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About Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy
Osho answers fundamental questions about meditation and gives a detailed description of each stage of his most revolutionary meditation technique, the OSHO Dynamic Meditation.
The appendix contains descriptions of many more techniques. Ancient meditations are given a 21st century context, and the concepts behind the original active meditations are explained.
“Meditation is not work, it is a play…
Meditation is not something to be done to achieve some goal – peace, bliss – but something
to be enjoyed as an end in itself.
The festive dimension is the most important thing to be understood – and we have lost it totally.
By festive, I mean the capacity to enjoy moment to moment all that comes to you.”
Chapter 1: Preface : Meditation: The Art of Celebration
Chapter 2: Yoga: The Growth of Consciousness
Chapter 3: Non-Doing through Doing
Chapter 4: “Chaotic” Meditation
Chapter 5: Dynamic Meditation or, Silent Meditation
Chapter 6: Moving Deeply into the Known
Chapter 7: Kundalini: The Awakening of the Life Force
Chapter 8: Enlightenment: An Endless Beginning
Chapter 9: Initiation to a Master: The Ultimate Technique
Chapter10: Sannyas: Dying to the Past
Chapter 11: Total Desire: The Path to Desirelessness
Part II Questions and Answers
Chapter 12: What Is the Soul?
Chapter 13: LSD and Meditation
Chapter 14: Intuition: A Non-Explanation
Chapter 15: Consciousness, Witnessing & Awareness
Chapter 16: The Difference between Satori & Samadhi
Chapter 17: Sexual Energy & the Awakening of the Kundalini
Chapter 18: The Manifestations of Prana in the Seven Bodies
Part III The Techniques
Chapter 19: Traditional Techniques Reinvented by Osho
Excerpt from Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy (New Printrun)
Meditation is always passive; the very essence of it is passive. It cannot be active because the very nature of it is non-doing. If you are doing something, your very doing disturbs the whole thing; your very doing, your very “activeness,” creates the disturbance.
Non-doing is meditation, but when I say non-doing is meditation I do not mean that you need not do anything. Even to achieve this non-doing, one has to do much. But this doing is not meditation. It is only a stepping stone, only a jumping board. All “doing” is just a jumping board, not meditation.
You are just on the door, on the steps….The door is non-doing, but to reach the non-doing state of mind one has to do much. But one should not confuse this doing with meditation.
Life energy works in contradictions. Life exists as a dialectic: it is not a simple movement. It is not flowing like a river, it is dialectical. With each move life creates its own opposite and through the struggle with the opposite, it moves forward. With each new movement the thesis creates the antithesis. And this goes on continuously: thesis creating antithesis, being merged with antithesis, and becoming a synthesis that then becomes the new thesis; then again, there is the antithesis.
By a dialectical movement, I mean it is not a simple straight movement; it is a movement divided unto itself, dividing itself, creating the opposite, then meeting with the opposite again. Then, again, dividing into the opposite. And the same thing applies to meditation, because it is the deepest thing in life.
If I say to you, “Just relax,” it is impossible because you do not know what to do. So many pseudo teachers of relaxation continue saying, “Just relax. Don’t do anything; just relax.” Then what are you going to do? You can just lie down, but that is not relaxation. The whole inner turmoil remains, and now a new conflict is there – to relax. Something over and above is added. The whole nonsense is there, the whole turmoil is there, with something added – to relax. A new tension is now added to all the old tensions.