Gibberish

 Long ago there lived a Sufi mystic, called Jabbar. He never spoke anything meaningful, but always talked gibberish. When people asked him something, he would just make some sound that didn’t make any sense. Initially people took him to be insane. But slowly they figured out that there was a great sense of peace in his presence and he had a very large following. And throughout his life, he never spoke anything that made sense…

We all have a compulsive need to keep talking – to make sense, to convey, to be right etc. What happens if we drop all these and just start talking whatever came to our mind? This is a form of meditation and is called the Gibberish meditation (This was popularized by the Indian philosopher, Osho). This is how the meditation is done.

Just start talking loud. There are two conditions. One is not to talk in any language that you know already and the other is to keep talking continuously without pauses. You could even make noises if that’s convenient to you. But just be spontaneous and keep making the noises without any gaps. After a while, just lie down and relax. You will be completely at peace. You will experience the state called ‘no mind’.

Many a times in our lives, we get caught up in compulsive thinking. When we get stuck with some serious problems, the mind clings to it so hard that it’s almost impossible to stop thinking. This is very prominent when people become stressed. Not only that it prevents you from getting to sleep, but many a times it happens that you wake up in the middle of the night and start thinking. Gibberish meditation is extremely handy to free your mind from this compulsive thinking. Just before you go to bed, practice it for some time and then go to bed. You will have a very sound sleep.

Perhaps, the more you don’t try to make sense of anything, the more peaceful you are. As they say, ignorance may be bliss.

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3 thoughts on “Gibberish

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    1. geo1

      i thought i was crazy for ever thinking i dint realize it was an actual form of meditation, i knew it was a way to free the mind, but my question is : is it to be confused with speaking in tongue?

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      1. Sajeev Post author

        There are several such techniques which actually help one stop the stream of thinking. The purpose they serve is, when the thinking stops, the impressions in the unconscious mind are expressed (often in dreams). It sort of helps to clean up some old impressions. so this is something that you can do initially if your have lot of trouble with impressions (called Samskaras in eastern philosophy)
        But I do not think this would be recommended as a regular meditation practive in the long run. they just sort of help you get started.

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