Past the Point of No Return

Recollections of Osho Disciples on how they became His Sannyasins


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46 Ma Shantam Anuradha

MA SHANTAM ANURADHA (Beloved of the Silence)
Born in 1964 in Zurich, Switzerland. Anuradha took Sannyas in 1983 and presently lives in Virginia, U.S.A.


The past is no more. As to my relationship with Bhagwan now… it is difficult to put into words. I know that his physical form was only a manifestation of the inner guru, the ocean of love and grace that is always available to us in the present moment. I am eternally grateful for the fact that he was one of the first doors that allowed me to access that ocean of love, bliss, and abundance. I am also grateful for the inspiration and encouragement his presence gave me. It would have been difficult to believe that one can embody cosmic compassion and unconditional love unless I had witnessed it in person in his presence. I would have thought these were abstract concepts too lofty to ever claim. His presence in my life showed me that love, grace, and compassion are not only accessible to all of us; they are our true nature.

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42 Ma Anand Sattha Sazar

MA ANAND SATTHA (Teacher of Bliss), now known as SHAZAR
Born in 1948 in Perth, Western Australia. Shazar took sannyas in 1978 and presently lives in Perth, Western Australia.


I first heard of Osho, then called Bhagwan, through my mother-in-law, a crabby English woman who followed her son to Australia, for she employed a person to work in her garden once or twice a week. One day she complained that her ‘gardening boy’ was leaving. I liked him, and that day, we chatted for a while, and he told me he was going to India to meet a man he had heard of from a friend, Indivar, who was the inspiration for many to journey to meet Osho. The ‘gardening boy’ was called Samant Bhadra.

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44 Prem Jeevan

Born in 1927 in New York, U.S.A. Jeevan took sannyas in 1975 and left her body in August 2013 in Pune, India.


In 1972, at the age of 45 and after I had raised four kids, my husband, Paul, and I moved into a Los Angeles commune where three of my teenage children lived. The commune was called Ellis Island, named after the place where the Statue of Liberty stands in the New York harbour. This is where immigrants from the old world arrived to seek a new life. This house, with 12 young friends (including my kids), welcomed us with love and curiosity. We lived collectively, with no hierarchy, meeting together once a week to deal with any difficulties that arose. Also at that time, I was in training as a Radical Therapist with a Women’s Collective in Venice, California, and living in this atmosphere was a great help for all the changes I was going through after 27 years of marriage.

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43 Ma Deva Renu

MA DEVA RENU (Divine Dust)
(I had hoped for a name that sounded more spiritually inspiring, but Bhagwan told me that my name would mean ‘divine dust’. He said that dust is all we are made of, but it is divine, too. Each particle of dust is a particle of God.)

Born in 1956 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.A. Renu took sannyas in 1977 and presently lives in Santa Barbara, California, U.S.A.


In January 1976, at the age of 20, I was living in West Java, Indonesia, with Margo, a girlfriend from high school.

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42 Ma Prem Fatima

MA PREM FATIMA (Beloved Daughter)
Born in 1939 in Hyderabad, India. Fatima took sannyas in 1981 and presently lives in Hyderabad, India.


“Our Islam is overcooked.”

I was seven when I had jotted that down in my notebook. And I was not far from the truth. I had seen my family’s religious fervour burn brightest in the kitchen. Every Id, Milad (prophet’s birthday), birth, and death anniversaries of saints were observed religiously, necessitating a ‘fateha’ (prayer of thanksgiving), which, in turn, necessitated a lavish spread. On those gastronomical excesses, my family all of a sudden turned religious! It said its prayers, read the Quran, and, of course, gorged. The real essence of Islam went up in smoke. Literally. Holy smoke that emanated from the red-bricked chimney of our kitchen.

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41 Swami Deva Navanit

Born in 1943 in Berlin, Germany. Navanit took sannyas in 1976 and presently lives in Witzenhausen, Germany.


In 1973, I lived in a Berlin commune together with five men. Having put our wild political phase as students behind us, we were totally frustrated with the self-mutilation of the ever-fighting leftists. So we again started thinking about the movement that had begun with Wilhelm Reich, who had demanded that man should first realize his own habits and behaviour patterns and work on them before he would be able to act politically mature.

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40 Ma Prem Pankaja

MA PREM PANKAJA (Love And Lotus)
Born in 1936 in Scunthorpe, England. Pankaja took sannyas in 1975 and presently lives in London, England.


In the early ’70s, I was living in a tall, Victorian house in Regent’s Park, London, with my American husband and our twins, Felix and Emily. I had been writing novels for several years and already had a couple published. In the middle of one based on my dad’s life, I found myself so full of rage that I thought I was going to explode. Somehow I had heard about Quaesitor, a growth centre started by Paul Lowe (later Teertha), and signed up for the most immediately available group, which turned out to be a marathon with Denny Yuson, later Veeresh.

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39 Ma Deva Shanta

MA DEVA SHANTA (Divine Silence)
Born in 1953 in Munich, Germany. Shanta took sannyas in 1977 and presently lives in Northern Germany.


I was seventeen years old when meditation hit my life. Strangely enough, I encountered it not through any spiritual group or master but very profanely through the adult education class in Munich, a municipal institution open to everyone. Other classes in English, French, cooking, sports, or pottery were offered there too for a reasonable price.

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38 Ma Deva Garimo

MA DEVA GARIMO (Divine Glory)
Born in 1951 in Aachen, Germany. Garimo took sannyas in 1977 and presently lives in Perth, Western Australia.


Putting my story into mere words seems so dry – just a list of “one thing after another,” when at the time it was all a warm orange blur. In the mid-1970s, I was a young and idealistic feminist lesbian, and I took it very seriously at the time.

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37 Ma Prem Homa

MA PREM HOMA (Offering of Love)
Born in 1951 in Cologne, Germany. Homa took sannyas in 1978 and left her body in December 2022 in Nordhorn, Germany.


At the age of about seven, I repeatedly had very intense dreams of a wise man with a long beard sitting silently in some mountainous area. I felt very much drawn to that man and simply knew that this man was ‘wise’, that he knew the truth, and I wanted to find him.

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36 Swami Swatantra Sarjano

SWAMI SWATANTRA SARJANO (Freedom and Creativity)
Born in 1943 in Pordenone, Italy. Sarjano took sannyas in 1978 and presently lives in Rome, Italy.


“When a real lion
meets a real Master
he recognizes him…”

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35 Ma Prem Anupama

Born in 1944 in Kew Gardens, New York, U.S.A. Anupama took sannyas in 1974 and presently lives in California, U.S.A.


I first heard of Osho in 1974, when I was living in the California Bay Area. Back in those days, Ma Yoga Sushila was running a Rajneesh Meditation Centre in San Francisco. I met Sushila through my ex-husband, Robert Birnbaum. Robert is a Ph.D. psychotherapist, and he had discovered Sushila and the Rajneesh Centre while attending a retreat at Esalen, in California.

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34 Swami Deva Rashid

SWAMI DEVA RASHID (Divine Unerring Quality)
Born in 1937 in London, England. Rashid took sannyas in 1977 and presently lives in Hollocombe, Devon, England.


These bright crisp winter afternoons, I’m laying hedges round the field I keep the beehives in. I learned that agricultural skill – they call it pleaching here in Devon – some thirty years ago, before the current tractor-mounted chain flails were invented. You have to learn to work with how the trees and shrubs grow naturally, and then it’s only after twenty years that you see the merits and the lapses in your pleaching work. Although I’ve barely used the skill in the intervening years, you don’t forget such things.

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33 Ma Somadevi

Ma SOMADEVI (Soma means the moon, or the nectar from the moon. It is also the name of the moon god, and the elixir that created ecstasy when drunk by the ancient rishis. Devi means divine or goddess.)
Born in 1957 in Vohemar, Madagascar. Somadevi took sannyas in December 1977 and presently lives in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.


I first heard of Bhagwan at 19 years old, when I went to Bordeaux, France, to start university studies. My boyfriend, Narayanadeva, came to join me there. He had taken sannyas previously and carried many books of Bhagwan with him. Narayanadeva and I had met in Madagascar when I was 17, still finishing high school. He had to leave the country because of a visa glitch, and he went to India.

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32 Swami Chaitanya Keerti

SWAMI CHAITANYA KEERTI (Consciousness and Glory)
Born in 1950 in Panipat, Haryana, India. Keerti took sannyas in 1971 and presently lives in New Delhi, India.


I arrived in Bombay on the morning of September 4, 1971. I had five rupees in my pocket. A taxi was too expensive, so I took a bus and went to Jeevan Jagruti Kendra to find out Osho’s residential address. The office boy, Balkrishna, directed me to A-1 Woodlands Apartments, Peddar Road, and told me how to get there by bus.

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31 Ma Prem Mangala

MA PREM MANGALA (Blessed Well-being of Love)
Born in 1948 in Chingford, England. Mangala took sannyas in 1975 and left her body in 2012 on the Isle of Man, England.


How I came to take sannyas? What would you like – the very long version, the long version, or the short one? I guess the very long version is the whole story of my life up until that point. And that would definitely be too much. The long version would involve all the details and adventures of the two or three years preceding that happening. And the short one… well, maybe I had better stick with that. It has taken me almost two, or is it three, years to get it together and get around to writing this, so I better not be too ambitious or I will run out of steam before the end.

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30 Ma Prem Sahaja

MA PREM SAHAJA (Love and Spontaneity)
Born in 1956 in Perth, Western Australia. Sahaja took sannyas in 1978 and presently lives in Perth, Western Australia.


Bhagwan was his name when I first heard of him. It was more than 30 years ago, and I was over the moon with the first news and excitement of being pregnant with my baby girl. At the time, I was living in the Southwest of Western Australia on the outskirts of a very small town, and I had travelled to visit some friends to share my ecstatic news.

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29 Ma Prema Veena

MA PREMA VEENA (Instrument of Love)
Born in 1944 in Durban, South Africa. Veena took sannyas in 1971 and presently lives in Dorset, UK


The sun slips below the horizon, outlines clean and sharp. The sky is reflected multi-coloured in the still clear water. Pollution hasn’t hit this place at this time.

It is Calangute Beach, Goa, India, 1971….

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28 Ma Prem Tao

MA PREM TAO (Ultimate Law of Love)
Born in 1942 in Toronto, Canada. Tao took sannyas in 1977 and presently lives in Hawaii, USA


The Story Begins

My first exposure to Bhagwan was in 1971 in London, as I sat in the office of Kaleidoscope (later called Community), a Growth Centre for Self-Development that Michael Barnett (later Somendra) and I co-ran….

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27 Ma Deva Nandan

Born in 1945 in Sonthofen, Germany. Nandan took Sannyas in 1977 and presently lives in Tuscany, Italy

In 1976, I lived with my six-year-old daughter Tatjana in a beautiful, large, old-fashioned flat in Schwabing, Munich, in a very well-functioning community of seven adults and two children. Most of us had already some years of experience in communal living, so we no longer needed to argue about subjects such as not leaving the kitchen in a mess after cooking or how to clean the bathroom. Everybody had their own room, and we had transformed a spacious corridor into our communal living room with an immense podium that was our space to hang out; all of us could sit there, whether it was for a meeting or for a relaxed evening listening to Pink Floyd and a home-grown marijuana joint making the rounds…

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26 Swami Gyan Anatto

SWAMI GYAN ANATTO (Egoless Wisdom)
Born in 1950 in Rome, Italy. Anatto took sannyas in 1980 and presently lives in Bali, Indonesia


Cutting the roots

It was during a summer holiday in 1979 in Mexico while I was hanging out on a beach on my yearly 3 weeks’ vacation from my job, doing nothing in particular, that all of a sudden I became keenly aware of the lack of fulfilment in the life I was living. I knew in that moment that a radical change needed to happen, and upon return to Italy, I was determined to clean the slate. Even though I had no idea what to do next, it was absolutely clear that whatever I was doing it was not IT and before the new could come I had to end the old….

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26 Swami Dayanand Bharati

SWAMI DAYANAND BHARATI (Bliss of Mercy  – one who belongs to the ancient wisdom of India)
Born in 1947 in Munich, Germany. Dayanand took sannyas in 1973 and left his body in 2019 in Mas, Bali, Indonesia


It was 1970, and the Vietnam War was in full bloom. Young kids like me were dying in Asia for nothing. I rebelled against everything that moved – I was angry, confused, and lost.

At least there was the music I could identify with; I danced, grew my hair long and talked with like-minded friends, hoping for a way out, to find freedom, love….

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24 Swami Rammurthi

SWAMI RAMMURTHI (Expression of Ram)
Born in 1945 in Vancouver, Canada. Rammurthi took sannyas in 1974 and presently lives in Marin County, California, USA.


Life with Bhagwan, in Poona One, was a rain of blessings. I loved having The Blessed One as my guru, and I loved the energetically supercharged reality he created around him. Life was exciting, musical, complex, challenging, meditative, and exasperating. There were very high points of bliss and excruciating moments of despair. Even though I always felt at odds with the ashram administrators, dealing with them felt like a reasonable price to pay for the right to be in Bhagwan’s electric energy field….

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23 Ma Dharm Jyoti

MA DHARM JYOTI (Flame of Religion)
Born in 1942 in Karachi, then India, now Pakistan. Dharmjyoti took sannyas in 1970 and presently lives in New Delhi, India.


I am 26 years old. It is Sunday, January 21, 1968, and today Osho will be speaking at 4 pm in Sunmukhananda Hall in Bombay. One of my friends, knowing my quest for truth, advises me to go and listen to Him. I have already heard so many so-called saints and mahatmas that I am disillusioned by this religious game going on in India. But somehow, Osho, who is known as Acharya Rajneesh, attracts me. I decide to go to his discourse….

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21 Ma Premdaya

MA PREMDAYA (Love and Compassion)
Born in 1953 in Sydney, Australia. Premdaya took sannyas in 1980 and presently lives in Perth, Western Australia


It was only after I had spent an hour or so in his ashram and had an experience that changed me forever that I even heard the name Bhagwan….

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20 Ma Prem Amrita

MA PREM AMRITA (Love and Nectar of Immortality)
Born in 1970 in Bangalore, India. Amrita took sannyas in 1988 and presently lives in Uttarakhand, India


So there I was, all of 18 years old, fresh out of boarding school, stuck in a college in a place called Poona. I was bored out of my mind, surrounded by oh, so predictable people – all very sweet, of course, but so boring, so society…

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19 Swami Deva Ananya

SWAMI DEVA ANANYA (One with the Divine)
Born in 1956 in Munich, Germany. Ananya took sannyas in 1976 and presently lives in Walchensee, Bavaria, Germany.


It is the winter of 1975-76 in Munich. I am 19 years old, finishing the last year of high school. Very frustrated with life, especially sexually, and suicidal, with no exciting prospects in sight. I am basically anti-establishment. I am living in a house with a couple of other young people. One day, one of them, a woman, brings along a strangely dressed street musician who has a guru. Later on I get to know him as one of the main ashram musicians called Govindas, but at that time I just gather a sense of strangeness about him and find out that he will soon be travelling to a place called Poona in India. It sounds kind of interesting, but too far away from my perspective on things…

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18 Ma Deva Sneha

MA DEVA SNEHA (Divine Love)
Born in 1947 in Würzburg, Germany. Sneha took sannyas in 1979 and presently lives in Munich, Germany


In the summer of 1978, I spent six weeks in California, near Palo Alto, to participate in trainings that would enable me to become a yoga teacher. I also spent about 10 days in Esalen, taking part in a Tai Chi course by Al Huang. All this touched me deeply and inspired me to start teaching yoga and tai chi when I was back in Germany. And so it happened: pretty soon after my return I taught my first classes in yoga and meditation…

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17 Ma Anand Bhagawati

MA ANAND BHAGAWATI (Bliss and Divineness)
Born in 1947 in Vienna, Austria. Bhagawati took sannyas in 1976 and is presently living in Bali, Indonesia


I grew up in post-war Vienna. I felt unsettled living there as a child, as I had an inner sense of not belonging to the family I lived with, that my parents were not my real parents; there were often vague memories haunting me in the back of my mind, and I was given to fits of sadness and frustration, during which I would lock myself in the bathroom and bawl my eyes out. During one such session, I heard a soundless voice within tell me that I was living in the best possible environment for the time being and that my life would change later. Although I was a young child, I understood, and this message relaxed me into being able to function in the way my family and society were expecting from me…

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16 Anand Guenter

SWAMI ANAND GUENTER (Blissful and Bold in the Battle)
Born 1939 in Berlin, Germany. Guenter took sannyas in 1980 and left his body in 2020 in Potsdam, Germany.


In this life, I was born in Berlin, about three months before Adolf Hitler decided to attack Poland with his propaganda campaign, “The German army started shooting back at the German-Polish border.”

I remember my mother, my one-and-a-half-year older brother Manfred and I visiting my father in the summer of 1941 in the village of Altheide, splendidly surrounded by beautiful red poppy fields; he was stationed there as a German army commanding officer with his battalion. I also remember that during one visit, low-flying Russian airplanes attacked us on the open field; the soldiers hit the ground faster than us kids, and seemed more afraid than we were…

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15 Ma Sunder Avinasho

MA SUNDER AVINASHO (Eternal beauty)
Born in 1949 in Einbeck, Germany. Avinasho took sannyas in 1982 and presently lives in Marin County, California, U.S.A.


“How on earth can you hang someone else’s picture around your neck?” I demanded, almost shaking with indignation in my blue denim overalls. My sister, her two-year-old daughter, and I had just returned from vacation and were shocked when we saw her (then) husband standing at the arrival gate in the airport with a big smile on his face. He had shaved his head, was wearing bright-red jeans and T-shirt, and – worst of all – a weird necklace. He had joined a cult! What an irrational thing to do! Hadn’t he learned anything from the stupid Germans who had blindly followed another mad leader?…

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14 Swami Deva Jayapal

Born in 1938 in New York, U.S.A. Jayapal took sannyas in 1977 and presently lives in San Francisco, California, U.S.A.


The year was 1976. I had spent the better part of my life exploring therapeutic paradigms ranging from analysis on the one hand to gestalt and primal on the other. Somehow I was beginning to O.D. on the stuff, and some friends suggested I check out some eastern mystics for a different perspective. This was an unknown world for me, provoking images of religious charlatans or weird looking, bald Hare Krishnas bugging people in the airport. But I took a shot at it, buying four books at Weiser’s Bookstore in Greenwich Village: Be Here Now by Ram Dass; Cutting Through Spiritual Materialism by Trungpa Rinpoche; a book on Zen by Suzuki; and finally, for no reason at all, Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. And so my initiation began…

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13 Ma Yoga Punya

MA YOGA PUNYA (Union and Virtue)
Born in 1944 in Aarau, Switzerland. Punya took sannyas in 1974 and presently lives near Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.


After several years of working as a graphic designer, translator, editor, and production manager – all  in one – for a monthly magazine for the Italian printing trade, I was employed by a German import-export company in Milan. With my Portuguese boyfriend, João, I shared a flat in Viale Bianca Maria, where, on the same landing, he had opened his graphic studio. It was a posh address, but our flat was in an old block close to Piazza Cinque Giornate, a square which was going to see violent demonstrations by the communists against the fascists who had their quarters a few streets behind us…

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Anand Vandana

MA ANAND VANDANA (Blissful Prayer/Gratitude)
Born in 1947 in Wellington, New Zealand. Vandana took sannyas in 1974 and presently lives in Perth, Western Australia.


In the early 70’s, my life, which had never really come together, began to fall apart. Living in Sydney in a crazy never-functional marriage, my husband was producing the album for “Hair”, and stoned actors and musicians were all over our house. One night while digesting a mind-altering chemical, I heard John Lennon’s screaming post-Primal Therapy album, “John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band”, and went, “I want what he’s having”…

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11 Nirava Sohana

MA NIRAVA SOHANA (Silent Gratefulness)
Born in 1942 in Jersey City, N.J. U.S.A. Sohana took sannyas in 1984 and presently lives in Arizona, USA.


My life has been filled with adventures since an early age. Being a Sagittarian, I played with bows and arrows as a child and remember shooting my neighbor even though Dennis was a cute boy and I liked him. The arrow had a rubber tip. I grew up in New Jersey and escaped at the earliest possible time, never to return…

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10 Premrup

MA PREMRUP (Love and Beauty)
Born in 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. Premrup took sannyas in 1978 and presently lives in Santa Rosa, California, USA.


It was the mid-seventies and I was part of a radical socialist-feminist group. We met once a week, plotting events to embarrass rich people. We were children of the 60s, living in suburban America, dissident and dissatisfied… anything but grateful. We were full of anger and rationalizations to justify that anger by pointing outside ourselves at all the obvious faults in society. After many meetings, I plucked up my courage to announce that I was leaving this group because I felt no love amongst its members for each other let alone people… and why plan revolution without love, if you know what I mean…

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9 Swami Prem Nirvano

SWAMI PREM NIRVANO (Love and Enlightenment)
Born in 1941 in Gera, Thuringia, Germany. Nirvano took sannyas in 1976 and presently lives near Cologne, Germany.


Today is Monday, the 19th of January, 2009. In other words: It’s exactly 19 years ago that Osho left his body. And it’s exactly 33 years ago that Osho came into my life.

It was a cold Sunday afternoon in London. I was waiting for a friend, standing outside Burlington House where we were going to see the exhibition ‘The Golden Age of Spanish Painting’, when suddenly I saw two people in orange coming towards me from Trafalgar Square. Presently, I recognized in them my old friends Luigi and Mario, a gay couple. I hadn’t seen them for about three years; they were then living in South Kensington and I had spent almost every weekend with them, coming down from Cambridge…

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SWAMI ANAND NEERAVA (Blissful Silence)
Born in 1948 in London, England. Neerava took sannyas in 1978 and is presently living in Perth, Western Australia.


If I’m honest, it was clothes and sex – two of my favourite things (when I was younger) – which started me on my way to Osho! It’s a long story because it took me a long time to get it; Osho and sannyas eased gently into my life.

In the mid-1970s, I was a young and idealistic left-wing lawyer, and former professional rock drummer, working in a legal aid practice in the East End of London. I wanted to help change the many injustices and things I saw wrong in the world…

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MA PREM ATTA (Love of Self)
Born in 1946 in Lima, Peru. Atta took sannyas in 1978 and is presently living in Bali, Indonesia


In 1969, during what became known as the Summer of Love, I was working as a stewardess for United Airlines, out of San Francisco. Work life was Miss Stewardess, prim and proper, and in the off-hours a hippie in Marin County. United had announced a special program for airline volunteers to have a work experience in Asia and I had applied to the Tom Dooley Foundation for a position working with Tibetan refugee children in a day care centre at the carpet factory in Jawalakhel in Nepal. When I flew to Kathmandu to check out my future post, I met a hipster there named Milan Melvin who had been married to Joan Baez’ little sister, Mimi Farina…

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SWAMI ANAND DEVOPAMA (Divine-like Bliss)
Born in 1937 in Lincoln, England. Devopama took sannyas in 1976 and left his body in 2018 in Somerset, England


Sannyas found me. I just went along with what was clearly happening, and enjoyed the thrill of whole new vistas opening up. The conscious sense of a connection with Osho, or with Bhagwan, as he was known then, came later, after I’d been to Poona. Even there – so far as I was aware – it came in little realisations, nuggets perhaps: during one of my first lectures in the old Chuang Tzu Auditorium, in German Purna’s Janov-style primal group and the group darshan afterwards, a Hindi discourse, as he drove by outside Lao Tzu Gate. These are some of the most memorable moments….

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MA PREM ANADO (Love and Soundless Silence)
Born in 1944 in Modena, Italy. Anado took sannyas in 1978 and left her body in 2015 in Seattle, WA, USA


Can you believe it?

Can you believe the silhouette of a man, all dressed in flowing orange robes, with long curly hair floating in the breeze around a smiling face, walking down a little country road in Tuscany? Surrounded by fields and vineyards, by cypress trees and olive groves, he walks with a steady gait, carrying an orange bag on his shoulder. The sun is at midday, so this orange man’s shadow walks with him, under him, the only shade on the road…

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5 Anand Gayan

MA ANAND GAYAN (Song of Bliss)
Born in 1947 in Hamburg, Germany. Gayan took sannyas in 1976 and is presently living near Munich, Germany.


It was during the ‘swinging sixties’ with the Beatles, Elvis, the hippies, the miniskirt and the hula hoop; I was living in Munich together with my boyfriend, studying ballet at the ‘Musikhochschule’, a branch of the university. We were moving around in the esoteric scene, which was in reality not much of a scene…

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6 Deva Anupam New

SWAMI DEVA ANUPAM (Divine Uniqueness)
Born in 1948 in New York, U.S.A. Took Sannyas in 1978 and is presently living near Perth, Western Australia.


Osho came into my life in 1976 when I was 28 years old, at the end of the fourth seven-year cycle of life. I was living in Los Angeles at that time and was becoming tired of my life situation; tired of working in a boring, dead-end job in a record and tape warehouse, and tired too of the limited and not very satisfying distractions of alcohol, drugs, and the occasional sexual encounter. I knew that I was going nowhere, and while it was clear that there was no future in what I was doing, I had no idea there were any worthwhile alternatives…

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7 Deva Priya

MA DEVA PRIYA (Beloved of the Divine)
Born in 1969 in Ludhiana, India. Priya took sannyas in 1976 and is presently living in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India.


Osho is my love affair since childhood. I feel very strongly that it was not just an accident that I was born in a house where Osho was loved so much. I really feel that I chose my parents. The day my mother, Neelam, knew she was pregnant with me was the same day she met Osho for the first time. Both of my parents fell in love with him. My mom started meditating while I was in her womb…

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8 Prem Azima

Born in 1953 in Verona, Italy. Azima took sannyas in 1978 and presently lives in Sicily, Italy.


During  1968, a time when many young people believed that social change could be implemented, I was a young boy of 13 living in Palermo, Sicily, best known as a Mafia nest. Aloneness is the image that is paramount in my memory – I had a strong feeling of ‘not belonging to this city or family or environment’. I generally felt disconnected from people and could not understand their morals and ways of living…

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