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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 started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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