Trip Start Jan 02, 2008
Trip End Jun 17, 2008

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

I had read about an ashram in Pune, the "Osho International Meditation Resort" set up by Rajneesh.  If I had gone to Pune, this ashram would have been one of my main reasons.  So it's quite strange that the guesthouse that I just happened to stay at is another smaller branch of the Osho resort.  They hold drop-in meditation classes, so I thought I'd give it a go.

I've never tried to meditate before, mainly because I didn't think I'd be able to sit still for long enough. Sure enough, after 2 minutes of sitting I got a dead leg, my mind was wandering and I was quite bored.  I did feel relaxed afterward, but I was relaxed before I'd even done it.  The type of meditation was Nadabrahma.  We started by sitting down and humming for 10 minutes, then for the next 15 minutes we moved our arms in a circular movement, first with palms up and then palms down.  We were meant to be doing this incredibly slowly, but I'm sure I was going to fast.  I was forcing myself to continue and trying to stop myself thinking about how hungry I was and many other things.  So my first attempt of meditation wasn't particularly successful.

I decided to try it again in the afternoon, but this time a different type; Kundalini meditation.  We started off standing with our eyes shut.  Music was playing and we had to let our bodies relax and then move and dance and do whatever we wanted.  At least this time I had no chance of getting a dead leg!  Afterward we sat and then lay down.  I much preferred this time of meditation.  I found it easier to relax after dancing around a bit, rather than sitting down, humming and getting bored.  I didn't drift into a state of ecstasy and manage to make my mind go blank (supposedly this is what happens).  But I can imagine that with a bit of practice and if you find the right meditation for you, it could be possible.  Although I think I'm a long way from that!
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yogendra99 on

read your blog with great interest. I lived in India for some 20 years and spent a lot of time in the meditation resort. One of the wonders of the world. hope you can visit for a day or two before you go on your way. All the best to you from London.

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