Osho on Zen Master Hotei - Laughing
In Japan, a great mystic, Hotei, is called the laughing Buddha. He is
one of the most loved mystics in Japan, and he never uttered a single
word. As he became enlightened, he started laughing, and whenever
somebody would ask, Why are you laughing? he would laugh more. And he
would move from village to village, laughing.
A crowd will gather and he will laugh. And slowly -- his laughter was
very infectious -- somebody in the crowd will start laughing, then
somebody else, and then the whole crowd is laughing -- laughing
because.... Why are they laughing? Everybody knows, "It is ridiculous;
this man is strange, but why are we laughing?"
But everybody was laughing; and everybody was a little worried, "What
will people think? There is no reason to laugh." But people would wait
for Hotei, because they had never laughed in their whole life with such
totality, with such intensity that after the laughter they found their
every sense had become more clear. Their eyes could see better, their
whole being had become light, as if a great burden had disappeared.
People would ask Hotei, "Come back again," and he would move, laughing,
to another village. His whole life, for near about forty-five years
after his enlightenment, he did only one thing and that was laughing.
That was his message, his gospel, his scripture.
And it is to be noted that in Japan, nobody has been remembered with
such respect as Hotei. You will find in every house, statues of Hotei.
And he had done nothing except laugh; but the laughter was coming from
such depth that it stayed with anyone who heard it and triggered his
being, created a synchronicity.
Hotei is unique. In the whole world there is no other human being who
has made so many people laugh -- for no reason at all. And yet,
everybody was nourished by the laughter, and everybody was cleansed by
the laughter, felt a well-being that he had never felt. Something from
the unknowable depth started ringing bells in peoples' hearts.
Kavisho, if you can go without looking back at all, passing through the
unknown into the unknowable, where everything will be lost -- questions,
answers, me and you -- all that remains is pure existence, infinite and
eternal. And I am saying it because it is possible. You have come a long
way with me.
Thousands of people have come with me, and somebody drops out after a
mile, somebody drops out after the second mile; I don't complain about
them, I just feel sorry for them. They were not courageous enough. There
came a point where they stopped.
But you have been like many of my sannyasins -- going without any fear,
risking everything. There is every possibility that you will be one of
those very few fortunate ones who attain to the ultimate truth.
Before you come to the laughter of Hotei, start laughing more and more
deeply, more and more madly. This joke is just for you, Kavisho:
A young couple have been trying for ages to have a baby, but with no
success. Finally they decided to go to the doctor with the problem.
After a detailed interview he suggests that maybe they should not make
love every day, to avoid love becoming a routine. They should make love
only spontaneously. Not as if they have to do it, but only when they are
possessed by it.
"You have to find the right, spontaneous moment," the doctor says, "when
you feel the moment is right, do it." A few months later, sure enough,
the woman is back and the doctor confirms her pregnancy. "May I enquire
if my advice was of any help?" "Oh, doc," she says, "it was terrific. We
were having a romantic candlelight dinner with french wine and soft
music, and suddenly our hands met. We were looking deep into each others
eyes and we both knew, `this is it!' We simply threw off the tablecloth
and made love right on the table."
"Amazing," says the doctor. "Yes, it was great," she says, "the only sad
thing about it is, that we can never go to that restaurant again."
Source: from Osho Book "The Razor's Edge"
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