What's The Algorithm To Crack The Code Of Meditation?
We are ruled by algorithms. You may be aware of it or not, and you may like it or not, but it is what it is: it’s real. You probably scratched your head in bewilderment the first time you have heard this word. What on earth is an algorithm? Well, if you are not familiar with it, it’s time for you to fill the gap and keep up with the fast-paced modern life.
The great Greek mathematician Euclid was the first to create an algorithm, the famous “Euclidean algorithm”, which serves to compute the greatest common divisor in two numbers and it’s still in use today. An algorithm is basically a procedure to perform calculations according to rigid rules. So the essence of a good algorithm lies in mathematic. And the secret of its success is to tap into the hidden mathematical structure underneath a problem. Once the structure is revealed, the algorithm offers a simple and infallible solution which solves the problem forever.
Practical applications of algorithms are in operations in all aspects of our life
- smartphone pictures - the square around the face is based on an algorithm which measures 4 parameters in succession to recognise a face
- web search engines – Page Rank is Google’s advanced algorithm which has dramatically improved the quality of web searches
- social media feed – Facebook uses a sophisticated algorithm to regulate the type and quantity of information you see on your newsfeed
- couple matching – dating apps use an algorithm to predict the best possible match, good luck with that one!
- airports – Heathrow uses an algorithm to regulate the flux, timing and order of take-off and landing
- warehouse management – if you enjoy shopping from your sofa and receive your item the day after, thank the algorithm which supersedes storage and shipment of valuables
- medicine: from detecting diseases, to matching donors for organ transplant.
And the list goes on ad infinitum. Algorithms and computers can perform calculations that humans simply can’t do. And they are faster, more efficient and reliable.
Now what about meditation? Is it possible to find the underline mathematical structure underneath it? The answer is yes, but it’s not what you might think it is. In my understanding Osho’s work focused on finding the common code of all meditation techniques ever created in the history of mankind. Nobody before him has ever attempted such a colossal task. Osho distilled the essence of all previous spiritual traditions and present them in a modern form, digestible for modern people. That is why Osho is thought to be a Tantra Master, a Zen Master, a Buddhist Master, a Sufi Master, a Tao Master, and so on and so forth. Depending on what are your interests and background, you can find in Osho a wealth of wisdom in virtually every single spiritual tradition. Osho is a Master of Master which has disrupted the whole traditional spiritual establishment. He synthetised them all and yet transcended them.
According to Osho, at the core of all the meditation practices down the ages lies a single element: awareness. So the algorithm of meditation is awareness, presence, consciousness. It sounds easy but it’s not. Try to be aware continuously for 1 minute only and see what happens. Most likely, within just few seconds your mind will start wandering and you will forget all about awareness. To me, awareness is the algorithm of meditation, its fundamental structure, its innermost essence. Unfortunately, this algorithm cannot be implanted into our minds. We do not operate exactly like computers, precisely because we have consciousness.
So what to do? How to be aware? In my experience, I understood that there is no HOW. Either I am aware or I am not. I can only keep trying to be aware as much as possible, as many times as I can. It’s hard, but there is no other way. I wish there were a simple algorithm to solve this problem, but awareness is a conscious effort that we have to make if we want to become more meditative and more conscious human beings.
Start with a formal practice every day, ideally first thing in the morning. Do whatever please you, as long as it makes you aware and helps you become present. Once you are rooted into a daily practice, aim to bring that awareness in everything you do. I know it’s hard, so I’ll give you a tip: listen to an Osho audio discourse. Just relax, do nothing and simply listen to Osho. It will help you tremendously to stay present in an effortless and easy way. So if you ask me what’s the algorithm to crack the code of meditation, I’ll answer: Osho.