Children’s Meditation and Celebration Retreats in Haryana


Two meditation camps for children, at Osho Dhyan Upvan in Hisar and the Osho Ashram in Sonipat respectively

Children’s Meditation and Celebration Retreat at Osho Dhyan Upvan in Hisar, Haryana, 2-6 June 2024

Children meditating in Hisar

A five-day Children’s Meditation and Celebration Retreat was successfully organized at Osho Dhyan Upvan in Hisar. The program included various activities aimed at the physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual development of children. The main focus of the program was the science of living a conscious and insightful life based on Osho’s teachings, and the art of living a meditative life for the overall development of children.

The main attractions of the program were NLP techniques, Osho’s meditation methods, brain gym, making vision boards, finding one’s ikigai, yogic jogging, Zen doodle art, rope adventure, chanting shlokas, arts and crafts, mud bath, rain dance, indoor games, and singing and dancing. On the final day of the camp, the children made a colorful show in presence of their parents.

NLP techniques, meditation, worksheets, and discussion sessions were conducted by Dr. Pankaj Prakash (Ma Priyanshi, Jammu). The rope adventure and sports sessions were led by Mr. Manish Tyagi from Jaipur. Mrs. Nisha Tyagi from Jaipur conducted NLP, antakshari, and chanting sessions. Mrs. Renuka Nagpal (Ma Sanchi, Hisar) organized the cultural program. Under the able guidance of Swami Sanjay, this five-day camp was successfully concluded. All the children mentioned in their feedback that they learned meditation while playing games and hoped to have such an opportunity again soon.

Text by Priya Shekhar

Children’s Meditation camp at Osho Ashram, Sonipat, Haryana, 28 May – 1 June 2024

Mid Brain Activation Camp clippings

A children’s midbrain activation camp successfully concluded at the Osho Ashram in Shri Rajneesh Dhyan Mandir, Sonipat, Haryana. In the final session of the program, children demonstrated their intuitive powers. Approximately 70 percent of the children proved capable of seeing with their eyes closed.

Osho has discusses the mysterious power of the third eye in the Hindi discourse #7 of Main Kahta Aankhan Dekhi (Hidden Mysteries, Ch 3) (PDF)

In medical science, the midbrain, also known as the mesencephalon, is a part of the brain. However, the term ‘midbrain’ is referred to in yoga as the Ajna Chakra or in Tantric terminology as the Shiva Netra or Third Eye. Medically, it is known as the pineal gland.

The pineal gland grows in size until about two years after birth and then begins to calcify around the age of 16. Children under the age of 14 have greater success in activating the third eye. Scientifically, it is believed that at the time of death, the pineal gland releases a hormone similar to DMT (dimethyltryptamine), which creates a state of detachment from worldly concerns and immerses one in peace and bliss. Experiences similar to near-death experiences can also be artificially induced by using this chemical.

Additionally, melatonin, which is released from the pineal gland, plays an important role in regulating sleep. Its production increases in the dark, inducing sleep, and decreases in the light, increasing alertness. Modern artificial light, especially from mobile phones or laptop screens, disrupts this natural cycle, leading to increased insomnia worldwide.

It is believed that the pineal gland is connected to the sensitivity of our senses. By focusing, we can perceive through various senses such as sight, hearing, or touch. All sensory organs are variations of the same tissue found in the skin or mucous membranes. Can one not only see with the eyes but also perceive through smelling, hearing, or touching?

Sitting in a meditative posture during the day and covering the eyes with a black cloth for a short time increases melatonin levels, providing rest to the mind while maintaining awareness. This state is similar to meditation and helps activate the third eye. It has been observed that children under the age of 14 are more successful with these processes because their pineal gland activity is higher at this age.

The declining function of the pineal gland coincides with the onset of sexual maturity, which has been occurring earlier in recent decades. This means that the effect of melatonin hormone is inversely related to sex hormones. As the growth of the pineal gland ceases, the amount of sex hormones increases.

It is possible that melatonin intake affects hormonal development, including puberty, menstrual cycles, and increased production of the hormone prolactin. Therefore, after sexual desire matures, practising the third eye is very difficult. Midbrain activation achieves 90 percent success in children aged 8 to 14 years, 25 percent success in children aged 15 to 16 years, and failure in those older than 16 years.

With the discovery of electricity and especially with the increasing use of the internet and mobile phones today, our eyes are absorbing more and more light. This is likely why the pineal gland begins to produce less melatonin prematurely. This could also be why the age of sexual maturity is gradually decreasing.

In the USA, girls are starting menstruation at the age of 12-13. It seems that in the future, this will occur at 10-11 years of age. This gives us an idea that during the time of Gurukul Education system in India, children lived a stress-free and relaxed life until the age of 25. Therefore, without suppressing sexual desires, they easily maintained celibacy in the Brahmacharya Ashram until the age of 25. This was made possible by focusing on the Ajna Chakra by applying sandalwood paste to the forehead and aided in intellectual development.

Swami Prem Devendra and Ma Prem Jagruti conducted this training program from May 28 to 1 June 2024. 105 participants (including 30 parents with small kids) enjoyed the camp.

While bidding farewell to the children, they said: Finally, it is requested that those who do not achieve immediate success in this camp should not worry. For them, continuous practice of the third eye processes can improve memory, focus, and overall personality. Regular practice of these techniques at home can significantly benefit academic performance and personality development.

Text by Swami Shailendra Saraswati

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