Lighten Up ‘Enlightenment’.
Would someone please put the ‘light’ back into enlightenment? The road to tranquillity has become a very serious business indeed! We have to follow the 7 steps to abundance, the 12 and a half steps to making a slice of toast that looks like Jesus and the 23 steps to turning your dog into an angel-unicorn. All this advice can make us feel laden-down and busy. The more rules and instructions there are guiding us to the big prize, the more we can fail, the more wrongs we feel we are doing instead of rights, the more sticks to beat ourselves over the head. Is not the road to enlightenment supposed to be simple and fun?
What if Buddha said ‘Fart’
Last night my husband, who was born enlightened while I have to read a zillion books to achieve a morsel of peace, made a very profound statement in response to my meandering hokey-pokey, ‘universe-speak’. He let me proceed with my “the universe this and the universe that”, faking interest and nodding in concurrence. When I finished he stated, “Buddha said that if you fart too much you’ll turn into a fart.”
I laughed heartily, “No, he didn’t!”
To which he responded, half-seriously, “How do you know?”
So it got me to thinking – he is right. The Dalai Lama, during a recent interview, joked about farting on an airplane trip. He demonstrated how he looks around carefully and, when the coast seems clear, he casually leans to one side and let’s one rip. Buddha may have, among millions of other things, made a statement about farting. In fact, I am pretty sure that Buddha, Jesus and all the other messiahs and prophets could, with a captivated audience, crack a pretty decent ‘knock-knock’ joke.
Let Laughter take Centre-Stage
Humor appears to be one of the indicators that you have ‘got it’- that deep-peace is within grasp. You no longer get bogged down by life. You look at the positive, light-hearted side of most situations. This does not mean you have eradicated pain from your life. It implies, perhaps, that you can sit with it, witness it and not run for the hills. As Charlie Chaplin said, “To truly laugh, you must be able to take your pain and play with it.” Laughter may not be the dominant instrument in your orchestra but you can play it centre-stage every now and again. And if you ever fall on your rear-end and laugh, be assured that the state of Nirvana is very close indeed.