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(There are 112 basic techniques of meditation.) I have developed my own techniques other than the 112, because I saw that for the modern man there are a few problems which are not covered in those 112 techniques. They were written perhaps ten thousand years ago for a totally different kind of mankind, a different kind of culture, different kind of people. The modern man, the contemporary man, has some differences—over ten thousand years it is absolutely unavoidable.
For example, the Dynamic Meditation is not amongst those 112. It is absolutely necessary for the modern man, although it may not have been at that time. If people are innocent there is no need for Dynamic Meditation. But if people are repressed, psychologically are carrying a lot of burden, then they need catharsis. So Dynamic Meditation is just to help them clean the place. And then they can use any method from the 112. It will not be difficult. If they, right now, directly try, they will fail.
I have seen many people trying directly—reaching nowhere, because they are so full of garbage that first it has to be emptied out.
Dynamic Meditation is of immense help. All the techniques that I have developed are for the contemporary man, and doing these techniques he will be clean, unburdened, simple, innocent. Perhaps there will be no need to try those techniques. But just for curiosity's sake you can try one of the techniques, and you will be surprised how quickly you enter into its very innermost core.
So first thing is something cathartic, which is absolutely necessary for the contemporary man. And then those silent methods can be used. last319

In the September 1971 Meditation Camp, Osho changes the third stage of dynamic meditation from 'Who am I?" to shouting 'Hoo Hoo Hoo'

Now we will get ready for the meditation. Take note of a few things which I could not pass on to you last night. There are two or three hints to be given to you and then we will sit for the meditation.
Last night I said to you about sense-conservance for seven days. The least you use your senses the better. If you do not use them at all, the best. Keep your eyes closed for most of the time; keep your mouth shut for most of the time; keep you ears closed for most of the time. Devote these seven days completely to meditation. Do not keep any other options for this period. Do not go even for a walk; do not go even for sight seeing….
Pay full attention to sense-conservance. Do not let even an iota of energy be wasted, then so much energy will be accumulated in seven days that we will use it. Seating you on that very energy we will send you on the inner journey.
Take minimum food, because most of our energy is spent in digesting the food. Take minimum of it, take only that much that you do not even notice that you have taken food in. Take this as the guideline that after eating you do not feel that you have taken food in—eat only that much.
So, not too much of your energy to go into digesting food. Remember, whenever food is being digested, all your energy from the head moves to the stomach. This is why one feels sleepy after eating. Here we are going to do meditation, wherein all the energies have to be taken towards the head, because it is there where the door has to open. So, minimum amount of food—keep this in mind.
The third point. Do not be miserly to hold even an iota of your energy from pulling it into the meditation experiment. Many times it happens that you applied all your energy but withheld just a fraction of it, then all that you applied goes waste because of that little fraction that you withheld. The question is not that of how much energy you applied, the question is whether you applied all of it or not….
So, the third thing is: Put your total energy.
The meditation that will be done have in the mornings has three stages of doing to it and the fourth stage is of relaxation.
You will blindfold yourself, put earplugs into your ears and for the first ten minutes you will breath so deeply and intensely that the energy in your whole body is awakened through the hit of this breathing. The breathing is to be used like a hammer to hit within. No system to it, just inhaling fast and deep and exhaling fast and deep. For ten minutes, to ride fast with the breathing: In, out, in, out…. In ten minutes, this breathing will awaken the body electricity in every cell of your body.
When the body electricity will awaken, then in the second stage all kind of movements will begin in your body. Somebody will begin to dance, somebody` will jump, somebody will shout, weep, somebody will laugh. Let all this happen totally for ten minutes. Dance, sing, weep, shout—forget the whole world. If for ten minutes you did all this with full intensity, you will suddenly find that you are separate from your body. The Paramhansa that is sitting within you will start watching that it's the body that is dancing, laughing, jumping.
In the third stage, last time we were repeating the phrase 'Who am I', 'Who am I', this time we will be saying only: 'Hoo', 'Hoo',…. A deep sound of 'Hoo'—a fast and deep hit. In the phrase 'Who am I', the mind begins to think, hence drop it. There is no possibility of thinking in 'Hoo', 'Hoo'. It is not a word, it is only a sound. It is a sound just as 'Om' is a sound. The hit of the sound 'Hoo' will go deep within you reaching up to below your navel. If you will make the right hit, it will reach up to down below your navel, and from there will arise currents of energy running towards the head. So, in the third stage, 'Hoo', 'Hoo' for ten minutes.
In all the three stages you have to go completely mad.
In the fourth stage, the moment I say 'Be quiet', you have to go absolutely quiet. Do not wait even for a moment then. Then even if your mind says, even if you are enjoying the action, yet you have to stop. Then you have to stop completely and for ten minutes lie down on the earth like a corpse. Simply lie down like a corpse, be dead for ten minutes. During these ten minutes, if death could come to you even for a moment, through that very door will the divine enter you.
This is the experiment we are going to do now.
In the afternoon, we will come here and do kirtan for half an hour and then for thirty minutes we will go into complete silence.
About our night meditation, I will give information at the night time itself. thousd02

By October 1972 Osho has changed the fourth stage of Dynamic Meditation to a 'Stop' or 'freeze', in whatever position one is in, and remaining in it for 10 minutes.

This fourth step is the meditation; the first three steps are just preparations. The fourth step is just like Zen. You are not doing anything. No effort. Just waiting silently.
But it takes time. At least three weeks are needed to get the feel of the technique, and three months are needed before you can begin to move in a different world. But the time it will take is not fixed. It differs from individual to individual. If your intensity is very great, then even in three days it can happen. quest03

You ask: Will You please indicate something about the fifth stage in active meditation.
Nothing can be said about it; that is why I never talk about it. The fourth is the last—the fifth will happen but nothing can be said about it. There is no need either. The fifth is not a state, it is your being. The first four are states, steps, but the fifth is not a state, it is not a step. It is your own being, it is your nature. But nothing can be said about it. If you come to the fourth the fifth will happen to you, that much is certain. If you can come to a total silence in the fourth, then the fifth will happen. It is a growth of your silence.
But nothing can be said about it—or whatsoever can be said will be misunderstood….
Once you know how to make this energy flow upward and withinward, you will reach to higher orgasms, to higher peaks of ecstasy, than you can ever reach with any woman or any man. An inner meeting will have started.
The first step is to change your prana, your breathing pattern. The second stage is to throw your emotions, the suppressed part of your mind—a catharsis. And the third is to hit your life energy to move upward. And when the energy starts moving upward, then you are not to do anything, you are simply to lie down as if dead.
There is to be no diversion there. The energy simply moves upward and you are not to do anything. That is why I go on emphasizing not to move. After the third step when I say "Stop!" stop completely. Do not do anything at all because anything can become a diversion and you miss the point. Anything, just a cough or a sneeze, and you may miss the whole thing because the mind has become diverted. Then the flow will stop immediately because your attention has moved.
Do not do anything. You are not going to die! Even if the sneeze is coming and you do not sneeze for ten minutes, you will not die. If you feel like coughing, if you feel an irritation in the throat and you do not do anything, you are not going to die. Do not be afraid: no one has ever died. Remain dead as far as the body is concerned so that the energy can move in one flow.
When the energy moves upward you become more and more silent. Silence is the by-product of energy moving upward and tension is the by-product of energy moving downward. You will be more and more in anxiety when energy moves down; you will be more and more silent, quiet, calm and cool as energy moves upward and inward. And these words downward and outward are synonymous, and inward and upward are synonymous. And when you have become silent, that energy is moving like a flood, it is passing through all the chakras, all the centers. And when it passes through all the chakras, it cleanses them, it purifies them, it makes them dynamic, alive, and the flood goes upward, upward to the last chakra.
Sex is the first chakra, the first center, the lowest—and we exist at the lowest. That is why we know life only at its minimum. When the energy flows upward and reaches to the last chakra, to the sahasrar, energy is at its maximum, life is at its maximum. Then you feel as if the whole cosmos has become silent: not even a single sound is there. Everything becomes absolutely silent when the energy comes to the last chakra.
You know the first chakra; it will be easy to understand through that. When the energy comes to the sex center, you become absolutely tense. The whole body is feverish, your every cell is in a fever. Your temperature goes high, your blood pressure goes high, your breathing becomes mad. Your whole body is in a temporary delirium—at the lowest.
Quite the opposite is the case at the last chakra. Your whole body becomes so cool, so silent, as if it has disappeared. You cannot feel it. You have become bodiless. And when you are silent the whole existence is silent because the existence is nothing but a mirror: it reflects you. In thousands and thousands of mirrors, it reflects you. When you are silent the whole existence has become silent.
This is the fourth step and I will not say anything about the fifth. This is the door—absolute silence. Then you can enter the temple and you can know it but I cannot say it. And if you come to know it, you will also not be able to say anything about it. It is inexpressible. doctrn05

Osho brings a 5-piece conga-drum band to the July 1973 meditation camp. Later Osho has a musical accompaniment recorded for his meditations.

You ask: In reference to the meditation techniques based on sounds, please explain the difference between the chaotic music played in Your Dynamic Meditation and the rock music of the West.
Your mind is in chaos. That chaos has to be brought out, acted out. Chaotic music can be helpful, so if you are meditating and chaotic music is played or chaotic dancing is there around you, it will help to bring out your chaos. You will flow in it, you will become unafraid of expression. And this chaotic music will hit your chaotic mind within and will bring it out. It helps.
Rock, jazz, or other music which is chaotic in a way also helps something to come out, and that something is repressed sexuality. I am concerned with all your repressions. Modern music is more concerned just with your repressed sex, but there is a similarity. However, I am not concerned only with your repressed sex, I am concerned with all your repressions—sexual or not sexual…
This state of mind is neurotic. The whole society is ill. That is why I so much insist on chaotic meditation. Relieve yourself, act out whatsoever society has forced on you, whatsoever situations have forced on you. Act them out, relieve yourself of them, go through a catharsis. The music helps. vbt28

Osho adds a fifth stage of five minutes celebration at the end of the Dynamic Meditation

You have reaped. You have reaped bliss, you have reaped ecstasy. Now sow it for others. In the world, you sow first and then you reap. In the spiritual dimension, everything is just the reverse. First you reap, and then you sow.
You have reaped what Buddha has sown, what Jesus, Krishna and Mohammed have sown. They have sown seeds and you have reaped them. Now, sow seeds for others. And remember well that sowing is just exhaling. It is part of the whole process. You will remain half, incomplete, imperfect, unless bliss has started flowing from you toward everything.
This is a very necessary law. When you become silent, you hear it. No one else is saying it to you. Your own heart, your own innermost being, tells you this. This indication, this teaching, this message is not from without. It is from your own innermost self…There's no possibility of not obeying it; it is your own. But if you know it well, it will be easy.
It will be easy if you know that it is part of the process: that bliss should be distributed and shared; only then will it grow more. If you don't know this law, your miserliness, your old selfcenteredness may delay the completion of the process.
It can only be delayed; it cannot be disobeyed forever. But why delay it? So remember this: whenever you feel any moment of bliss happening, share it.
That's why my insistence, so much insistence, that after meditation you must express your bliss; you must celebrate it. You must make it a point that whatsoever happens to you—allow it to be shared. Dance and sing. These are just symbolic; they are just to serve as a continuous remembrance.
When you have gone from here, many things will happen to you if you continue meditation. But whenever something happens to you, don't keep it to yourself. Share it. Even if you cannot do anything else, just smiling, smiling to some stranger, may be enough. Just taking the hand of some stranger in your hand and feeling the friend within him will do it. Or sharing anything, just as a token. Or if there is no one there and you are sitting under a tree, then dance and feel that you are dancing with the tree. Sing, and feel that you are singing with the birds. And sooner or later you will come to understand that when you share, even a tree is ready to share back with you….
And if a tree can share, why not birds? They are more alive. Why not animals? They are still more alive. And why not the whole existence? Sooner or later we will find that even stones share. Their soul may be hidden very deep, but it is there; and one day we are going to find out instruments which will give us indications that even a stone, a rock, has emotions.
So wherever you are, whenever you feel that some ecstatic emotion has happened to you, dance to its tune, sing to its tune, and share your happiness in whatsoever way it happens to you, in whatsoever way you feel to share it. But share it! It will grow more. With sharing, it grows. With miserliness—with not sharing—it dies down, it shrinks. Death is a shrinkage. Shrinkage is death.
Life is expansion; allow it to expand. And once you know the feeling of expansion you will allow it to happen, because it is your own innermost self dictating. alchem09

This will look strange—that I say don't make meditation a practice, rather make it a play, a fun. Enjoy it while doing it, not for any result.
But our minds are very serious, deadly serious. Even if we play, we make it a serious thing. We make it a work, a duty. Play just like small children. Play with meditation techniques, and then much more is possible through them. Don't be serious about them; take them as fun. But we make everything serious. Even if we are playing, we make it serious. And with religion we have always been very serious. Religion has never been fun, that's why the earth has remained irreligious. Religion must become a fun and a festivity, a celebration—a celebration of the moment, enjoying whatsoever you are doing; enjoying so much and so deeply that mind ceases. vbt52

Osho writes to a friend:
The temple of God is open only to a dancing, singing, happy heart. A sad heart cannot enter there so avoid sadness; fill your heart with colour as vivid as a peacock—and for no reason. He who has reason to be happy is not really happy. Dance and sing—not for others, not for a reason, just for dancing's sake; sing for singing's sake; then the whole life becomes divine and only then becomes prayer. To live so is to be free. teacup03

The final form of Dynamic Meditation is as follows:
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 soles 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.
Fifth Stage: Fifteen minutes of dancing, of celebration, of thanksgiving for the deep bliss you have experienced. medfre

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