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


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


© 2021 manatita44


manatita44 (author) from london on August 01, 2021:

So sorry. Yes, there's a problem. I'll look at it again later. Gratitude.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 30, 2021:

Yes, bro, got your email and replied but for some reason you rarely seem to get them unless I contact you through here. Thanks for that though.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 30, 2021:

Thank you, Nithya. A very lovely complement. Appreciated

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 30, 2021:

I enjoyed reading the poems about laughter. Robin Williams passing is a great tragedy. "More Laughter: My Bath-soap Virtues" made me laugh. Great quotes by Sri Chinmoy; thank you for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 30, 2021:

Thank you, Rosina.

Really appreciate this. Salaam!

Rosina S Khan on July 30, 2021:

I loved your amusing poetry. They helped me to smile and laugh. Sri Chinmoy's quotes and also quotes by others are outstanding. Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 30, 2021:

EK. Great!

Always a joy to see you. Much Love!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 30, 2021:

Thanks Bro. Om Shanti!!

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 30, 2021:

I had no intention of laughing. But after reading your soap poem. You have done justice with the word prompt challenge. The quotes are relative to the topic. Thanks for sharing and stay safe and healthy...

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Yes. The man is a comic genius! Love him a lot! Thank you so much! That second poem seems quite popular. Haha. Thanks Bro. Did you get a mail from me?

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 29, 2021:

I Had appreciated your comment, will check

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Thank you Emge.

I said similar things about you but I could not see my comment on your review of the Black Knight. I will look again later. Thank you!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 29, 2021:

Nice article with the central theme of laugter. You have enticed the reader and that shows your genius.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on July 29, 2021:

You certainly got me laughing, manatita. "My Bath-soap Virtues" was hilarious, and everything about the article brought a smile. It was great to end with Mr Bean performing at the Olympics too...haha.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Ha-ha. I think it was a favourite with a lot of people. Thank you so much Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:


You are welcome.

Now, short & sweet.

I love how you encompassed comedians & movies to show us how laughter can bring us closer to seeing the light of God's love.

I enjoyed the wisdom of Sri Chinmoy also.

And that bar of soap talking...Hilarious!

I loved it immensely.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda.

Ever the thorough writer. You've covered it all! Sweet! Much gratitude!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 29, 2021:


In the beginning of your article you give us wisdom from Sri Chinmoy that if we laugh at our own mistakes it helps with our spiritual journey.

Then this quote by Karl Barth.

"Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God" ~ Karl Barth

In your poem, "Laughter" you tell us how laughter can erase our mistakes, ease our fears and loneliness, bringing us closer to the light of love.

Then you mention several different aspects of comedy like comedians or movies that have made you laugh.

Like "Blazing Saddles" "Pryor", "Chaplin", and "Eddie Murphy" to name a few.

Each one of these helps the cobwebs of life to disappear.

Laughter fills our hearts & eases our restless minds.

With laughter we cleanse our soul so we can touch the light of God.

We can see the path of light from heaven touching our soul.

I love that you included Robin Williams. He was very funny especially in the "Goodmorning Vietnam."

Your quote is right...no one can have too many hugs or laughs.

Your poem, "More Laughter: My Bath-soap Virtues" definitely made me laugh. It is hysterical!

Thank you for that one.

Picturing a bar of soap talking is hilarious!

I like your quote by John Cleese for laughter does connect people together.

You end your article with a few more wise words by Sri Chinmoy.

We should all smile for it reduces the tension in our minds & let's us become friends with our inner soul.

Great job Manatita!

I will post a link in the word prompt article.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Thank you, Maryam. Appreciations

Maryam Fatima from Pakistan on July 29, 2021:

Thanks,for reminder to Laugh.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Linda L,

I have gone blank. Do you use that picture? Never mind. So elegant!

Anyway, glad you - in fact you and Sha, seem to like my humour. Chuckle. Again, you seem well informed. Sweet!

There's an American priest I like. A Tele-evangelist by the name of Joel Osteen, I believe. He tells great jokes before his sermons to a church-filled congregation.

Ha-ha. My personality is a gregarious one. I laugh a lot!

You will not travel as much as I have and survived in so many countries, without this Light. Sincere laughter comes from within and represents the Light of Heaven. Much Love.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 29, 2021:

Oh, the Ministry of Silly Walks. My girls and I used to do that when they were little (and I was more limber). What great fun and lots of giggles. Mr. Bean and Teddy, Basil Fawlty, and the list goes on.

This is a side of you I had not seen before. In my mind, I can hear your laughter, and it warms my heart.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Yes, wise advice, Liliane.

A true healer both to mind and soul ... indeed the human psyche. But with your spirituality you already know that stuff. Much Love.

Liliane Najm from Toronto, Canada on July 29, 2021:

My sister and I spent time yesterday evening chatting. We ended the call by reminding each other to laugh.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:


Looks like we all love to laugh indeed, Pamela. I think we even had time for it on hospital duties, sometimes.

No surprise you're a fun-loving person. Great for the soul. Thank you for this great compliment!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 29, 2021:

What a fantastic response to Brenda's prompt, Manatita. The bath soap poem was hysterical and the other poem was great as well. I think I have seen all those terrific movies too., I love comedies.

I love all your quotes also.

This article was surely a lot of fun to read.

Blessings and love for you.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Aww Peggy.

Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder were masterful in Blazing Saddles! I saw it three times and the cinema was full! Mel Brooks and Richard Pryor, did a lot of the directing and producing.

Laughing is so good for us! I look at Dry Bar Comedy on Facebook sometimes. Glad that you were entertained so well. Peace.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Yes, Dee

I was a policeman for some three years and five months. We had a guy there who was a totally awesome comedian. We loved hearing from him and he spent a lot of time telling jokes. So glad you liked the entire page. Gratitude ... much!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 29, 2021:

Oh, how I loved reading this. We had some neighbors over for dinner last night, and there were moments of laughter that were so much fun to experience. It is a joy to share such times. Those movies you mentioned were hilarious. Thanks for the smiles today!

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Chitra ji.

In your spare time, look at Rowan Atkinson's Videos. He is very funny.

Thank you for your loving sentiments.

Greetings Sha.

Since it brings you here where I love to see you, then it's great! I have a series of laughter poems specifically for performances. The one called Ode to Pooh is here somewhere, as well as 'I Want to be your Water-bottle.'

Guru ji has a series called 'Humour: My Only Saviour.' He used to tell us jokes and encourage the Monty Python plays. He says that when we laugh, many troubles go away and his work becomes easier as the soul is more receptive. We do a Madal Circus every year and clowns feature a lot!

I don't want it to seem as if I'm 'bigging-up my Guru, but he taught us over a 100 ways to worship, laughter/humour, being one of them.

Yes, I may have seen this one. I have seen loads! I have not used a T.V for about 6 years or more, so I'm a bit behind. By the way, this soap poem was written in 2014. I wrote the first one today for Brenda's prompt, but I had the idea to show laughter in motion as well, hence the video and second poem.

Love you Sha. Stay well and Blessed. When you retire, we will go and see the world. We will take Linda L with us. Chuckle.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 29, 2021:

Everything here is do rich: the poetry, the quotes, the mention of past and present comedians, the bath soap virtues. Great and funny!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 29, 2021:

Manatita, this is a side of you that I haven't seen in your poetry or stories. I love your sense of humor! Laughter is good for the soul and body. I've laughed so hard my stomach and cheeks hurt!

My favorite Monty Python episode is "Silly Walks". Have you seen it? My brother and I used to do silly walks out of the clear blue when we were out in public and break out laughing. We grew up with Monty Python. Truly hilarious!

I love your soap poem. Too cute, my friend. Brenda's 'laughter' prompt suits you well!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 29, 2021:

Hello Manatita!

This was a pleasure to read. I enjoyed the smile, the laugh—I mean your poems. You explain the term, laughter so well, in your first poem.

The second one is unique and innovative.

Have a day full of smiles and laughter. God bless. Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 (author) from london on July 29, 2021:

Bill, thanks Bro

Long live Monthy Python indeed! Appreciations

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 29, 2021:

Just wonderful! I smiled throughout, silent laughter, so as not to disturb Maggie and Toby while they sleep. :) Very well-played, my friend, an excellent response. Long Live Monty Python!

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