EDITION: February - April '07



If you want to live a fulfilled life, you first need to find out what your potential is, who you really are. The way to discover this is meditation, the science of consciousness.

Lots of meditation techniques require you to sit quiet and still. But that is difficult for most of us because we have accumulated tensions in our bodies and minds.

Traditional methods are attractive, because they are so old and many people in the past have thus become enlightened. But we lead a completely different life today than in the times of Buddha, Jesus, Patanjali, Lao-Tzu, Krishnamurti and Ramana Maharshi. Our thinking and actions are mainly self-centered.

Every meditation technique suits a certain situation, a certain type of mind, a certain type of person. Modern man has changed so much that he needs new methods, new techniques.

The mystic Osho (1931 - 1990) developed new and contemporary meditation techniques based on a deep understanding that the modern human being is a new phenomenon and that traditional methods will not be affective.

The body for example has changed. It has become unlively and so numb that traditional methods can’t help. The attributes of our mind has changed fundamentally. During Buddha’s time the centre of the human personality was not the brain but the heart. Before that it wasn’t even the heart, it lay much deeper, near the navel area.

Furthermore we live in an artificial atmosphere; the air, water, food, society, living conditions have ceased to be natural. We are born into artificiality and we develop in it.

Most of us are defined and ruled by our thoughts and feelings for most of our lives. This leads us to believe that we are these thoughts and feelings.

Meditation is the state of just Being, simple witnessing without the interference of body or reason. It is our natural state, to which we have lost access.Osho’s active meditations, like e.g. dynamic or kundalini meditation were developed over a long period of time by Osho. They enable us to consciously experience and express suppressed feelings and recognise and observe habits of behaviour and thinking in a new way. His innovative and active methods are based on the realisation that accumulated stress in the body and mind must first be released, so that we can experience a relaxed, meditative state, free from all thoughts.

Osho says: „My methods are very energetic. The more dynamic and powerful the method, the less your calculating thinking can take over. The more energy you have to use, the more total the effect and your vitality is not just in your head, it is in your body, in your feelings and with these dynamic methods you are challenged on all levels.

Active meditation enables you to release your negative blockages. It frees you from the prison of your beliefs, opinions and notions, from the prison of your mind. Once you are outside, you can laugh.”Quintessential for Osho’s approach is that the meditator needs to understand the nature of the mind, instead of battling against it. The vision of a fusion of the timeless wisdom of the East combined with the highest potential of Western science and technology runs like a red thread through all aspects of Osho’s work.

Especially his revolutionary new ideas regarding the science of inner transformation have made Osho famous. His understanding of meditation embraces the rapid tempo of modern living.


Dassana has been leading meditation courses in Ibiza, Holland and Germany.