Worse than a Clown

Dear Seekers!

Zen seem to be calling on the shots these days.
The winds are cold and it’s the onset of Monsoon in India. What do rains remind you of?
Beautiful smelling mud and trees, a cool breeze and serenity.

This is Zen.

You have been reading Zen stories for the last few days that remind you of the Zen. Zen stories are not alike other stories because they are illogical, simple, short and to the point. They are like powerful sutras which need a long contemplation and practice before you understand them.

In order to understand these powerful stories, just read them slowly and use your heart. Do not try to understand them using your mind. Keep all your knowledge aside and just be in the moment when you read them.

That way you are closer to understanding.

If you don’t understand anything by the word “Zen” – you can consider it to be a synonym for Dhyan or The Source.

Here’s another addition in this hit list. Let’s talk more after reading the story –


There was a young monk in China who was a very serious practitioner of the Dharma. 

Once, this monk came across something he did not understand, so he went to ask the master. When the master heard the question, he kept laughing. The master then stood up and walked away, still laughing.

The young monk was very disturbed by the master’s reaction. For the next 3 days, he could not eat, sleep nor think properly. At the end of 3 days, he went back to the master and told the master how disturbed he had felt. 

When the master heard this, he said, “Monk, do u know what your problem is? Your problem is that YOU ARE WORSE THAN A CLOWN!” 

The monk was shocked to hear that, “Venerable Sir, how can you say such a thing?! How can I be worse than a clown?” 

The master explained, “A clown enjoys seeing people laugh. You? You feel disturbed because another person laughed. Tell me, are u not worse than a clown?” 

When the monk heard this, he began to laugh. He was enlightened.

What does the story suggest?

Contemplate for few mins…

This story is very unique. Unique in the terms of being illogical and paradoxical. There is no direct hint at anything in particular in this story. Laughter is present and is reverberating throughout the story but without any reason. The reason is not disclosed. There is a very important reason behind not disclosing the reason!

The mind is interested in the reasons. The mind creates various reasons. The mind likes to understand things from a logical perspective. This happened and therefore that happened and so on…Mind does not believe in effect without a cause.

But truth is without a cause. Truth is illogical, all-permeating, form-less, omnipresent, beyond the mind and beyond the entire duality of feelings, thoughts, words and actions. Truth cannot be understood by the mind.

Let’s go to the story now –

A young monk who takes himself to be a very serious and intelligent practitioner of dharma – the path comes to know of something that he cannot understand. A logical mind tries to understand everything. He is unable to understand and hence he goes to the Master. You use your mind to understand everything but cannot understand the mind itself.

How can you understand mind with the help of the mind itself? 

You go to the Master.

Master listens to him and ends up in a bursting laughter. Master goes on laughing but the monk does not have any idea. He is unable to comprehend it. Since his logical mind still wants to know the reason behind this laughter and not the truth.

Basically Master is saying – Laugh! Laugh wholeheartedly because you have found. Rather, the Dharma has found you. But monk goes on evaluating this logically and tries to understand this paradox using the mind.

Finally Master compares him to a clown and then he understands! A clown makes you laugh and then laughs to see you laugh.

Laughter is a far better tool to point to the real truth than the mind. True laughter arises from the heart.

Truth can be expressed in Silence!

If Silence doesn’t help, then Masters (those who have known) have laughed.

If you don’t understand the laughter then they have used words. And those words are illogical since logic is too small to contain the truth.

Have an enlightened life!

About mohitvalecha

Mohit is an optimistic day-dreamer and romancer who gave up his 11 year old software profession experience to build his dream in Creative Writing. He writes blogs, articles, reviews, children stories, fiction and non-fiction spirituality books to promote reading and provide a meaning to people’s lives. If he is not reading or writing, you would find him making mock, cock and all other kinds of tails or playing with his charming son Krishna. His life is a love triangle with three corners being Devi, Krishna and his Guru, Sirshree. Mohit’s passion is Meditation, Heal and Help people and play “Bhi ta!” (Another form of Hide-&-Seek) with Krishna.
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