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   ACTIVE MEDITATIONS BY OSHO
 

  Osho has devised a number of meditation techniques both active and passive keeping the modern man in mind. These techniques are illustrated in detail in the books :
Meditation: The First and Last Freedom & The Orange Book.


Osho says
“Take one method and play with it for at least three days. If it gives you a certain feeling of affinity, if it gives you a certain feeling of well-being, if it gives you a certain feeling that this is for you, then be serious about it. Then forget the others, do not play with other methods. Stick to it -- at least for three months. Miracles are possible. The only thing is that the technique must be for you. If the technique is not for you, then nothing happens. Then you may go on with it for lives together, but nothing will happen. If the method is for you then even three minutes are enough.”
- Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, Vol 1, Chapter #1

  Below are some of the active meditation techniques:
 
  Gibberish Meditation Whirling Meditation No Dimensions Meditation  
  Devavani Meditation Gourishankar Meditation Mandala Meditation  
  Prayer Meditation AUM Meditation    
 

Apart from these active meditations HE has spoken on 112 techniques from Vigyan Bhairav Tantra thus inviting everyone to dive in the vast ocean of meditation. Some techniques are short & can be practiced anywhere e.g workplace, market, traveling etc. For these techniques Osho says
“These 112 methods that I am referring to are the most significant ones. It is not that there are only 112. There can be thousands of methods. Each person has to work differently on whatever technique he is using, so there are as many techniques as there are persons. Ultimately they all lead to the same thing, but your uniqueness has to be taken into account. If you are to move on the path of meditation, then even one technique will do. But it you just want to speculate about it, then even 112 techniques will not be enough. There is a difference between a thinker and a seeker. What I am talking to you about is basically directed toward a seeker it is not for a thinker. For a thinker, things will be different but for a seeker it is meaningless how many methods there are. Only this is meaningful: "What way is for me?"
It is meaningless what techniques others are working on. The only meaningful thing is whether you are working on the technique that is right for you. A seeker is scientific. He is not just thinking, speculating. He has made his own self an experimental field, a laboratory. He is working on himself.”
- The Eternal Quest, Chapter #2

   Gibberish Meditation

This is a cathartic technique, which encourages expressive body movements.

First stage: 15 minutes. Either alone or in a group, close your eyes and begin to say nonsense sounds - gibberish. For fifteen minutes move totally in the gibberish. Allow yourself to express whatever needs to be expressed within you. Throw everything out. The mind thinks, always, in terms of words. Gibberish helps to break up this pattern of continual verbalization. Without suppressing your thoughts, you can throw them out - in gibberish. Let your body likewise be expressive.

Second stage: 15 minutes. Then, lie down on your stomach and feel as if you were merging with mother earth. With each exhalation, feel yourself merging into the ground beneath you.

   Whirling Meditation

Sufi whirling is one of the most ancient techniques, one of the most forceful. It is so deep that even a single experience can make you totally different. Whirl with open eyes, just like small children go on twirling, as if your inner being has become a center and your whole body has become a wheel, moving, a potter’s wheel, moving. You are in the center, but the whole body is moving.

First stage: 45 minutes. Keeping eyes open whirl on the spot by turning around your own axis in an anti-clockwise direction with the right arm held high, palm upwards, and the left arm low, palm downwards. Let your body be soft. Start slowly and after 15 minutes gradually go faster and faster until whirling takes over and you become a whirlpool of energy – the periphery a storm of movement but the witness at the center silent and still.

Second stage: 15 minutes. Let your body fall by itself to the ground Roll onto your stomach immediately so that your navel is in contact with the earth. Feel your body blending into the earth. Keep your eyes closed and remain passive and silent.

   No Dimensions Meditation

This is a powerful method for centering one's energy in the hara - the area just below the navel. It is based on a Sufi technique of movements for awareness and integration of the body. Because it is a Sufi meditation, it is free and non-serious.

First stage: Sufi Movements, 30 minutes. A continuous dance in a set of six movements. With your eyes open, begin by standing in one place and placing the left hand on the heart and the right hand on the hara. Stand still for a few moments just listening to the music to get centered. When the bell rings, start the sequence as described below. The movements always come from the center, or hara, using the music to keep the correct rhythm. The hips and eyes face the direction of the hand movement. Use graceful movements in a continuous flow. Loud "Shoo" sounds are made from the throat in synchronicity with the sounds from the recording. Repeat this six-movement sequence continuously for 30 minutes.
The sequence:
1)   Touch the backs of the hands together pointing downward on the hara. Breathing in through the nose, bring the hands up to the heart and fill them with love. Breathing out make the sound "Shoo" from the throat and send love out to the world. At the same time move the right arm (with fingers extended, palm downward) and right foot straight forward, and move the left hand back down to the hara. Return to the original position with both hands on the hara.
2)   Repeat this movement with the left arm and foot. Return to the original position with both hands on the hara.
3)   Repeat this movement with the right arm and foot, turning sideways to the right. Return to the original position with both hands on the hara.
4)   Repeat this movement with the left arm and foot, turning sideways to the left. Return to the original position with both hands on the hara.
5)   Repeat this movement with the right arm and foot, turning directly behind from the right side. Return to the original position with both hands on the hara.
6)   Repeat this movement with the left arm and foot, turning directly behind from the left side. Return to the original position with both hands on the hara.

Second stage: Whirling, 15 minutes. Begin by placing the right toe over the left toe. Fold your arms across your chest and embrace yourself. Feel love for yourself. When the music starts bow down to existence for bringing you here for this meditation. When the tempo changes, begin whirling. Turn anticlockwise keeping the eyes open a little, arms stretched out with the right palm turned upward and the left palm facing the ground. Breathe normally and let the whirling take you over. If you feel discomfort from whirling anticlockwise, you can change to clockwise and reverse position of the hands. If a sensation of nausea arises, focusing the eyes on the right hand can be helpful. To end the whirling, slow down and fold the arms over the chest and heart.

Third stage: Silence, 15 minutes. Lie down on the belly with your eyes closed. Leave your legs open and not crossed to allow all the energy you have gathered to flow through you. Just go inside and allow witnessing to happen.

   Devavani Meditation

Devavani is the Divine Voice which moves and speaks through the meditator, who becomes an empty vessel, a channel. This meditation is a Latihan of the tongue. It relaxes the conscious mind so deeply that, when done last thing at night, it is sure to be followed by a profound sleep. There are four stages of 15 minutes each. Keep your eyes closed throughout the whole meditation.

First stage: 15 minutes. Sit quietly, preferably with gentle music playing.

Second stage: 15 minutes. Start making nonsense sounds, for example "la..la..la", and continue until unfamiliar word-Iike sounds arise. These sounds need to come from the unfamiliar part of the brain used as a child, before words were learned. Allow a gentle conversational intonation; do not cry or shout, laugh or scream.

Third stage: 15 minutes. Stand up and continue to speak, allowing your body to move softly in harmony with the sounds. If your body is relaxed the subtle energies will create a Latihan outside your control.

Fourth stage: 15 minutes. Lie down, be silent and still.

   Gourishankar Meditation
 

This technique, for the nighttime, consists of four stages of fifteen minutes each. The first two stages are preparation for the spontaneous Latihan of the third stage. Osho has said that if breathing is done correctly in the first stage, the carbon dioxide formed in the bloodstream will make the meditator feel as high as Gourishankar (Mt. Everest).

First stage: 15 minutes. Sit with eyes closed. Inhale deeply through the nose, filling the lungs. Hold the breath for as long as possible then exhale gently through the mouth, keeping the lungs empty for as long as possible. Repeat this cycle.

Second stage: 15 minutes. Return to normal breathing and with a gentle gaze look at a candle flame or a flashing blue light. Keep your body still.

Third stage: 15 minutes. With closed eyes, stand up and let your body be loose and receptive. The subtle energies within will be felt to move the body outside your normal control. Allow this (Latihan) to happen. Don't you do the moving. Let moving happen, gently and gracefully.

Fourth stage: 15 minutes. Lie down with closed eyes, silent and still.
The first three stages should be accompanied by a steady rhythmic beat, preferably combined with a soothing background music. The beat should be seven times the normal heartbeat. If possible, the flashing light should be a synchronized strobe.

   Mandala Meditation

This is another powerful technique that creates a circle of energy, resulting in a natural centering. There are four stages of 15 minutes each.

First stage: 15 minutes. With open eyes run on the spot, starting slowly and gradually, getting faster and faster. Bring your knees up as high as possible. Breathing deeply and evenly will move the energy within. Forget the mind and forget the body. Keep going.

Second stage: 15 minutes. Sit with your eyes closed and mouth open and loose. Gently rotate your body from the belly, like a reed blowing in the wind. Feel the wind blowing you from side to side, back and forth, around and around. This will bring your awakened energies to the navel center.
Third stage: 15 minutes. Lie on your back, open your eyes and with the head still, rotate them in a clockwise direction. Sweep them fully around in the sockets as if you are following the second hand of a vast clock, but as fast as possible. It is important that the mouth remains open and the jaw relaxed, with the breath soft and even. This will bring centering energies to the third eye.

Fourth stage: 15 minutes. Close your eyes and be still.

   Prayer Meditation

This technique is best to be done at night in darkened room, going to sleep immediately afterwards or it can be done in the morning but it must be followed by 15 minutes rest otherwise you will feel as if you are drunk, in a stupor. This merging with energy is prayer. It changes you & when you change the whole existence changes.

First stage: Raise both your hands towards the sky, palms uppermost, head up, just feeling existence flowing in you. As the energy or prana flows down your arms you will feel a gentle tremor – be like a leaf in the breeze, trembling. Allow it, help it. Then let your whole body vibrate with energy and just let whatever happens happen.

Second stage: After two or three minutes, or whenever you feel completely filled, lean down to the earth and kiss it. You simply become a vehicle to allow the divine energy to unite with that of the earth.

These two stages should be repeated six more times so that each of the charkas can become unblocked. More times can be done but if you do it less you will feel restless and unable to sleep.

   AUM Meditation

AUM has no meaning, no form, it’s a pure sound consisting of three sounds A, U and M indicating sounds of the head, the heart and the navel. This is the formula, one has to go from ‘A’ to ‘U’ and from ‘U’ to ‘M’. That which kills the mind is mantra and AUM is the most powerful mantra. For this technique a closed room, preferable small and empty, is ideal.

First stage: 10 minutes. Sit quietly, but before that get rid of all the body's restlessness by dancing, jumping, skipping, running for about ten minutes. Then sit silently, keeping the eyes half-closed to the world and half-opened to your inwardness.

Second stage: 10 minutes. Eyes remaining half-closed and observing the tip of the nose, repeat AUM as loudly as possible using your full strength, making the body bathed in the vibrations of AUM. Repeat AUM so quickly that each repetition overlaps the previous one, leaving no gap between them, so that the mind has no chance to intrude.

Third stage: 10 minutes. Close your eyes. Close the mouth with tongue touching the roof of the mouth, repeat AUM inside the mind silently, keeping the same speed as before so as to fill the body with “omkar”, leaving it trembling with vibrations from head to toe.

Fourth stage: Drop your chin on to your chest, as if the head is cut off, lifeless and try to listen to the AUM resonating within. Become the witness. If you listen very silently you are bound to hear a very subtle sounding not AUM but exactly like it. Maintain this stage for as long as possible.

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