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11 December,2017,86th Birthday of Osho. Launch of Rashid Maxwell's book
Posted by Osho World Foundation    Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:47

Birthday and Book Launch: An Enchanting Green Event
By Swami Anand Kul Bhushan

Imagine a birthday celebration with a book launch in a huge pillar-less auditorium packed with over 500 maroon clad devotees, listening to two movie celebrities, a host of VIPs, a media contingent and some guests and you get a fair idea of a festive celebration on 11 December 2017, Osho’s 86th birthday.

A slight drizzle adds to the freshness of the abundant greenery surrounding the jam-packed Buddha Hall without any side walls in Oshodham, a meditation campus on the outskirts of New Delhi. Open to lush green landscape on all sides, the hall is dominated by a giant portrait of the Master, a podium and a screen announcing the launch of ‘The Only Life Osho, Laxmi and a Journey of the Heart’ by Rashid Maxwell published by Simon & Schuster.

The book portrays the life of Ma Yoga Laxmi, Osho’s the first secretary and describes the significance of the master-disciple relationship and provides insights into Osho’s vision. Rashid Maxwell writes with an English turn of phrase laced with Osho’s vision to provide stimulating reading.

The visitors made up of four groups: Long time Osho Sannyasis , eminent citizens who knew and interacted with Laxmi, Laxmi’s sister Azadi; senior utives from the publisher, invited guests, and a media group.

The event started with a warm welcome by Swami Atul Anand and unveiling the book by untying the ribbon and opening the package to hold it up for photographers. A forest of arms holding mobile cameras went up instantly to click the moment, in addition to the photographers.

The chief guest, appropriately dressed in a maroon velvety jacket, Subash Ghai, film director, producer and screenwriter, revealed that his super hit movie, Taal (1999), was inspired by the vision of Osho who advocated rising in love instead of falling in love.

Recalling another scene from one of his films, Ghai talked about a mafia don seeking shelter for the night in a monastery to escape the police. In the morning, he walks up a hill to escape when the guru confronts him to pose a question, ‘Where will you run away from yourself?’
The don replies he has read all ures and doesn’t need advice. The guru answers with two words: Bhagwan (God) and Bhagyya (Luck). Ghai then weaved in Osho’s insight to explain the difference and how we are really God-like and how we blame luck when we fail.

Advertising utive, screenplay writer for films and TV, and above all, an Osho disciple from the seventies Kamlesh Pandey regaled the audience with his escapades after he was initiated by his master. Pandey is well-known for his screenplays of over 40 films including many box office hits like Rang De Basanti (2006). For TV, he has ed one of the first detective serials Karamchand, Indian parlour games like Antakshari and many others.

After meeting Osho, he donned saffron garments on taking sannyas. When he went to his office in the ad agency, his colleagues were surprised but dismissed him as dressing up for an ad shoot. As he continued wearing saffron, his boss called him and admonished him for wearing this colour in an international company. Later, he was taunted when he went for a movie and gazed at in dismay when he went for a beer in a bar. So, he went to see Osho about his predicament and Osho told him to carry on as he wanted his sannyasis to work and enjoy life.

The author Rashid Maxwell spoke about how he was persuaded to write this book and when he started, how he learnt much more about the master-disciple relationship and Osho’s vision.

After the launch, everyone went for tea and many bought the book with the author signing copies in a merry mood of smiles and laughter. The guests departed and it was time for the evening ‘White Robe’ meditation. Everyone was seen swishing in white robes for the evening meditation and sannyas (initiation) celebration.

Actually, the celebration started a day earlier at a tea party hosted by Swami Atul Anand for selected long-time disciples who knew Ma Yoga Laxmi personally. One by one, they recalled their experiences and interaction with this petite dynamo of energy and total surrender to the Master. Hard news about the book by top news agency of India PTI was published in many print and web media. The book revealed that former Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi sought the help of Ma Laxmi to persuade her son Rajiv to enter politics after the death of her son Sanjay in a plane crash. And its coverage continued after the launch.