Osho Jokes

dhyan's picture

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Osho on Laughter

”This is worth considering. It is significant. The first thing to understand is that except for man, no animal is capable of laughter. So laughter shows a very high peak in the evolution of life. If you go out on the street and see a buffalo laughing, you will be scared to death. And if you report it, then nobody will believe that it can happen. It is impossible. Why don’t animals laugh? Why can’t trees laugh?

There is a very deep cause for laughter. Only that animal can laugh which can get bored. Animals and trees are not bored. Boredom and laughter are the polar dualities, these are the polar opposites. They go together. And man is the only animal that 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 aren’t other animals bored? Why does man alone suffer boredom?

”The higher the intelligence, the greater is boredom. The lower intelligence is not bored so much. That’s why primitives are happier. You will find people in the primi-tive societies are happier than those in civilized ones. Bertrand Russel became jealous when for the first time, he came into contact with some primitive tribes. He started feeling jealous. The aboriginals were so happy, they were not bored at all. Life was a blessing to them. They were poor starved, almost naked. In every way, theyhad noth-ing.

But they were not bored with life. In Bombay, in New York, in London, everybody is bored. The higher the level of intelligence and civilization, the greater the boredom. ”So the secret can be understood. The more you can think, the more you will be bored; because through thinking you can compare time as past, future and present. Through thinking you can hope. Through thinking you can ask for the meaning of it all. And the moment a person asks: ”What is the meaning of it?” boredom enters, because there is no meaning in anything, really.

If you ask the question, ”What is the meaning of it?”, you will feel meaningless. And when meaninglessness is felt,
one will be bored. Animals are not bored. Trees are not bored. Rocks are not bored. They never ask what the meaning and purpose of life is. 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. And laughter is the antidote. You cannot live without laughter; because you can negate your boredom only through laughter.

You cannot find a single joke in primitive societies. They don’t have any jokes. Jews have the largest number of jokes. And they are the most bored people on the earth. They must be bored; because they win more Nobel Prizes than any other community. During the whole of the last century, all the great names are almost all Jews – Freud Einstein, Marx. And look at the list of Nobel Prize winners. Almost half the Nobel Prize winners are Jews. They have the largest number of jokes.



Phroggy's picture


Boredom and laughter are opposites? You can negate your boredom only through laughter?

Boredom and excitement are opposites. You can negate your boredom very effectively with a sharp stick in the eye too.

Lets not even talk about the conclusion that Jews are the most bored people on the Earth because they win the most Nobel prizes.

Phroggy | Sat, 08/23/2008 - 16:48
shond's picture

Boredom means extinction for the mind

As mind is merely a name for a constant stream of activity (= excitements), the mind is agitated by inactivity as it means its cessation and as any entity in nature is programed to fight for its survival, the mind generates the anxiety feeling called boredom.

shond | Sun, 08/24/2008 - 14:24
SriSriYogiBaba's picture


Quite a few animals are known to laugh, rats apparently chuckle when tickled. Certainly chimps laugh.
Looks like another Osho rant based on false premise and overestimation of his own knowledge.

SriSriYogiBaba | Sat, 08/23/2008 - 17:29
Phroggy's picture

Correct or not, I'm

Correct or not, I'm imagining that Osho knew that all knowledge was invented and ultimately meaningless in the largest context, and so he made stuff up. Hehe.

Phroggy | Sat, 08/23/2008 - 23:34
SriSriYogiBaba's picture


I like to imagine that too on my lighter days.
I hope the followers who sterilized themselves managed to maintain this larger-context perspective.

SriSriYogiBaba | Sun, 08/24/2008 - 07:12
atlantis's picture

He did

he did and stated it many times... Sometimes he would include contradictory statements in the same satsang just to convey the message that knowledge is just an entertainment...

Still, there are many nowadays who put too much emphasis on his texts without doing 1 min of meditation (unless you consider looking for sex in the puna ashram in the pick season a type of (dynamic) meditation)

atlantis | Sun, 08/24/2008 - 13:41