Issued on January 13, 2015.
(Updated on January 24, 2015).
(may be edited periodically to remain current)
Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) Certificate logo
Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh) Certificate Title information.
Just remember this: NOBODY can prevent you from getting ANY Osho information, regardless of anything. This also applies to taking down or blocking any web site, video or audio on uTube or any other net resource that distributes any information related to Osho (Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh). No such sites or resources may be blocked or resource removed without an agreement of the person or a party that posted it, regardless of anything.
Specifically, any corporation, foundation, meditation center or any organization allegedly doing some work in the name of Osho, may not, under any circumstances, request a removal of any information or any net resource, and if they do so, let them know that they are committing a crime, and of the highest order, crime against the Truth itself and they will certainly have to face the consequences of it, whether they realize it or not.
For one thing, I, Mahasattva Anand Veeren, have a veto power on any and all decisions of this kind, and not only to Osho related information distribution, but anything whatsoever that is done in the name of Osho or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh as he is known in the "spiritual" community or otherwise.
This means that my single voice is sufficient to block and make utterly "no go" any decision, especially in regard to copyright related and information distribution related issues.
And, to make sure we understand each other as to what it means, let me tell you this:
Even if the whole world or any so-called court or even any "corporation" and/or foundation using the words "Osho" or "Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh" in its name, regardless of its purpose and intent, objects this decision, it does not matter either to me nor to Truth, even an iota. Like it simply does not exist or does not apply to reality. Yes, they certainly can do all sorts of destructive things, as they forever do, but they have no power or authority to cancel or annul the essence and the meaning of this message or its effects that will continue to exist and remain in force even if I am not around in the physical form any longer. This means that this message can not be canceled.
Otherwise, they will be violating his word, his wish, and, effectively, his will. He has given the public and precise instructions as to "power" and "authority" of those to whom certain certificates were issued in his name.
Going against his will in this respect is in essence denying him, his work and his word, which is an exercise in futility, and is criminally-minded in its very meaning and intent. Because only a criminal mind can place his own interests above the interests of Truth for the sake of his pathetic petty concerns of his childish ego for the sake of "survival" or benefiting from someone else's work and parasiting on it.
This decision is final and no objections of any kind and from anyone, including the "corporations" or "foundations" bearing his name are acceptable, at least as it stands right now.
-- Mahasattva Anand Veeren, Acharya
Secondly, with torrents, especially with the help of the magnet links, or via BTSync program, to block the information distribution or to make it inaccessible is simply and practically impossible, at least for the "mere mortals". Just enable the DHT and Peer Exchange (PEX) in your torrent program, and then simply click on one of the magnet links, provided by some web page or even in the email client program, either in this document, or elsewhere. That is ALL you have to do to get practically any and all "officially", or even "unofficially" released Osho lectures, video or audio or any other information you wish to access.
It is suggested to start considering switching from the torrent based information distribution to the sync (synchronization) based approach using the sync programs, such as BTSync or Syncthing (Pulse).
If you happen to have some Osho related information that you think needs to be shared and is still not available from other sources, absolutely the best way to make it available to others is either via torrents or sync collections.
Torrents is by far the most reliable way to distribute any kind of information, be it web pages, PDF files, images, sound/video files or anything else for that matter. With torrents you are guaranteed to get the information in full and in undistorted form, regardless of how slow or unreliable is your Internet connection or how slow or unreliable is the connection of the supplier of information. As long as there is at least one person in the world who is supplying that information, you will certainly get it. Simple as that.
In order for you to make your information available to others, all you need to do is to use any torrent program, and they are all free. We recommend uTorrent, version not higher than 2.2.1. Then, you simply create a torrent using that program that will include all the information you want to make available.
Once a torrent is created, all you have to do is to advertise your torrent file and make it available via all sorts of methods.
The most universal way to provide the information about any torrent is via torrent magnet links, which is a prefferable way to exchange the most universal format of torrent description. The uniqueness and universality of the magnet links is a result of using the concept of the unique universal key. That key uniquely identifies a particular torrent. Once you have that key, you can get the the torrent itself, and via torrent you can get the information described by that torrent.
From then on, all you have to do is the advertisement part. The rest is automatic.
The sync approach is even better than torrents. Because it is dynamic in nature, meaning that with a single key you can access a dynamically changeable information collection. The information gets stale, old and outdated eventually and if some collection can not be updated, modified or extended, then you are stuck with the information that is not quite current. With torrents, the collection, once published, can not be modified. That is the main problem with this approach. But with sync approach, you can change the collection any time you want and everyone will automatically get the new version.
Two of the most popular sync programs are BTSync (Bittorent Sync) and Syncthing (renamed to Pulse lately). These programs are verified to work and perform quite reasonably considering the fact that the entire sync approach is a relatively recent development, and so there are plenty of things to be improved or made more reliable and stable.
So, if you are used to the torrent approach, it is recommended to update your tool set and start switching to the sync approach. Yes, torrents proved to be "the best thing there is" with time, and there are tens of version of those programs available for free. So, they certainly work. But that is not "the latest and greatest" approach as of 2014.
Numerous Osho collections are available either via torrents or via BTSync (Bittorrent Sync). To download via torrents you need a torrent program installed, such as uTorrent (recommended).
To download the entire http://oshosearch.net book collection via torrent, click on any of the following links to open it in your torrent program and start downloading.
Note: your torrent program needs to be running, but if you properly associated the .torrent files with your torrent program, then even if it is not running at the moment, it will be started automatically and the collection will be added to your torrent jobs.
The entire collection is zipped in a single file. Extract it into a directory where you want the actual HTML files to go. Then simply double click on the index_Convert_Osho.html or index.html to open the top page in your web browser.
You don't have to be on-line to view the collection, but the search box will work only when you are on-line because it will use the oshosearch.net search engine. There is no local search engine provided with this collection because it is a pretty big system and requires all sorts of other things to operate.
If you want to make the web pages look differently, change the CSS file osho.css in the Convert - > css subdirectory.
Osho - Remastered - Volume 1 torrent contains the audio versions of the books that have been released in remastered and fluctuation meditation versions:
To download via torrent magnet links, start the torrent program and click on one of the following magnet links to start downloading. You might have to wait until some people are present to seed the torrent and it might take days if collection is not well supported by other people. But it does not hurt to simply let your torrent program run until someone comes in with the goods.
Note: Please do not just download something and then just go away. Remain on a torrent because you become a seeder (supplier) to others and the more people are there on a torrent, the faster it is to download it, and, probably even more important, the more impossible it becomes to interfere or block the information distribution.
Well, what is here to say? First of all, if you do not have a torrent program then you will not be able to download anything described here.
Basically, the torrent program is a must, for anyone, regardless of anything. Because it is invaluable tool for information distribution and acquisition. With torrent program you can find and download pretty much anything you can imagine. If the information exists, there is a good chance it also exists in the torrent version, and even if it does not, then once you get it, you can create your own torrent and then distribute it to anyone you feel like.
There are many torrent programs available. And they are all free. Commonly recognized as the best of them all is uTorrent. There are many places on the net to find it. Just make sure you get the right version and a copy. There are some copies around that either have viruses or all sorts of ad-ware, like in the latest versions of uTorrent.
Do a search on "utorrent_2.2.1 build 25302 download" to find it.
The more trackers you have on your Trackers list in the torrent program the better the chances for you to find what you are looking for and to get the maximum speed. The tracker list contained in some torrent may get outdated and there could be not a single working tracker left from that list, and so you will never find anyone, unless you turn on the DHT in your torrent program and other people with this torrent also turn it on.
There are numerous places to look for the latest working trackers. Here's a couple of them:
Go to the last page and start from there. Take one tracker at a time and add it to the tracker list in one of your torrents in your torrents program. Then look at the Trackers in the Trackers tab and see if that tracker shows as "working".
Trackers to Avoid (as blacklisted)
(If download does not start within a couple of minutes, enable the DHT in your torrent program. To find more peers and to increase the efficiency, enable Peer Exchange)
Note: You can find other Osho torrents by doing these searches:
Search for Osho torrents on TPB
Search for Osho torrents on Bitsnoop
Click on the torrent you want to download, scroll down past the file list
to where you see:
Additional Information and click on Full Magnet link:.
That should start your torrent program, if it is not running already, and automatically add the magnet link to your torrent job list.
If there are no participants on that torrent currently, then you have to wait, may be for seconds, may be for days, if not weeks, until someone comes to that torrent.
Note: this requires the BTSync (BitTorrent Sync) program installed on your comp.
See instructions here:
Automatic update of your copy of the antimatrix.org and oshosearch.net sites
In BTSync, create a new folder and enter the key ("secret"), shown below. The rest is totally automatic. All you have to do is to start the BTSync and it will do the rest of it automatically. Even if you exit the program before you have completed the downloading, the next time you start it, it will continue from where it is left, until you download the whole thing.
Furthermore, whenever you run the BTSync, you become a seeder to others, meaning you will become a supplier of information, and the more suppliers are on-line, the faster it goes for others during the download and the more people will be able to get it in the fastest possible time.
Note: This collection is not interactive and any changes you make to it will not be distributed to others and will be considered by BTSync as your own private copy. The same is applicable if you decide to add anything to it. It will not be propagated and will be considered your private copy.
The master collection of oshosearch.net site will be updated periodically from all the changes you make via interactive collection, if they make some sense in our opinion.
But your local copy and local copies of all other people who downloaded the interactive version will be updated automatically, and almost immediately, usually within seconds.
The purpose of this collection is to create the most extensive library of Osho and his work. Basically, the entire knowledge base on his work can be made available in a single unified place. Yes, we are probably talking about 100 gigabytes of information. But it is manageable within certain limits, and when we reach those limits we will see how can we manage it all and keep it alive.
Originally, the idea was to work exclusively with the HTML versions of the books as available on oshosearch.net site. But then, as soon as a few people have joined this collection, they started adding ALL sorts of things, which was originally perceived by us a kind of a problem. But what to do? - "Life is lifing", as he said. We are not going to fight it. Instead, we are going to manage it in the best and clearest way possible.
First of all, we can communicate about this collection by simply opening a Osho Chat page in the editor and also open it in the web browser. So, if there are any messages, ideas or issues to resolve, it can all be discussed simply by modifying that page. You have to be careful, though, not to step on edits of others, which will effectively remove their message. But it is workable with minimal degree of awareness.
So, from now on, Osho book collection becomes interactive and automatically updatable. Now you can download the latest version of oshosearch.net site, which is included in this collection and then edit any chapter of any book you want to either add your comments to, or change the way it looks via style sheets (Convert/osho.css and Convert/main.css style sheet files. It is suggested to modify the osho.css and leave the main.css alone because it is used in other projects and collections).
But try not to modify the original text unless you found some syntax errors or want to change the page appearance. Add your comments and/or opinions after the main text of the book and put it in a box with a comment, preferably saying who is the author of this and clearly state that this is your comment which does not belong to the original text.
Generally, it is considered to be a "bad practice" to modify the original text of any work, some do not accept even purely syntactic corrections or obvious errors in the original.
To download this collection you need to install the Bittorent Sync program and enter the following key and create a directory where you want to save your copy of the collection.
Mobile QR Code
(Osho Interactive Collection READ-ONLY version. This version is not really interactive in a sense that your changes will propagate to other people. To do that, you need to use the "full access" key instead - see below.)
See instructions for using BTSync here:
Automatic update of your copy of the antimatrix.org and oshosearch.net sites
Note: Osho Interactive Collection grew many times bigger then it was originally as a result of user contributions, which was not the original idea. The original idea was to work with the existing books as presented on the http://oshosearch.net site and then add your comments or issues you'd like to raise directly in the relevant chapter of the book.
But since some people felt strongly enough to add much more stuff to this collection, which does make some sense, it may take much longer to download it.
If you only want to to get the original master collection that contains only the books available on http://oshosearch.net site, then it is better to download the Osho Books Master Collection instead of this one:
Following is full access version, meaning you can add, modify or delete anything in it and it will be propagated to all other participants. So, become aware of what you are about to do before you actually do it and realize that all other users will be updated with your changes to have exactly the same version as yours.
It is recommended not to download this version until you learn the program and all the things that might happen really well. It is recommended to download the read-only version first. Then play with it and learn how things work so you understand it to the point where you know what is going to happen if you do this or that, such as modifying, adding and deleting the files. Later on, you can convert to full access without re-downloading all the things that you already have.
(Note: This is read-only collection, meaning that you can only download it, but you will not be able to propagate to others any of your local changes, such as additions, deletions or modifications of files or directories. If you want your changes to be available to others, you need to have a FULL ACCESS key [key starts with letter "A"]).
Note: This collection is not interactive and any changes you make to it will not be distributed to others and will be considered by BTSync as your own private copy.
The same is applicable if you decide to add anything to it. It will not be propagated and will be considered your private copy.
AntiMatrix collections torrents
(If download does not start within a couple of minutes, enable the DHT in your torrent program. To find more peers and to increase the efficiency, enable Peer Exchange)
Ethnic music is music that is alive
There is a difference between the music that is of the mind, CONSTRUCTED by the mind my manipulation and recombination of mental constructions and the music that has a real beauty, because it is alive.
This is probably the most important characteristic of any music. But what does it mean alive and how does one know it is?
Well, first of all, how do you distinguish something alive from something dead, especially in things like music, and is it possible to distinguish it?
Let us look at it. The prime evidence of something alive would be the criteria that indicates that it lives on as times come and go. It is still there. That is what "alive" means. It does not die for all sorts of reasons. Centuries and generations come and go and it is still there.
WHY is it still there and does not go out of fashion? Well, because it is REAL! It has the real beauty hidden in it and is not merely full of all sorts of repetitive patterns that are artificial in their nature and are merely the constructions of the mind.
Yes, there are also repetitions and patterns present in ethnic music, but at least some of them carry such a beauty and such a profound "hidden message", that one is compelled to listen and repeat it again and again. Repetition, by itself, does not necessarily mean something artificial, created as purely mental construction. There are themes in ethnic music that are so beautiful, so powerful and seem to carry such a depth, that one is simply compelled to repeat it.
How ethnic music is created and how it came to be is nearly impossible to describe or evaluate. But what is clearly visible in it is some structures that came to some people during the creative expression and they were so compelling that they seemed to be alive and as real as it gets. And when other musicians and plain people heard it, they just wanted to also sing and play this melody or a pattern and it began to gain a life of its own. And, as time was passing by, these melodies or patterns did not get stale, boring and were not eventually seen as something insignificant, some passing thing. And that is why and how they have gained a life of their own.
This means that these melodies or patterns are alive and their beauty, wisdom of the ages and their "hidden message" still live on, after generations and ages that came and gone.
That, in turn, means that these melodies or patterns are the carriers and facilitators of the most important thing there is - LIFE itself. They propagate and facilitate Life and Beauty itself and bring joy and real alive feelings into people's hearts.
One interesting aspect of it is that since ethnic music is propagated and loved by the simple people and not just some "professionals", it means it is genuine and not merely an artificial construction. Because it is not a result of the mind recombining the known or familiar patterns, that everyone seems to repeat, to create something "new".
CAN INTELLECTUAL ACTIVITY BE CREATIVE?
Anand Savita, intellect is something pseudo, something false. It is a substitute for intelligence. Intelligence is a totally different phenomenon - the real thing.
Intelligence needs tremendous courage, intelligence needs an adventurous life.
Intelligence needs that you are always going into the unknown, into the uncharted sea.
Then intelligence grows, it becomes sharpened. It grows only when it encounters the unknown every moment. People are afraid of the unknown, people feel insecure with the unknown. They don't want to go beyond the familiar. Hence they have created a false, plastic substitute for intelligence - they call it intellect.
Intellect is only a mental game; it cannot be creative. Intellect is imaginative, but not creative. Intelligence is creative. Intelligence creates because intelligence makes you capable of participating with God. God is the source of all creativity. You can be creative only when you are EN RAPPORT with God, when you are rooted in the very existence, when you are part of divine energy. You cannot be creative on your own; you can be creative only as a medium of God.
When the poet creates he is only a medium, a hollow bamboo on the lips of God. And suddenly the hollow bamboo is no longer a hollow bamboo - it becomes a flute. The emptiness of the bamboo becomes full of song, dance, celebration.
The Dhammapada: The Way of the Buddha, Vol 4
As you will see yourselves, if you wish to see, you will notice some tremendous depth in the ethnic music, depth that you will not be able to find in any even the most "sophisticated" music created by the "professional" musicians.
People's music is created not after going to some music school and studying all sorts of techniques and tricks on how to "make" music and how to play. Ethnic musicians usually learn directly from the real musicians and not from some "professors" in the conservatories.
There are plenty of other things that could be said about the ethnic music, but the prime and most fundamental aspect of it is that it is REAL and it is ALIVE, unlike nearly all other music there is.
One other interesting and quite unexpected aspect of it is that the ethnic music is meditative in its very nature. When you hear it, you are pretty much bound to "fall" into a meditative state. Just listening to its beauty and its Life carrying nature brings one to this very moment, a moment of beauty and joy. It gives one energy and creates an impetus to BE, to continue, to go on in Life, even if it is sad.
So, what distinguishes the ethnic music from nearly all other music is LIFE. It is the very carrier of Life and eternal reminder of the intrinsic Joy, Wisdom and Depth.
Well, this is something very significant and even has some key level consequences. That is why it has to be spoken about. Yes, this is one of the most difficult subjects to talk about, but what to do?
Just don't take every word here literally, on faith, because things are not as clearcut as it might look and there are exceptions and border cases everywhere and some things could be interpreted differently. Everything with something as intangible as music is highly individualized and depends on the individual, his needs and a level of his growth.
From the very start, I'd like to mention that one should not be listening to music all the time, like a background to everything you do. Because the effects might be just the opposite to what one hopes to achieve. Because if you are always surrounded by the music, it has a zombifying effect. It takes over your mind and consciousness, or, rather, SUB-conscious, and you, without realizing it, simply become suggestive and passive, like a robot, driven by some program. In a way, it works just like any drug.
Because it may slant the deeper levels of your mind and soul, stuffing it, or jamming it with something that keeps you "busy", at least on the level of your mind, it may become a surrogate to real life. It is not that easy to stay with your mind not constantly grinding something, being busy with something, just to keep it going. That is why many people, on the subconscious level, try to keep their minds busy with something nearly all the time, and the music is one of the simplest and easiest ways to occupy or even stuff the mind, especially on the subconscious level, with something that distracts it from the uncomfortable, difficult or less pleasant aspects of their daily life or work they do, especially if that work is pretty hard on your body.
Furthermore, music is used, nearly everywhere you look, to keep your mind distracted from that which actually lays before your eyes. This is particularly used and abused for the products sales. There is a complete "science" of mind manipulation, created specifically to force your subconscious mind and slant it towards the particular desirable direction or the outcome they wish to achieve, either for the purpose of gain, or to distract you from those things, that you'd better be aware of.
Furthermore, the "modern" music is full of purely mechanical patterns and the sorriest thing is that even those who create that music aren't even necessarily aware that they are simply zombifiying your minds and converting you into biorobots with those endless patterns and repetitions, most of which are not even creative, but may sound as something "cool", simple as that. But what is "cool", no one even bothers to find out.
Patterns, loops and repetitions become a pretty powerful influence on the mind if one keeps hearing them nearly everywhere. They are being constantly reinforced and eventually become some kind of a "norm", something "natural", which is not necessarily true.
Music is a sacred door to the levels beyond physical. Strictly speaking, music does not carry any "meaning". It is not about "meaning", but about what is called an "emotional tone", an attunement to certain wavelengths in the emotional domain. It rather creates certain moods and overall emotional tones and a certain kind of a background for your being, an environment.
But by itself, music is not meant to give you some "answers". Because it is an abstract language of deep emotional overtones. Yes, it may have some pretty powerful archetypal influence, meaning that it may bring you closer to the most fundamental levels of existence. It may contain the "super-symbols" that may create the associations on the deepest levels of your being.
So, probably the "best" way to listen to the music is to LISTEN to it attentively, with awareness. It is like meditation. You don't sit in meditation all day long, nor do you eat non stop. But you allocate some TIME to it, just like for your daily walk. Yes, there are some "border cases", where certain things you do may be benefited by the presence of musical background because that kind of activity allows for gaps in your attention in order for you to switch over to music. There are many cases and situations where music "does not hurt" or may even be something stimulating in certain kinds of activities. But let us not get into all sorts of "nitty gritty" details.
There is another aspect to it. If you are surrounded by the music all the time, then it looses its luster. It is no longer something "magical" and one becomes less and less sensitive to its most important and powerful aspects, such as stimulation of creativity and a sense of joy and beauty. It simply becomes something blend.
If you allocate some time to listen to the music while you are not busy with other things, then you attune to it on much deeper levels compared to those when you merely keep it as a background, something to keep your mind and subconscious busy.
It is well known to the researchers that music stimulates your intelligence. Why? - Well, because it is a highly complex system of structures, interrelations, proportions, harmonies and dissonances, rhythmical, tonal and temporal interrelations. No need to be concerned with this mouthful of "big" words, but what is significant overall is that music STIMULATES the intelligence and "trains" the mind to comprehend all sorts of most complex structures and interrelationships. It is difficult even to attempt to cover all the multiplicity of it.
Music, just like architecture and visual art presents the deeper levels of the mind and being with pretty powerful, yet abstract stimuli that help to establish new pathways and extent the very neural infrastructure of the brain.
So, "the bottom line" here is:
Basically, music to your Soul is like a water to a plant. But even a water can kill a plant, if there is too much of it. And even water can kill if it is poisoned.
Music for consciousness
First of all, if you like any of the music here, don't just take it without giving anything back, else you will be simply parasiting, and parasiting on Creativity and its fruits is not good for your karma.
So, if you really like something here, and you will, because some of it is some of the most beautiful and creative music there is, no matter what, then why don't you consider going out and buying some albums of the authors you have downloaded, to support the creative people and those who worked to produce, engineer and manufacture it to make it available to you all. Why not?
Because WHO will support them and how and give them some income, so that they could keep working and bringing joy into your Hearts and Souls, if not YOU? Yes, every single one of you counts right now in ways never seen before on this planet, and you will certainly see it and become aware of it in the days and months to come. You can already see it right this very moment, if your awareness is functioning.
Following are several audio recordings that are used for either brain "synchronization" or "brain entrainment" to allegedly facilitate the meditative states.
They are created as a result of numerous research studies of brain activity and observing the brainwave activity in "expert" meditators and then producing the sound wave patterns that allegedly stimulate the Theta brainwaves activity. It has been observed that in meditative state the brain exhibits the brainwave activity in the range of so called Theta frequency range.
We have not done the sufficient study of our own to verify all sorts of quite fantastic claims made as to the reality or benefits of it. But it is something at least to consider. If this really works, then it opens up quite some remarkable opportunities to speed up the growth of awareness.
The music for one of the most powerful Chinese meditation technique called Falun Dafa falls into this category as it was meticulously crafted and designed to facilitate the brain activity in effect, even thought they might not specifically mention it. But, if you ever try that meditation and you are sensitive at least to some degree, you will immediately notice the particular soothing effect made precisely with the help of music.
It may also noticed here that some particular ethnic musical instruments, such as Chinese erhu, Arabian oud, Moroccan pipes, Japanese shakuhachi flute, Japanese and Chinese string instruments and several other ethnic instruments, when played by the master musicians, have a tremendously meditation inducing effect, except we are not going to go into details about it here and will limit it by saying that ANY musical instrument is a miraculous creation. For more information see:
Note: Some of these collections require using the headphones instead of regular speakers. If regular speakers are used, the effect will be either significantly reduced or utterly absent. Full frequency range stereo speakers may also be used if a listener is perfectly positioned to produce the maximum stereo effect (basically, the speakers and the listener have to be located at the nodes of equally sided triangle).
Small computer speakers that poorly reproduce frequencies lower than 300 Hz may make it ineffective. The best and prefferable choice is using the headphones when possible, regardless of other considerations.
There are various techniques to produce the very low frequency sounds, that are not directly reproducible by the speakers or directly audible by the human ear, via different modulation techniques. The human ear can hear the sound in the frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 Khz approximately, but brainwave activity occurs at much lower frequencies, generally in the range of 1-20 Hz and thus below audible. That is why brainwave activity sound patterns need to be synthesized via various modulation techniques.
One of them is the binaural beat technology. See:
It is noteworthy to say that some of these collections include some of very beautiful, non-aggressive, relaxing and meditative music. So, for the music aspect alone, they are worth considering, regardless of their effectiveness as far as brainwave stimulation of a meditative state or "entrainment" goes. One name that stands out, at least as far as beautiful meditation stimulating music goes, is Dr. Jeffrey D. Thompson
Another name worth mentioning is The Monroe Institute and their Hemi-Sync collection, at least as far as meditative music goes.
As to "brainwave entrainment" and its effects see:
Search for "Theta":
Search for "Brainwave":
Search for "brain wave":
Search for "brain evolution":
As far as "brainwave entrainment" goes, here's an interesting quote:
"Brain wave entrainment is a real phenomenon and is useful as one method of investigating how the brain works. But there is no evidence, nor any theoretical basis, for any long lasting effect on brain function or that there is any benefit of any kind.
Despite this, there is a huge industry of devices that claim to train your brain waves and have a beneficial effect. I wouldn't waste a dime on any such device.
Here is one more article on "binaural beats".
Different people may find certain binaural beats to be relaxing or energizing. But, we've never found any reliable indication that a binaural beat's connection to our brain is any deeper or more meaningful than any other music track.
We do know for a reasonable certainty that specific claims made by most sellers of binaural beats are not credible, and that there is no reason to think that the effect they're claimed to produce will work for you...
... So, in summary, binaural beats certainly do not work the way the sellers claim, but there's no reason to think they're any less effective than any other music track you might listen to that effects you in a way you like.
If they make you sleepy (like they all do for me), use them to go to sleep. If they relax you or get you amped, use them for that. But don't expect them to be any more effective than regular music.
Dr. Jeffrey D. Thompson is one of the top names on the brainwave stimulation and "entrainment" market. He is a prolific author and has produced a pretty large collection of brainwave related recordings.
We can not confirm the claims about the effectiveness of his recordings, as far as meditation facilitation goes, but still, at least from the standpoint of music, it is worth a listen. It is quite relaxing.
His collection of the classical music as a background for his recordings is certainly one of the most exquisite of what is available. It is called "Dr. Jeffrey Thompson - Brainwave Symphony".
On the top of it, his CDs are not much more expensive than plain music recordings, so it is worth a buy, regardless of the claims about meditation or anything else.
First of all, and to sum it up, probably the "best" meditation "music" is the sounds of the Planets, just as released, for example, from NASA in NASA Voyager Space Sounds collections.
What is quite wild about it, especially if we listen to the Earth Symphony recordings, is that there is something wild going on. It simply blows one's mind if he is a musician. It turns out that the sounds we hear on these recordings are not just some noise, or even semi-tonal noise, or a pink noise as it is called.
The sounds we hear have a clearly tonal characteristics, meaning that they sound like the notes of a musical instrument, and what is even more "wild" about it, is that they perfectly correspond to the tones of the musical scale, just like notes A, B, C, etc. And that means that our musical scales were not just "invented" by some "genius". They simply represent the Cosmic Proportions.
And, if THAT is the case, it means that all that we know, as to the "materialism" is not only a myth, but one of the biggest lies in the entire history of this planet. Not that matter does not exist. It does, simply because you can touch it. But what it also means that we were lied about the so called "random nature of existence".
Because it is NOT random, and have NEVER been such. There are underlying and most fundamental LAWS operating "under the hood" and this information was withheld from the mankind, just to keep him from knowing the most important and fundamental principles of nothing less than Existence itself.
Now, about the "real" "meditation" music...
The real meditation music, created by those who are the meditators themselves, is a particular kind of music. Most of the music sold or promoted as meditative is not really meditative. Actually, some of it has basically nothing to do with meditation as such. It is basically a "tripping" music, meaning that yes, it is not aggressive, but, at the same time, much of it, if not most, is inducing the mind trips with all sorts of imagery of artificial and imaginary "beauty" or "tripping" of all kinds.
Basically, the meditation music should not induce any mental activity. That is the whole point of meditation. As soon as you create any kind of imagery or sound association and trigger the emotional level, there can be no meditation in principle. Meditation is emotion-less. In real meditation there is no emotion and there is no thought process of any kind and no evaluation or comparison of anything whatsoever. But this is too subtle to try to describe in words in short span of space we have here.
So, "the moral of the story" is that you need to learn to be aware and distinguish the music that in effect stimulates the mind activity and music that stimulates or reminds you nothing. As soon as it either paints something or reminds you something or creates any kind of imagery in your mind, that's it, it is no longer the meditation music. At best, it could be soothing and create some mellow and consoling "trips". But those are going to be the mind trips, not meditation.
Real meditation can be described in two words: "UTTER silence". That is all there is to it. There is no thought, no picture, no emotion, no joy, no misery. NOTHING. There is only peace, balance and a state of "presence", as some call it. In meditation you are "present" this very moment and are aware or observant of your own Self and all the surrounding.
No thoughts, no comparison, no evaluation, no emotion of any kind.
Not all the music in the list below could be classified as genuinely meditative by those who are real meditators and know about meditation first hand and not from some book. Actually, it isn't quite easy to classify the music as strictly meditative as any music is multi-dimensional. It has nearly infinite number of aspects, some of which may have to do something with meditation, but not all, by far.
But at least most of the music below is not aggressive or violent, at least for the most part, even though most of the musicians and producers are not likely to be the real meditators themselves. So, they start mixing things, adding some embellishments to make it "more beautiful", and trying to make it look like something meditative, but those are just mind constructions for the most part that came out of some stories they have read in some book or from some "teacher" or a "group leader". There are plenty of those nowadays. The "spiritual business" these days is probably the hottest it has ever been in the entire history.
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Psybient and other dancey styles, that are not aggressive, like techno, trance, disco, house and other more aggressive styles, is very good for dancing, and dancing is extremely powerful way of bringing yourself and your focus into the energies of your body that easily extend into the energies of your real Self.
It is best to dance not being distracted by other people dancing around you. Because then the ego may get involved pretty heavily and you may start dancing just to "show off" and pretending that you are this or that.
For meditative purposes, it is best to dance alone. Just go into some room where there is some physical space around you so that you don't bump into things if you close your eyes.
Yes, you can also dance in a meditative way when you are dancing with other people, if they are also trying to meditate. But the utmost peak will appear when you dance alone. Because there is no one to "show off" to, or look at to "learn" the movements or anything else. You really do not NEED anyone's "input" when you dance. Nor there is any need to "show" anything to anyone. So, when you dance alone and feel the powerful energies of your body and your "higher" Self, then you know for fact that it was real and not merely imagined by referencing others.
Then start some soft dancey music and allow your body to express itself in the most natural way. Try not to interfere with your ideas, especially from the past. Just ALLOW your body to move, preferably in smooth and gentle movements. No sharp or overly strong and rapid movements are conductive. Yes, it might help you to throw out some of the neurosis within you, but eventually you have to move beyond mere neurosis and merge with more subtle energies of your body, which will inevitably be more gentle and harmonious, if you allow it and really get in touch with your Self.
Do not try to imitate anything or anyone, and do not try to use some known body movements, seen from others. There is no need for that. It is nothing but a hindrance, as far as meditative aspect goes. The only one that "counts" is YOU.
Try to dance with your eyes closed most of the time. Open them only if you are concerned with bumping into things around you. But stay with your eyes closed and merely observe how your arms, spine, the mid-part of your torso move.
Do not try to visualize ANYTHING, regardless of anything else. Do not project the ideas that may and are likely to arise while you dance.
About the ONLY thing that "counts" is that you become aware of the natural energies of your body, and through them, begin to sense the energies of your "higher", or more "subtle" Self. Yes, they are separate, but that separation is pretty arbitrary, like a separation between your arms and your torso.
The most valuable thing in dancing is the energy aspect, and through that aspect, you begin to perceive the beauty of the dynamic structures you will be painting with your arms and hands.
When you dance, the energies are so powerful that your mind stops functioning and you begin to experience the tremendous silence within, which is what meditation is all about. Meditation simply means utter inner silence, when your mind no longer grinds or focuses on some external objects.
Meditation simply means SILENCE of your mind, the absence of a thought process. Anything else is just noise and distortions.
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How does it work?
We will describe a few technical things for those who are interested to know about how does it all work "under the hood". This is not meant to be an exhaustive technical discussion. For those technically inclined, they should be able to find the info elsewhere. This is basically for "mere mortals" or "simple people".
Magnet links are used to uniquely identify the collection of information so the clients, running a torrent program and participating on some torrent, could be found either via tracker list provided by the magnet link or via DHT network which is used for decentralized access to some torrent.
Now, since trackers come and go and some may even disappear forever, if a magnet link either does not specify any trackers or the tracker list, it specifies, does not have a single working tracker, it will be impossible to locate the clients/nodes with this torrent if there was no other way to find them. In this case, the only way to find anyone would be to use the DHT network. The DHT network does not need any trackers. As long as you have the DHT enabled in your torrent program, you will be able to find the other nodes, participating on a given torrent, if they also have the DHT enabled.
The most essential part of a magnet link is the key, which uniquely identifies some collection and allows to find the on-line peers that are currently on line and participating in this torrent.
The key is constructed by calculating the cryptographic hash value of all the files in a torrent collection. Thus, the collection files can not be forged or modified. Magnet link maps exactly one-to-one to the corresponding torrent.
The magnet link does not contain the actual torrent file. It is simply a key. To access the collection, a torrent program needs to find at least one client with actual torrent file currently on line.
Once the supplier client/node is found, then it transmits the "payload" or "info" data from the torrent to the magnet link requesting party. That data contains the full and detailed description, or a cryptographic hash, as it is called, of every single "piece" of every single file in a collection, contained in the torrent files. Once the client has this data, it may start requesting the actual data from the suppliers.
Technically, the only essential information in a magnet link is the key. All other data in the magnet link is optional, even the collection name. It will be obtained from the actual torrent file. But it is a good idea to also provide a few trackers in the magnet link. Else, if DHT is not enabled in the requesting peer torrent program, then it will be impossible to find peers if there are not trackers specified.
But the trackers get outdated eventually and go off-line forever. So, if your torrent was not created recently, there is no guarantee that there exists a single working tracker available on line. That is why the DHT is the final and the best choice of locating the clients. The DHT network can not get "outdated" in principle, because it is not tied up to any particular host. Hosts come and go, but the DHT network still functions regardless.
DHT is used to be able to find other people with the same torrent without the help from the trackers. Trackers come and go and their addresses get outdated. So, if you find some very old torrent, the trackers it specifies may no longer exist.
Peer Exchange is used to be able to find as many people participating in some torrent, as possible, and in the fastest possible time.
Peer Exchange means that when your torrent program contacts some other client with the same torrent, that client will return to you a list of all other clients on this torrent it knows about, if he has the Peer Exchange option enabled in his program (and you also have it enabled). This allows for very fast and efficient location of all the clients for some torrent.
Effectively, if you have a Peer Exchange enabled in your torrent program then you become just like any regular tracker for that torrent (assuming the consumer clients have PeX also enabled in their torrent program. Otherwise, you are not helpful to them in terms of finding more peers.)
Different client programs allow you to do it in slightly different ways.
The difference between torrents and sync approach is that with sync your collection remains dynamic and always current, and may be extended, modified or updated by the originating party and all those who have a master key. This means that instead of downloading all sorts of torrents and collections all the time you have just a few key collections that contain all the current and most updated versions of information. Torrents are static in their nature and can not be changed, updated or extended.
Otherwise, the torrent and sync based approaches are effectively equivalent as far as reliability, speed or the ability to distribute the information on a P2P basis.
(P2P stands for point-to-point or person-to-person distribution directly, without any go-in-between or a need for some server that could potentially be blocked by the external parties, whoever they are).
Yes, for "classic" collections it may be prefferable not to change anything in a collection to make sure it is not damaged or changed, with intention or not, does not matter.
But, generally speaking, nearly any information is dynamic and changes or gets updated, either periodically or constantly. So, with the sync approach you have the access to some collection by merely knowing the collection key and all those who are interested in that collection have the access to the "latest and greatest" version of it and are located and connected to it automatically, without any further action.
This is a bit funny. This chapter was commented out because things went to a different place in this document. But, for some strange reason, it was not totally deleted, and now comes the "bang" factor. So, let us look at various things that have to do with awareness, meditation and a state of presence as some call it.
Well, this issue just came up today, and when I looked at it, it looked as something short of weird. Here's the issue:
The thing is that meditation is essentially a state of presence, a total silence in your mind from thinking and analytic processes. So, from this point of view, when you listen to something, you have you as an observer and that which you observe, which is music.
But doesn't it imply that you mind is functioning? Because in "PURE" meditation, there is no observer and there is no observed. There is no such separation. Else, you have a thought process, and, willingly or unwillingly, there is a subtle analysis going on, such as recognition of musical patterns, rhythms, tones and so on, which, in turn, means that your mind is still present. So, how could there be any meditation in this case?
On the other hand, you have, for example, Sufi whirling meditation that is conducted on the background of the drum beats. The same you can find in Asian meditations. There is often music present. Or, in India, there is a meditation related to concentration on a light candle.
But how could this be the meditation if there is an external stimuli of some kind, which, even though invisibly, triggers the mind processes. at least it may seem that way.
On the other hand, even if you turn the music off or take the candle away, you still have all natural background stimuli, such as environmental sounds, visual things and so on. So, "no matter how you cut it", it seems to be impossible to create the situation that you can be certain represents the "pure PRESENCE".
So, the key point in all this is that it is not the issue of whether there is or there is not some stimuli present, but whether you are separate from it, which means that you do not really "listen", but you merge and become "one" with it, be it music, an image or anything else.
For example, in TaiChi meditations, there is no music and there is no image, but there is only a movement. Yes, music MAY be present, but it is not a required factor. But then again, the same problem. Once you start moving your body, arms and legs, even as gently, as you can manage, still there is stimuli. Again, it is you, who is a doer and there is that movement of your body, which you "observe".
Finally, we cover the issue of the analytic mind versus the perceptive mind. See: Meditation, states of the mind, mind confusion
That gives us a key: the very fact that you are trying to meditate while listening the music, or doing some variation of meditative dancing, does not necessarily imply that there is an analytic or evaluating component of the mind functioning.
The perceptive mind is still functioning. Otherwise, you could not recognize anything, and the very fact of presence of perceptive mind does not imply that there is necessarily a thought process involved.
Thus, some use the term "choiceless awareness" to define the state of meditation. Because the choice implies a thought. You can not make a choice without a thought. But a thought means analytic and evaluating mind. But if analytic mind is functioning, no meditation is possible, by definition.
So, the key to recognize whether you are really in meditation or not is that if you sense that you are separate from music, or a visual object, or a body movement, in case of dancing, or even walking, for that matter.
You can as well do the "walking meditation", and it is probably one of the most effective of all the known techniques. Because it is simple, natural and there is nothing to be done in particular, just walking naturally is all it takes. No thinking process is necessary, no evaluation, no comparison, no memory, no projections into the future.
Just PURE walking in UTTER silence. All you have to do is to try to walk in the places that are not busy, such as a park, a quiet residential street, a sea shore, a forest or a field. But in ANY case, all sorts of stimuli will still be present, be it in form of the birds singing around or sounds of cars passing by.
The "bottom line" is this: as long as there is a separation between observer and the observed, no meditation is possible. But once you become "one" with the music and are not trying to attentively distinguish or recognize some patterns in it, but simply ARE, are PRESENT, then "you are in a good shape" and you can indeed meditate.
Does it clarify anything, or it makes it even more confusing?
This whole issue came up today in the context of the Fluctuation meditations. Because there was a claim made that you can indeed meditate even while listening to his lecture, that seemed quite illogical today.
But that could be clarified in the same manner. You are not really listening and analyzing the WORDS. You simply become a perceiving process, so no though or analysis arises or is necessary.
But indeed, no meditation is possible if there is ANY kind of thought or analysis or comparison or memorization or a projection into the future present. The words themselves are not that important. What is important is your STATE of consciousness and presence "in the moment".
No need to worry about those words or try to understand them, because your subconscious mind still records them, and so well, that nearly any words or phrases you have ever heard in your entire life could be in many cases recalled via hypnosis.
So, if you do not listen to the words CONSCIOUSLY, there is no problem or associated fear of "forgetting them". Because you won't, even if you will in your conscious mind.
Does this make sense?
The purpose of the fluctuation meditation is to show you how your consciousness fluctuates, comes and goes, disturbed by a thought process.
When listening to fluctuation meditation version of the books, adjust the volume in such a way so that you hear music, but not too loud so it interferes with a lecture.
If you set volume too low, you will not hear music. But if you set it too high, then music may interfere with listening the voice and your attention may be more with music then with the voice because music is very beautiful and very powerful.
If volume is properly adjusted, your consciousness will be pulled-in, just to hear music. Then you kind of refocus your awareness to listen to the lecture. The ideal balance is when your consciousness fluctuates between the music and the voice.
Eventually, you may be able to stay on the foreground and be fully aware of the lecture and yet hear the music at the same time and be fully present in the moment, which is what any meditation is all about - being in the moment without the thought process. If you can do that, you may consider yourself to be a meditator and issue yourself a certificate, signed by Mahasattva Anand Veeren.
Good luck, and not to worry - it does work.
"Or you money back!!!"
Walking meditation is probably one of the most accessible and, at the same time, effective meditations there are.
Because it is simple, natural and there is nothing to be done in particular, just walking naturally is all it takes. No thinking process is necessary, no evaluation, no comparison, no memory, no projections into the future.
Just PURE walking in UTTER silence.
All you have to do is to try to walk in the places that are not busy, such as a park, a quiet residential street, a sea shore, a forest or a field. But in ANY case, all sorts of stimuli will still be present, be it in form of the birds singing around or sounds of cars passing by.
The easiest way to do it is during your daily walk. Basically, it is highly beneficial to allocate at least half an hour a day just for walking, and not merely walking while being busy with your life. Because that kind of walk could easily trigger the mind evaluation processes, analysis and thought, since you are in the middle of "doing something". Thus, the thought process is pretty much guaranteed to happen.
But when you are on your daily walk, for half an hour or so, there is basically nothing to think about. You might be doing your "daily routine" walking to downtown, getting some coffee, looking at some chess players or whatever your "routine" implies.
What is very interesting about walking meditation is that it is relatively easy to recognize that you are in fact meditating.
Basically, meditation, "silence", awareness or "presence" or "choiceless awareness" or absence of thought process are pretty much the same thing, even thought one may find some pretty subtle distinctions, that are, however, not of much importance, or at least of prime significance.
All of these terms imply the same thing: silence from the analytical processes in your mind, such as judgment, comparison, labeling and classification, or memory associated activity, such as recall of the past, or projections into the future and so on.
Basically, the analytical and "reasoning" mind wants to classify everything, so it all reconciles and "fits" into some already made box or compartment in it. Otherwise, it feels at a loss and keeps grinding the information and memories, desperately trying to "fit" it somewhere in its warehouse of already "known" or seen.
Else, the new information challenges the very notion of "I", which is a byproduct of that very mind. So, unless it finds a "solution" for new information, some label to classify it, it will be working tediously, trying to evaluate it, compare it to other things, or fit it with the existing labels inside it and so on.
But how do you know that you are meditating and not merely imagining something, or grinding your past or are concerned with the future events and things like that?
Well, it is pretty simple, actually. Simply walk in a moderately busy street where you see people passing by, but not necessarily TOO busy, to the point that you might encounter bumping into people nearly constantly.
So, the "trick" is this: when you walk, OBSERVE the faces of the people walking in the opposite direction, so you could see their "nature" and energy they project, consciously or unconsciously, and observe their bodies and the degree of their intensity. Then simply LOOK at them and see if you can "see" or sense their energy and their emotional state, their mood, the degree of relaxation with which they walk, or the degree of sharpness and aggressiveness with which they walk, and things like that.
You may also observe their body structure, proportions, correspondence of their clothes to the energy they project and many other things like that. It does not really matter from which angle you look at everything. Actually, looking in a neutral way, without any "angle" to it, is probably the most productive way, closest to the state of meditation.
The thing is, in most cases, you will be able to see quite a lot about them, and it is very simple, and, moreover, they can not simply hide it, simply because that is what they ARE, which may be perceived on the energy level directly.
You can easily recognize that they smile, or their faces are tensed or relaxed, or they are in "deep thought", seemingly walking utterly unaware, even of themselves, or their face expresses anger, sorrow, self-pity, joy, self-pride and many other things.
The point here is that if you ARE able to sense those things, regardless of whether it was the "right" view or "wrong", then it is pretty much guaranteed that you are AWARE at that moment, even though, again, the definition it is not that clearcut. There is virtually infinite variety of aspects available.
Because if you are walking and are NOT aware or "present", then it is pretty much guaranteed that your analytical thought processes are engaged. The same thing if you catch yourself going through your memory and grinding the past events, doing some comparison of what you see and what you know, either in resentment, or condemnation, or desire for revenge, or some pleasurable or "funny" moments and so on.
Now, try not to look into their faces, and especially their eyes, in aggressive or in overly inquiring way. Because you will be projecting the energy of subtle aggression towards them, or are being "overly curious" about their inner and "private" affairs and so on.
If you observe that some of them sense the energy you project by the very fact of looking into their eyes, even in the most neutral manner, and especially if you recognize that they are giving you a look of "what do you want from me", or "get out of my way", or "I am the controller here" type and all sorts of other varieties of "feedback", then it is probably better to switch your look elsewhere. Else, you might be inviting a conflict or challenge of some sort. Just pretend that you are merely "looking around", but remain watchful at the same time.
But they may sense your look and a