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Swami Anand Kul Bushan

Eat, Drink. Be Merry and Meditate: That's The New Man

18 May, 2015

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Three Minutes to Midnight

28 April, 2015

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Kumar Vishwas: How Osho Motivated Him to Switch His Career

3 April, 2015

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Discovering, No! Re-discovering History

1 April, 2015

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Women's Day: Stop Bullying Them!

13 March, 2015

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Osho Here And Now

8 January, 2015

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For Osho, East and West Merge in Music

8 December, 2014

Osho World Galleria Happenings

Indian and western music merged meditatively in a memorable celebration for the birthday of the enlightened master Osho on 5 December 2014 at Osho World galleria in New Delhi. The event took off with a Sitar performance by Dr. Sujati, an Osho disciple and a music professor at the Post Graduate Government College for Girls in Chandigarh. Ma Sujati was born in a family with musical traditions and started to learn the sitar at an early age and then from different gurus; and all this shows in her music.

Avirbhav Kumar accompanied Sujati on the tabla for percussion of a very high caliber ranging from the feather light to the big beats. He learnt it from his father Pundit Pawan Kumar Verma of the Punjab gharana and other masters. He has ably performed with renowned artists like Pundit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt. The due took Osho lovers into meditation as Ma Sujati played traditional ragas.

Adding the western flavour with her delicate touch on the piano keys was Arianne Gray Hubert who has learnt this instrument in Russia, Austria and France for many, many years. Her impressive musical lineage from her mother and her aunt was the foundation of her career that took her to perform in many European countries and Australia. But she forged a deep link with India after she discovered Indian music and blended Georgian chants with Vedic chants and created and sang fusion bhajans.

Accompanying her on the Sarod was Pritam Ghosh, a top disciple of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, who has played all over India and abroad in many European and North American cities. How Sarod follows and then leads the piano was an unusual experience.

The finale was memorable as all four musicians embarked on an unknown musical journey without previous practice. It was like jazz with cream! The ebb and the flow, the rhythms and the melodies delighted one and all! A real tribute to Osho as the master beyond cultures and traditions! And with Osho's zing and zest too!

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The Growling, Shouting, Screaming Beast Inside You

8 November, 2014

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Light Up with Your Own Light for This Diwali

21 October, 2014

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The Right to Die

19 August, 2014

If you have 'the right to live' in the Indian constitution, you should also have the right to die. This is the background for mercy killing or passive euthanasia about which the Supreme Court has asked all sates to debate and decide. The basic argument for of passive euthanasia or mercy killing is that it can end the suffering of terminally ill patients. In developing countries, it is also important that the medical facilities for these patients with no hope of recovery can be used better to prevent or treat diseases for many others. There are moral and religious grounds for mercy killing.

The Supreme Court on 16 July 2014 issued notice to all states and Union territories on a plea for legalizing passive euthanasia. An apex court said the question of passive euthanasia (mercy killing) needs a comprehensive examination as there was no authoritative judicial pronouncement on the issue.

The government, however, strongly opposed the plea saying it cannot be legalized as it is a form of suicide which is an offence in the country. It said that if euthanasia is legalized, then it will be misused. 

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi submitted that the issue should be debated and decided by the legislature and that it is not a matter to be adjudicated by the court. 

It asked the petitioner on what is least painful way to bring life to an end as there has been discussion going on across the world on the matter and there is no unanimous finding. 

The matter came on a plea by an NGO Common Cause that a person, who is afflicted with a terminal disease, should be given relief from agony by withdrawing artificial medical support provided to him.

Many doctors welcomed the Supreme Court's decision to hear out the views of each state on the legalisation of passive euthanasia (withdrawal of medical treatment with the intention of causing a terminally ill patient's death). They said they were relieved that the apex court had accepted the notion, at least in principle.

This debate has been going on in the West for many decades. In USA, passive euthanasia is legal on many states like Oregon. In the UK, the Assisted Dying Bill is before the parliament.

A nurse, Aruna Shanbaug from Haldipur in Karnataka, was working in a Mumbai hospital in 1973 when she was raped by a ward boy. Aruna has not walked or spoken a word in 37 years.  She has been in a vegetative state since the assault. On 24 January 2011, after she had been in this state for 37 years, the Supreme Court of India responded to the plea for euthanasia filed by Ms Shanbaug's friend journalist Pinki Virani, by setting up a medical panel to examine her. The court turned down the mercy killing petition on 7 March 2011. However, in its landmark judgment, it allowed passive euthanasia in India.

Ms Shanbaug has changed forever India's approach to the contentious issue of euthanasia. The verdict on her case on 16 July 2014 allows passive euthanasia depending on circumstances. So other Indians can now argue in court for the right to withhold medical treatment - take a patient off a ventilator, for example, in the case of an irreversible coma. This judgment makes it clear that passive euthanasia will "only be allowed in cases where the person is in persistent vegetative state or terminally ill." 

In each case, the relevant high court will evaluate the merits of the case, and refer the case to a medical board before deciding on whether passive euthanasia can apply. And till Parliament introduces new laws on euthanasia, it is Ms Shanbaug's case that is to be used as a point of reference by other courts.

What does Osho says on this issue?

"I am all for euthanasia," Osho.

Euthanasia, or the freedom to choose your death, should be accepted as a birth right of every human being.
A limit can be put to it, for example, seventy-five years. After the age of seventy-five the hospitals should be ready to help anybody who wants to get rid of their body. Every hospital should have a place for dying people, and those who have chosen to die should be given special consideration and help. Their death should be beautiful.
Every hospital should have a teacher of meditation. The person who is going to die should be given one month and will be allowed... if he changes his mind he can go back, because nobody is forcing him. Emotional people who want to commit suicide cannot remain emotional for one month -- emotionality can be momentary. Most of the people who commit suicide, if they had waited one moment longer, they would not have committed suicide at all. It is out of anger, out of jealousy, out of hatred or something that they forget the value of life.
The whole problem is that the politicians think accepting euthanasia means suicide is no longer a crime. No, it does not mean that. Suicide is still a crime.
Euthanasia will be with the permission of the medical board. One month's rest in the hospital -- every kind of help that can be given to the person to become calm and quiet... all friends coming to meet him, his wife, his children, because he is going on a long journey. There is no question of preventing him -- he has lived long, and he does not want to go on living, his work is finished.
And he should be taught meditation in this one month, so that he can do meditation while death comes. And for death, medical help should be given so it comes like a sleep -- slowly slowly, side by side with meditation, sleep going deeper. We can change thousands of people's deaths into enlightenment.
And there is no fear of suicide, because he is not going to commit suicide; if somebody tries to commit suicide he will still be committing a crime. He is asking permission. With the permission of the medical board... and he has one month's time in which he can change his mind at any moment. On the last day he can say, "I don't want to die" -- then he can go home. There is no problem in it: it is his decision.
Right now there is a very strange situation in many countries. People try to commit suicide -- if they succeed, good; if they don't succeed, then the court gives them the death sentence. Strange! -- they themselves were doing that. They were caught in the middle. Now for two years a trial will go on; judges and advocates will be arguing, and this and that, and finally the man has to be hanged, again. He was doing that in the very first place, by himself! Why all this nonsense?
And euthanasia is becoming more and more a need, because with medical science progressing people are living longer. Scientists have not come across any skeleton from five thousand years ago of a person who was more than forty years old when he died. Five thousand years ago the longest a person was going to live was forty, and out of ten children born nine were going to die within two years -- only one would survive -- so life was immensely valuable.
And Hippocrates gave the oath to the medical profession that you have to help life in every case. He was not aware, he was not a seer. He had not the insight to see that a day could come when out of ten children, all ten would survive. Now that is happening. On the one hand, nine more children are surviving; and on the other hand, medical science helps people to live longer -- ninety years, one hundred years is not rare. In developed countries it is very easy to find a ninety-year-old person or a one-hundred-year-old person.
In the Soviet Union there are people who have reached one hundred and fifty years, and there are a few thousand people who have reached one hundred and eighty years of age -- and they are still working. But now life has become boring. One hundred and eighty years, just think of it, doing the same thing... even the bones will be hurting. And they have yet no possibility of death; death still seems to be far away -- they are still working and healthy.
In America there are thousands of people in the hospitals just lying in their beds with all kinds of instruments connected to them. Many are on artificial breathing machines. What is the point if the person himself cannot breathe? What do you expect him to do? And why are you burdening the whole nation with this person when there are many people dying on the streets, starving?
Thirty million people in America are on the streets without shelter, without food, without clothes, and thousands of people are taking up hospital beds, doctors, nurses -- their work, their labor, medicines. Everybody knows they will die sooner or later, but as long as you can you should keep them alive.
They want to die. They shout that they want to die, but the doctor cannot help in that. These people certainly need some rights; they are being forced to live, and force is in every way undemocratic.
So I want it to be a very rational thing. Make it seventy-five years or eighty years; then life is lived enough. The children are grown up... when you are eighty your children will be fifty, fifty-five; they are getting old. Now there is no need for you to be bothered and worried. You are retired; now you are simply a burden, you don't know what to do.
And that is why old people are so irritable: because they don't have any work, they don't have any respect, they don't have any dignity. Nobody bothers about them, nobody takes note of them. They are ready to fight and be angry and shout. These are simply their frustrations that are showing; the real thing is they want to die. But they cannot even say it. It is unchristian, it is irreligious -- the very idea of death.
They should be given freedom, but not only to die; they should be given the freedom of one month's training in how to die. In that training meditation should be a basic part; physical care should be a basic part. They should die healthy, whole, silent, peaceful -- slowly slipping deep into sleep.
And if meditation has been joined with sleep they may die enlightened. They may know that only the body is left behind, and they are part of eternity.
Their death will be better than the ordinary death, because in the ordinary death you don't have the chance of becoming enlightened. In fact more and more people will prefer to die in the hospitals, in the special institutes for death where every arrangement is made. You can leave life in a joyous, ecstatic way, with great thankfulness and gratitude.
I am all for euthanasia, but with these conditions.
OSHO
Socrates Poisoned Again After 25 Centuries - Question 4 - Chapter 1

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On Aug 15, Diaspora reminded of eternal India

14 August, 2014



India is not just a country. India is a metaphor, poetry, something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields which no other country can claim

Away from the cacophony of current politics or the speed of economic recovery, August 15 is also the moment when every community leader of the diaspora refers to the eternal values of India. When making speeches, they all refer to the cultural and especially the spiritual legacy of eternal India.

Probably the best overview of this heritage has been spoken by Osho in these words from his bestseller, 'India My Love': India is not just geography or history. It is not only a nation, a country, a mere piece of land. It is something more: it is a metaphor, poetry, something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields which no other country can claim.

For almost ten thousand years, thousands of people have reached to the ultimate explosion of consciousness. Their vibration is still alive, their impact is in the very air; you just need a certain perceptivity, a certain capacity to receive the invisible that surrounds this strange land.


It is strange because it has renounced everything for a single search, the search for the truth. It has not produced great philosophers you will be surprised to know it no Plato, no Aristotle, no Thomas Aquinas, no Kant, no Hegel, no Bradley, no Bertrand Russell. The whole history of India has not produced a single philosopher – and they have been searching for truth!

Certainly their search was very different from the search that has been done in other countries. In other countries people were thinking about truth; in India, people were not thinking about truth because how can you think about truth? Either you know it, or you don't; thinking is impossible, philosophy is impossible. It is absolutely an absurd and futile exercise. It is just like a blind man thinking about light what can he think? He may be a great genius, may be a great logician it is not going to help. Neither logic is needed nor genius is needed; what is needed is eyes to see.

Light can be seen but cannot be thought. Truth can be seen, but cannot be thought; hence we don't have a parallel word in India for ‘philosophy'. The search for truth we call darshan, and darshan means seeing.

Philosophy means thinking, and thinking is circular about and about, it never reaches to the point of experiencing.

"The way you can find truth in this poor country you cannot find anywhere else. It is utterly poor, and yet spiritually it has such a rich heritage that if you can open your eyes and see that heritage you will be surprised. Perhaps this is the only country which has been deeply concerned with the evolution of consciousness and nothing else"

India is the only land in the whole world, strangely, which has devoted all its talents in a concentrated effort to see the truth and to be the truth.

You cannot find a great scientist in the whole history of India. It is not that there were not talented people; it is not that there were not geniuses. Mathematics was founded in India, but it did not produce Albert Einstein. The whole country, in a miraculous way, was not interested in any objective research. To know the other has not been the goal here, but to know oneself.

For ten thousand years millions of people persistently making a single effort, sacrificing everything for it science, technological development, riches accepting poverty, sickness, disease, death, but not ping the search at any cost... it has created a certain atmosphere , a certain ocean of vibrations around you.


Anu, a little artist from India shares a leaf from her drawing book on Independence Day (photo: iKolam.com)

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Don't Listen With Your Ears!

11 July, 2014

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Kabir and Sufi Music with a Jazzy Beat

24 June, 2014

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From Moribund India to 'Modified' Bharat

7 June, 2014

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Melt All Religions into Religiousness

7 June, 2014

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Total Surrender: Swami Om Prakash Saraswati

12 March, 2014



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When The Penny Drops

12 March, 2014

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Work is Rest. Rest is work.

April, 2013

Work is rest. Rest is work. How’s that possible? Both work and rest are totally opposite and so it is not realistic that they are the same. But they are! Just think that rest is a major global industry that gives work to millions of people. After all, what is tourism? People go on holidays to rest and this has developed into one of the biggest service industries in the world today.

Now take another look at work. When you work without getting involved, it becomes as enjoyable as rest. Rest is nothing but relaxed living. When you are resting you are always doing something – sleeping, reading, and listening and so on.

Some people are so concerned with work that when they do not have any work to do they become restless. So worklessness becomes restlessness. You know of many people who cannot sit idle and become restless when they do not have any work. These concepts of interchanging work and rest were brilliantly presented by an English author George Orwell in his brilliant novel Nineteen Eighty-Four  in which he coined many such slogans like WAR IS PEACE; FREEDOM IS SLAVERY; IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH and most shocking of all, MINISTRY OF TRUTH for false propaganda! Of course, we all know too well how the Ministry of Information of many governments spreads misinformation!

We all complain that we are over-worked. Do not go on thinking that modern man is more burdened with work. He is less burdened. A primitive man is more burdened.  Osho says, “You have more time than any age, and you are not exhausted because of the work. You are exhausted because you have lost the inner contact -- because you do not know how to go deep in yourself and be revitalized.”

That brings us to rest. Here again, we are never rested. After a hectic holiday, the normal sigh is, “I’m so tired! I need another holiday to recover from this one!”

Even on holiday, man has to do some work. Only a man of love can rest. There is a fulfillment when you can rest. But a man after money can never rest because there is no end to it. A man of love can rest. There is a fulfillment when you can rest. But a man after money can never rest because there is no end to it.

So what’s the solution between work and rest? Both are interchangeable in many situations. But real rest is only possible when you are doing nothing. And this is most difficult – indeed impossible - if you do not know meditation.

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I Love me

March, 2013

“I love me.” How can you say that? Are you so selfish that you only love yourself and nobody else? Are you so conceited that you think you are better than others?

We are very afraid of these reactions from our relatives and friends and so we hardly ever make this statement about loving ourselves. Thus even if we really love ourselves for what we are or what we have achieved, we do not declare our love or admiration for ourselves. Such is the fear of friends, relatives, priests, politicians or the public at large. That's why we do not publicise this love.

Learning to love oneself is not difficult nor unnatural. If you have learnt how to love others without loving yourself, then you have done the almost impossible. You have to tell yourself, “It is only a question of understanding, a simple understanding, that I am to love myself; or I will miss the meaning of life. I will never grow up. I will simply grow old. I will not have any individuality. I will not be really human, dignified, integrated.”

If you cannot love yourself, you cannot love anybody else. Many mental problems arise in today's world because you have distanced yourself from yourself. The priests keep on hammering into your brain to sacrifice yourself for others, to offer service, money and charity for others. The politicians keep on pushing you to sacrifice for a cause, sacrifice for your society, sacrifice for your country, sacrifice, sacrifice... For doing this 'self sacrifice' or selfless service, you are rewarded with honours, medals and privileges. In this rat race for recognition and honours, you move away from yourself and forget loving yourself.

If you do not love others more than yourself, you are unworthy, selfish and self-centred. But being self-centred the key. Once you come to your centre and start loving yourself for what you are without feeling guilty for any shortcomings, you come near your core. You are coming home to yourself. Soon you will start loving yourself.

Then you discover that your love for yourself is the basic foundation for your growth. Hence Osho declares, “I teach you to be selfish which is natural.” Yes, be selfish without being guilty. No wonder Osho has been dubbed as 'the guru of the guiltless'! Just think that if Prince Siddhartha had not become selfish to start on his inner journey for himself, would he become enlightened as Buddha? It is the same with all other spiritual masters who became enlightened and later guided so many others. It's not just the spiritual masters who became selfish, it is also the disciples who must become selfish to follow their master by leaving other ways of spending their time and energy. Why? Because they love themselves.

Loving yourself is dangerous. But it is the only way to become responsible. To grow. To become enlightened. Do you have the courage to declare, “I love me.”?

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Total “Yes”

February, 2013

A frail, smiling and dynamic lady, Osho's Secretary, Ma Yog Laxmi, was totally surrendered to her spiritual master - an unmatched example for all disciples. For her birthday on 12 February, Swami Anand Kul Bhushan recalls her memories. Osho says, "Let go ego."  Ma Yog Laxmi let it go entirely.

If you asked a routine question, “How are you?” to Ma Yog Laxmi, the former Secretary of Osho, her answer would startle you, for she would reply, “Laxmi is fine.” If she was unwell, and you asked her the same question, she would reply, “Laxmi’s body is in pain.” If she was hungry, she would say, “Laxmi is hungry.”

She always spoke about herself in the third person. Small and frail but full of energy and always beaming a broad smile, Laxmi would intrigue most people who met her for the first time, by always referring to herself in the third person. Many people wondered why she followed this strange way of communicating about herself.

To understand, indeed appreciate, this style requires the insight of Osho who has always talked about the real self being different from the body or the mind. ‘You are not the body, nor the mind’, says Osho. Really? Yes, suppose if, unfortunately, one loses a limb, the person can still go on living.

Thus, you are not the limbs. It’s the same with some organs in these days of transplants, the person can still live. So you are not the limbs or the organs but we all identify ourselves with them as our body and keep on saying, “I am unwell”; “I am in pain” or, “I am hungry.” Hence, by referring to herself in the third person, Laxmi did not identify herself with her body.

Then, you are not the mind either. In response to any situation – encouraging or disappointing - Laxmi would say, “His Grace”. Now what does this mean? It means that Laxmi had fully surrendered to her Master and his will. When something, positive happened, she would credit it to Osho by saying “His Grace” and rejoice. When something negative took place, she would remain the same and say, “His Grace” and still rejoice; thus implying that it was part of the grand scheme of things and had to be accepted fully in the same style without bringing her mind into it and drawing her own conclusions. It was her way of saying ‘Total Yes’. That is also the way to show that you are not identified with your mind.

Then one can focus on the real you for the real you is not the body or the mind. Ma Laxmi brought these concepts into her daily life with the unconventional but unique method of referring to her in the third person by separating her body and mind from her real self.

Despite working for long hours, she had a special method of withdrawing into herself by staying in her room for a few hours, sitting or lying silently with closed eyes. All the time, she was seemed far away but very alert if anyone came inside or called her. If she went for a walk in a park with someone, the first rule was to stop talking as soon as she entered the park and take in fully nature. This was in contrast to most people while walking in the parks, keep on talking between themselves and miss the beauty and wonder of nature around them.

Her real aim was ‘Walking Meditation’ or ‘Zen Walk’. This happens when you walk slowly and deliberately, placing one foot in front of the other. Your attention is placed on the feeling of walking: You notice how your feet touch the floor, how your muscles contract and relax as you take each step. If you make a misstep, simply experience that and let it pass. If your mind wanders, return your attention to the slow, deliberate movement of ‘just walking’. The basic points for Zen walk are:

         1. Walk mindfully, keeping your awareness on your immediate surroundings or on your own breath as you walk.
         2. Walk slowly, toe to heel, savoring each step as a gift.
         3. When your mind begins to wander, draw your awareness back to the present and what is happening now.
         4. As you walk allow creation to speak to you. Notice the trees, sky, flowers, birds, water, stones.
         5. Listen.

Her focus was always her master. Coming from a wealthy family, she was drawn to Osho at an early age in her youth and attended his discourses and a number of meditation camps. Then she became his disciple by taking sannyas, leaving her family and devoting her full time to his work. When she was appointed his secretary in the 1970s in Mumbai, many people started to come to him from all over the world. His work was expanding very fast and she had to look after appointments, media relations, publishing his books and thousands of other chores, an important one being maintaining a constant flow of books that he read all the time. In a week, he could read almost a hundred books!

She realized that due to his weak health, heavy workload and a great expansion of his work, he needed more space and a better climate to move away from Mumbai; and she located a suitable venue in Pune and organised the move to establish his ashram in Koregaon Park. Here, the work expanded manifold in a mater of few years as thousands came every month to be with him from all over the world. Ma Laxmi was managing the ever growing and complex management operations from dealing with legal and financial matters, publishing, security, acquiring and improving more accommodation, publishing his books and magazines, dealing with the media from all over the world, responding to controversies and queries, and a thousand other details…all under his guidance. And in all the action around her, she was the calm centre of the storm. No wonder, during one survey, ‘India Today’ listed her with one of the most powerful women in India, in the company of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi!

Ma Laxmi remained unchanged in her attitude of ‘total yes’ whether she was working as his secretary, or living by herself and battling cancer. What was her secret? Witnessing. Osho says, “Witnessing is the master key to all the mysteries of existence and life.” Laxmi certainly used this master key.


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Go Ahead, Just Hug!

February, 2013

Hugging is good for the health. Osho lovers need not be convinced by this news published on January 23, 2013. Research at the University of Vienna found that hugging helps in lowering blood pressure and even improving the memory. Osho lovers have experienced all this all along!

Not only is hugging good for physical health, it is also good for mental health and, of course, for spiritual health. After an Osho meditation, your energy is an all-time high. You have soared into the beyond. You are overflowing with bliss and peace and you want to share it. And as you move away, you see another meditator in the same space. You just move closer and embrace into a hug. Your eyes are closed and a serene smile blossoms on your lips. What you are experiencing is beyond words.

This hugging is not 'getting physical.' There is not a hint of any sexuality even if the two people are from the opposite sex. It is spiritual bonding all the way.

When Osho folks meet close friends, they also hug in happiness that turns into bliss. It is just a spontaneous, natural greeting. That's all. But the vast majority of serious, conventional and old-fashioned people are aghast. Shameless! Loose character! These are the knee-jerk reactions of the so-called respectable, conservative people. Their tongues start wagging: How can you hug someone from the opposite sex in public? Do they have something going on between them?

Do the Osho people care? Not on your life! Moreover, even the social mores are changing now! The so-called swish set, the members of the cocktail circuit, have de-frozen their attitudes and accept polite hugging as a form of cordial greeting between good friends and close relatives.

Why is hugging such an incredibly effective therapeutic tool? A disciple asked Osho. He responded, “Hugging is only a gesture of love, of warmth, of caring, the very feel of warmth flowing from the other person melts many illnesses in you, melts the ice-like cold ego. It makes you a child again.  The psychologists are well aware of this fact now. Just as the body needs food, the soul needs love.”

You can give all the food, all the comforts, all the care to a baby but if you do not hug the baby with love, then the baby will not grow into a wholesome person. Something very essential will always be missing. As society becomes impersonal and frowns on emotional gestures of love, hugging is ruled out.

Now it's back! So next time you meet a good friend, do not care, just hug!

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Call of The Masters

December, 2012

This is a landmark issue of Osho World that celebrates the birthday on 11 December of our beloved enlightened master Osho. So it pertinent that we recall the saga of his birth- the natural and the super natural happenings. All these are beautifully presented in a two-page mural right at the beginning.

Then we go on a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Osho, a small village on the dusty roads from Jabalpur. We visit the quaint home and the room where he was born. Not far from here is a meditation cum information centre appropriately named Osho Tirth. A pyramid is an outstanding landmark here.

Then we move on to the Narmada River where Osho frolicked at great risk among the Marble Rocks. We glimpse the majesty and the beauty of thee famous rocks that awe all visitors.

On to Osho's adventures in school and at university until he becomes enlightened at the age of 21.

A specially compiled list of the enlightened masters on whom Osho has delivered his profound discourses is another exclusive feature in this issue.

Going back 5,000 years, you may assume that these masters have faded in the past. Nothing could be further away from the reality. All these masters are in a special space and time in the past which has gone. Not at all!

All these masters are available here and now if you tuned yourself to any one of them. Take the case of Meera, the ardent devotee of Lord Krishna. Bridging a chasm of 4,500 years, Lord Krishna manifested himself in her hours of need. This gap of space and time can be overcome by switching on your radio or Tv receiver by beig in what Osho calls herenow. The crucial factor is love that results from total surrender.

If Meera can do it, so can you.

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Come, Give Me A Hug!

November, 2012

An Osho hug is a great gift - one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange. Osho disciples have been hugging for many decades and raising eyebrows too! They do not hug every Osho disciple but only those they feel deep inside that they have the right energy. Then non-sexual hugging happens naturally for Osho people.

Hugging is the result of an overflowing energy that has to be shared and increased. This usually happens after intense meditation or dancing sessions. The experience of inner expansion is so powerful, so overwhelming that it has to be shared with another seeker on the same path. Whether the other is a male or female does not matter because you are egoless, nameless and body-less at that moment.

The urge for hugging is rooted right from the time of infancy when the mother hugs her child. Later, the father and siblings also hug the child to shower their love. This need for a hug of non-sexual love remains for the rest of one’s life. But the society frowns on this display of intimacy although these social norms are getting relaxed these days – at least in the so-called ‘cocktail circuit’.

An Indian film, Munnabhai MBBS, introduced hugging in 2003 with a new tag, Jadoo ki Japphi or the magic hug. Although the gesture was appreciated, it was not widely adopted. To go all out for a hug requires a tremendous love and courage to reach out to the other person. And we are short of both love and courage. These qualities emerge after following Osho and after taking part in his meditations to get rid of our inner garbage and false ego. Then, you start hugging other fellow travellers on this path and later, some others as well. Hugging is frowned upon in normal society. But not for Osho.

Osho says, “I want you to become more and more sensuous. That's why you feel a difference when you hug somebody here (in the commune), because the person who is hugging you is absolutely open, vulnerable, available to you; you are open, vulnerable, available to the other person. And when these two vulnerabilities, two openness, two skies full of stars meet together, for a moment you are not two; you become one. Your circumferences overlap each other. You feel life throbbing within you with a double force. Nobody is a loser; both are gainers, because both feel the same way - life doubled. In my commune hugging is a way of becoming rich. It is a way of understanding life. It is a way that leads ultimately to the goal of love, and there is no other God than love.”

If you have the love and the courage, come, give me an Osho hug!

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When Enough Is Not Enough!

October, 2012

When you have all the money, the time and the will, you usually go for enjoying all the pleasures of life. Eating, drinking, music, dance, gambling, sex, drugs…there seems to be no limit to what pleasures you can relish. This is pure hedonism or the pursuit of pleasure.

By repeating the same orgies and sessions of pleasure, you derive less and less pleasure and then get bored. So you seek some other ways to gratify yourself. Again, the new orgies and excesses get boring and meaningless. In many cases, there comes a point when you find that all these pleasures are pointless. Enough is enough! After leading lives of extreme hedonism, these people break away in a sudden turnaround to declare they are ‘born again’. 

Now they give it up all – the luxuries and the pleasures – to start a new life. They started their earlier life when they were physically born from their parents. Now they re-start their new life when they find a spiritual master who initiates them on the spiritual path. This the spiritual re-birth of the soul spirit when they have a deep personal relationship with their spiritual master. Jesus said, “Except a man may be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

In India, many emperors, kings and princes gave up all their wealth, power and prestige to seek much more than pleasure. Bliss. They went to the jungle in search of their guru and having found one, started a new life with a new name when initiated by their master. If they had not given up everything for their spiritual quest, who would remember and revere down the centuries Buddha and Mahavir – two princes of two small states? Once the princes were ‘born again’ and became enlightened, they, in turn, guided others.

More recently, in the West after the late sixties, many famous musicians, authors, film stars and celebrities gave it all up and announced their spiritual rebirth.  They either become committed to their religions or followers of a guru.  In the East, when someone gives up the worldly life and surrenders to a master to seek the real self, he/she is born again and gets a new name.  

Osho says, “We in India have called him "twice-born," dwij. This is his second birth, the real birth. Now he is no longer in need of anybody; he has become a transcendental light. Now he can float above the earth; now he can fly in the sky. He is not earth-rooted now. He has become a flower -- not a flower, because even a flower is earth-rooted... he has become the fragrance of the flower. Completely free. Moves into the sky with no roots in the earth.”

Are you willing to give up the good life to search for the real life? To be born again?

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Think of Osho for Your Transformation

September, 2012



“Think of Osho for your transformation. Osho is all around here,” said Mr K. Sital during his visit to Oshodham, in Delhi, recently. 

A noted Hong Kong community leader, chairman of the Happy Valley Hindu temple  for over 40 years, an editor and publisher, a successful businessman and exporter, a respected community leader and non-stop world traveller visiting all overseas communities, eighty-one year old Mr K. Sital, started to read Osho a few years ago.

He visited Oshodham during his short visit to Delhi to experience its meditative environment. After observing the meditation campus, he commented, “The Buddha Hall is meaningful and very innovative to create the right result in meditation. I anticipated something else like a puja room. After coming here, it became clear that one word ‘meditation’ has so much in it. The environment, the greenery, the tranquility, the vibrations all add up.

“Looking from the open Dining Hall, you see lush greenery and the statute of Buddha sitting silently makes all the difference like a cherry on top of a cake. The Buddha gives it an entirely different meaning. Despite living in Japan, I did not know about Zen Walk until I experienced it in the Zen bamboo grove here. The Laxmi Sarovar is a very different approach for meditating with gurgling water, something I have never seen before.

“Never in my imagination could I think that such an ashram can be found in Delhi – maybe in Pune or Haridwar but never in Delhi which is so materialistic and political. To create this peaceful atmosphere in Delhi is remarkable. I can feel Osho’s energy here. Whenever I go to a temple, I can tell if the deity is ‘jadd’ (dead) or ‘chetan’ (alive) depending on the devotion and faith. Here the positive energy is very much alive.   

“We should follow Osho – the ocean of knowledge. Read his books and meditate. Osho's teachings are like nectar from a honey-comb and his ideas illuminating. I've started reading them and find them very interesting,” said Mr K. Sital, receiving Osho biography, the two-volume ‘The Sound of Running Water’ from Swami Atul Anand.

Born in Hyderabad (Sind) 1932, Mr Sital was just 15 years old when the family had to move to Bombay in the wake of the partition. He had his schooling in Karachi and Bombay and after working in India for two years, he left for Hong Kong in pursuit of his career. He has worked for the Indian community’s welfare for over half a century and been elected to every office in business and welfare associations during the last five decades. He started a monthly magazine for for 30 million overseas Indians over 40 years ago, and currently he is producing Who’s Who of outstanding NRIs all over the world.

“Oshodham is a specimen of swarga on this planet, he commented, “Every minute spent there was an unusual thrill.  The atmosphere at Oshodham was charged with such a positive vibration that it lasted even after leaving the premises.”

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From Known to Unknown to Unknowable

September, 2012

Explore the jungles, swim the rapids, climb the Everest, trek to the South Pole, dive to the ocean’s depth, motor across the Sahara Desert, go for skydive or bungee jumping…these are great adventures for the endurance of your body. They are also great ego boosters.

Challenging established rituals, daring the exploiters, exposing the corrupt and the criminals, fighting for the deprived and the under-privileged, uplifting the handicapped and the disabled…these are great adventures for your mind. These, too, are also great ego boosters, although you will not easily admit it.

In both cases, you are facing great odds, major dangers and trials. And when you succeed, you feel satisfied until another, bigger, challenge crops up. That’s how you are caught in this vicious circle.

But have you ever paused to ponder over the greatest adventure of them all? Have you ever planned about nurturing your soul? Have you ever confronted yourself with the most important task of your life – Who am I?

Once you embark on this expedition to your inner self, there is no turning back. This is the most hazardous and unknown terrain. From the known adventures for your body and mind, you now start with the unknown landscapes of your inner self. Initially, you find yourself in mysterious, dark and threatening places.

As you start looking inwards, there are no landmarks, no guides, no milestones, and no rest houses. There is nothing but black space. You get scared. Very scared. No wonder you want to return as quickly as possible to the familiar places. This is the reason why almost everyone remains  involved in the worldly affairs and the projects as long as they live.

If you have real courage to embark on the ultimate adventure of discovering yourself, you need a true master. Since there are no recognised degrees or qualifications for a true master, you have to move from one to the other until you find one.

Once you find your true master, he guides you every step, holds your hand, encourages you, scolds you and creates discontent that nothing of this world can ever satisfy.

Says Osho, “He creates such a deep longing in you, such pain in the heart! He creates tears in your eyes, because only through such divine discontent will you move, will you take the quantum leap, the ultimate jump into the unknown. It is only through such divine discontent that you will gather together all your energies, and you will risk, and you will go on the ultimate adventure of finding who you are.”

From the known to the unknown and then to the unknowable, yes, this is the ultimate adventure. Are you ready for it?

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Mirror, mirror
on the wall,
Who is the most beautiful of all?

August, 2012

The problem today is that

nine out of ten times,

you want the mirror to respond, “You.” Yes, you.

This is because you are so full of yourself, your ego and your qualities that you cannot imagine anyone else could be better.

The mirror merely reflects exactly what you are: beautiful or ugly, healthy or sick, happy or sad. If you are beautiful, it does not plead with you to remain in front of it and if you are ugly, it does not force you to leave.

The mirror is empty.

This emptiness makes us uncomfortable. An empty mind is the devil's workshop. Not at all, says Osho. In fact, an empty mind is God's temple, he declares. In this emptiness, the divine can descend.

So the question arises: how can I empty my mind? Meditation, thoughtless awareness. Meditation makes you a hollow bamboo an apt description of your body and mind which is open to divinity.

Osho says, “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.”

Lord Krishna's flute. Let the divine play its song on your flute.

A hollow bamboo is not enough. Put your mind, ego aside

and let God take over. Then you have no need

to ask the mirror anything.

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What the Hell!

June, 2012

Nobody has been to hell and back to tell us what is going on there. Yet we have been tormented by this place and what it is supposed to happen there. It is supposed to be a very painful place which no one wants to visit, leave alone live forever. Anyone who sins must be punished in hell, say the priests because most religious scriptures mention this place of endless suffering for sinners after death.

Most religions believe that after death, the soul goes to heaven or hell depending on the seriousness and the number of the sins committed during life. But no one is willing to declare that a person who has just died has gone to hell despite committing any number of sins. At the funeral, everyone says that this person has gone to heaven. In India, the common expression for a dead person is swargvasi, a resident of heaven. Does this mean that no one goes to hell and so it has no people at all?

If you have committed sins like lying, drinking, gambling, thieving, adultery, murder, violence, profiteering among others, you will be punished and tortured in hell. Different religions have different sins added to this list. For example, charging interest is a sin in one religion. In others, it is not. So what is a sin? And who decides what constitutes a sin? If all these activities are sins, then most famous authors, poets, dancers, artists, movie stars, showbiz celebrities, journalists, rulers or politicians, officers, bankers, businessmen, professionals, in fact, almost everybody, would go to hell.

So does hell have lots of suffering people, ear piercing screams, darkness with some shafts of light, hot and steaming air, people in various stages of torture and trauma? Doesn’t this look like a huge nightclub complete with ear shattering music, wild dancers, screaming musicians, and heavy drinkers? And of course, all the sinners – ooops, the celebrities - in their outlandish fashions are drinking, dancing, gambling, flirting and living it up as if there is no tomorrow? Obviously, the difference between hell and ‘the good life’ has vanished today.

And what about heaven? It is a silent, calm, serene, tranquil, and peaceful space where virtuous saints and virgin angels are flying around. Anything you may wish comes to you instantly. How miraculous! And how boring! No scandal, no sex, no sensation.

In fact, there is no hell and no heaven. These concepts have been created by the religious custodians to keep humans in a tight harness. “It is out of fear that the priests have created hell, just to exploit your fear instinct. And there is no heaven either. Hell and heaven are psychological states, not geographical situations. Forget all about that childish nonsense. You can be in hell right now or in heaven right now. And the only way to be in heaven is to be without the mind, and the only way to be in hell is to be only the mind and nothing else,” says Osho.

Hell and heaven are psychological states, not geographical locations. Just meditate and celebrate and to hell with all this nonsense!

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Make A Date With Yourself On The Fifth Of May

May, 2012

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Take it Easy! Slow Down! But How?

September, 2011

Take it easy,' said my mother every time we talked about my problems and the way I was leading my crazy life. 'Slow down,' she advised again and again. She was really concerned about me as a loving mother and also as a professional psychotherapist, but all her advice did not help me. My response was, 'But how?' to which she had no answers, no techniques that would work for me - until I found Osho.

This is how a young Briton recalled his journey to be at peace with himself after Osho meditations and taking sannyas at Oshodham, New Delhi, last month. “It was very difficult to tell my mother what helped me and how it changed everything for me because she is a psychotherapist. What I have experienced is such a different approach to these problems; so when I visited her in England and talked with her at length before coming out here, she finally understood,” he said.

The mindless riots, looting and arson in Britain that shattered the smoke screen of polite and educated people, he said that these rioters – and everyone else – badly need catharsis. Everyone has so much pent up anger and frustration at the unfair and corrupt system that a deep cleansing and release with Osho meditations is overdue to accept their lives and their society. By transforming themselves, they can transform the social and economic problems that keep simmering to explode every few years.

An instant feedback from a few who follow and know Osho living in Britain shows that the ultimate solution lies in the moral and spiritual values that have eroded rapidly in the last six decades. When British leaders blame the lack of parenting, responsibility and family values in the 'sick' and 'broken' society today, they hint at the moral and spiritual values that religion has failed to instill in the youth. 

Seems Osho is watching live TV coverage of riots when he sums up the current situation, “There will be more riots, because England has become accustomed to all the riches which are no longer coming. It has become accustomed to having all the luxuries without producing them. Now from where can it get all those riches? Now it is the darkest and the most dismal country on the earth. But that's how existence functions. If you do something wrong, you are bound to suffer. If you do something right, existence is very rewarding.

“England has done so much wrong in the past three hundred years that it seems difficult for it even to survive. All that glory and glamour was borrowed, stolen; forcibly, violently taken away from others. Now that glory is gone; those beautiful days have become dreams,” says Osho in From Bondage to Freedom, Ch. 33, “People are unemployed. England is becoming every day poorer and poorer. And the people have become accustomed to being violent, violent with others, in the past; now they will be violent with themselves, with their own. It is absolutely natural, and absolutely justified.”

Osho has all the answers to 'But how?' It's up to us to respond before it's too late.

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Dazzling Luxury with Spirituality

August, 2011

After five thousand years, it will take another five thousand years to fully understand Lord Krishna, says Osho.

When the supreme Lord Krishna walked this earth, India had reached the peak of its progress and civilisation – be it the arts, the sciences, the technology, the culture and religion. The unlimited luxury and magnificence of the kings of that era remains unmatched till today. The manner in which Lord Krishna celebrated life with his flute and dance, pranks and feasts, mischief and mirth is copied up to today in festivals but remains unmatched. The unlimited love of his mother(s), the adoration of his Gopis, his adventures with his friends and his bouts against villains are legendary and unmatched. This celebration of life with music, dance, song and laughter in all its splendour remains unrivalled till now.

Once again, Modern India is making commendable progress on the path to prosperity in many different dimensions. And with prosperity, the rich are beginning to enjoy – indeed celebrate – life. Osho’s famous mantra - ‘Live, Love, and Laugh’- is catching on in India today. Indians are beginning to celebrate the joy of living, singing, dancing and laughing openly on television, films and in their daily lives after centuries of oppression and decades of government controls after independence. 
 
When people become rich, the first luxury goods they flaunt are watches and cars. Indians are buying super luxury watches and cars like there is no tomorrow. Osho provided a fleeting glimpse of this lifestyle of the super-rich with his designer robes, hand-crafted diamond-studded watches and his fleet of Rollers, as in Rolls Royces. Osho was not attached to any of them as he gifted them away or left them behind as he moved on. But the total lifestyle of Krishna has yet to come to India.

As Lord Krishna grew up, his suave diplomacy, pertinent counselling and, above all, divine wisdom culminating in the Gita remain unequalled, indeed, eternal down the millennia. In just over two decades, the 800+ books by Osho have become the stockpile of the total wisdom and spirituality of mankind. Osho’s unique concepts of Zorba The Buddha, the blending of the science of the West and the Spirituality of the East; his discourses on all great spiritual masters down the centuries;  and his unique, cathartic meditation techniques are the basis of his concept of ‘religiousness’ beyond narrow religions and political boundaries.

When we celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna, we celebrate his luxurious, hilarious and spiritual lifestyle. When we celebrate Osho, we celebrate the ultimate luxury and spirituality by realising our total potential with his meditations. Dazzling with his peacock feather, ornaments and silks, Lord Krishna is the only god with flute and dance, and Osho is the only enlightened master dazzling with hand-crafted watches, limousines and dancing disciples’ both of them celebrating life to the hilt.

In dollar terms, India has around 400 millionaires and almost 50 billionaires today who flaunt their hedonistic lifestyles - but without much spirituality. Over 35 years ago, Osho showed them the missing dimension of spirituality that must crown all luxury to really live it up. People did not understand him then. Like Lord Krishna, it will take many centuries to understand Osho.

An editor, author, publisher and a media consultant by profession since 1967, Swami Anand Kul Bhushan was initiated into sannyas in 1974. Before returning to India, he directed an Osho Meditation Centre in Nairobi from 1974 to 1994. He worked as Business Editor of the leading Nairobi newspaper; contributed to major news agencies; represented International Press Institute for Africa; and was honoured with Journalist of the Year award. A Media Consultant for UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organisation - in Vienna from 1997 to 1999 and in New Delhi from 2000 onwards, he has authored 24 books on various subjects. He is involved in the work of the Osho World Foundation in New Delhi, edited Osho World News since 2003 and conducts Sufi Meditation Camps at Oshodham.
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The Miracle of the Master

July, 2011

NO PLAN Drifters

Many people go on living without any plan. Helpless against the powerful tides that shove them, their lives are pushed on by other people who dominate them; by passing fads and fancies; or major events over which they have no control. They just keep on going not knowing where or their purpose in life. They stumble from one phase to the next, one crisis to the next disaster or become deliriously happy at the big lucky break or good fortune. They are the drifters.

YOUR PLAN Achievers

Most people plan ahead – for success. They think they are clever and can anticipate everything. So they plan their finances, homes, children, their education and finally, retirement. Their planning starts very early in life.

As students, they plan on how to study for exams, careers, holidays and almost all other activities. When they start earning, they plan – both for the short and the long terms - for their marriage, families, homes, investments; planning right up to their retirement and beyond. They are the achievers. Despite their unending efforts, do they achieve all the results they aim for? Can they always anticipate the unexpected?

But all plans always do not succeed; no matter how cleverly and calculatedly they are devised, or how efficiently they are executed in personal or public life. Do these achievers ever wonder why their clever plans fail so miserably? So when they cannot achieve what they have planned, they blame bad luck.

HIS PLAN Disciples

Then there are a few who sincerely strive to realize their aims in this world and the beyond but leave the results to existence. An awareness of all that's going on around them and an acceptance of everything, good or bad, success or failure, is their bedrock. This is the blessing from their spiritual master to whom they have surrendered unconditionally. As they depend totally on their master, they achieve the ultimate independence. Those who value their so-called independence based on their birth, intellect, education or status, are not really independent. What can they do against natural calamities or unforeseen developments?

Those who have surrendered to be blessed by their spiritual master go by his plan. They are the disciples. Through their ups and downs as disciples, they have his grace as their invisible armour. They are the surrendered. We think we take the initiative to become disciples. No, it is always the master who allows us and accepts us, whether we know it or not.

Once you become a disciple, you surrender to 'let go' as your ego melts. You leave it all to the master. He is just a silent help, a soft guidance. Without touching you, he transforms you. And on every Guru Purnima the disciples renew their surrender to seek his special blessings for the mysterious, mystic and the unknowable. This is the only meaningful aim in life. It cannot be explained, only experienced. That is the miracle of the master.

"The guru is just trying to help you to a point where you can surrender the ego. Then a deep ecstasy will happen between you and your master. Wherever there is a 'letgo' ecstasy happens".
OSHO

An editor, author, publisher and a media consultant by profession since 1967, Swami Anand Kul Bhushan was initiated into sannyas in 1974. Before returning to India, he directed an Osho Meditation Centre in Nairobi from 1974 to 1994. He worked as Business Editor of the leading Nairobi newspaper; contributed to major news agencies; represented International Press Institute for Africa; and was honoured with Journalist of the Year award. A Media Consultant for UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organisation - in Vienna from 1997 to 1999 and in New Delhi from 2000 onwards, he has authored 24 books on various subjects. He is involved in the work of the Osho World Foundation in New Delhi, edited Osho World News since 2003 and conducts Sufi Meditation Camps at Oshodham.

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Renaming Revenge with Justice

June, 2011

Within three weeks of the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the revenge attack on naval barracks was no less daring and destructive. Both operations combined the bravado of James Bond with the swagger of Mission Impossible as if these Hollywood super hits had come alive off the screen. What is important amid all this gore is the horror of revenge while both sides claim that they acted in the cause of justice.

The basic animal and brutal nature of man exploded in the initial, boisterous and public celebrations in Washington and New York. No amount of whitewashing could wipe them. So the operation was renamed an ‘assassination’ to give it the smoke screen of justice. But this was not the case three weeks later as the perpetuators claimed that their operation was a reaction to the killing of their leader, Osama bin Laden.

It becomes imperative to witness all this from the platform of spiritualty. Osho poses the crucial question: Does enmity end by ending the enemy? No, he says, enmity gives birth to enemy. The enemy can be destroyed, but the enmity still remains. Can friendship be destroyed with the death of the friend? No? Then how could enmity be destroyed by ending the enemy? The friend and the enemy are seen outside; but the origin is within us. The enmity that lives deep within us has to be identified, uprooted and replanted with understanding of the causes that created it. When these problems are addressed with sincerity and compromise, enmity is gradually replaced with friendship. Now there is no revenge.

Renaming revenge with justice is not the solution. Just as man starts war in the name of peace, he inflicts revenge in the name of justice. This revenge in the cloak of justice is meted out to those who do not conform or follow the establishment or the prescribed system. They are declared offenders and justice carried out in the cause of revenge. It can be argued that if Osama had been captured alive, tried in a court of law before pronouncing judgement; it would be prolonged and messy procedure before he was punished. So killing him was the best option.

Osho says,"In fact, the people who were the root causes of injustice in the world had taken their revenge. Their revenge was fulfilled, and people were made afraid to go against the social order in any way. It is very strange that such a long history... and nobody has tried to look at why injustice exists at all. We have been trying to look only at individuals, and they are not the causes, only symptoms."

It’s high time the priests and politicians termed by Osho as the mafia of the soul are stopped from inflicting revenge as justice to continue more violence and hatred. 

An editor, author, publisher and a media consultant by profession since 1967, Swami Anand Kul Bhushan was initiated into sannyas in 1974. Before returning to India, he directed an Osho Meditation Centre in Nairobi from 1974 to 1994. He worked as Business Editor of the leading Nairobi newspaper; contributed to major news agencies; represented International Press Institute for Africa; and was honoured with Journalist of the Year award. A Media Consultant for UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organisation - in Vienna from 1997 to 1999 and in New Delhi from 2000 onwards, he has authored 24 books on various subjects. He is involved in the work of the Osho World Foundation in New Delhi, edited Osho World News since 2003 and conducts Sufi Meditation Camps at Oshodham.
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Cataclysm in Japan and Our Personal Lives

May, 2011

The recent cataclysm in Japan impacts every one of us. Really? What do I have to do personally with this cataclysm thousands of miles away? A difficult word to pronounce, kăt'ə-klĭz'əm, is a three-in-one mega-disaster. It involves a violent upheaval of the earth, a devastating flood and a giant fire or a combination of these and other elements. Can you face it?

First, it can happen anywhere. So every country must be prepared for it. And it’s not. Thus, everyone should persuade our governments to devise and streamline disaster relief measures and re-evaluate nuclear power plants.

Second, it happens to all of us. A cataclysm strikes each one of us in our personal lives as well. It can be the sudden death of a close relative, the discovery of an unfaithful spouse, an unexpected betrayal by a dear friend or a financial loss wiping out all our assets. Since many people are unprepared for it, they suffer a heart attack or a brain stroke. Even fatal.
Thus, we should prepare ourselves for our personal cataclysms in advance? The Japanese victims displayed their calmness, discipline, balance and courtesy in no small measure during these horrific days. All these qualities rooted in their culture and religions of Buddhism and Shintoism are nurtured over generations. Each one of us can prepare ourselves by meditating regularly. Meditation is the only way to achieve this serenity and composure during a cataclysm. That’s how you can remain calm and centered exactly in the middle of the cyclone, like the Japanese. 

Sixty six years after the Atom Bombs was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan has survived another cataclysm. Japan has an aging population with a good number of people over 70 years of age. Thus, they have endured two atomic disasters – the Atom Bombs in 1945 and the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown in 2011. In 1945, over 200,000 people were killed. Many more were injured and they suffered the after effects of radiation for over 30 years. This time, the deaths are again in thousands and the rebuilding will take decades.

The Japanese have endured both a man-made and a natural cataclysm; the dropping of Atom Bombs, and the earthquake, the tsunami and the nuclear meltdown.  They did so with dignity and poise. The land of the rising sun, Japan, will rise again. If they can do it with their culture and religion, so can you – with Osho’s meditations.

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I'm Bored

July, 2010

One thing is clear: the answer to your boredom lies within you – not outside. You cannot blame your school or college, you job or business, the traffic or routine chores. Some people are bored temporarily but others seem to be bored all along because they are dissatisfied with their lives. Short term or long term, boredom takes a heavy toll. If it carries on, it turns into depression and you slide downhill on the slippery road of mental ill health – a major concern of our modern society. The advance of science and technology has given us more free time than ever before as we do not spend much of our time doing the routine chores now. Yet we don't know what to do with all this free time we have. Nothing commands our attention for long as we get bored quickly. Just watch yourself flipping TV channels and you will find out how you get bored within seconds.

Can you think when you are not bored? Yes, when you are in love. Your heart has a special bouncy beat as you think of your beloved all the time - remembering the last phone call over and over, constantly sending and getting SMSs or MMSs, counting the minutes to your next date or just thinking about your beloved all the time about what is she/he doing right now. Great while it lasts.

You are never bored when you face a real challenge in your life. You have focused all your energies, all your resources and all your thinking to plan and survive against heavy odds. You have no time to be bored because you are fighting for your life or a very cherished aim. This works until you overcome the challenge.

But how to fight boredom for your whole life? He says, “A man also should be a little raw, a little wild, ready to live in insecurity, ready to risk, ready to go on the un-trodden paths, always ready to take the challenge of the dangerous. Then life is every moment an ecstasy, and boredom disappears.” Osho advises, “Try, if you cannot do anything else, then only do this: commit suicide as far as your ego is concerned. You will never get bored. You will be like an empty mirror. Whatsoever is reflected is always new because the mirror is empty, it cannot compare. It cannot say, "I have seen this face before."
Bored people end up committing suicide and kill their bodies. Osho advises you to meditate regularly and kill your ego – not your body. Become the empty mirror, become ego less. And then there is no boredom - all life is a blessing, a deep ecstasy.

 


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