Shortly after I received the initial instructions from Osho on the first two weeks – Laughter and Tears, Osho spoke in evening discourse in greater depth about the transformative power of Laughter and Tears. The following is a few extracts from the discourse series – Yahoo – The Mystic Rose # 30 and some other notes that came later.
…. “I have chosen Leela, one of my therapists to create a new meditative therapy.
The first part will be laughter “Yaa-Hoo!” – for fhree hours, people simply laugh for no reason at all. And whenever their laughter starts dying they say, “yaa-hoo!’, and it will come back. Digging for three hours you will be surprised how many layers of dust have gathered upon your being. It will cut them like a sword in one blow. For seven days continuously, three hours every day…you cannot conceive how much transformation can come to your being.
And then the second part is tears. The first part removes everything that hinders your laughter – all the inhibitions of past humanity, all the repressions. It cuts them away. It brings a new space within you, but still you have to go a few steps more to reach the temple of your being,
because you have suppressed so much sadness, so much despair, so much anxiety, so many tears – they are all there covering you and destroying your beauty, your grace, your joy.
In old Mongolia they had an ancient idea that every life, whatever pain is suppressed…and pain is suppressed, because nobody wants it. You don’t want to be painful so you suppress it, you avoid, you look somewhere else. But it remains. And the Mongolian idea was – and I agree with it – that life after life it goes on accumulating in you; it becomes almost a hard shell of pain.That’s why all the saints and the sages have been telling you, shouting ,Go into yourself!” You listen to them, but you don’t go. There is a reason why you don’t go; you know that going in, you have to encounter pain; going in you have to encounter misery, suffering, agony. It is better to remain outside – engaged, busy. Never be alone, because in your aloneness you may unconsciously start moving inwards. Being alone, having nothing else to do, you may start looking inwards…..
……..If you go in you will find both laughter and tears.
That’s why sometimes it happens that by laughing, suddenly you find tears
also start coming together with it – very confusing, because ordinarily
we think they are contrary. When you are full of tears it is not a time
to laugh, or when you are laughing it is not the right season for tears.
But existence does not believe in your concepts, ideologies; existence transcends your concepts, which are dualistic, which are based on duality . Day and night, laughter and tears, pain and blissfulness, they both come together.
When a man reaches into his innermost being he will find the first layer is
of laughter and the second layer is of agony, tears.
So for seven days you have to allow yourself to weep, cry for no reason at
all – just the tears are ready to come, you are preventing them. Just don’t prevent!
This is absolutely my meditation.
Leela will be in charge of it and you will be surprised that no meditation can give you so much as this small strategy. This is my experience of many meditations, that what has to be done is to break two layers in you. Your laughter has been repressed; you have been told, “Don’t laugh, it is a serious matter.” You are not allowed to laugh in a church, or in a universlty class……
So the first layer is of laughter, but once laughter is over you will suddenly find yourself flooded with tears, agony. But this too will be a great unburdening phenomenon. Many lives of pain and suffering will disappear. If you can get rid of these two layers you have found yourself……..
If you cry and weep without any reason, just as an exercise, a
meditation…nobody will believe it. Tears have never been accepted as
meditation. And I tell you, they are not only a meditation, they are a
medicine also. You will have better eyesight and you will have better inner
vision. I am giving you a very fundamental technique, fresh and unused.
And it is going to become worldwide, without any doubt because it’s effects will show anybody that the person has become younger, the person has become more more graceful…. more flexible, less fanatic; the person has become more joyful, more celebrant.”
Osho – Yaa-Hoo The Mystic Rose #30
Listen to Osho's words on the Mystic Rose Meditation