Nadabrahma is a mantra meditation, which is one of the best ways to realize new heights of consciousness and freedom. It is very simple yet tremendously effective, because when you chant a mantra or 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 both fall in a 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, the mind is moving far away in the stars. They never meet—they both go on separate pathways, and that creates a split. You are the third element—you are neither the body nor the mind, so you are pulled apart by these two.
In mantra meditation—Nadabrahma or any kind of chanting—this is how the mechanism works: 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 both together in one direction for the first time. When the body and the mind are both 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, atma, anything—that third element is at ease because it is not being pulled in different direction.
The body and the mind are so much engrossed in chanting that the soul can slip out of them very easily, unobserved, and can become a witness—can stand out 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 . . . because they don’t allow it so easily, mm? They keep their possession. Nobody wants to lose his possession. The body wants to dominate the soul, and the mind also 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 the Nadabrahma meditation, 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. . . . and 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 out, if you don’t become a witness, there is a danger—then you have missed the whole point. If you become drunk with the body and the mind and your soul also become 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.
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, and 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. Some day, when research goes deeper into meditation, they are going to find that chanting creates chemical changes—just as fasting also creates chemical changes.
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 to use the sound, the chanting, the mantra, not as 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 out 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 health but nothing for the ultimate growth.
Osho Nadabrahma Meditation Instructions
Nadabrahma is an old Indian technique, which was originally done in the early hours of the morning. It can be done at any time of the day, alone or with others, but have an empty stomach and remain inactive for at least fifteen minutes afterward. The meditation lasts an hour, and there are three stages.
First Stage: 30 minutes
Sit in a relaxed position with eyes closed and lips together. Start humming, loudly enough to be heard by others 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.
Second Stage: 15 minutes
The second stage is divided into two 7 and half minute sections. For the first half, move the hands, palms up, in 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 very slow—so slow that at times there will appear to be no movement at all. Feel that you are giving energy outward to the universe.
After 7 and half minutes turn hands, palm 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 in energy. As in the first stage, don’t inhibit any soft, slow movements of the rest of your body.
Third Stage: 15 minutes
Sit or lie absolutely quiet and still. Close your eyes and hum together for thirty minutes. After a short while the energies will be felt to meet, merge, and unite.