughter brings some energy from your inner supply to your surface. Energy starts flowing, follows laughter sort of a shadow. Have you ever watched it? When you extremely laugh, for those few moments you’re in a deep meditative state.Thinking stops. It’s not possible to laugh and think together.They are diametrically opposite: either you’ll be able to laugh or think. If you actually laugh, thinking stops. If you’re still thinking, laughter are going to be simply so-so,lagging behind. It’ll be a halting laughter.