Sunday, April 13, 2008

Osho's message/part three

According to Osho, meditation is not simply a practice. It is a state of awareness that can be realized in every moment. What he presented to his followers, then, was a series of techniques to implement this approach. As we will see, he incorporated the use of Western psychotherapy as a means of preparing for meditation—a way for his disciples to become aware of their mental and emotional refuse. He also introduced his own, original techniques, characterized by moments of alternating activity and silence. In all, he suggested over a hundred techniques for successful meditation.

The most famous remains his first: Dynamic Meditation. This is divided into five stages. In the first, a person engages in ten minutes of rapid breathing through the nose. The second ten minutes are dedicated to catharsis: "Let whatever is happening happen. ... Laugh, shout, scream, jump, shake--whatever you feel to do, do it!". In the third stage, the person jumps up and down shouting hoo-hoo-hoo. In the fourth stage, everything stops. As one disciple said of this stage: "I was too tired to think, too drained from the catharsis ... My body was too tired to fidget, to move; it was utterly relaxed". Finally, the exercise is completed with between ten and fifteen minutes of dancing and celebration.

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