No-Mind means intelligence. And when I am asking you for gibberish, I am simply asking you to throw out the mind and all its activity so you remain behind – pure, clean, transparent, perceptive.
On May 26, 1988, Osho introduced the No-Mind Meditation.
MY Beloved Ones,
I am introducing you to a new meditation. It is divided in three parts.
The first part is gibberish. The word ‘gibberish’ comes from a Sufi mystic, Jabbar. Jabbar never spoke any language, he just uttered nonsense. Still he had thousands of disciples because what he was saying was, “Your mind is nothing but gibberish. Put it aside and you will have a taste of your own being.” Use gibberish and go consciously crazy. Go crazy with absolute awareness so that you become the center of the cyclone. Simply allow whatever comes, without bothering whether it is meaningful or reasonable. Just throw out all mind garbage and create the space in which the Buddha appears.
In the second part, the cyclone is gone and has taken you also away. The Buddha has taken its place in absolute silence and immobility. You are just witnessing the body, the mind and anything that is happening.
In the third part I will say, “Let go!” Then you relax your body and let it fall without any effort, without your mind controlling. Just fall like a bag of rice.
Each segment will begin with the sound of a drum.
Try the meditation for seven days at first, as that will be a long enough period to experience its effects. Allow for approximately 40 minutes of gibberish, followed by 40 minutes of witnessing and Let Go, but you can continue both stages for a further 20 minutes if you wish.
First stage: Gibberish or Conscious Craziness
Standing or sitting, close your eyes and begin to say nonsense sounds-gibberish. Make any sounds you like, but do not speak in a language, or use words that yoy know. Allow yourself to express whatever needs to be expressed within you. Throw everything out, go totally mad. Go consciously crazy. The mind thinks in terms of words. Gibberish helps to break up this pattern of continuous verbalization. Without suppressing your thoughts, you can throw them out in this gibberish.
Everything is allowed: sing, cry, shout, scream, mumble, talk, Let your body do whatever it wants: jump, lie down, pace, sit, kick, and so on. Do not allow there to be any gaps. If cannot find sounds to gibber with, just say la la la la , but don’t remain silent.
If you do this meditation with other people, do not relate or interfere with them in any way. Just stay with is happening to you, and don’t bother about what others are doing. You can wear a blindfold if it helps.
Second stage: Witnessing
After the gibberish, sit absolutely still and silent and relaxed, gathering your energy inwards, letting your thoughts drift further and further away from you, allowing yourself to fall into the deep silence and peacefulness that is at your center. You may sit on the floor or use a chair. Your head and back should be straight, your body relaxed, your eyes closed and your breathing natural.
Be aware; be totally in the present moment. Become like a watcher on the hills, witnessing whatever passes by. Your thoughts will try to race to the future or back to the past. Just watch them from them from a distance – don’t judge them. Just stay in the present, watching. It is the meditation, what you are watching is not important. Remember not to become identified with or lost in whatever comes by: thoughts, feelings, body sensations, judgments.
Third stage: Let-Go
Gibberish is to get rid of the active mind, silence is to get rid of the inactive mind, and Let-Go is to enter into the transcendental.
After the witnessing, allow your body to full back to the ground without any effort or control. Lying back, continue witnessing, being aware that you are not the body nor the mind, that you are something separate from both.
As you travel deeper and deeper inside, you will eventually come to your center.
When you feel ready, sit up again and for a few minutes remember the space you have been in – the silence and the peace.
If you would like to experience this technique more deeply, you can participate in the No-Mind Meditative Therapy, a week-long process consisting of one hour of gibberish, followed by one hour of silent sitting. This is offered in Osho Commune International and Osho Meditation center through-out the world.
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