Why OSHO Active Meditations are Best for You?

If you are seeing for the first time, Osho active meditations might look strange.
You don’t sit in a stiff lotus posture. You don’t chant any mantra. You don’t even try to concentrate.
In fact, most of the time in Osho active meditations you might be dancing, laughing or even shouting meaninglessly.
For the uninitiated, it’s bound to look strange and doesn’t fit with the traditional idea of meditation.
But trust me, Osho active meditations are the best for a modern man like us.
For us, it’s the most difficult job on earth is to sit quietly. The moment we close our eyes and try to sit in silently, our heads go wild. Lots of thoughts rush in and it’s simply impossible to enter meditation.
The modern man needs action. Osho active meditations are designed by Osho specifically for people like you and me.
In this blog, you’ll learn in-depth why Osho active meditations are designed the way they are and why they are best suited for you.
You will get to know certain fundamentals behind Osho meditations.


You will get to know certain fundamentals behind Osho meditations.


You’ll also get links to all these meditations if you wish to explore more.

Why chaotic & catharsis:

Osho’s active meditations are sometimes chaotic. Some of the stages involve catharsis. And you will be using lots of body movements.
For example, the first stage of Osho dynamic meditation involves chaotic breathing. You have to breath out deeply, fastly, and most importantly, chaotically. In the second stage, you have to express your emotions through body movements. You are even allowed to shout and cry.
You might wonder is this meditation at all? Is meditation not about silent sitting and watching?
I get you. Even I had the same doubts when I first experienced Osho meditations. My doubts were dispelled soon after I tasted the real silence Osho meditations allow us to experience.
But, wait. You don’t have to take my word. I give here Osho’s own words why he designed the new meditations for the modern man.

Osho says:

“The quality of the mind has changed. Basically in Patanjali’s days, in olden days, the center of the human personality was not the brain; it was the heart. And before that, it was not even the heart. It was still lower, near the navel.
“In the pre-Patanjali days, before Patanjali, it was the navel – the center of human personality. So hatha yoga developed methods which were useful, meaningful, to the person whose center of personality was the navel.”


I totally agree when Osho says the modern man’s center has moved to the heads. Even when we say we feel something, actually we mean what we think about it in our heads. We see and process everything via our heads.
And our heads are chaotic. Even when sitting in a movie hall, we can’t keep away from looking at our Instagram feed.
“Today’s mind is not fixed; it is in chaos. So all the old methods which were meant for fixed minds are out of date. For the chaotic mind, a chaotic method is needed,” says Osho.
He had after long experimentations designed a unique set of meditations that is best suited to release the accumulated stress in our body-mind and reach a real stillness inside. Not just stiff outer postures.

Let’s see in detail what Osho says about this:

“So I use chaotic methods because through chaotic methods the brain is nullified.
“It has nothing to do. There is no system to be made and no mathematical formula to be applied. It is so chaotic that the center from the brain is automatically pushed to the heart, and that is a great step – to push the center from the brain to the heart. So if you do my method vigorously, unsystematically, chaotically, your center is pushed lower. You come to the heart.
“When you come to the heart then I apply catharsis because your heart is so suppressed – because of your brain: the brain has taken up so much territory within you, so much domination of you, it has absorbed the whole.
“There is no space for the heart, so longings of the heart have been suppressed.
“You have never laughed heartily, never cried heartily, never done anything heartily. The brain always comes in to systematize, to make things mathematical. That brain calculates and concludes and comes in. The heart is suppressed.
“So first chaotic methods are used to push the center – the center of consciousness – from the brain toward the heart. Then catharsis is needed to unburden the heart, to throw off the suppressions, to make it light. If the heart becomes light and unburdened, then the center of consciousness is pushed still lower. It comes to the navel, and only when it comes to the navel I will ask you to inquire, “Who am I?” Otherwise it is meaningless.”


Osho says first we have to throw out what we had suppressed for too long. Then we will come to a natural state of rest. This is when real meditation can happen.

Some key aspects of Osho meditations:

Movement:

Osho active meditation often involves body movements. Trying to sit quietly is forcing something unnature upon yourself.
So Osho says we should begin from where it is easy: with movements.
Often these movements in Osho meditations become a catharsis. It helps us throw out what we have repressed for long. This helps us grow real inner stillness and makes us ready for meditation.

Playfulness:

Meditation is not a serious business. We are open and receptive when we are playful.
Osho says a really meditative person is playful. A typical Osho meditation camp is filled with people who are laughing and hugging more often than you may see anywhere else.

Patience:

Once the seed is sown, all we can do is sit and watch. We can’t force open the seed. Meditation is just like that. One remains thirsty, but patient.

Understand fully:

Understand the technique before you do it. Each of the Osho meditations is developed after long experimentations and deep encounters with the human mind.
So they should not be changed. Be totally alert that you have understood the technique before you do it.

Some OSHO Active meditations:

OSHO Dynamic Meditation:

This meditation is a fast, intense, and thorough way to break old, ingrained patterns in the body-mind that keep one imprisoned in the past, and to experience the freedom, witnessing, silence and peace that are hidden behind those prison walls.
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OSHO Kundalini Meditation:

This meditation is best done at sunset or in the late afternoon. Being fully immersed in the shaking and dancing of the first two stages helps to “melt” the rocklike being, wherever the energy flow has been repressed and blocked. Then that energy can flow, dance and be transformed into bliss and joy. The last two stages enable all this energy to flow vertically, to move upward into silence. It is a highly effective way of unwinding and letting go at the end of the day.

OSHO Nadabrahma Meditation:

Nadabrahma is the humming meditation – through humming and hand movements, conflicting parts of you start falling in tune, and you bring harmony to your whole being. Then, with body and mind totally together, you “slip out of their hold” and become a witness to both. This watching from the outside is what brings peace, silence and bliss.

OSHO Nataraj Meditation:

Nataraj is the energy of dance. This is dance as a meditation, where all inner division disappears and a subtle, relaxed awareness remains.

OSHO Devavani Meditation:

In this meditation a gentle, unfamiliar language moves and speaks through the meditator, who becomes an empty vessel.
It deeply relaxes the mind and creates inner peace. It can be done at any time of the day. If done last thing at night, it also creates a profound sleep.

OSHO Gourishankar Meditation:

Osho says that if the breathing is done correctly in the first stage of this meditation, the carbon dioxide formed in the bloodstream will make you feel as high as Gourishankar, Mt. Everest. This “high” is carried into the subsequent stages of soft gazing, soft and spontaneous movement, and silent stillness.

OSHO Mandala Meditation:

Every circle contains a center. In the first three stages of this energetic and powerful technique, centering is the aim, through the creation of a circle of energy. Then, in the fourth stage, the relaxation.

OSHO Whirling Meditation:

Whirling is an ancient Sufi technique. While your whole body is moving, you become aware of your very being, the watcher at the center, which is unmoving. You learn to be an unidentified witness at the center of the cyclone.
Whirling is best done on an empty stomach and wearing loose clothing.

OSHO Prayer Meditation:

In this meditation you can experience prayer as an energy phenomenon, not a devotion to God but a merging, an opening. This merging with energy is prayer. It changes you. A new élan, a new life will start penetrating you.

OSHO Chakra Breathing Meditation:

This active meditation uses deep, rapid breathing and body movement to open and bring awareness, vitality and silence to each of the seven chakras and thus into your life.

OSHO Chakra Sounds Meditation:

This meditation uses vocal sounds to open and harmonize the chakras or energy centers while bringing awareness to them. It can bring you into a deep, peaceful, inner silence either through making your own vocal sounds, or by just listening to the music and feeling the sounds within you.

OSHO No-Dimensions Meditation:

This active centering meditation is based on Sufi techniques, further developed and expanded by Osho. Using the breath and a series of coordinated body movements followed by whirling, your energy becomes centered in the hara, the “life energy” center below the navel. From there you can watch the mind and experience awareness and wholeness – the body moving in all directions, the center unmoving.

OSHO Mahamudra Meditation:

This meditation is a meeting between you and the cosmos, between you and the whole of existence. It helps you to merge, melt and let-go on the deepest level possible.

OSHO Heart Meditation:

In this meditation, based on a small fragment from Atisha, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, you allow all the suffering – of yourself and of all the beings in the world – to ride on your incoming breath and reach your heart. The heart can do miracles, it immediately transforms the energy. You drink in misery, and it is transformed into blissfulness. Then, on your outgoing breath you pour that blissfulness into the whole existence.

OSHO Laughter Meditation:

This meditation helps you to start enjoying the small things of life – childlike, liquid, mirrorlike. The first stage is of giggling and laughing, in the second stage you earth yourself; energized by this, your dance in the last stage will have a different quality.

OSHO Golden Light Meditation:

This is a simple method of transforming your energy and leading it upward.

It is best done at least twice a day, for twenty minutes each: in the morning just before getting out of bed and in the evening just before going to sleep.

OSHO Gibberish Meditation

Gibberish is one of the most scientific ways to clean your mind. This is a cathartic technique which encourages expressive sounds and body movements, followed by a deep merging or a silent relaxation.

The OSHO Evening Meeting

The Evening Meeting is the time when everyone can dance and celebrate and then sit silently.

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