Monday, February 02, 2009


Neeraj wrote:

Concerning celibacy: I think, choosing it for yourself out of your own is o.k., e.g. as an experiment in order to learn about yourself, but being forced into it or forcing others into it is really ugly ... therefore I would like to tell a joke:

A new young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church by hand. He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript.

So, the new monk goes to the abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up. In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies. The head monk says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son".

So, he goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscript is held in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years.

Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot. So, the young monk gets worried and goes downstairs to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall. His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably.

The young monk asks the old abbot, "What's wrong, father?"

With a choking voice, the old abbot replies, "The word is celebrate, not celibate ..."


neeraj said...

So, celebrate yourself ... ;-)

Aniko said...

Where is this joke from ? :-)

neeraj said...

I don't remember exactly - I've heard this joke the first time about 15 or 20 years ago from Osho, and he has got all his jokes from whomsoever - I don't know.

The version quoted here I have stored in a textfile dated about 5 years ago. So, probably I have it from the Tantra workshop I have participated at that time.

After some searching in the internet, I have found a slightly shorter, but very similar version at

Pascal [P-04referent] said...

Effin' awesome, Neeraj!

I've already dared tell it to a lebanese (and in Lebanon any joke about religion has to be very careful), and it was a great success.
Everybody loves monkeys. And similarly, everybody loves laughing at know-it-all pompous preachers.
Not insinuating there's any relation... :-)