Sacred Guru, Sacred Clown
"If the Fool Persists in Her Folly, She Becomes Wise"
Who is the Sacred Guru?
A Sacred Guru is an intellectual and/or spiritual teacher who counsels and advises others to achieve deeper meaning in their lives. The Guru's role is to provide others with meaningful teachings and mentorship. Ideally, he is wise, conscientious, knowledgeable and honest. The Guru may advocate traditional spiritual philosophies and rhetoric or she may espouse her own cultivated beliefs and teachings. Ultimately, a Guru will guide you on your path and empower you to become a self-sufficient, content person with strong moral beliefs and a desire to cultivate inner peace while doing good in the world.
Who is the Sacred Clown?
A Sacred Clown is an intellectual and or spiritual person whose job in life is to reflect back to the world the absurdity of life. They use humour and satire to poke fun at people in order to get them to witness themselves and to change their ways. They teach people to see beyond the literalness of rituals and roles and to dive deeper into mysteries of the sacred.
Traditionally, they were trusted healers, interpreters of dreams and people of great medicine. In indigenous Native American society, Sacred Clowns acted in ridiculous, obscene, and comical ways, especially during sacred ceremonies. They were thought to be fearless and painless and often dressed in a bizarre and ludicrous manner, Yet, Sacred Clowns were highly respected, initiated people of great insight, wisdom and radical intelligence.
Jesus and Buddha- Sacred Gurus
Jesus: "Ok Buddha, let's get this straight. Are you saying that we have the same holiness status as that clown below?"
Buddha: "Yes JC apparently so. This clown seems like the real deal to me despite her attire."
Jesus: "Well, that clown has a hell of a lot of guts! She also has wisdom, speaks the truth and is a bit childish and cheeky too.!"
Buddha: "I agree! I just wish she would take things more seriously... She's always playing the fool!'
Jesus: "I have a feeling that that's her point... You know we tend to get hung up on the "suffering" thing. Maybe the clown is on to something."
Buddha: "Yes, perhaps when we truly let go of our attachments, we are liberated to the realms of the universal sacred clown. Perhaps it is THAT easy after-all!'
Heyoka- Sacred Clown of the Lakota People
The clown wearing the red nose represents the idea that when we become too identified with our personas, our experiences, and our stories, we can become overly attached and serious. We become heavy, weighed down, and armored in our constructs.
The sacred clown is not there to poke fun at any of this but rather to remind us to lighten up, dance in the face of change and let go of our need to control. The ability to laugh at ourselves and our foibles is a high-level spiritual practice.