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Laughter, One of My Saviours. Inspired by Brenda Arledge. Thursday's Inspiration 22

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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

Introduction to Prompt 23, 'Laughter.'

This is what Brenda has to say about this week's prompt:

"This week I've chosen the word, "Laughter" to be our word prompt.

Laughter is the sound of merriment. Sometimes we make this sound because we hear someone say or do something funny. The first thing that comes to mind when I hear this word is the old saying, "Laughter is the best medicine."

Maybe you went to a comedy club or something happened during your day that made you laugh uncontrollably. I know I've experienced moments when both of us were laughing and each time we looked at one another other we burst out laughing more. We couldn't stop.

Laughter has a way of making our day seem better. It lightens the mood.

It helps us to relieve stress and tension. It seems to help us get through moments when we really want to cry."

"You don't stop laughing because you grow older.

You grow older because you stop laughing."

— Maurice Chevalier


Wisdom from the Master

"If you are laughing at yourself for the stupidity that you have shown in the past, then definitely it is spiritual. If you are responsible for your own stupidity and if you very powerfully laugh at yourself and say, “I am not going to make that mistake any more!” then it can help you in your spiritual life." - Sri Chinmoy



Cleanser of shadows; eraser of the

Numerous stains from impure emotions.

Lifting my fears, insecurity and loneliness,

Touching them with the light of Love.

'Blazing Saddles' had me in stitches,

And Pryor relieved a lot of my burdens.

O laughter! Remover of cobwebs! Chaplin

Made you immortal on the screens of comedy.

I dine in your sweet banquet of clever humour,

Driving away my guilt-filled thoughts and restless mind.

I laugh, as Manuel tickles my tummy in Fawlty Towers;

Eddie Murphy makes me scream, in ‘Coming to America.’

Robin Williams? What a tragedy for a natural genius, who

Gave humans so much of joy in this cloud of sorrows.

The wit and wisdom of Mohammed Ali, made me chuckle; I

‘Cracked up’ with Rowan Atkinson, who was truly a scream supreme!

Laughter, like the Goldsmith, chisels away at the dirt from my

Heart, so my innate diamonds glimmer, at the portals of heaven’s Light.

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. 29th July, 2021


More Laughter: My Bath-soap Virtues

“Hello, sweet pal”, a voice did say,

“Come now, let’s wash your dirt away.”

Amazed, I turned; my face grew red,

“I’m in your hands, my bath-soap said.”

“You speak, sweet soap?", I dared to say,

"Even as we caress today.

Your fragrance lingers in my pores;

Your lather cleanses even toes.

In private places; foreign lands,

You reach cute areas with my hands!”

“Too true, my buddy; trusted friend,

Your skin in need I soothe and tend.

Redolent smells to secret parts;

The limbs, between and other sorts.”

“Thank you, my aromatic mate,

All odour gone, such perfumed state.

My body washed, now clean and fresh,

Now vanished all the office stress.”

“Ho, ho!” My bath-soap said again,

Me not for granted take, disdain.

When I’m used not, as you have seen,

On transport; crowded streets I'm mean!

My nemesis lingers fully,

Why should you thus embarrass me?

So scrub away, let’ us be seen,

To do our best, to keep you clean.”

-Manatita, The Lantern Carrier. April 1st, 2014

The British Comedian John Cleese


Wisdom from the Master

"Smile, smile, smile at your mind as often as possible. Your smiling will considerably reduce your mind's tearing tension."- Sri Chinmoy

"Smiling and smiling, radiating its beauty and offering its fragrance. This is how you can make friends with your soul and fly with it, infinitely higher than the confines of the mind. " Sri Chinmoy


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