The new meditation
Recently a journalist friend phoned me and said, â€śI have been to this ashram and that ashram, read spiritual books but I didnâ€™t find any peace anywhere. Can I come and do some Osho meditation?â€ť
â€śBy all means!â€ť I said, â€śbut be prepared for a blast because Osho meditation is a dynamite, it is going to blast your emotional world and thinking patterns.â€ť
The guy was not the one to be put off by small threats, he took the challenge and jumped into the cyclone of Osho Dynamic Meditation. After that he never talked about lack of peace or a disturbed mind. So much garbage was thrown out at one go that he became a fan of active meditations.
The entire concept of meditation has changed in modern times. The old methods are not effective. Our life is dominated by chemicals. The drugs we take for small discomforts like cold or a headache are affecting the brain cells and the guts. Experts say that the entire digestive system is closely attuned to a personâ€™s emotions and state of mind. Fat soluble drugs penetrate the gut wall and can injure the natural balance of the digestive system. There was an article published in the Scientific American, which says that there is a â€śsecond brainâ€ť in our guts and a big part of our emotions are probably influenced by the nerves in our gut.
Normally what do we do with these emotions? Push them inside. Our social system doesnâ€™t allow us to express them. So there is huge emotional and intellectual debris in the unconscious. Unless we throw it out and clean the warehouse, no one can hope for a healthy and sane life.
The dynamic meditation meets this requirement. It acknowledges the connection of the body and emotions. It starts with breathing fast, deep and chaotic like crazy which is a great tool to unplug the emotions. Breathing leads to a deluge of catharsis, you can scream and cry to your heartâ€™s content, which cleanses the guts and purges the physical system. You feel so fresh and clean after this purging, like the earth that has been washed by strong showers.
This meditation doesnâ€™t stop at that. It goes further: to the being, the centre of our life and unleashes energy dormant in there. The amount of energy every human being has in store is unbelievable. Once you get hold of it, you will be ecstatic.
Meditation has become so essential in every walk of life that the Daily Telegraph has given a piece of friendly advice to stars walking on the red carpet in Cannes this year: â€śDo some meditation just before you get out there: you canâ€™t change what you look like, so just go with it.â€ť
Amrit Sadhana is in the management team of Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune