This meditation is interesting because it particularly gets misunderstood because, and you can still see people who, when the music starts they are standing there, and the music starts, and as the music starts its like ready steady go and off they go, shaking away. Which is exactly the opposite of how Osho describes this meditation. So I want to play you a demonstration of how Osho’s explaining it with Osho’s voice describing exactly what he’s talking about and I’ll read it to you afterwards in case you don’t catch all the words because it is so valuable.
If you are doing the Kundalini meditation, allow the shaking, don’t DO it. Stand silently, feel it coming. And when you body starts a little trembling, help it. But don’t DO it. Enjoy it, feel blissful about it, allow it, receive it, welcome it, but don’t WILL it. If you force it will become an exercise, a bodily physical exercise. Then the shaking will be there but just on the surface. It will not penetrate you. You will remain solid, stone-like, rock-like within. You will remain the manipulator, the doer, and only body will be following, body is not the question. You are the question. When I say shake, I mean your solidity. Your rock-like being should shake to the very foundations. So it becomes, liquid, fluid, melts, flows, and when the rock-like being becomes liquid, your body will follow, then there is no shaker, only shaking.
Then nobody is doing it. It is simply happening. Then the doer is not. Enjoy it, but don’t WILL it, and remember you will a thing you cannot enjoy it. They are reverse, opposites, they never meet. If you will a thing you cannot enjoy it, if you enjoy it, you cannot will it. So let me just read that to you because it’s such a valuable piece to understand. So Osho is saying: If you are doing the Kundalini meditation, allow the shaking, don’t DO it. Stand silently, feel it coming.
And when you body starts a little trembling, help it. But don’t do it. Enjoy it, feel blissful about it, allow it, receive it, welcome it, but don’t will it. Now the reason this is so valuable is because the most difficult thing about meditation is doing nothing. I mean it is very counter intuitive, every one is so good at doing stuff and if you want something done, I’m your guy. But doing nothing? I mean that’s not on the curriculum of any place I ever went. Doing nothing? What kind question is that? And it is the essence of meditation. So Osho frequently will use the analogy of the mirror. The sort of watcher, the witness, the experiencer. That is like a mirror, it reflects everything and does nothing. When you stand in front of the mirror, it sees everything but it has no comment. That complete doing nothing-ness is the most trickiest part of the whole game of mediation. So you hear, I mean Osho would tell you those beautiful Basho piece: Sitting silently doing nothing, the spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.
And a zillion people say yes yes yes but what does it actually mean? Lovely words and Osho Kundalini Meditation gives you the experience in you bones. Now you know what it means, not intellectually. You know, inside you, exactly what the doing nothing means. Not that nothing’s happening, but you’re not the doer of it. You’re allowing it, letting it happen, its happening by itself, and you’re just allowing it to happen. So that is THE most valuable part of this meditation. Osho explains: If you force it will become an exercise, a bodily physical exercise. Then the shaking will be there but just on the surface. It will not penetrate you. You will remain solid, stone-like, rock-like within. You will remain the manipulator, the doer, and the body will only be following, the body is not the question. You are the question. When I say shake, I mean your solidity. Your rock-like being should shake to the very foundations.
So it becomes, liquid, fluid, melts, flows, and when the rock-like being becomes liquid, your body will follow, then there is no shaker, only shaking. Then nobody is doing it. It is simply happening. Then the doer is not”. See that’s the key here. And, the reason this becomes such an issue is because now people say well “Hang on a second” Before you were saying particularly for example in relationship to Osho Dynamic meditation, be a watcher, be a witness, as if it’s happening to someone else.
Watching from a distance. And now I’m hearing you say be total, spontaneous, and in the moment. And I’m, really, please make up your mind which is it. And then Osho will say, linguistically they seem opposite, but experientially they are just two sides of the same coin. And in reality unless you’re a watcher, a witness, it’s not possible to be total, spontaneous, and in the moment. And unless you’re total, spontaneous, and in the moment, its not possible to be a watcher. So, Osho Dynamic is the watching doorway. Yes you’re watching totality, but it’s the watching doorway. Kundalini is the totality doorway. There is no mention of watching or witnessing in the first 30 minutes of Kundalini meditation. This is when you become so total as he puts it “Then there is no shaker, only shaking.” The shak-ER disappears, theres only shaking. And then in the dancing you’ll hear often Osho say exactly the same thing, you danced with totality, and then the danc-ER dissappears, and there’s only dancing.
So this is the totality doorway. And I’ll just give you another. We found – I have to read it to you only because it’s a Hindi translation, so again, Osho talking about specifically Kundalini. And again, just to give you hint of how this all works, So for the first 15 minutes, let your body shake and vibrate. Shaking the body means letting the energy melt, wherever it is repressed. Letting the energy flow from where it is blocked. If you allow your body to shake rightly for 15 minutes, then all the repressed energy will begin to manifest and flow. The second stage is dancing. Dancing means the energy that is now spread everywhere gets transformed into bliss.
Dance as if you are celebrating. As if something tremendous has happened. As if a light has descended into your life. Dance with joy because the more blissful you are the more the energy moves upward. And the more the energy moves upward, the more blissful you become. Suppose you were intoxicated, and started dancing as if you had drunk the entire tavern dry. Would you dance like a miser? It wouldn’t happen. Dancing like a miser would mean, dancing as you if you have to do it. What to do? I just got caught here. Or, as if you were just observing, expecting that perhaps something will happen by dancing this way. No, that won’t work. Such lukewarm efforts won’t work, you need intense passion. Dance like a madman.” As Osho explains, “For the first 15 minutes let your body shake and vibrate. Shaking the body means letting the energy melt wherever it is repressed.
Letting the energy flow from where it is blocked. If you allow your body to shake rightly for 15 minutes, then all the repressed energy will begin to manifest and flow.” The second stage is dancing. Dancing means that the energy that is now spread everywhere gets transformed into bliss. Dance as if you are celebrating. As if something tremendous has happened. As if a light has descended into your life. Dance with joy because the more blissful you are, the more the energy moves upward. And the more the energy moves upward, the more blissful you become.
Suppose you were intoxicated, and started dancing as if you had drunk the entire tavern dry. Would you dance like a miser? It wouldn’t happen. Dancing like a miser would mean dancing as you if you have to do it. What to do? I just got caught here. Or, as if you were just observing, expecting that perhaps something will happen by dancing this way. No, that won’t work. Such lukewarm efforts won’t work, you need intense passion. Dance like a madman.” This meditation is really the totality doorway. And it really gives you an opportunity to experience how the doer disappears, doing is happening, of course shaking is happening, dancing is happening, but you are not the doer of it. So these are two wonderfully important incredibly valuable aspects to Osho Kundalini Meditation. In the third stage, you get a choice between sitting and standing.
And in this same Osho translation we found Osho to say that you’ll find sitting helpful, and then in the last stage it’s lying down. And basically, this, the last – the first 30 minutes is, as I explained, is about totality, there is no mention of any watching. And in the second 30 minutes, its basically watching, waiting, with awareness, as Osho describes it. So before we finish, I just want to say one or two things which relate to this in terms of the active meditations in general. So, the key element here is, what was it, 20 – 25 years ago, the West finally agreed that the mind and the body were connected. So, although the East had been saying the mind and body are one since forever, eventually, the West came round to the view that the mind and body are at definitely at least sort of one-ish.
Right? But actually, underneath, what that still remains the idea that really the mind is number one. The mind is the boss, the mind is really the, and the body really only there just to provide room service for the mind. That is how it tends to be put across. And there is, if you go and watch a, there a TED talk by a guy called Wolpert. And he has a very different view. And what he is saying is that the reason this species is so successful is because of movement. Everything about our survival depended on the way we moved. So whether it was hunting, the idea was to bring back something real, not have some wonderful theory about whether the moon was made of cheese. It was about the body and movement, that was what, and obviously it’s not just big movements, otherwise all the professors of the world would be Orangutans.
Have you seen them move? It must be all kinds of movement. So like facial movements, speech movements, incredibly sophisticated movement. If he is right, that really triggers the change in human beings as they evolved. And he found this little sea creature, kind of a sea squid. Which is sort of cylindrical creature that swims around the ocean, and then it is looking for a flat rock to live on. And when it finds a nice flat rock, that’s where it stops and now it’s never going to move again.
And the first thing it does is consume it’s own nervous system. Which for Wolpert would absolutely make sense. The nervous system is for movement. And movement is for survival, not the other way round, which is the way most of us think about this. And a good way of looking at this is if someone says to you “Okay, what about, what about an example of the mind affecting the body? ” Oh okay I remember so and so coming into the office looking terrible and uh, obviously he didn’t, he’s not feeling very happy. It’s very clear how the mind is affecting the body, but if someone says to you “Okay, but what about an example of the way the body affects the mind?” Em, em, that’s interesting. There are two very wonderful examples.
They are both in Malcolm Gladwell books, and one of them Osho talks about in terms of facial recognition. So, there are these two guys who are really interested in facial recognition. So the first thing they do is they identify 630 different facial expressions. And then they get in their laboratory, sit in front of the mirror, and start making faces into the mirror, to simulate particular expressions, and they’ve got their anatomy books to try and work out which muscles are making which facial expression.
So they are going on day after day after day, and then they both arrive at the office one morning at the door. “I feel terrible, no, I don’t want to do this anymore, really”. You know they are both looking at each other like what the hell is going one? Like something in the air conditioning? What is this? Right, in tears. So they get into the lab and they realized they just spent the previous 3 days trying to work out which were the facial muscles responsible for looking sad. And just by putting, artificially sad expressions on their face, they had made themselves depressed. Amazing huh? One other example was they went to this college with these headsets and they went to the college and said we’ve created these new headsets and we’d like you young guys to test them out, because you like listening to music and you’re good with this stuff, so we’d like to split you into three, and then we’re going to play you the same track, its basically lots of different nice musical pieces that we’ll ask you questions about afterwards, and there a little bit of speech on the end.
So first third come in, put the headphones on, and before you put the headphones on, while you are listening what we would like you to do is look to the left, and look to the right, and look to the left. Ok, great, put the headphones on, play the track, thank you very much. Next group, before you start listening, we’d like you while you are listening to look at the ceiling, look at the floor, look at the ceiling, look at the floor. Very good, put the headphones on, play the second track. Third lot come in, um, before you start, while you are listening, just look straight ahead. Ok, great put the headphones on, third lot. And then afterwards they go to everybody and say: How did you like the headphones? Were they comfortable? The treble was good? The timber? The bass? All the usual questions you’d expect about headphones, and oh and uh, by the way um, that little bit of speech on the end.
That was the point of the whole exercise, because the speech on the end said to these students – There is a proposal to increase the student library subscription from the current 500 dollars a year to 650 next year or we reject the proposal and put it back to 400 like it was last year. And oh and the proposal little speech at the end – Are you in favor? For or against? Or nothing? Asked everybody, and they tally up the results, and all the guys who were doing this – No I think its a really bad idea, I don’t think you should do that at all. And all those who did this – I think thats a really good idea, increase the price, and all those who kept their head straight said I think I’d leave it alone, really do nothing. So thats a really dramatic example. Now you’re beginning to see, when Osho says the Osho Active Meditations are a kind of revolution waiting to happen.
You start to appreciate what you’re talking about. So when for example when I was reading to you before: So he says, we’re talking about Kundalini: “You will remain solid, stone-line, rock-like within” I mean how many people do you know that thats a pretty good description of? People who look they pretty dead all day long. You know what I mean? It’s kind of how they live, life’s not a lot of fun. I mean there a sort of epidemic of lifelessness. I mean when do you see dance and celebration? Get on a subway at on any city on any Monday morning, it’s like understandably sort of posthumous meat hanging from the straps. This is not a pleasant experience. You know I mean, It’s not much fun. Somehow the life and joy and juice of life has disappeared. And then Osho is explaining, I mean what would we do about this? Are we going to put Prozac in the drinking water? Are we going to talk about it for another million years? And it’s really important to understand this difference because I mean mammals have been suffering from from trauma for at least a 100 million years.
And very recently one group of one species of mammal came up with this brilliant idea that the way you deal with trauma is to talk about it. And the other half of this species, the eastern view has always been, that is not helpful. You talk about it, you feel a little better about it, and what the east has always said “See it!” Just as we said, “See it, acknowledge it, accept it, and thank you, and no thank you, good bye”. A totally different model. And this whole idea that we are going to go on talking about it, I mean, how much more talking do we have to do about it? Everyone already looks miserable, they were miserable before they started talking, and they are still miserable looking after talking about it. And then along comes Osho and says “Shake it out!” So simple, do it anywhere, do it in any factory, any office, any where you like, easy, simple.
Shake it out. You don’t have to talk about it, you don;’t have to get involved in it, just let it go. As he says, very soon this will happen in every office, every hospital, every mental hospital, every prison, maybe we start with the warders, whatever it is, everybody, basically is going, we’re all going to benefit from it, and when you look at your morning newspaper, the sooner the better. Okay I’ve hope you’ve enjoyed the talk and we’ll end with just watching the demonstration of the Osho Kundalini Meditation. The meditation lasts one hour and has four stages: First stage: 15 minutes. Be loose and let your body shake. Feeling the energies moving up from your feet. Let go everywhere and become the shaking. Your eyes may be open or closed. Second stage: 15 minutes. Dance any way you feel and let the whole body move as it wishes. Your eyes may be open or closed.
Third stage: 15 minutes. Close your eyes and be still. Sitting or standing, witnessing whatever is happening inside and out. Fourth stage: Keeping your eyes closed, lie down, and be still. Okay, thank you, thank you, thank you for coming. For more information including details of webinars on meditation and other OSHO-related topics, please contact: email@example.com John Andrews was Osho’s personal physician, taking care of his body for many years including his final days. As a meditator and scientist for many decade, John Andrews enjoyed following, and writing about, the gradual acceptance of meditation by the scientific community turn into the current flood of interest. He now writes about the final step into an individual journey without end. As Osho explains, it is “an open experiment”, where, “Any truth that may come later on can be absorbed by this system without any conflict”. Now we can move easily from what is often confusing plethora of different approaches to the simple, clear and practical approach to meditation by Osho – the first major upgrade in discovering how to be conscious in twenty-five centuries ! Copyright©2016 OSHO International Foundation OSHO is registered trademark of OSHO International Foundation.
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