What is Meditation?

We give below the explanation from the book Meditation: The First and The Last Freedom by OSHO (Osho was formerly known as Bhagwan Shri Rajneesh)

Witnessing, the spirit of meditation

Meditation

Meditation is adventure, the greatest adventure the human mind can undertake. Meditation is just to be, not doing anything — no action, no thought, no emotion. You just are and it is a sheer delight. From where does this delight come when you are not doing anything? It comes from nowhere, or it comes from everywhere. It is uncaused, because existence is made of the stuff called joy.

When you are not doing anything at all — bodily, mentally, on no level — when all activity has ceased and you simply are, just being, that’s what meditation is. You cannot do it, you cannot practice it: you have only to understand it.

Whenever you can find time for just being, drop all doing. Thinking is also doing, concentration is also doing, contemplation is also doing. Even if for a single moment you are not doing anything and you are just at your centre, utterly relaxed — that is meditation.

And once you have got the knack of it, you can remain in that state as long as you want; finally you can remain in that state for twenty-four hours a day.

 

Here are some of the most popular meditations

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Osho Laughing Meditation

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The following Osho Laughing Meditation is taken from the book “Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy by Osho”.

We are so attached to our suffering that laughing happens, generally, only as a release of tension.  Only rarely, very rarely, does laughing happen without cause.  We cannot laugh, we cannot be happy; even in our laughing there is pain.

But laughing is so beautiful, such a deep cleansing, a deep purification.  Osho has devised a “laughing technique”.  Practiced every morning upon awakening, He says, it will change the whole nature of your day.  If you wake up laughing, you will soon begin to feel how absurd life is.  Nothing is serious: even your disappointments are laughable, even your pain is laughable, even you are laughable.

When you wake up in the morning, before opening your eyes, stretch like a cat.  Stretch every part of your body.  Enjoy the stretching; enjoy the feeling of your body becoming awake, alive.  After three or four minutes of stretching, with your eyes still closed, laugh.  For five minutes of just laugh. At first you will be doing it, but soon, the sound of your very attempt to laugh will cause a genuine laughter.  Lose yourself in laughter.

This technique may take several days before you are able to do it.  We are not accustomed to laughing; we have forgotten how. But soon it will be spontaneous.  And then, every morning, enjoy!

Is it not simple?

It is not super easy?

Try the Osho Laughing Meditation. You’ll benefit.

Osho Gourishankar Meditation

The following is taken from the book “Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy by Osho”.

I think Osho Gourishankar Meditation is a difficult meditation to try. This is one of the few Osho meditations that I have not tried.

Osho has said that if we do the breathing correctly in the first stage of this meditation, we will get so much oxygen in our blood-stream that we will feel as high as if we were on the top of Gourishankar (Mount Everest).

The meditation is in four parts.  Each part is fifteen minutes long.

First Stage

Sit with your eyes closed and inhale as deeply as you can through the nose.  Hold the breath for as long as you can, then exhale gently through the mouth.  Hold the exhalation until you can’t hold it any longer and then breathe in again through the nose. Repeat this for fifteen minutes.

Second Stage

Return to normal breathing and stare at a candle flame or a flashing light.  If possible, use a blue strobe light.  Let your gaze be soft and gentle, as if you are looking lovingly at someone.  Keep your body still.

Third Stage

Stand up, close your eyes, let Latihan happen. In Latihan you let your body be soft and loose and soon subtle energies will be felt moving inside the body.  Allow those energies to move your body – slowly, gently.  Don’t you do the moving; let the moving move you.

These first three stages are accompanied by music – a combination of soothing background music and a steady beat that is seven times as fast as a normal heartbeat. (The first sound that we ever hear is the sound of our mother’s heart.) The fourth stage is done in total silence.

Fourth Stage

Lie down in silence and remain perfectly still.

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Osho Kundalini Meditation

The following is taken from the book “Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy by Osho”.

If you want to try only a few meditations, make Osho Kundalini Meditation one of them.

Osho Kundalini Meditation

This is one of Osho’s most popular and potent techniques.  Much kundalini energy will be awakened in you.  You will feel yourself alive with it, vibrating with it.  After the energy has been awakened, dancing is used to disperse the energy, in order to return it to the universe, to the existence.  Then silence follows, stillness follows.

The technique is divided into four fifteen-minute stages.  Specific music is used as an accompaniment to the first three stages, and the final stage is done in complete silence.

Fist Stage

For fifteen minutes, let your whole body shake.  Let the shaking start from your hands and your feet, where all the nerve endings in the body are located.  Keep your eyes relaxed, the muscles of your face relaxed.  Let everything shake, everything vibrate.  In the beginning you will have to do it, but after a few minutes the shaking will take over.  If you keep your whole body loose, the shaking will move from your hands, from your feet, from your head, until it takes you over completely, until you become the shaking.

Second Stage

Now, for fifteen minutes, allow the energy that has been awakened to be expressed through dance.  You will be alive with energy; allow this energy to be dispersed through dance.  The dancing is important.  More energy has been awakened in you than your body is accustomed to.  Without the dancing you will feel a certain disturbance, a certain restlessness, a certain uneasiness.  So move totally into the dance.  Express whatever energy has been awakened in you through dance, through celebration. Enjoy!

Third Stage

Standing or sitting, remain perfectly still for fifteen minutes.  Allow yourself to merge with the music.

Fourth Stage

For fifteen minutes, lie downs and be.  There is nothing but silence, nothing but stillness, within and without.

Note

Eyes remain either opened or clsosed in the first two stages and closed in the last two.

Osho Kundalini Meditation is one of the most famous of Osho’s meditations. Try it.

Osho Natraj Meditation

The following is taken from the book “Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy by Osho”.

Osho Natraj Meditation is the famous dance meditation.

Osho Natraj Meditation

Osho has spoken often about dance as a technique. It has been used by many.  When the dance is there, the dancer is not; only the dance exists.

Many of Osho’s techniques use dance; the Nataraj is only dance.  It is dance as a total meditation.

First Stage

Forty minutes of dancing. Let your unconscious completely take over. Dance as if possessed.  Do not plan or have any control over your movements.  Forget witnessing, observing, awareness – just be totally in the dance.  The dance will start at the sex center and then move upward.  Let it happen.

Second Stage

When the music stops, stop dancing immediately, lie down, and for twenty minutes, be perfectly silent, perfectly still.  Vibrations of the dancing, of the music, will continue inside.  Allow them to penetrate to your most subtle layers.

Third Stage

Stand up; for five minutes, dance in celebration.  Enjoy.

Osho Natraj Meditation is great if you have slightest interest in dancing. If not, even then it is worth trying a few times to see if you like it.

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Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana Mediation was Created by Buddha
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Vipassana Meditation is the method of meditation that Buddha used himself that resulted in him becoming Buddha.

Vipassana Meditation is the method taught by Buddha to help people find god. Osho says that Vipassana has helped more people to become enlightened than any other method.

In modern times, Mr S N Goenka has popularized it. His organization conducts 10-day Vipassana meditation camp which is totally free of charge. They provide you place to stay and food for the 10 day period.

During these 10 days, you meditate in silence while being aware of your breath going in and coming out.

In this meditation, the whole goal is to be aware of your breathing. The awareness is to be for the whole time no matter what else you are doing.

For Goenka’s Vipassana meditaiton, please visit www.dhamma.org

TM (Transcendental Meditation)

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TM (transcendental meditation) created by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is the most extensively researched of all the meditations. Mahesh Yogi got an M. Sc. in Physics before becoming a yogi.

He became world-famous in the 1960′s when the famous American music group Beatles came to learn meditation from him. Even Ph.D. work has been done on the effects of TM. There are over 350 published studies on TM in prestigious scientific journals.

The scientific research on TM showed that the TM practice produces a state of rest and relaxation deeper than sleep. That it reduces anxiety and stress, lowers high blood pressure, strengthens immune system. Students who practiced TM got better grades or more marks.

The long term benefit seems to be slowing down of the aging process. Five-year TM meditators were tested to have 12-year younger biological age as compared to people who do not meditate.

Sleep versus meditation

During sleep, we rest and relax. As a result, the need for oxygen reduces. We consume less oxygen. Experiments have shown that 20-minute practice reduces the oxygen consumption to less than the oxygen consumption after about 5 hours of sleep.

Lower oxygen consumption means a more relaxed state (also called deeper relaxation). It means you are more relaxed in meditation than in deep sleep.

How to learn TM

To Learn TM, you have to go to a trained teacher who gives you a mantra and teaches you TM.

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Osho Dynamic Meditation

The following is taken from the book “Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy by Osho”.

Dynamic Meditation is Osho’s major technique and the technique upon which many of His other meditations are based.

The technique can be practiced individually or in a group.  If group meditation is possible, the energy will probably be more powerful and the results particularly potent.  It should be done with an empty stomach, with eyes closed or blindfolded, and wearing a minimum of clothing.

It is suggested that it should be practiced in the early morning.

Osho Dynamic Meditation

First Stage

Ten minutes of deep, fast breathing through the nose.  Let the body be as relaxed as possible; then begin with deep, fast, chaotic breathing-as deep and as fast as possible.  Go on breathing intensely for ten minutes.  Don’t stop; be total in it.  If the body wants to move while you are breathing, let it; cooperate with it completely.

Second Stage

Ten minutes of catharsis, of total cooperation with any energy that breathing has created.  Let the emphasis be on catharsis and total letting go. Just let whatever is happening happen: do not suppress anything.  If you feel like weeping, weep; if you feel like dancing, dance.  Laugh, shout, scream, jump, shake-whatever you feel to do, do it!   Just be a witness to whatever is happening within you.

Third Stage

Ten minutes of shouting hoo-hoo-hoo.  Raise your arms above your head and jump up and down as you continue to shout hoo-hoo. As you jump, land hard on the souls of your feet so that the sound is forced deep into the sex center. Exhaust yourself completely.

Fourth Stage

Fifteen minutes of stopping dead, as you are.  Freeze! Whatever position you are in, stop completely.  Energy has been awakened through breathing, cleansed through a catharsis, and raised through the Sufi mantra hoo.  Now allow it to work deeply within you.  Energy means movement.  If you are no longer throwing it out, it will begin to work within.

Fifth Stage

Fifteen minutes of dancing, of celebration, of thanks giving for the deep bliss you have experienced.

An alternate form of Dynamic Meditation has been introduced by Osho for those who are unable to make noise in the location where they do the meditation.  In this alternative technique all sound is kept inside, rather than being thrown out.  For those who can enter into it fully, it is a very deep form of meditation, as the energy is kept inside and thus can move deeply within.

The stages are the same as above.  Allow your body to explode into catharsis in the second stage, without making any sounds.  The release, the purging, will be done totally through body movement. Don’t suppress anything.  If you want to scream, allow the scream to be expressed through the body.  Then, in the third stage, hammer the sound “hoo” deep inside.  Keep the sound inside, but be total with it, intense with it.

Osho Dynamic Meditation is also called “chaotic meditation”.

If you want to learn just one Osho meditation, this is the one.

I learnt it once for 3 weeks, where I got up early to go for this meditation. It makes you feel light and fresh like nothing else.

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What is Essential Core of Meditation?

Osho is one of the modern great masters of meditation.

Osho’s whole life has been dedicated to creating different meditations, so people can become free or enlightened.

What does Osho say about what is essential core of meditation?

What Osho Says

Once you have become aware of the way your being can remain undisturbed, then slowly you can start doing things, keeping alert that your being is not stirred. That is the second part of meditation — first, learning how just to be, and then learning little actions: cleaning the floor, taking a shower, but keeping yourself centered. Then you can do complicated things.

For example, I am speaking to you, but my meditation is not disturbed. I can go on speaking, but at my very center there is not even a ripple; it is just silent, utterly silent.

So meditation is not against action. It is not that you have to escape from life. It simply teaches you a new way of life: you become the center of the cyclone.

Your life goes on, it goes on really more intensely — with more joy, with more clarity, more vision, more creativity — yet you are aloof, just a watcher on the hills, simply seeing all that is happening around you.

You are not the doer, you are the watcher.

That’s the whole secret of meditation, that you become a watcher. Doing continues on its own level, there is no problem: chopping wood, drawing water from the well. You can do small and big things; only one thing is not allowed and that is, your centering should not be lost.

That awareness, that watchfulness, should remain absolutely unclouded, undisturbed.

The essential core, the spirit of meditation is to learn how to witness. A crow crowing… you are listening. These are two-object and subject. But can’t you see a witness who is seeing both? – the crow, the listener, and still there is someone who is watching both. It is such a simple phenomenon.

You are seeing a tree: you are there, the tree is there, but can’t you find one thing more?-that you are seeing the tree, that there is witness in you which is seeing you seeing the tree.

Watching is meditation. What you watch is irrelevant. You can watch the trees, you can watch the river, you can watch the clouds, you can watch children playing around. Watching is meditation. What you watch is not the point; the object is not the point.

The quality of observation, the quality of being aware and alert – that’s what meditation is.

Remember one thing: meditation means awareness. Whatsoever you do with awareness is medication. Action is not the question, but the quality that you bring to your action. Walking can be a meditation if you walk alert. Sitting can be a meditation if you sit alert. Listening to the birds can be a meditation if you listen with awareness. Just listening to the inner noise of your mind can be a meditation if you remain alert and watchful.

The whole point is, one should not move in sleep.

Then whatsoever you do is meditation.

Did you understand What is Essential Core of Meditation.

You may know that Osho is very close to my heart. He is responsible in part to bring me back to India from USA at a time when I had just made $18,002 in the single month of Dec 1990. Not that Osho told me so personally, but through his tapes and books, I decided to return and start our Mind Power Research Institute in 1991 with my brother Dr Anil Bapna.

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