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Universe as Cosmic Joke
Excerpts from "Spirituality for Dummies" - by Sharon Janis

Beneath this entire universe is the cosmic joke... and tapping into that level of the game is almost like going beyond enlightenment. You’re tapping into the very bliss of God, applauding His grand dance, appreciating Her intricate set-ups, and of course, rolling in the aisles at the magnificent punch line.

The punch line of this cosmic joke has many faces:

You can see the punch line in how big this universe is, in those amazing photos of countless stars, nebulae, and galaxies that exist millions of light years away and are a whole lot bigger than anything you’ve ever called “big.”

You can see the punch line in how small it all is, in a drop of swamp water seen through the lens of a high-powered microscope that is filled to the brim with invisible legions of life.

You can see the punch line in how temporary it all is, as those who spend decades ruthlessly pursuing wealth and power end up dying just like everyone else... with their hands empty.

Why do you think they call it realization?

The state of enlightenment is also called self-realization or God-realization. It’s called “realization” because the great, enlightened beings have “realized” one fact... a fact that has implications on every element of life as they know it. They’ve realized the omnipresence of divinity. They’ve realized that everything is one, and that knowledge and the knowing of that knowledge are inseparable. They realize that what you see is what you get, what you get is what you see, and what you see is who you are. In other words... it takes one to know one. We are the world, indeed.

Realization is not just about reading some words and being able to discuss or debate them; but rather to realize the essence behind spiritual insights such as: “In the beginning was the word, and the word was God,” “Everything is one,” “The kingdom of Heaven lies within,” or “Thou art That.”

Once you realize the essence of spiritual teachings and make them an integral part of your reality, these teachings filter through and transform your entire world. Your sense of limited individuality fades like a mirage that had been blocking the bright sunlight of supreme truth. As this supreme light blasts through you unimpeded by mortal illusions of limitation and separation, you become enlightened. You emanate not only your own personal human light, but also a higher, more universal light.

Before becoming forever established in the highest realization, you may touch that enlightened space for a while and then return back to limited thinking. Even when you’re feeling limited, remembering the higher spaces you’ve touched helps to keep you moving forward toward your divine birthright of knowing who you are in the highest sense at all times. And life goes on . . .

One day the master announced that a young monk had reached an advanced state of enlightenment. The news caused some stir. Some of the monks went to see the young monk. “We heard you are enlightened... Is that true?” they asked.
“It is,” he replied.
“And how do you feel?”
“As miserable as ever,” said the monk.

Here’s the thing: Even after enlightenment, you’re still you! For example, if a mopey, sullen person were to somehow become enlightened, he wouldn’t necessarily start running around smiling and laughing all the time. In fact, he may not change so much outwardly, although those with eyes to see the light of spirit would see it shining through his eyes, words, and actions.

With enlightenment, you may continue playing your role, but with the awareness that you’re the one who’s playing your role!


"I'll pick-a you up in my car...

"You have a car?"

"No. I used to have a car... and a chauffeur, but I couldn't afford both...
so I got rid of the car."

"What good is a chauffeur without a car?"

"I need him to drive me to work"

"How can he drive you to work without a car?"

"its-a OK... I don't have a job."

- Chico & Groucho Marx, from Duck Soup

Editor's Note:
At the end of the day... each of us... as sentient beings... get to choose our response to this grand cosmic joke we call universe. Possessing free will, we have the choice to either laugh or cry at the absurd, horrific antics that continually play out here at the carnival madhouse we call Earth. The act of choosing... to either laugh or cry at situations as they arise along our path... is a true reflection of our progress, along the path... by virtue of the manner in which we respond. So step right up! Don't be shy! After all... you paid for your ticket, enjoy the ride!

But remember... please remain seated until the ride comes to a complete stop!


"Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don't have a sense of humor it just isn't funny anymore"

- Wavy Gravy



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