Meditation stronger than LSD
by Lakshen Sucameli
Lakshen Sucameli is an Italian writer, filmaker and independent producer. At the moment is working on a feature film on Osho. Details of the project can be found at : www.oshothemovie.com
I still remember my first Dynamic Meditation more than 30 years ago.
Already after the first stage of chaotic breathing, I entered in a sort of LSD experience that lasted even after the meditation ended and I say to myself : “Wow ! This is ´pure dope´ for free … and without negative side-effects. I want to know the Man who invented it !!!”
In fact at that time, as other people of the so-called hippies generation, we were experiencing several kinds of dopes not just for fun or to escape from the world … but as a way to explore deeper realms of reality.
You may remember those American scientists, psychologists and artists like Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert and Allen Ginsberg who became famous in the ´60-´70 spreading their message of ´turn on, tune in and drop out´ !
There´s a story about Richard Alpert arriving in India and offering a full box of LSD to Sri Karoli Baba who took the pills and remained totally unaffected !
Later on Mr. Alpert became his disciple and was called Ram Dass.
There are no anecdotes like that in Osho´s life, but I remember having heard Him answering to people who asked: “What do you do for those who are drug-addicts?” “I am giving them a stronger dope: it is called Meditation!”
Simply, clear and with His usual provoking and dialectic capacity, Osho transformed the contest of the question into a different approach to the problem.
In fact, the problem is no more that of the ´search´ of the hippies, or that of the artists along the ages using some kind of substances to improve their inspiration … and not even that of traditional cultures as in Central or South America using peyote and Ayuwaska in order to get a ´vision´.
The modern men and women from the West, and now also from the East, are living in a fast lane world full of tensions and often, the way to overcome the problems, is getting into drinking or drugs.
But the state of relax and let go that alcohol and drugs can offer is just momentary as an helicopter that lifts up very fast, makes possible to see the high, but is unable to land and remain on the pick!
Meditation is a longer and more arduous process but, once one starts to walk on the path, there is a chance to reach and finally sit on that pick.
Anyway, the contemporary human beings are not willing to pay attention for something that looks difficult and long. There are already too many ´difficult and long´ things to do … why to add another one to such already busy life ?!
The vitality and naturalness are consumed by being productive for the economical system and for the sake of social moral codes.
Osho was very much aware of the issue and created His Active Techniques in order to shake ´fast´ the mind and the body, make people feel natural and vital again and then … meditation can have a chance to start!
The Osho´s active meditation techniques are among the most precious pearls left by Him. I do not know anyone who, after having experienced them, is not impressed by the results!
No matter if you are a lazy employer, or an hectic businessman.
Once you have closed your eyes for an hour and followed the stages of Dynamic, Kundalini, Mandala or Nataraj … something is bound to happen. No matter if you are a spiritual seeker, or a fervent atheist.
In each case, you will experience something that can open a wider understanding of your life.
These techniques should become part of every school and university program around the world … and maybe one day they will!!!