Humor is the buffer that saves you from humiliation. If you have a good
sense of humor you can never be humiliated. And if you refuse to be humiliated you become invincible. Humor brings everyone
together, while humiliation tears them apart. In a society torn with humiliation and insult, humor is like a breath of fresh
air. A good sense of humor relieves you from fear and anxiety.
Humor should be coupled with care and concern. Mere
humor without care and concern or appropriate action often irritates those who come to you with serious problems.
can keep the spirit high, yet if overdone it leaves a bad taste.
Humor without wisdom is shallow.
Humor with wisdom
creates an atmosphere of celebration.
Humor without sensitivity is satire - it comes back to you with more problems.
wise use humor to bring wisdom and to lighten every situation.
The intelligent use humor as a shield against humiliation.
cruel use humor as a sword to insult others.
The irresponsible use humor to escape from responsibility.
And fools take
humor too seriously!
To make an effort to be humorous is nonsensical.
Question: How does one cultivate a sense of
1. Humor is not just words, it is the lightness of your Being. You do not have
to read and repeat jokes -- just being cordial and light-hearted brings out authentic humor.
2. Taking life
itself not too seriously (because you will never come out of it alive!) (Laughter).
3. Having a sense of belongingness
with everybody, including those who are not friendly.
4. Practicing yoga and meditation.
Having unshakable faith in the Divine, and in the laws of karma
6. Being in the company of those who live
in knowledge and are humorous.
7. A willingness to be a clown.
- Sri Sri