The 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.
And it is through laughter that you will reach God — because it is only through the highest that is in you that you can reach the ultimate. Laughter has to become the bridge. Laugh your way to God. I don’t say pray your way to God, I say laugh your way to God. If you can laugh you will be able to love. If you can laugh you will be able to relax. Laughter relaxes like nothing else.
(Taken from the teachings of Osho)
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.
What is to give light must endure burning. (Victor Frankl)
One evening an old man told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.
He said,”My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil – anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority and ego. The other is Good – joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, empathy, generosity, compassion and faith”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
The old man simply replied, “The one you feed”
I consider myself to be a relatively knowledgeable and aware individual. But lately it has been leading to a lot of negativeness in my life.
This evening, 10 minutes of Twitter time combined with a couple of clicks around the New York Times website, catapulted me into a very dark place.
There was news about yet another earthquake, this time in Sumatra, Indonesia with a magnitude of 7.8. (Remember the time when an earthquake of around 6.5 was considered serious and talked about all year?). This news came roughly 48 hours after the earthquake that hit California. (Let’s not forget this is the same year when Peru and Haiti have been hit by massive earthquakes as well.)
There was news about 74 CRPF soldiers in India who were massacred by 1000 Maoist rebels. If this isn’t Civil unrest, I don’t know what is?!
While I was at it, I also saw a news item about web espionage as a University in Canada unearthed Highly Sensitive and Confidential information about Indian military forces, weapons and other relevant tactical data was hacked and stolen by a source based in China. They also hacked into the UN website and the Dalai Lama’s office.
There was a brutal attack on the US embassy in the Pakistani city of Kabul.
Deaths in a West Virginia mine.
Fears of xenophobia in Russia, as Moscow recovers from the brutal terrorist bombings.
At least 95 killed as floods paralyze Rio de Janeiro.
Bombers kill two policemen in Russia.
This is just 10 minutes of spending time on Twitter (and through Twitter – NYTimes.com)
Ignorance is bliss.