The first of April denotes laughter, so instead of calling it the April Fool's Day, Osho lovers named it as Mulla Nassurdin Day. A Sufi master who lived during the Middle ages, Mulla Nasrudin is still famous for his hilarious escapades with spiritual messages. A Persian folk character, Nasrudin tells stories in the Sufi tradition of Rumi and Hafiz, as well as wisdom tales from many faiths. Osho used his stories and added many more to illustrate many home truths to provide a spiritual dimension to the western concept of April Fool's Day.
No matter what its name, let us celebrate this day to laugh gloriously as laughter is healthy and holy. At the physical level, laughter makes you happy, energises the body with fresh oxygen, reduces stress and depression, stablises blood pressure, enables better sleep and makes you forget pain - at least temporarily. All this is very healthy.
The enlightened master Osho has taken laughter a step further by creating a laughing meditation to make it holy. In this meditation, you start to laugh for no reason. It may be difficult but it comes after some time. As you start to laugh, a chuckle becomes a snicker, and then a guffaw and finally the full throated belly laughter. You go on for five or fifteen minutes and then STOP suddenly. All the energy created so far has to absorbed within. Now you pass the borders of your mind and enter into a deep silence. You are meditating.
Practised every morning on waking up, it will change the whole nature of your day. When you wake up in the morning, before opening your eyes, stretch like a cat. Stretch every part of your body. Enjoy the stretching; enjoy the feeling of your body becoming awake, alive. After three or four minutes of stretching, with your eyes still closed, laugh. At first you will be doing it for its own sake, but soon, the sound of your very attempt to laugh will cause a genuine laughter. Lose yourself in laughter. This technique may take several days before you are really able to do it. We are not used to laughing; we have forgotten what has been the easiest thing to do. But keep trying, soon it will be spontaneous. And then, every morning, you get up happy! Osho says, "If you wake up laughing, you will soon begin to feel how absurd life is. Nothing is serious: even your disappointments are laughable, even your pain is laughable, even you are laughable."
Osho adds, "My approach towards life is that of laughter. And laughter contains love, laughter contains joy and laughter contains gratitude. Laughter contains a tremendous thankfulness towards God. When you are really in deep belly laughter, your ego disappears. It happens very rarely in any other activity, but in laughter it is bound to happen. If the laughter is total the ego cannot exist; nothing kills the ego like laughter. That's why all egoists are serious. Ego can exist only in seriousness; ego lives, feeds on seriousness. And serious people are dangerous people."
Stop being serious and egoistic; laugh and become meditative.
-Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.