Countless stories are told about the wit and the wisdom of Ramakrishna. A poor orphan in
his boyhood, he rose to be the favorite adviser of a powerful king. A scholar and a poet,
Ramakrishna exposed superstition and stupid pride to ridicule.
Author - T.Sunandamma
Both man and animals weep. But only man laughs.
Laughter brings a sense of lightness and freshness and infuses a new spirit.
All people laugh; but only a few can make others laugh. And only a specially gifted man
can make a king, careworn with the burden of administration, laugh!
Laughter mirrors a man's nature. What does a man laugh at, whom does he make fun of and
why-these can show how mature his mind is. A person, who laughs at the lame and the blind
or at those who slip and fall on the road, shows his immaturity. So also the man who
laughs in his vanity or to hurt the feelings of others. But humor which shows the foolish
pride of others and tries to correct others is good humor which comes from a mind
free from poison is good humor.
In olden times court jesters wereappointed to crack jokes and to amuse kings. Among these
jesters the most famous was Tenali Ramakrishna. In any situation he had the right word and
the right action to provoke the king and his courtiers to laughter. He became so famous
that, if we want to praise any man's sense of humor, we call him a Tenali Ramakrishna.