Osho Active Meditation
by Himani ( June 2002)
“Osho is an enlightened Master ...”
the western world we do not have any comparable experience of this
phenomenon of an Enlightened One. It is therefore almost impossible to
speak about Osho except through songs of love and gratitude. But that
much can be said about his effect: Osho has attracted thousands and
thousands of seekers from Europe, America, Japan, India, Australia … in
the 1970ies and 80ies, then later more and more from Taiwan, Russia,
Korea and Israel. His words are contained in more than 350 separate book
titles, are translated into more than 50 different languages and
available in more than 80 countries.
(For further information see: www.osho.com)
When we read the word “meditation”, we usually think first of someone
who is sitting with legs crossed in lotus posture and is watching the
breath, using this ancient technique called “Vipassana”. This technique
may be a door to connect with your inner peace. Only you can find out
individually and excistencially.
For many people of
modern times it is not easy to sit silently and let body and mind relax.
Mostly they are too tense, stressed out or locked in their thoughts.
For them and with them Osho scientifically designed new devises and
brought back to our knowledge ancient techniques, available now for
humanity of the 21st century. These are amazing tools for all those who
want to find their center, the inner peace of mind and at the same time
are with both feet in this world.
meditation techniques from Osho are designed for one hour, have
different stages with music specifically created for this purpose. There
is usually at first a time with physical activity. Through movement
dormant energies can be awakened, suppressed or frozen emotions can be
released. We can letgo of tension and stress, feel refreshed and younger
again. And - then! – when we stop moving and sit or ly down, our energy
can turn inwards easily and naturally. Meditation can happen.
Active Meditations can be done alone, with the music from CD and
according to Osho’s instructions. When practiced regularly (for example
over 21 days), the benefits will be numerous and in all dimensions:
- the physical body will become more healthy, movable and relaxed,
- emotions and stress can be released, inner harmony will be establishing again,
- the spiritual dimension of being will be freed from layers of conditioning and thought patterns.
The most famous Active Meditations from Osho are (in short):
“Dynamic Meditation” with the stages:
1. Deep, rapid and chaotic breathing.
2. Explode! Allow the energy to express anything that comes to the surface, a catarse.
3. Arms up and jump, using the mantra “Hoo!”
4. Stop! Freeze in the position you are.
“Kundalini Meditation” with the stages:
1. Allow your whole body to shake, keeping your feet on the ground.
2. Dance, let the music move your body.
3. Standing or sitting, listen to music, watch.
4. Lying down, be still and silent.
“Nadabrahma Meditation” with the stages:
1. Sit in a comfortable position with your hands joined. Start humming, and create a vibration inside your body.
2. With your palms facing up make circular movements outwards, then with palms down inwards, as slowly as possible.
3. Sitting or lying down, be still.
“Nataraj Meditation” with the stages:
1. 40 minutes of dancing as if you are posessed.
2. 20 minutes lying down in silence, without moving.
3. 5 minutes dance and celebration.
More detailed descriptions to these Active Meditations and the Master’s comments one can find in the book:
Osho “Meditation, the First and Last Freedom”
St.Martin’s Press, ISBN 0-312-16927-2
book contains many more techniques. Active Meditation can be practiced
in all the situations of daily life, so that we can be fully alert,
awake and relaxed, at ease at the same time. Then meditation is not
defined and limited to a small period of time per day, but is applied to
everything we do in life. In this way it will change the quality of
your life right now and create ripples of awareness, love, peace and
beauty around you. Just two small examples here, for you to start
(from page 64): “Every morning upon waking, before opening your eyes,
stretch like a cat. Stretch every viber of your body. After three or
four minutes, with eyes still closed, begin to laugh. At first you will
be doing it, but soon the sound of your attempt will cause genuine
laughter. Lose yourself in laughter. It may take several days before it
really happens, for we are so unaccustomed to the phenomenon. But before
long it will be spontaneous and will change the whole nature of your
(from page 111/112): “You can try to stop your eyes at a particular
point, at a particular object, and not allow them to move, but movement
is their nature. You cannot stop movement, but you can stop your eyes:
understand the distinction. You can stop your eyes at a particular fixed
point at a dot on the wall ...but then a very strange phenomenon
happens. … If you suddenly stop and do not allow them to move outwards,
they will start moving inwards.”
Osho says: “Meditation is nothing but your mind in a silent state.
Just as a lake is silent, not even ripples on it thoughts are ripples.
Meditation is mind relaxed don’t make things very complex ,mind in a state of not doing anything, just at ease.
And the moment you are relaxed, silent, peaceful, there is great
insight and understanding of things that you have never understood
Nobody is explaining anything to you. Just your clarity of vision makes things clear.”
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