Osho defined meditation as “When you are not doing anything at all, bodily, mentally, on no level- when all activity has ceased and you simply are, just being, that’s what meditation is.”One cannot do it neither one can practice it; one can only aim to understand it. Thinking is an action, concentration is also an action, and contemplation is also an action. When you are not doing anything and you are just at your center, utterly relaxed — that is meditation. This phenomenon is gaining a lot of popluarity these days and is gradually turning into a trend. what we need to ponder about is , do we really know what meditation is and if it anything more than a mere trend?
Meditation teaches the person to manage complicated situations. Since life today is very fast-paced and the society has become utterly materialistic, the soul gets lost somewhere, the peace of mind is lost somewhere. This is where arises the need for meditation.“Osho says, nowadays children are taught from the biginning to struggle and become more ambitious”. Indeed this is where the soul and mind loses track of what matters more and what not from the very starting of the journey of his life.
Sharing his insight, Osho says “As we start educating the child’s intellect, we should also teach him meditation. Just as the child comes to understand science, he should simultaneously understand religion. As his head grows brighter let his heart also grow full of light. Let him not grow up only to know about, let him grow up also to be. Let it not be only his possessions that grow, let him grow too! Let not only his exterior expand, let his interiority also have a depth, just as the trees rise up in the sky but their roots go deep underground. The deeper the roots go underground the higher the tree rises in the sky.” Meditation basically helps children in learning how to connect with their inner-self, including their imagination and the real essence of who they are. Meditation gives young children power over their thinking and their emotions, not by repressive self-control, but by enhanced self-understanding and self-acceptance.
Children are closer to the state of innocence more than the adults around them. Unfortunately the society which is a unit of individuals comprising of people playing various roles such as parents, teachers or priests, are conditioned with beliefs and ideals. They tend to use their minds just for practical reasons; not to philosophize and plan and to create problems. They are more in touch with their bodies, with their contact with the earth and are down with materialistic pursuits.
Osho has said that because of this state of innocence, of artlessness, non-mind-ness, often children can spontaneously fall into a state of meditation. He further added, “Children should be taught to meditate — how to remain calm, serene, silent; how to reach the state of no-mind”. Children can learn to accomplish this very, very quickly. Every home should have a scheduled program to help children move into silence. And that will only be possible, when you, as parents, also practice with them. A daily hour of sitting silently should be compulsory in every home. One should even do away with a meal if necessary, but an hour of silence must be observed at all costs. It is wrong to call that house a home where an hour of silence isn’t observed daily. It cannot even be called a family”.
Osho recommended certain ways of meditating for children:
Tell the children to close their eyes and then start speaking gibberish — any meaningless sort of sound. One sound will lead to another, just start anywhere. As they gibber they can let their bodies move — maybe their hands want to move, or their body starts swaying, dancing, or jumping up and down. And they can do it as loudly as they like.
Let them do this for 10 minutes. Afterwards they will have quieted down, become centered inside. And you will feel terrific!
Children enjoy this very much because they get a great kick. Parents never allow their children to whirl. It is not good: they should be allowed — rather, encouraged. And if you can make them aware of inner whirling also, you can teach them meditation through their whirling. They enjoy it because they have a bodiless feeling. When they whirl, suddenly children become aware that their body is whirling but they are not. Inside they feel a centering which we cannot feel so easily, because their bodies and souls are still a bit apart; there is a gap.