I have heard:
Yoga Yammy, the Hollywood celebrity yogi, climbs up a downtown flagpole and begins shouting nonsense as loud as he can. The cops arrest him and he’s charged with disturbing the peace. Later, he’s sent to Dr. Feelit the hipster Santa Barbara psychiatrist, for examination.
“How do you explain your behavior?” asks the shrink.
“It’s like this, doc,” replies Yoga. “If I don’t do something crazy once in a while, I would go nuts!”
Go. Consciously. Mad.
This is one of the basic instructions of Osho's famous Dynamic Meditation:
"Someone has said that the meditation we are doing here seems to be sheer madness. It is. And it is that way for a purpose. It is madness with a method; it is consciously chosen.
Remember... If you go mad voluntarily, that's a totally different thing (...) let go of everything that needs to be thrown out. Go totally mad.... Sing, scream, laugh, shout, cry, jump, shake, dance (...) hold nothing back, keep your whole body moving. A little acting often helps to get you started." – Osho (The Orange Book, p.33 + Meditation: The First and Last Freedom, p.37).
Dynamic Meditation rolfs the psyche and breaks open the prison of patterned reactions. And, it can save your life!
That is my experience.
So… why meditate?
Besides all the proven and documented information stating that it is good for your physical health - relieving stress, aiding in digestion and sleep, calming anxiety, reducing heart disease, opening compassion and love in the heart, simply and naturally experiencing an organic connection with earth, etc. – and besides it getting kudos from Hollywood celebrities and the popular OprahChopra matrix of the mainstream media, and besides it being the fundamental roots of any practice of yoga – which means first meditation, then all the breathing, asanas, focusing, stretching, learning and burning stuff – I asked myself, why meditate?
I wanted an answer from myself after over 40 years of meditating that was not from everything I’d heard, or read or researched. Just from my experience.
Because it transformed the world for me. My world. Planet Satya has become just what I felt it needed to be. Home. Deep, real, loving, imperfect and perfectly so. And here’s the tough part to get, perhaps. My world is your world. You are in my world. So you are transformed cuz here you are. Shadow and light, you are blessed, and exactly who you are supposed to be, and doing the best you can, and I love you for it. It’s just how it is. You're welcome ;)
But that’s just me. Here’s Osho’s take on why meditate:
“Meditation is a way of settling in oneself, at the innermost core of your being. Once you have found the center of your existence, you will have found both your roots and your wings.
The roots are in existence, making you a more integrated human being, an individual. And the wings are in the fragrance that is released by being in contact with existence. The fragrance consists of freedom, love, compassion, authenticity, sincerity, a sense of humor, and a tremendous feeling of blissfulness.
The roots make you an individual, and the wings give you the freedom to love, to be creative, to share unconditionally the joy that you have found. The roots and wings come together. They are two sides of one experience, and that experience is finding the center of your being.
We are continuously moving on the circumference, always somewhere else far away from our own being, always directed towards others. When (…) you close your eyes to all that is not you –even your mind, your heartbeats are left far behind – only a silence remains.
In this silence you will settle slowly into the center of your being, and then the roots will grow on their own accord, and the wings too. You need not worry about them. They come on their own.
You simply fulfill one condition: that is, to be at home – and the whole existence becomes a benediction.”
Osho: The Osho Upanishad, #9
That’s a wake up call. Either way, I am clear about it. Meditation not only transforms life, it saves lives. May your yoga do that as well. And to further it along, perhaps, I invite you. Come meditate. Come to Temple and meditate. These Osho meditations will rock you. Dynamic, Kundalini, Laughter, Gibberish… these are just a few of the clean, fresh cool water baths for the psyche we are sharing.
So why meditate? Cuz you’re invited! Come take a cold bath in the Spring of Soul. And it’s time to come home. My world needs you. So does yours. Go. Consciously. Conscious.
Join Swami Satyadharma for Osho Dynamic Meditation every Monday 7:45-8:45am at Divinitree Yoga & Arts Studio. Find details here: http://www.templesb.com/schedule