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The Secret of Laughter


January 9, 2022

Watch and listen to this joyful song by Swami Kriyananda, performed in the Temple of Light at Ananda Village January 9th 2022.

Lyrics

The secret of laughter lies in the laughing,
Not in the search for joy:
It’s a swallow winging on the wind!
It’s innocence in a boy.

Luru luru lero,
Luru luru lye!
Joy will come to anyone
Whose heart has learned to fly!

Joy in the singing, not in the song sung,
Welcome, but never crave:
If you think that laughter lies in things,
To things you’ll be but a slave!

Luru luru lero,
Luru luru lye!
Joy will come to anyone
Whose heart has learned to fly!

Joy in the giving, not in the gaining:
Grasp, and you’ll never sing—
You could win the world and still be poor;
Win peace, and live like a king!

Luru luru lero,
Luru luru lye!
Joy will come to anyone
Whose heart has learned to fly!

Sing when the sun shines, sing when the rain falls,
Sing when your road seems strange.
In a tempest, seize the lightning flash,
And ride the winds of change!

Luru luru lero,
Luru luru lye!
Joy will come to anyone
Whose heart has learned to fly!

Comments by the composer (in “A Tale of Songs”): "Really, of course, the “laughter” in this song means happiness. (Alas for the restrictions of poetry!) We find happiness when we don’t seek it outside ourselves. It is central to our own nature. Happiness is the reflection, in man, of the bliss of the soul."

Find more music by Swami Kriyananda at https://www.ananda.org/music/