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Joking with God

Written by Gede Prama

A close friend in Compassion spiritual family shared his story one day that he was forbidden by his staff to cross the ocean from Lombok to Bali. Especially because the waves are ferocious. With a smile this friend replied: “I want to test the depth of my relationship with God”. And sure enough, the ocean waves crashed so violently. In the midst of a terrifying fear, this friend murmured softly: “Deeply forgive me God, I’m joking”. Surprisingly, the ferocious waves went away.

For some beginners who praise God excessively, this story can be considered to be impolite. But for the glowing and luminous souls, God loves laugher, that is why He created jokes. Much deeper than that, without jokes and laughter, life will turn into arid dry land. Very few trees of happiness and peace can grow there.

Not far from the topic of joking with God, one day a little boy asked his mother whether it is true that heaven is located right under mother’s feet. After hearing the whisper of the Lord, this funny mother replied: “While under the feet of mother is the heaven for the children, the one that located between the two feet of the mother, that is the heaven for father”.

Since the very old time, spirituality has always been portrayed with a face that is too serious. Some even threatened us through the word sin and hell. In the midst of a time when most people have high education, the earth has turned into a global village through the internet, presenting spirituality that is too serious can easily make the new generation will stay away.

Consequently, it presents a new challenge, how to invite the new generation of soul travellers to grow, yet at the same time they do not move away from the world of jokes and laughter. It is at this point that human being need the intersection between spirituality and science.

In the world of healing in the West there was a very famous story about Norman Cousin. One day he was affected by some diseases and full of complications. So, the doctors all raise their hands. In the midst of this situation, the last old man rented a small room in a small hotel for a month.

For more than 30 days, he keeps watching funny movies that made him laugh all day long. He got laughed in the morning, in the noon, in the afternoon, and also laughing at night. After a month, this old man recovered from a complicated illness.

This story is of course not superstition. Once a person laughs quiet often, the stress hormones in the brain decrease dramatically. At the same time, the immune system improves. More than that, laughter and jokes make one easily well-connected. And spiritual connectedness is the root of all healing.

One night there was a man whose meditation was profound. So deep, it was said this man glimpsed the face of God who was beautifully smiling. Since God looks smiling beautifully, he ventured to ask, of course after firstly apologize politely.

“Lord, why am I blessed with such a beautiful wife?”. With a smile the Lord replied: “That’s why you love him”. Hearing such an answer, this man continues his question: “She is beautiful outside, as well as inside”. Again, God replied: “That’s why you love him”. Realizing the question answered constantly, this father of one daughter asked: “But why my wife is so dumb God?”. Still accompanied by the same smile the Lord replied: “That’s why your wife chose you, if she’s smart, she’ll pick someone else”.

Author: Guruji Gede Prama.
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About the author

Gede Prama

Gede Prama is a long student on peace. He began his childhood by communing with symbolical Guru in one of old village in north Bali. Later on when he learned from the life stories of many maha siddha (the enlightened), he began to understand his spiritual experience in childhood. This last experience then enriched by meditating, reading, researching and personal meeting with some of world wide spiritual Gurus like HH Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh and Karen Armstrong.

Scholarship enables Gede Prama to continue his post graduate study to England and France. Hard work makes Gede Prama was appointed as CEO (chief executive officer) of a large corporation at the age of 38. And one year later he left behind all luxuries of corporate world then begin a journey of serving. To serve people on the path of peace.

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