Laughter

Yoga and Total Health|June 2020

Laughter
People wonder why all hilarious things happen to Mulla Nasruddin so often.
Vinay Koul

It once happened: Mulla Nasruddin’s family was upset because the girl he was planning to marry was an atheist. “We will not have you marrying an atheist,” his mother said. “What can I do? I love her,” the young Nasruddin said. “Well,” said his mother, “if she loves you, she will do anything you ask. You should talk about religion to her. If you are persistent, you can win her over.” Several weeks went by, then one morning at breakfast the young Mulla seemed absolutely heartbroken. “What is the matter?” His mother asked. “I thought you were making such good progress in your talks about religion to your young girlfriend.” “That’s the trouble,” said Nasruddin, “I overdid it. Last night she told me she was so convinced that she is going to study to be a nun.”

Humour has been the whole message of many wise men to humanity. Sages aver that no child is born with a long face; every child is born with laughter, with great joy, which is ready to explode. That joy is sadly destroyed by the wrong conditioning imparted to the child by society. That joy and laughter needs to be rekindled by wise guidance.

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