SENSE OF HUMOUR
One of the best gifts of bonhomie
That our Lord has graced us humans
Is the sense of humour
Which is good humoured buddy response- so emotional
To coming events or situations
We’re, by the way, circumstantially positioned.
Oft we take everything so seriously
Whilst traversing on the life’s journey
Thus being in immense pressure and tension
Sadly, forgetting our true nature!
So graciously bestowed by our Creator
Of being joyous despite ups and downs
Bedeviling our path, sometimes so sudden
Wisdom is to introspect with cool head
And adopt a life full of humour
Which is a safety valve giving and ease
Thus providing us mental peace
By taking the cues from our inner potentials
As patience, courage, inner resolves
Thus remaining jovial always
Both at happy or sad tidings
And take these in our stride
Thus making favourable all oncoming tides.
Small hiccups should stop us not from moving ahead with smile
Which could be deciphered even from a mile
Etched as eternal – so blissful
Thus making our life a joyful journey
Giving a fillip to our rational understanding
Besides rational enjoyment ever expanding
Of course with our Lord’s blessing
HUMOUR – THE SPICE OF OUR LIFE.
Humour plays a indomitable role in everybody’s life but it should have a permanent stamp on our being. It should form part of our day to day behavior. If it is followed from the early part of childhood as a way of life then it becomes a habit to remain in humourous mood both in good and bad days thus making our life full of joy and worth living.
A person with a sense of humour (hasya) exhibits his emotional (bhavas) responses with a smile or laughs at the slightest funny ruse whereas a person with no sense of humour would not show emotional response or may even fret and fume for the same funny pretext or event.
Significantly, meaning of humour differs from person to person; depends on taste and temperament too. It also depends on the intelligence or may be on some rational cliché or hosts of other reasons like intelligence and maturity of a person, location and cultural background in which a person is living or may be permanent state of mindset of a person as an introvert etc. But one thing is sure, a person who enjoys humour and wit lives peacefully, leads a healthy life, is not jealous of others and lives joyous life. I consider humour as one of the best gifts of God to us which helps us live life happily even in adverse situations.
Humour provides us amusement and turns even the most serious situation into livelier one. The happiest are those who are balanced in their daily behavior and take whatever comes in their stride besides taking all changes by spicing the same with a sense of humour. For them, every challenge is an opportunity to be dealt with not seriously but jovially.
Humour is the funny side or faculty to enjoy what is amusing in a particular situation or an event. In fact it is a state of mind. We often associate humour with irrationality but it is a form of an intellect which turns even a most serious situation into an amusing one. It is just a diversion from the humdrum and monotony of daily activity oriented lifestyle. Be active but without losing peace of mind. These sorts of people do not take life so seriously. Every challenges of life are faced by them like a cake walk. They seek opportunities even in slippery paths and weather the storms laughingly. For them life is a funny symphony and it has to be enjoyed as such.
In Bhagwad Gita it has been rightly said: The mode of goodness binds one to happiness, the mode of passion attaches one to furtive actions and the mode of ignorance leads us to confusion and distress.
It should never be forgotten; what we think, we become. If we want to take everything that happens in our lives very seriously then we’ve to face the music for it. This seriousness will undoubtedly have serious repercussions on our wellbeing besides impacting our relationship with others. Very few people will like to have interaction and association with a person with a frigid or with closed mindset. We should open up and not bind or limit ourselves.
One of the worst travesties of our time is that humour is missing from our midst. This is partly due to the fact that we apply most of our energies on daily routines for material prosperity completely forgetting the place of humour that could be a substitute for a healthy living despite our busiest schedules. These busy schedules have robbed us of living based on Natural Laws. Not living naturally has given us depression and other stress related maladies – hypertension, nervous tension, severe indigestion, heart related diseases etc. By so doing, we are not able to enjoy the fruits of material prosperity for earning of which we compromised our health and wellbeing. We’ve everything but do we’ve our body constitution which agrees with our dietary preferences? Certainly not? If we want to eat spicy food, it creates gastric problems, if we want to enjoy sweets, we’ve sugar or worse still diabetics. Then what is this so much toiling for pilling wealth which becomes burdensome and a come in the way of happiness caused through humourous way of living?
We must have observed how children laugh just naturally. Even in the midst of tears they laugh when hugged or loved. We forget laughing simply because we feel jealousy or are angry on even slightest pretext. We ought to control our chaotic emotions by adopting humour as a way of our life. Even in busy schedule, we should not lose our composure.
Various researches have proved beyond iota of doubt that laughter or humour is the best antidote for stresses and strains which result due to overstretching ourselves. Even the patients who are terminally ill, if they adopt humour in their lives and take life just a happy journey can recover and their chances of cure draw closer to realm of reality. Laughter produces an enzyme which engenders relaxation to our body and induces sleep. Then why not to adopt this as a way of life.
There are people who cut jokes on themselves and in the process they not only make others happy but also remain balanced themselves. If we go through the biographies of great men, we would be inspired how much blessed they were with humour. They change the ambiance wherever they set their feet by their sense of humour.
We know that the use of subtle humour, intelligent wit; suiting time and place changed an ordinary Mahesh Das into one of the jewels of Mughal Emperor Akbar. We enjoy his wittiest anecdotes which are available even today. There is also a life lesson in each of the witty stories. For instance, on asking by the Emperor, what was the fastest things in the world. All others replied differently, Birbal replied ‘thoughts’ – which can take us anywhere, anytime without wastage of time.
We can enjoy humour from our birth to our grave. There are so many examples of those who were very joyful even on our deathbed. Some knew when the show was over on this planet yet they did not lose their mental composure and remained balanced. Life’s challenges did not deter them. In this Actor Lesilie Nielsen, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig, and his voice continues to carry on after his death, some did not forget to send Christmas cards even after the death; some instructed their well wishers to inscribe some funny words and sentences on their tombstones for posterity.
We do have enjoyed the comic visionary; Charlie Chaplin, He had a successful career as an actor and music composer etc. The most enduring and endearing funny roles portrayed by him still capture our hearts and minds.
I learnt how humour and intelligent wit could help us keep our balance even at the last moment of life; was learnt by me from my father – a World War I veteran. He was on his deathbed. While knowing that death was just a few minutes away, he told my brothers including myself (I was lad of only 14 years) four enduring lessons. :-
(a) Always believe in God.
(b) Never speak ill of others.
(c) Never lose hope.
(d) Never lose sense of humour.