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OSHO Nadabrahma Meditation®
Music by Deuter
Nadabrahma is the humming meditation – through humming and hand movements, conflicting parts of you start falling in tune, and you bring harmony to your whole being. Then, with body and mind totally together, you “slip out of their hold” and become a witness to both. This watching from the outside is what brings peace, silence, and bliss.
The meditation lasts one hour and has three stages. Your eyes remain closed throughout. Music indicates and energetically supports the different stages. The last stage has no music, and it ends when you hear three gong beats.
“In Nadabrahma, remember this: let the body and mind be totally together, but remember that you have to become a witness. Get out of them, easily, slowly, from the back door, with no fight, with no struggle. They are getting drunk: you get out and watch from the outside. This is the meaning of the English word ecstasy – to stand outside. Stand outside and watch from there. It is tremendously peaceful; it is silence, it is bliss, it is benediction.” – Osho
For more information on meditating, we recommend: Meditation The First and Last Freedom
First Stage – 30 minutes – Sit in a relaxed position with eyes closed and lips together. Start humming – loud enough so that if anyone were sitting close to you, they would be able to hear it – and create a vibration throughout your body. You can visualize a hollow tube or an empty vessel, filled only with the vibrations of the humming. A point will come when the humming continues by itself and you become the listener. There is no special breathing and you can alter the pitch or move your body smoothly and slowly if you feel it happening naturally.
Second Stage – 15 minutes – The second stage is divided into two 7½-minute sections.
For the first half move the hands, palms up, in an outward circular motion. Starting at the navel, both hands move forward and then divide to make two large circles mirroring each other left and right. The movement should be so slow that at times there will appear to be no movement at all. Feel that you are giving energy outward to the universe.
When the music changes after 7½ minutes, turn the hands palms down and start moving them in the opposite direction. Now the hands will come together toward the navel and divide outward to the sides of the body. Feel that you are taking energy in.
As in the first stage, don’t inhibit any soft, slow movements of the rest of your body
Third Stage – 15 minutes – Now stop the hand movements and just sit relaxed.
Total Time: 60:00
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“Nadabrahma is a mantra meditation, and mantra is one of the most potential methods. It is very simple yet tremendously effective because when you chant a mantra or you chant a sound, your body starts vibrating; your brain cells particularly start vibrating.
If rightly done your whole brain becomes tremendously vibrant, and the whole body also. Once the body starts vibrating and your mind is already chanting, they fall in tune – a harmony which is ordinarily never there between the two.
Your mind goes on its way, your body continues on its own. The body goes on eating, the mind goes on thinking. The body goes on walking on the road and the mind is moving far away in the stars. They never meet – they each go on separate pathways, and that creates a split.
The basic schizophrenia is created because the body goes in one direction and the mind goes in another direction. And you are the third element – you are neither the body nor the mind, so you are pulled apart by these two. Half of your being is pulled by the body and half of your being is pulled by your mind. So there is great anguish – one feels torn apart.
This is how the mechanism works in a mantra meditation – in Nadabrahma or any chanting – when you start chanting a sound. And any sound will do, even abracadabra… If you start resounding inside, the body starts responding. Sooner or later a moment comes when the body and the mind are together in one direction for the first time. When body and mind are together, you are free from the body and the mind; you are not torn apart. Then the third element which you are in reality – call it soul, spirit, atman, anything – that third element is at ease because it is not being pulled in different directions.
The body and the mind are so engrossed in chanting that the soul can slip out of them very easily, unobserved, and can become a witness, can stand outside and look at the whole game that is going on between the mind and the body. It is such a beautiful rhythm that the mind and body never become aware that the soul has slipped out. They don’t allow that so easily, they keep their possession! Nobody wants to lose his possession. The body wants to dominate the soul, the mind wants to dominate the soul.
This is a very sly way to get out of their hold. They become drunk with the chanting and you slip out.
So in Nadabrahma, remember this: let the body and mind be totally together, but remember that you have to become a witness. Get out of them, easily, slowly, from the back door, with no fight, with no struggle. They are drinking: you get out and watch from the outside.
This is the meaning of the English word ecstasy – to stand outside. Stand outside and watch from there. It is tremendously peaceful; it is silence, it is bliss, it is benediction.
This is the whole secret of chanting, that’s why chanting has prevailed down the centuries. There has never been a religion that has not used chanting and mantra. But there is a danger also. If you don’t get outside, if you don’t become a witness, there is danger – then you have missed the whole point. If you become drunk with the body and the mind and your soul also becomes drunk, then chanting is an intoxicant. Then it is like a tranquilizer: it will give you a good sleep, that’s all. It is a lullaby. Good – nothing wrong in it – but not of any real value either.
So this is the pitfall to be remembered: chanting is so beautiful that one wants to get lost. If you are lost, then good, you enjoyed a rhythm, an inner rhythm, and it was beautiful and you liked it, but it was like a drug – it is an acid trip. By chanting, by the sound, you created certain drugs in your body.
Chanting creates chemical changes in the body, and those changes are no different than marijuana or LSD. Someday, when research goes deeper into meditation, they are going to find that chanting creates chemical changes, just as fasting also creates chemical changes.
After the seventh or eighth day of fasting, one feels tremendously jubilant, weightless, very glad for no reason, delighted – as if all burden has disappeared. Your body is creating a certain chemical change.
I am as much against LSD as I am against fasting. And if chanting is used as a drug, I am against it. So the point to be remembered is that you have not to use the sound, the chanting, the mantra, as an intoxicant for your being. Let it be an intoxicant for the body and the mind, but you slip out of it before you become intoxicated; you stand outside and you watch. You see the body swaying and you see the mind feeling very, very peaceful and calm and quiet. Watch from the outside and be alert like a flame.
If this is not done, you will have a good sleep but nothing more. Then it is a good thing for the health but nothing for ultimate growth.
So yes, pay attention to Nadabrahma. And sometimes sitting silently, start chanting anything; aum will do, or choose anything, any word, and get in tune with it. The meaning is not important: it can be meaningless, it can be meaningful. Aum has no meaning. Or you can create your own mantra and chant it. But remember to slip out of it.
Let the body get drunk, let the mind get drunk, let them fall into a deep love affair with each other, and you slip out of it. Don’t stay there too long, otherwise you will fall asleep. And if one falls asleep, it is not meditation. Meditation means awareness. So remember!” – Osho
“[When doing the meditation at night:] …not just before you go to sleep because then it will create so much energy that it will be difficult for you to fall asleep for two or three hours. So do it at least two, three hours before you go to sleep. If you go to sleep at twelve in the night, then nine is the right time.” – Osho