Yoga has been around for many years and is credited with many benefits. For example, it is said to have healing qualities in addition to enhancing physical fitness. It is important to understand some yoga poses since they carry specific gains for you. One of the most significant of these postures is Sirsasana.
What Exactly Is Sirsasana?
Widely considered as the best asana, Sirsasana is essentially the headstand. In plain words, it means balancing your body on your head with your feet pointing upwards. Some people think that doing this is acting like a child; after all, children are the only people capable of engaging in dangerous physical play like attempting to support the body’s weight with the head.
What these people do not know is that the headstand is among the most beneficial poses that one can practice in yoga. However, there is a rider. This is the kind of posture or activity that carries with it the tag ‘don’t try this at home.’ Seriously speaking, only engage in the Sirsasana if you have an expert taking you through the motions. If you have back or neck problems please wait until you are fully healed for you to practice Sirsasana. You would rather lose the benefits for the time being than worsen your health problems.
What Are The Benefits Of Sirsasana?
Sirsasana can help you to increase the flow of blood in your body by allowing the blood into the lower limbs to reach the heart faster and get purified. People who sit for long will tell you that by the time they rise up they feel heavy in the feet and legs. The truth is that a lot of blood will have flowed to the lower limbs with little blood moving up. ThroughSirsasana it becomes possible to allow stagnant blood to flow back to the heart more efficiently.
Another important benefit of Sirsasana, and which is related to the first, is allowing blood to reach the head region more effectively. Studies show that this movement is important in helping in toning the pituitary gland. All other endocrine glands are controlled by the pituitary, which also helps the reproductive glands to function more effectively. You also must understand that having blood flow to your scalp and follicles will greatly improve the quality of your hair.
Your organs are subject to gravitational pressure and Sirsasana will give you relief for negative effects of this strain. This is in relation to hydrocele and piles which can make you very uncomfortable. It is important to know that for your entire life, your organs have faced downwards because of gravitational pressure. The best way to give them a relief is to let them face the other way for some time.
Sirsasana will also help you to relax particularly when you are stressed. Stress is a common phenomenon in human life but it affects each person differently depending on issues and circumstances they have to deal with. The headstand helps you to become less worrisome and to overcome fear and anxiety. As you breathe in and out in this posture, you will begin to deal with the issues that make you anxious.
Sirsasana will also help you with focus issues. Your brain needs adequate blood to help it function optimally. When you give the brain its food, it becomes better in its work in addition to helping it to focus. In this situation, you are likely to feel more confident, active and attentive. That is what many people are trying to achieve through many not-so-effective methods. With this yoga pose, you have a shortcut to concentration.
If you want to make your arms and shoulders stronger, then Sirsasana is one of the best strategies for doing this. As you stand on your head, you will be building the stamina and muscles in the head and shoulders. To make sure your muscles get the required exercise, you can push your body down and up as you get off the pose. There are not many exercises that can give you this type of workout.
If you are having problems with your metabolism and digestion, it is time you tried Sirsasana. One of the reasons you are not feeling well in your abdomen is because some of the food you have been eating is stuck somewhere in your system. This yoga pose will help to remove such food and this will in turn help blood to flow into the organs that support digestion. Nutrients are also likely to be absorbed faster and more efficiently when you engage in Sirsasana.
There are many other benefits of Sirsasana. For example, you can relieve your migraines and headaches through this pose. If you are suffering from asthma, try this posture and you will find relief. Sirsasana also rejuvenates your body. The only way to find out is to begin Sirsasana lessons today.
The mind is one of the features that differentiates human beings from animals. The human mind is forever in thought. The mind stops being active when you finally breathe your last. But is constant thinking good for the mind? What happens when you let your mind wonder into the past or explore the future unchecked? Are there any side effects of a mind that is constantly multitasking?The answers to these questions are found in the concept of mindfulness.
Perhaps the following description fits you… You are driving or doing a manual job but your mind is busy thinking about other issues. You are thinking about the friend you just quarreled with. Your thoughts are constantly on the incident and why it had to happen. Alternatively, you are pondering the future. You are almost losing your job and you don’t know what to do. You consider the bills and other financial obligations that you will have to meet without stable employment. Your thoughts are so intense that you only realise you have arrived when you see the gate to your house.
The fact is that your mind is on autopilot. You are in a state of mindlessness. There are issues going on in your mind without any need for a lot of consciousness on your part. You are not even aware of the signposts along the way. You have no idea what is happening around you. Your thoughts are clouded. It is as if your mind is floating and you cannot control what it is thinking. In essence, you have a mind but it is not conscious. It is as if it is not thinking. Your mind is missing. You are mindless.
Have you ever experienced mindlessness? If you answer in the affirmative, then you are lying. It happens to most of us. Our minds often drift into thoughts of hopelessness, anger, fear and worry among other negative emotions. This happens every day because we have problems to deal with at individual and family levels. We quarrel with others in the workplace and at home. We have the problems of others to shoulder too. How can you be happy and contented when your child is having problems in school or when one of your family members is diagnosed with cancer? In other words, we all go through moments of mindlessness at one time or the other as we deal with stress from our daily struggles.
So let us ponder the effects of mindlessness on you. While we may give excuses for engaging in this activity, experts warn that it is harmful. Your emotional and mental wellbeing are at risk when you start to daydream. Actually, you accomplish nothing worthwhile because you are not thinking critically but you are having drifting thoughts instead. In addition, research has shown that when you are in a state of mindlessness, you tend to be less happy.
Mindfulness entails being in charge of your thoughts at all times. It means that you are aware of what is happening to you in the here and now. Nothing that takes place in your thoughts, body and feelings is lost on you. You are aware of the happenings in your environment. You are not a stranger to your thoughts and you do not drift into yesterday or tomorrow. A person that is mindful is one who lives in the present irrespective of what is happening to him or her at the moment.
Another important aspect of mindfulness is that you don’t pass judgment on what is happening. Rather, you accept the current situation and do not spend time wishing that things were different. Contrast this with mindlessness and you will realize that the two concepts are miles apart. Here is a situation where you are conscious of what is happening around you, and you have the opportunity to begin thinking negatively or engage in wishful thinking, but you chose to remain a detached observer.
Mindfulness is not a new art or exercise. It has been practiced for many years and this explains why people mistake it for meditation. However, it is important to realise that mindfulness is not emptying the mind of all thoughts. It does not mean stopping to think – now that we are saying you stop being judgmental. It is more of training for the mind to let go of the past and concentrate on the present in an appreciative manner.
By now you must have realised that mindfulness is not easy to practice. We have agreed that there are many cares in the world that make us mindless. Despite this, we can train our minds to become mindful. You only have to look at some of the benefits of this activity to understand why it is crucial to train your brain to be mindful. For example, it will help you to attain mental and emotional health, which you need in this ‘insane’ world. It also lowers anxiety and stress thus sparing you other illnesses. Mindful people also make excellent spouses and marriage partners since they take time to listen to what their counterparts are saying and attend to it. They are also more practical in their approach to life issues as opposed to being idealistic.
It is time you seriously considered training your brain to be mindful and to eschew mindlessness. Scientists opine that a brain that is mindful performs better on issues that require application of reasoning and logic. People who embrace mindfulness are also likely to overcome terminal illnesses or manage such diseases better than those who aren’t.
Read more about tips how to practice Mindfulness in our next article on Monday!
In conventional and popular sexual approaches, sexual energy is released when partners reach orgasm. However, did you know that this philosophy is only true when your partner and you do not understand how to control your bodies and minds?
Of depleted batteries that need recharging
Let’s use and analogy to understand how conventional sex works. When you charge a battery, it gives you the energy you need, which decreases gradually until the battery is drained. This is similar to what happens when you reach orgasm. Your sexual energy is discharged and you feel exhausted.
The opposite is true in Tantric Sex. Here the battery does not lose any energy; it flows unhindered. The partners in Tantric Sex experience increased a vitality that moves around the body – orgasm of the entire body. For partners in normal sex, the energy is in a kind of reservoir that is drained in a short while, during the moment of passion.
Not sporadic moments of passion but prolonged pleasure
Tantric Sex consists of sexual energy in sublime form. This energy remains within the sources, only leaving in form of flows and pulses and going back to its origin. Contrast this with conventional sex where a moment of passion results in the shutdown of the system. Now you know why men doze off after orgasm. In essence, the two sexual partners have no connection.
Rejuvenation, not exhaustion after sex
Tantric sex is different in that you feel rejuvenated and not exhausted during and after sex because of tantric energy. Both of you are conscious of the proceedings and of one another. Throughout the passionate encounter, you are mindful of the happenings and orgasm only enhances, but does not deplete, your energy. Very few people attain this state of continued pleasure.
The price to pay for tantric sex
But do not be cheated that this will happen without any effort. Your partner and you must be trained to focus. Tantra teachers use yoga techniques to train you on this approach to sex. The consequence is a rebirth, whereby you become totally aware of one another and your linkage – emotionally and spiritually. Make sure you choose the right partner or your husband, as the connection is becoming very strong!
In order to preserves and maximise sexual energy in Tantric Sex, you need to practice particular rituals. Prolonged Tantra worship assists you in generating sexual energy, which is them made to flow freely and rejuvenate the minds and bodies of your partner and you. For this to happen, your minds and bodies must be prepared adequately for the process.
Age and past experience do not matter
When your bodies and minds are not trained in Tantra Sex, you reach gratification rapidly. However, if you are prepared through tantric medication and yoga, you will last for a longer time, with sexual gratification taking longer to come. To learn more about Tantric Sex, identify a tantra master and start your journey towards fulfilling sex. Finally, in tantric sex, your age or past sexual experience cannot hinder you from enjoying this unforgettable sex.
The 1st October is officially the World Vegetarian Day! And although I am not a vegetarian ( Yet ), I would like to celebrate it with you, share one of my favourite receipts for a soup and remind you once again why eating lots of veggies is very healthy and important for you!
But before that, you should know that the Worlds Vegetarian Day was established by the North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and supported by the international Vegetarian Union in 1978 , “To promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.” It is important to bring awareness to the benefits of the vegetarian lifestyle, good health and ethical environmental.
So lets start the month of October as Vegetarian Awareness Month, detox our bodies and experiment with all the delicious fruits, veggies that the autumn season is bringing to us ( OMG there are so many yummy things on the farmers market….mushrooms and the pumpkins ) and celebrate the ending of it on the 1st of November after Halloween is over!
The temperatures are dropping down and its good to keep warm. I am not going to share with you another pumpkin dish recipe even that its so healthy, popular and it’s the season for it! But I will share one of my favourites Russian/Ukrainian Soups that I loved as a child and still love –
– is the delicious ( of course vegetarian ) “Borscht “!
2 medium beetroots, peeled and grated
1 large carrot, peeled and grated
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tomato, diced
2 tbsp of water
1 tsp of juice lemon
1 L of vegetable broth
1 tbsp of sea salt
4 medium-size potatoes, diced
½ white cabbage
1 small onion, diced
1 tsp olive oil
3 whole black peppers
2 bay leaves
1/5 tbsp dried parsley
1 garlic cloves, halved
Easy to cook:
You will need a large pot, on medium/high heat, 1 tbsp of olive oil heated before adding grated beets, carrots and diced tomatoes.
Add 2 tbsp of water and lemon juice to the vegetables and stir.
Cover the pot, simmer for 15 min and reduce the heat to low.
Boil 1L vegetable broth and ad it to the shredded vegetables after they have been simmering for 15 min.
Bring them all to a boil and add 1 tbsp of sea salt.
Add diced potatoes and shredded cabbage to the soup and cook for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat up 1 tsp of olive oil in a small skillet and sauté the onion over medium heat until it becomes golden.
Add the onions to the pot and give it a good stir.
Finally add black pepper, bay leaves, garlic and dried parsley to the soup and continue cooking for another 5-10 minutes.
Borscht is ready to be served!
Store your Borscht in a refrigerator and it will stay fresh for up to 1 week. I actually like it more on the second or even third day, it becomes a bit vinery.
You can always add to your bowl a teaspoon of sour cream, fresh herbs or freshly grounded pepper!
Why is it good to be a vegetarian or at least try for a month?
Eating non-vegetarian food causes pain and suffering to the animals that are killed for food
Did you knew that more natural resources (water, agricultural land and human resources) are consumed when animals are reared for their meat. So do you care for the future of our planet?
Vegetarian foods are much healthier for you; this is already very well studied and proven. So being a vegetarian will lead you to have a higher quality of life!
All human being must practice ‘non violence’ against all living creatures. To hurt another being is to hurt oneself!
Do you care about the Worlds economy? Well then you must know that the World population would be cheaper and more efficient if people followed a vegetarian diet.
I think I need to admit, that I am a bit obsessed with burning incenses at home! I even suspect the whole building smells of it when I burn them in my apartment and the neighbours must think there is a Krishna Temple somewhere inside the house! LOL! But to burn incense, you don’t have to be religious, a Krishna believer or a Buddhist. Just read the real and good benefits that you can get from burning them, from different perspectives…
What is Incense?
Incense is a fragrant biotic substance that emits aromatic smoke as it burns. Substances may also be mixed with essential oils, spices, tree bark and flowers to create certain fragrances and aromas. Different cultures have varied ways of preparing incense and technology has created even more methods!
Who burns Incense?
Ancient Egyptians would burn incense to worship their Gods and for being near them and to their Gods too. Today Christian churches burn them for religious ceremonies and liturgy. In Asia many people burn them not only at the temples but also at their homes to honour their Gods, for rituals and to purify and protection from any bad spirits.
Want to concentrate more?
A famous Chinese healer teaches that – “Monks recognised this benefit of incense long ago and use it during their meditation to clear the air as well as their thoughts.” Craftsmen practice the same to ensure they don’t lose focus when creating artefacts, jewellery and ornaments.
I love meditating when burning the incense at home in front of my Buddha. It connects me into a different place, the atmosphere changes and my thoughts become quiet, I travel into a different time and my mind disappears into my sanctuary!
Need a creativity injection?
If you are a writer, musician or any other creative artist you can spike your imagination and creativity by burning incense! The exciting aroma of incense can work like gorgeous scenery, an inspiring song or a quiet walk in the woods – or even better – in generating ideas and creativity to work on them.
Feeling low on morale?
We all feel it at times and burning incense can also change all of this. Incense is known to have air-purifying qualities. It destroys or wards off bacteria, fungi and insects. According to some experts, “incense increases positive energy and drives away negative energy.”
Is your confidence tank empty?
Confidence is very crucial for any activity that you undertake and incense can greatly boost your self-assurance. If your burn incense, it can help you to be more confident and successful!
Need to boost your libido?
If you are looking for an aphrodisiac, look no further! Your sexual appetite is bound to increase, even as your confidence grows exceptionally with every scent of incense you imbibe. An incense guru holds that “If a couple uses incense together, the smells will kick in the pheromone effect and they most likely will have a hard time keeping their hands off each other.” Wow, not bad for an incense…
You can avert bacterial infections by disinfecting the air with Myrrh and other forms of incense. If your nose is blocked or you have a throbbing head, burning and imbibing incense will bring you fast relief. You also can use incense to fight depression and anxiety and overcome insomnia. Simply burn them at homes to enjoy its pleasant aroma!
Despite all this great benefits, remember it is really very, very important to use only organic / natural incense! It is more safer for your health, respiratory system and is non-addictive, the type that has some synthetic substances or is burned using charcoal can harm you! I would recommend Japanese incense, they are generally more refined then others and are the best from my experience. Nippon Kodo Since 1575.
Tibetan incenses are very natural and light. In India the incense tends to be rougher and very strong in aroma. Additionally, incense can have healing effects, but if your condition worsens, consult a doctor. Personally and if I am honest, sometimes I feel the burning smoke aromas are a bit to strong for me even if I do like the fragrance. If you burn it in small rooms, I would recommend opening the windows and letting some fresh air in.
So don’t overuse it to much, you don’t have to burn the incense everyday and every hour! You can burn them few times or even once a week. So when I feel more sensitive to the smells, I just let them burn (in a safe place) when I leave the house, so when I come back I have a nice aroma, clean energy and good spirit at home!
Issue about the soul and its existence and related functions are often controversial. There are people who don’t believe in the existence of the soul. There are those who cannot imagine life without a soul. Some of us are ambivalent, choosing to believe in the existence of the soul at one time and denying it at another. To be frank, this article is for those who believe that the soul exists. However, even those who don’t should read it because in the process they will realise that indeed they have a soul that emanates from somewhere.
Not An Easy Question To Answer
Now let us ask the main question again,” Do our souls come from a different planet or universe? The answer to this question can only be understood through a lengthy exposition because a simplistic yes or no answer will not suffice. The soul is sometimes referred to as the higher self or spirit. It is not a tangible entity and science has never proved that the soul exists or does not exist. You also need to understand that matters of the soul are in the realm of the spiritual, which science refuses to endorse. I often ask friends who dismiss spiritual issues as being untrue why they believe in the wind yet they have never seen it. They also cannot explain ‘love’ scientifically yet they believe in parental love, romance and other variants of love. I will leave that issue for now and discuss it on another occasion.
The Origin Of The Soul
Everything there is on earth, animate or inanimate, visible or invisible, emanates from one source – the Creator. Your soul is from that source and its shares many of the character traits of the Creator. Every soul begins its life and journey at the source. It is during the time your soul is or was with the Creator that preparation for earthly life was done. The Creator takes time to nurture and make ready the soul for life in other realms. Once the soul is ready, it chooses where it will be incarnated.
Where Do Souls Incarnate?
There are vast planets and galaxies where you can incarnate. Incarnation means you assume the form of another entity and begin to live in another place. There are souls that choose to come straight to the earth to incarnate. Others choose other galaxies to begin life there. Some of the popular places where souls land for the first time are Pleiades and Sirius, which are star systems away from our solar system. The difference between souls that start life on earth and those that begin in other star systems is evident in a number of ways that we will look at shortly. For now, suffice to know that those who incarnated first as in other star systems are called ‘star seed’ or ‘start travellers’.
You will realise that your soul does not come from another planet, but from the Creator. Other planets are paths through which your soul passes in the process of incarnation. However, if we are talking about souls ‘coming’ from another planet in terms of travelling through them, then our question has an affirmative answer. But there this so much more to learn on this issue that I advise you to continue reading.
Is It Important Whether You Began Your Incarnation On Earth Or Elsewhere?
No star system is similar to the others. Every realm has its own features. When a soul incarnates in a certain planet, it becomes part of that new area and adopts character traits that dominate there. Every place the soul chooses to incarnate has prevailing energy that imbues the soul. For example, souls that begin their journey in Pleiades assume the dynamism, energy and speed that prevail there.
What follows is very important for you to appreciate. The traits that a soul picks from a certain system remain with that soul as it moves to another system. In other words, your current behaviour is likely to be a product of the planets your soul has passed through. You will realise, for example, that you have this fiery trait that never seems to go. For example, you can be the type of person that influences others to work on certain projects and courses. You have the charisma to lead people towards results. This means you are likely to be a soul that went through planets that had a lot of energy.
To answer the question on whether it matters where you first incarnated, I give an affirmative answer. Similarly, it matters where the soul incarnated before it ended up on earth. This is because you are the sum of the traits that your soul has picked along the way as it incarnated. In other words, there are many factors that account for who you are today. This is not just about the traits you are picking now that you are on earth. There is a history behind you that makes you what you are today.
I know you might be asking what happens of this is the earth is the first place of one’s incarnation. It simply means that you are on a journey. Here you are imbued with the energies of the earth. Time will come for you to move to another planet where you will assume another body and live a different life. The traits you acquired while on earth will follow you and influence how you will behave in the next planet or star system.
Can A Soul Be Reborn?
I will begin this section with an explanation related to the origin of the soul. All souls eventually will return to the source – the Creator. The reason we left the Creator was to gain experience in the happenings of the material world. Souls assume material forms during incarnation but they are not material in themselves. They are divine and will eventually return to their divine states.
Every soul longs for the day it will revert to its original state where virtue and perfection are the norm.
However, this journey back to the divine state is not as easy as many may think. Processes and experiences of incarnation and reincarnation are responsible for taking the soul away from its divine nature. The soul can only return to the Creator when it is perfect. Your soul must relearn how to be honest, loving, humble and modest, and to respect the fundamental right of existence. Many of the divine traits you had at the beginning have been replaced by material concerns like struggle for power, material wealth, prestige and avarice.
When you breathe your last on earth, your soul, which is not dead, takes time to rethink its journey. It assesses whether it is ready to return to the Creator based on achieving the divine traits we have mentioned before. If these traits are yet to be attained, the soul decides to reincarnate on earth to continue its learning and unlearning. You have to remember that it is easier and possible to retrain your soul in divine ways by reverting to the place where you lost your divine character. That is why many souls reincarnate on earth because this is where they began to lose their perfection.
Your life on earth is not a punishment as some people would have you believe. You are here to be trained to regain the divine traits that you lost. The people you meet and the circumstances you go through are meant to shape you back into the divine form you were in before your first incarnation.
How About Soul Groups?
It would not be fair to end this article without talking about soul groups. I had said earlier that some souls arrive on earth after having incarnated in other places. It follows that such souls have comparable character traits. These people will find themselves gravitating towards one another, whether they know their origins or not. For example star travelers tend to associate with their kind since they share a past. They are concerned with attaining spiritual development and making the world a better place to live in. Having experienced other worlds that may be ‘better’ than ours, they long to see more justice, fairness and peace. About a quarter of the inhabitants of the earth are star travellers. They are different from those who have only reincarnated on earth.
We must admit that our souls have fallen far from the divine nature they were created with. We are more inclined to hurt others and act selfishly than we are to selflessly help our fellow human beings. The process of regaining our divine traits will, therefore, take longer. Many will undergo incarnation after the other on earth before they attain perfection and be ready to return to the original state. Until then, we must continue to view our lives on earth and any reincarnations, not as punishment, but as divine assistance to help us back to our original and perfect place with the Creator.
One of these days you may come across a donkey hauling luggage, take a good look at it, because that could be mirroring an image of you. Life is an ironic struggle where we often rush to meet deadlines and targets while forgetting to ‘feed the cow that produces the milk’. You work your ass off in the quest for a king’s life only to die a pauper that never enjoyed life!
Losing contact with yourself is the worst mistake you can make in life. Often we search for the solutions to loneliness and lethargy in other places while the real source of these complications is in our detached soul.
What you need is a trip into your inner self and the best way to do this is to take a spiritual journey to the Osho Meditation Resort…
Appreciating Osho Meditation Resort
I know you are likely to dismiss this as yet another boring article by a yoga enthusiast who has nothing more to do but stare into emptiness, but before you do so let me tell you about the Osho Meditation Resort.
First, it is in India. I can see weird thoughts crisscrossing your mind already – tropical sun, saris, robes, rice, onions, spices, monkeys, rickshaws, traffic, monks, vegetarians, imposing temples and so on. I would be lying if I said you will not come across these real and imagined images of India.
However a 15 minute flight from Mumbai to Koregaon Park in Pune will do you good! Yes, rickshaws are not the only means of transport in India – there are airplanes too! The beauty that awaits you will erase all your lopsided impressions about India and its people; more importantly, this camp effortlessly blends nature and modernity.
Walking in marble
Have you ever walked on marble in the midst of elegant buildings and green vegetation, along a swimming pool only fit for Olympic champions? That is the Osho Meditation Resort for you. And the surprise does not end there. This is virtually an international meeting point if the meditators from over 100 countries are to be considered. This resort gives you the opportunity to not only interact with global yoga enthusiasts but also relax, swim, rest, meditate or simply be yourself.
Not for nut-heads and hermits
I often meet people who think that yoga is a dark art; a mystical oriental ritual only fit for nut-heads and hermits who have lost touch with humanity! This resort will help you understand and practice basic Osho Active Meditations, which are designed for the modern person who has to contend with a lot of stress and psychological strain.
Whether you are the neophyte trying to learn how to salute the sun or you are the experienced meditation expert that needs no prompt to fall into a trance, Osho Meditation Resort is designed for you. There are numerous methods of meditation at this centre including traditional approaches such as Vipassana and more modern ones like Osho Kundalini and dance meditation.
The Osho Multiversity is also open for eager learners. Please don’t develop stomachache because of your fear of exams – there are none here! At least the founders of the centre knew you would visit one day and did not want to scare you away!
The Osho Meditation Centre also has workshops that you can participate in to enable you develop your mental and spiritual capabilities. At the end of each day, a spectacular evening of celebration, dance and even silence awaits you.
Daily and in-house programs
By the way, you do have the choice of going to the centre daily for meditation or pitching tent at the resort to soak up all the meditation knowledge and benefits available, like a human sponge!
What happens when you visit Osho?
Your wonderful experience at the Osho Meditation Resort begins at the Welcome Center right at the entrance where you register. This helps shield off busy-bodies and I am guessing you are not one. Please don’t visit the Welcome Centre unless it is between 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm daily. It amazes me as to where staff members get their infectious smiles and the resourceful answers they give. Registration takes place up to 12.30 pm for the morning session while afternoon registration activity takes place up to 3.30 pm.
What do you need for registration?
The Osho Meditation Resort is a law abiding entity and requires interested visitors to present valid identification papers. Don’t come with your boutique, supermarket or airline receipts please. Keep them as souvenirs and only present your ID or passport.
Mandatory HIV /Aids Test
This may be scary depending on your sexual history and escapades, but prepare for a HIV test before being admitted into the Osho Meditation Resort. You don’t have to read for the test – it is just 15 minutes of waiting and you know your fate. The resort will reward you with a Meditation Resort pass once you are deemed fine.
Daily Stickers for entrance
After registration, all you will need to exist within the resort are daily stickers which you can purchase when entering. You may also opt for seasonal tickets if you become a fan – or are you a meditation and yoga fanatic?
How about buying items in the park?
Please leave your cash and notes at home – nobody is interested in your poverty or wealth at the Osho Meditation Resort! Grab some vouchers (of course you have to pay for these) at the Welcome Centre as they are the legal tender there.
The Welcome Morning
Avoid the temptation to oversleep and be at the centre by 9.00 am to participate in the Welcome Morning, which introduces you to the campus, the programs of the Osho Multiversity and Osho Meditations. In the unfortunate event that you arrive at 9.01 am, don’t despair because you will listen to a brief introduction audio in your language of choice. But do not be cheated because you still have to arrive at 8.59 am the following day for the Welcome Morning.
What about residents?
You can register and live in the camp. There is a Living in Program for those on a long pilgrimage. Getting to know fellow meditators is an extra incentive for zero grazing yourself. This is a good option if you are allergic to traffic and rickshaws that characterise the life of a day scholar.
Can you stay off campus?
You can stay at any of the affordable and comfortable hotels in the vicinity of Osho Meditation Resort. But as one of my friends found out, you may arrive at the resort after some important activities have taken place.
How much will it cost you?
A meditation pass is the guarantee that you can remain in the resort between 5.30 am and late night and also access the OSHO Teerth Garden, the OSHO Auditorium and the evening programs.
Those with entry stickers are allowed into meditation programs for the entire day. They also attend the Buddha Grove open-air classes.
Stickers are available either for 1-10 days’ period or for an entire month. 1-4 days; entry stickers will cost you 1560 INR every day if you are not a resident of India, while citizens and residents have to pay 760 INR for the same package. If you opt for tickets to allow you access for 5 to 6 days, you will get a 13% discount if you are a foreigner, which means you will pay 1,326 INR. For residents and nationals, this package will cost 646 INR.
I almost forgot to tell you that the cost of food, drinks, accommodation and courses and workshops offered by the Osho Multiversity are on the Osho website!
Communicating with the outside world while at the resort?
You can visit the cybercafé within the Osho Meditation Resort and pay a little fee for Wi-Fi internet. You can also make calls but only in designated areas. Nobody wants to be disturbed by long noisy and hysterical calls when they are meditating. And forget about selfies as all sorts of photo taking activities are prohibited.
Who is allowed to visit?
Everyone is welcome! The resort receives people from more than a hundred nations on the planet. Whether you are a businessman, policeman or an artisan, you will find relaxation and fun at the Osho Meditation Centre – And age does not matter, too. Both young and old will realise that their needs are well taken care of at the centre. Don’t be surprised if you find you grandfather walking around the resort in a maroon robe!
Majority of those who visit this centre are university graduates. So if you thought meditation was for lowly-educated and superstitious oriental people think twice. But education is not a requirement for meditation! Don’t be cheated into thinking that you are the odd one out because you see people at the centre greeting each other, half of the people whom you will meet here are first-time visitors just like you.
Why should I go?
Countless people find time to visit this resort for the sake of enjoyment. If you feel you need time to shed off some of your pent-up emotions, visit the centre and relax both in mind and spirit. There are those who come to the park for the purpose of learning at the Osho Multiversity. There is no better place to understand meditation than this resort. You may also want to pop in if you have come to India on a different mission. You will never regret walking through the doors of this resort! The sheer numbers you will find here will convince you that you need to have visited sooner.
What kind of a product is envisioned?
This may sound like rocket science for the uninitiated, but the resort has a vision for the human race in this age. The intention is to come up with a human beings who are well-grounded while simultaneously reaching for greater heights. The Osho product is a jovial person, who interacts readily with others, but also retreats to meditate in silence. It does not matter what values you believe in, your space is preserved in this special garden.
Do you need to be a member?
This is a ridiculous lie propagated from those who have no understanding of what it means to visit this resort!! The centre does not belong to an exclusive club. There are no special people who must be admitted and others rejected. All you need is to be prepared to come to grips with you inner self and to develop a deeper and beneficial understanding of who you really are.
You may have heard that people who come to the resort are initiated into “sannyas”, which is another misconception. It is upon the individual to decide whether to enrol or not. Personally, I find no problem with Smith assuming the name William if only to come to grips with his inner self and begin a new fulfilling life.
When you decide to engage in “sannyas” Osho tells you that you have committed yourself to his guidance and he will not interfere with your life. Just dedicate yourself to transformation – while acting responsibly. Only through courage will you achieve your meditation goals.
Are visitors required to join movements or cults?
By its very nature, meditation is not a crowd activity. Osho Meditation Resort encourages you to join your inner self in order to grow into a more conscious and happier person. You cannot meditate effectively unless you appreciate and practice some form of solitary living.
Osho methods are transformative – requiring a personal paradigm shift. Osho advocates for are meant to destroy the misconceptions you have about yourself, thus leaving your soul utterly naked and ready for a new experience. He opines that you can only understand the truth by being alone and that truth is you. He believes that no great spiritual teacher can teach you the truth because the truth is found in you – by engaging in meditation. Meditation is not practiced in market places, football stadiums or politically rallies!
However, realising this dream is not like drinking water or eating a favourite meal – it requires courage. At Osho Meditation Resort you have all the tools you need and the concomitant environment to meditate. Interestingly, there are many other people at the centre pursuing the same goal, and being alone with them (if you can comprehend what this means), is not only easy but also enjoyable.
Is there a dress code?
Here is the interesting part, especially for men who cannot wear women’s clothing! At this renowned meditation centre, visitors wear lose-fitting plain maroon robes (I can hear you breathe a sigh of relief that it is not a skirt or dress). This is mandatory for everyone within the resort and especially during meditation. You will wear this robe between 9 am and 4 pm, while performing daytime tasks. It is also the attire that you will wear when performing OSHO Kundalini Meditations and OSHO Dynamic.
Do you want to know why people wear maroon robes at the resort?
Maroon robes act as uniform attire and make people feel part of the resort and of one another.
Unlike wearing different clothes, uniformity enables you to focus on your inner self instead of the outside.
There is mutual meditative energy that emanates from collective wearing of the colour maroon.
If you are a woman (and this also applies to some men) you will not need to worry about matching the colour of your clothes in the morning, hence giving you more time to focus on the more important task of meditation.
Pune is in the tropics and temperature can hit the extreme north and south.
This attire will free your body from the bondage of belts and other constricting body accessory that makes breathing and meditation problematic.
If you are not from India, you can at least boast to your folks back at home that you survived for some time in a robe!
What others are saying about Osho and the Osho Meditation Resort
You are not the first person to discover Osho Meditation Resort! No medal awaits you for that. At least not for now! Osho’s teachings and methodologies have over the years been commended by religious leaders, actors, politicians, musicians and writers among others. These include Tom Cruise, Madonna, The Dalai Lama, Tom Robbins and Dr. Manmohan Singh to name a few. I am not sure whether you can become a clone of Madonna or Tom Cruise at your age, but I am sure meditation and this experience at the resort can give you a new lease of life at any age.
Time to visit
Don’t read history any more – make history now! There are few pilgrimages that can transform you the way a visit to the Osho Meditation Resort can. Make a commitment today and visit the Osho Meditation Resort!
The spiritual world is full of surprises particularly in relation to how our souls measure up to expectations. I must admit that it took me time to understand that there can be mature and immature souls. I am sure you have heard the expression of an “Old Soul” before? So like me at the beginning, you may also be wondering how an unseen entity, like a soul, can be considered mature or immature. However, it takes a critical personal examination to understand exactly what it means to be regarded as an old soul.
The spiritual journey is a long and complex one. It involves growing from one level to another during all your lifetime and most of the time it is replete with challenges. Along the way you must pose important questions to assess your progress and remain committed to your goals. Chief among the crucial questions you must ask yourself, what is it you really expect from life. The importance of this question cannot be overstated.
The moment you decide to ask yourself what your expectations in life are, the answer you receive will indicate how mature your soul is.
Before we go deeper into the issue of soul maturity, we need to emphasize that you must be honest in your answers. The problem with us as human being is that we have become so vain that we can lie to ourselves! We are used to lying all the time so much so that lying has become our second nature. However, the worst form of lying is to deceive yourself. This means that while you know your weaknesses, strengths and potential, you deny these facts and decide to live like other people. You must have heard that a lie can be told so many times that it begins to sound like a fact.
After all nobody is there to check whether you are right or not. Moreover, is not a matter for discussion. You also must bear in mind that you don’t have to publicise your answers. Similarly, you have always told people not to judge you because they have never lived your experience. Now you have the opportunity to be your own judge.
Now that we have settled the question of honesty, let us delve into the answers that you give when you ask yourself about your expectations in life as you seek to know whether your soul is mature. Your response to this important question has a direct correlation with the maturity of your soul. Human expectations are significant because they reveal what is in a person’s heart and why they live the way they do. I like to deviate by saying that if you want to know the essence of a person, ask them their expectations in life. One can only expect to achieve that which is tandem with their deeply-held beliefs.
Let us now compare and contrasts the maturity and immaturity of souls using the concept of human expectations. If you are the kind of person that has innumerable desires, aspirations and goals that you are keen to achieve, you are an immature soul. Wow! That definition categorises you as an immature soul already – right? By the way, it does not matter whether these desires are of a lower order, like power and money, or more complex ones like being more devoted to your spiritual life. In essence, as an immature soul, you are always striving to achieve what can be seen and felt. You obsess about becoming richer and famous. Success becomes your mantra.
In this regard, mature souls operate within timelines. The future holds a lot of significance for them. I am sure you cannot argue about this because you are always saying that you will achieve this or that in some days, weeks, months or years to come. Immature souls have to achieve certain material objectives at certain times and this is the driving force behind their thoughts and actions. They always feel that they are pressed for time since time is a limited resource. People with immature souls dedicate a lot of time to the achievement of material goals at the expense of spiritual ones.
However, do not imagine that an immature soul does not have spiritual objectives – it does, in some cases. The only difference is that those spiritual goals are supposed to be achieved today or in the present dispensation. The present is only a launching ground for achieving the pleasures of tomorrow. You may have met people whose only motive for helping others is because this will result in a better to qualify for a blissful afterlife. You probably know someone who lives well today simply because they want to escape future apocalyptic judgment. Their desires may seem to have a spiritual angle, but in real sense, if the possibility of damnation or future good was removed withdrawn, these people would be the worst crooks you have ever met.
Let us now turn our attention to mature souls. From the onset, you need to understand that a mature soul has ambitions and desires, but that does not becloud the need to embrace nobler ideals. This soul is closely linked to forms and shapes. If you have such a soul, you don’t just think about the present; you have the cosmic good at heart. You are not bound by what is seen but your eye is fixed on what the immature soul cannot see. You are conscious of your role as a catalyst for good in the world and not just a conduit for material gratification.
Mature souls take cognisance of the fact that material achievement and satiation of physical needs is not the only objective in life. In fact, a mature soul feels empty and unhappy if its only success is linked with material needs. When you have an immature soul, you feel happiest when you are surrounded by wealth and success. To a mature soul, physical success does not even come close to defining the essence of life. Life has more meaning than parading your achievements before people. Soul maturity means transcending current definitions of prosperity and embracing a cosmic view of the interrelations between different elements that make up the universe. Being happy temporarily is the domain of the immature soul.
It is essential to realise that the old soul does not become ripe directly. No. A mature soul begins as an immature one. It experiences multiplicities of desires just like the immature one. The mature soul can attest, through experience, of the variability of life. It understands that the world has forms and shapes that are always in flux. Nothing in the material world lasts for long. The mature soul knows the futility of life and the apparent lack of sustainability. The immature soul also knows these things. However, the mature soul refuses to remain within the bounds of materialism and variability.
By leaving behind its finite desires and ambitions, the mature soul is willing to become poor. By poverty, I mean even material lack in order to achieve higher human good. In the spiritual world, sacrifice is very significant. The idea of denying oneself material possession to give cheer to another person is at the centre of every religion. Similarly, leaving behind one’s physical belongings to pursue spiritual good is a key dogma in many spiritual teachings. On the other hand, an immature souls is always seeking for more wealth, even when in human eyes, it has attained what it needs to live well. Even when an immature soul appears to embrace spirituality, the fact is that material desires are just suppressed and will soon arise. Religion and spirituality, as we observed before, are just conduits to material wealth.
The difference between maturity and immaturity of souls is found in the way the two express their egos. The goal of an immature soul is to satisfy the ego. Contrastively, the mature soul seeks to find the authentic center of life and to attain eternal happiness according to universal forms and shapes. The mature soul subjugates its desires and ceases to identify itself using the ego. It considers itself a formless Consciousness. The immature soul may want to attain higher levels of existence but only for personal gratification.
To change your soul form being immature to mature, learn to look at life from the real centre in a spiritual way. Your ideals must transcend the aspects of the conscious mind. You must live with people in a manner that does not accentuate the ego above everything else. Gradually, you will learn how to invite divine presence into your life even as you worry less about material sacrifices that you need to make.
Now you can tell whether your soul is mature or not. If you are immature (and many of us operate in this realm), remember it will take time to grow olds. Most importantly, learn to subjugate your ego to spiritual ideals if you want your soul to mature.
n my previous article, I have described, ” What is Mindfulness? “ (http://graceguru.net/2015/10/what-is-mindfulness/) and how good and bifacial it is for us to be mindfully aware of our lives and ourselves. So if you have not read it yet, I would recommend reading it first and then continuing with the tips of how to practice Mindfulness, if you have 10 more minutes?
The field of mindfulness has become very popular not only among psychologists and spiritual people, but also other professionals and the general public. There is a keen interest from the broad nation after people realised the amazing benefits of this activity. It is as if people have suddenly recognised the importance of mindfulness, yet this is a practice that has been ongoing for ages!
Having said that, we need to realise that practicing mindfulness is not that easy. Your brain is more likely to embrace mindlessness than mindfulness. Although the former is harmful in the long run, it appears to be more attractive perhaps because it consists of endless reveries, which lie to you that you are making progress when you are going nowhere. Mindlessness also expends very little mental and physical effort thus making it a favorite of many of us.
The reason I am emphasising on these issues at the onset is because any tips for practicing mindfulness must begin with the realisation that this is not a walk in the park. After being accustomed to daydreaming and drifting thoughts for a long time, it is not easy to suddenly embrace mindfulness and excel in it. The tips we are about to discuss are all informed by the fact that you need to be consciously aware of what you are doing if you are to tame your thoughts.
“When I practice mindfulness, I am able to connected to the present moment and let go of all the stress and worries”
Create Time For Practicing Mindfulness!
I will emphasise severely that this is a conscious activity that requires some effort. At the beginning when you are just about to start practicing, you need to treat it the way you do gym workouts, prayer or other routines in your life. Consider setting aside some minutes in your daily schedule during which you can concentrate on the present. You can do this at your workplace, your home or outdoors. However, ensure you are in an environment that is conducive for concentration. Once you create a schedule, stick to it. Make it a ritual to always engage in mindfulness. I suggest you do it daily!
Do Not Over Do It Or Strain!
So when you are have tried your everyday schedule at the beginning, you will need to encourage yourself to like mindfulness a bit more J. Consequently, do not make the exercise tedious and difficult for you. Now, try to remember mindfulness during the day and start with a few minutes more now and then, as you appreciate the importance of mindfulness. With time, you may find yourself concentrating for hours. The most important thing, though, is that you learn to love and appreciate the exercise to the point that it becomes effortless. Making it hard will discourage you in the long run and you will drift back to undesirable mindlessness.
Practice Mindfulness Outside Your Normal Schedule!
We began by saying that you set aside time for practicing mindfulness. That is good but since your aim is to eventually become a habitual and involuntary practitioner of mindfulness, consider engaging in the activity even when it is not within the hours you have set aside. Just take time to observe and appreciate your surrounding when you are waiting to see a doctor or a friend. As you take a train journey through the countryside, don’t let your mind wonder aimlessly. Instead, grasp the moment and appreciate nature, the people around you and the journey itself.
“When you practice mindfulness, it becomes every time easier and natural over time.”
Forget About Perfection!
When you begin to worry about perfection instead of doing what you can, you are engaging in mindlessness. Don’t waste your time thinking about how poor you are in your attempts to become mindless. It is not an event but a process and processes take time to learn and master. Worrying about imperfections will only lead to despair and you may even contemplate quitting the activity. Concentrate on attaining your goals for the day and if you don’t make it, endeavor to do so tomorrow. Don’t judge yourself harshly but rather appreciate the gains you make every day.
Watch Your Thoughts!
Mindfulness and mindlessness are all activities that take place in your brain. Since we are more likely to be mindless, it is important to begin by catching yourself in the act as it were. Learn to detect when your mind is on autopilot and redirect it to the present. You know yourself better than anybody else. You know when the reveries and day-dreaming begin. Only you can tell when your past comes back to haunt your present. Those are the moments when you should redirect your thoughts from mindlessness to mindfulness.
Engage In Meditation!
If you are not aware, mindfulness is not mediation but the latter is part of the former. In case you are finding it difficult to engage in mindfulness, meditation can be a good starting point. Meditation is a renowned and proven strategy for training the mind to relax and concentrate on certain issues. When you engage in meditation, you accelerate your process of becoming mindful. The two work in tandem when it comes to conditioning the mind and learning to control what you think and how you react to your experiences in life.
“Meditation is a renowned and proven strategy for training the mind to relax and concentrate on certain issues.”
When all is said and done, you are the best judge on exactly how well you are progressing towards mindfulness. Whatever you realise is working for you, concentrate on that as long as it will lead you to the ultimate goal of becoming mindful. If prayer makes you mindful, feel free to practice it. No amount of tips and other people’s experiences can replace your own efforts. Remember your aim is to overcome chronic mindlessness and train your mind to appreciate the present without being judgmental.
Now that you know, begin where you are with what you have. When the benefits of mindfulness begin to manifest in your life, you will be glad you made the effort.
Few books to recommend if you really like to understand the moment of now and be mindful: