Tantric Advaita

Hasya Rasa

Hasya Rasa - Joy


The Hasya Rasa is a Joy that comes from within, when we feel that life is good. Humor is its most typical expression and may also cause Joy in others.

The favorite subject of Humor or Hasya is Maya, the illusionary aspect of the universe, the eternal play of opposites that is never the ultimate truth but merely a reflection of truth. The biggest illusion is of course Mr. Ego.

The game of Leela by Harish JohariThe minute the intellect starts intervening, real Humor is impossible. Then innocent laughter becomes satire or sarcasm.

It is, however, not an event or an act that creates the purest Hasya. Pure Hasya is real happiness, a Joy that comes from within for no apparent reason. It may come when we feel that God or life is kind. This Hasya Joy is a divine Rasa, an expression of divine bliss.

Humor is a very powerful tool against Sadness, Fear, and Anger. Always remember the very powerful mantra that solves any problem:


Mastering Joy

While Joy and Humor can be consciously inhibited, we cannot consciously produce laughter. Hasya depends not so much on the occasion, but on the presence of the energy of Joy in the body. Natural joy is the reward for seeing the beauty and miracle of life.

Hasya - the Spiritual
Power of Humour
All one can do to increase the occurrence of Hasya in life is to love life and others, release tensions, maintain a healthy body and attitude to life, and be uninhibitedly open to laughter when it comes.

Laughter is highly infectious, so if we can make one person laugh, others will easily follow. The best way to produce Hasya in oneself is to create it in others.

Hasya Rasa Chart

Basic Rasa : Joy

Sub-Rasas : Humor, Satire, Sarcasm

Dominant Element : Fire

Dominant Dosha : Pitta

Dominant Guna : Rajas

Dominant Kosha : Mind (Manomayi Kosha)

Friendly Rasas : Love, Wonder

Enemy Rasas : Sadness, Disgust, Fear

Neutral Rasas : Peace, Courage, Anger

Rasa Produced : Joy

Key for Mastering : Make others see the beauty of the illusion of life (see also Rasa Sadhana & The Yoga of Nine Emotions)

Siddhi : Vashitva (popularity)

Deity : Little Krishna


Leela is the ancient vedic name for the theater of life. Life in all its forms is an illusion behind which we can find the ultimate truth of pure Being. Yet life is also a divine theater, a spiritual game played by us, the actors. Yoga allows us to hold on to the bliss of truth while playing the game. And also this yoga is a game, which we can only take seriously if we do not take ourselves and this game too seriously. That is the meaning of Leela Yoga, nothing more, nothing less. So, Leela Yoga is a vision on yoga and also a name for a simple organisation that allows me to bring this vision into practice... more about Leela Yoga & Peter Marchand

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Harish Johari students sangha : www.sanatansociety.org

  in sweet memory
of Harish Johari


As the destination is the same for all, it is easy to make the error of assuming that the path must be just as universal.

The attachment that happens in the pursuit of happiness is the main source of unhappiness.

Don't think of going somewhere, because this somewhere will come along with you wherever you go, as you are already there.

Yoga requires unity between enjoyment and suffering, between bhoga and yoga, even between attachment and detachment.

How can anyone be "good" without a choice between good and bad?

While the mind creates the illusion of the universe through the senses, the intellect creates the illusion of understanding it.

When our day has been entirely ego-centered, then our meditation will probably have similar poor quality.

When the focus on the self is held strongly enough, the flow of kundalini energy happens on its own, naturally.

Tiptoe inside, don't make a sound, don't scare away that which cannot be found.

Enlightenment is nothing more or less than the final level of the game of life.