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1. Who is "Osho?"
"Never Born -- Never Died -- Only visited this planet Earth between December 11, 1931 and January 19, 1990." With these words, Osho both dictates his epitaph and dispenses with his biography. He changes his name to "Osho," explaining that it is derived from William James' "oceanic." "It is not my name," he says, "it is a healing sound."
Osho's offer to Western Man is twofold: a complete understanding of the human mind and all it's workings, and a masterful articulation of that understanding not seen before in human history. Human psychology, emotion, mind/body connection; moralism, ethics, education, sexuality, politics, belief; religion, history, and social evolution - all are examined, understood in their essence, and articulated in public discourses ranging over 20 years. His meditation techniques, often called Active Meditations, integrate his understanding that modern Western Man cannot simply sit down and watch his breath, as Buddha's disciples did. Modern Man needs to begin with the body, movement, dance, energizing and relaxing the body first through movement (that's where the"Active" name comes in), and then inner silence and peace becomes available.
Author Tom Robbins comments on Osho eloquently: "I recognize the emerald breeze when it rattles my shutters. And Osho is like a hard, sweet wind, circling the planet, blowing the beanies off of rabbis and popes, scattering the lies on the desks of the bureaucrats, stampeding the jackasses in the stables of the powerful, lifting the skirts of the pathologically prudish and tickling the spiritually dead back to life. Osho has something appropriate for a species crippled by greed, fear, ignorance and superstition: he has cosmic comedy."
2. Is meditation a practice to gain "peace of mind?"
The answer is yes and no. Meditation eventually leads to inner peace, as it is practiced. However to think of peace of mind is a contradiction in terms, actually. By its very nature the mind is constantly commenting and judging, about others, and one self. What you can discover through meditation is the knack of finding the distance between yourself and the commentary, so that the mind, with its constant circus of thoughts and emotions, no longer intrudes on your inherent state of silence.
3. Is meditation a mental discipline or effort to control or "tame" the mind?
Meditation is neither a mental effort nor an attempt to control the mind. Effort and control involve tension, and tension is contrary to the state of meditation, which happens in relaxation in a natural state. There is no need to control the mind, we only need to understand it and how it works.
4. Is it a form of concentration or contemplating?
Concentrating is a narrowing of awareness. By contrast, meditation is all-inclusive, your consciousness is expanded. The meditator is simply aware of whatever is happening inside and outside of himself. This again leads to more and more relaxation.
5. Is meditation difficult to learn?
No. It is only a knack, something that with practice gets easier. In the beginning like riding a bike, one falls off ocassionally, but then gets back on and continues riding. It is similar with meditation. And it really helps to learn in the presence of people who have experience with it.
6. Why Osho Meditations?
Meditation is really about becoming more relaxed in our humanity, letting go of judgements about ourselves and others, and perhaps getting a deeper experience of coming home - being at home in ourselves. The basic model, the Esogetic Model, that Colorpuncture is grounded on is also a model of Man realizing his potential - which then leads to an inner sense of joy, and fulfillment, which supports immune function, which makes a healthier person. All roads lead to realizing the human potential, and meditation is an indespensible tool for that. Osho's meditations are specifically made for modern Western men and women who find it impossible with the hectic pace of modern life, to realize even a few minutes of silence. What to say of a whole hour, or even half an hour. Starting with movement, and working inwards from there, they really work, to relax, come to center, come home.