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Monday, 17th May, 2004
Swami Chaitanya Keerti
Life is a process of learning. We stop growing when we stop learning. What we learn from outside sources is tuition. And there's another source within us, that of intuition. The two are distinct dimensions of learning - one from outside to inside and vice versa.
Between tuition and intuition is the difference of "in". This is the dimension of meditation. In Hindi, we talk of antardrishti, translated as "inner eye" or "insight". This belongs to the dimension of intuition.
Osho explains this beautifully in the following words. He says: "Intellect lives on tuition. Others have to teach you. Intuition comes from within, it grows out of you and is a flowering of being. This is the quality of consciousness without a centre. Timelessness; or you can call it the now, the present. But remember, it is not present between past and future; it is the present in which past and future have dissolved."
Talking of intuition, Osho says: "The word is significant. We are given tuition everywhere. That is to repress intuition. In schools, colleges, universities, you are given tuition. It means something from outside being forced on you, and intuition means something from your core. If unconscious, it will remain instinct.
"If you are conscious, instinct plus awareness equals intuition. Then for the first time you have found your Master within you. Intuition is your Master, your real university. And now you don't need a scripture, you don't need any guide. Your inner light is enough to lead you to the ultimate goal of enlightenment."
Normally, a human being functions on three levels - instinct, intellect and intuition. Instinct is of the physical level. Animals possess it. Intellect is functioning of the head, one needs to be human to have intellect. Intuition is deeper - one needs to have his heart functioning properly. Behind these is our being, whose only quality is witnessing.
Osho says: "The head only thinks; hence it never comes to a conclusion. It is verbal, linguistic, logical but because it has no roots in reality, thousands of years of philosophical thinking have not given us a single conclusion. Philosophy has been the greatest exercise in futility.
"Beyond intellect is feeling. Another name for this is intuition, a more scientific name. But few reach intuition, because for that you have to go beyond intellect. Meditation is the only way. Unfortunately, meditation is not part of our education. It stops at intellect, creating a quarrel between instinct and intellect, creating a schizophrenia."
If you meditate, something beyond intellect starts functioning. You can call it the heart, intuition. It has no arguments but tremendous experiences. But it is not the end of your nature. Like instinct, on the other polarity of your being, beyond the mind - which is the world of intellect - is a world of intuition.
"This opens doors through meditation: Which is simply knocking on doors of intuition; intuition is also completely ready; it does not grow; you have inherited that from existence."
That's what meditation is about: Dropping the mind and moving to the heart. A leap from thinking to feeling, intellect to intuition. Head to heart. Extremes existing with unbridgeable distance between them.
The Indian Express,
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Tea Lounge back
ON MARCH 21, THE OSHO COMMUNE NOW KNOWN AS OSHO MEDITATION RESORT
30 YEARS OF ITS EXISTENCE IN PUNE. A RECAP OF HOW PUNE LOOKED AT IT
Maroon in the red?
Pune, March 23 Now you have belly and pole vault dancers in Pune's pubs
of course even FTV at home. Therefore, digesting western culture is a lot
more easier even for the most conservative Puneite. But then in the mid-
1970s, when the maroon tribe walked into Pune, with Acharya Rajneesh in
lead, it was a rude culture shock to Puneites.
Of course, the Rajneesh Ashram later called the Osho Commune International
was tucked in the cosmopolitan and stiff upperlip locality of Koregaon
Park - quite a distance from downtown Pune and amidst bungalows belonging
to aristocratic families. But that wasn't enough for Puneites to swallow
the arrival of the controversial 'Sex guru' in Amche Pune. For he had
already begun hogging international headlines and public outrage in India
with his theory of 'Sex to Superconsciousness' around which his public
lectures revolved in Mumbai.
The Koregaon Park neighbourhood too generally looked down upon this new
neighbour whose baggage of white skin disciples it thought, was repulsive.
Neighbours complained that the disciples were outrageously dressed and
couples had no inhibitions about kissing in public. Similar scenes used to
be witnessed on M G Road and restaurants like Latif's on East Street.
The bright side for Koregaon Park though was that, soon it was business
boom in this neighbourhood with Rajneesh's foreign disciples ready to
out a luxurious amount for rents for rooms and flats; shops sprouting with
maroon robes and chappals (in fact nearly all the shops in Centre Street
near M G Road had transformed into maroon cloth merchants) and soon
restaurant owners in Koregaon Park were only short of putting up boards:
Indians and dogs not allowed! The darker side of business was hotels like
Mobo's that were infested with western disciples, allegedly hooked on to
drugs. Pune screamed that its youth would get spoilt by this influx.
Though, curiosity got the better of many Pune intellectuals who waxed
eloquent about Rajneesh's ahead-of-his-times philosophy much to the
consternation and embarrassment of their families. Some of them also
disciples and began sporting maroon robes in public. Many surreptitiously
attended his public discourses in the ashram. But generally, the aam
janta's attitude towards Rajneesh and his tribe was condescending. So,
he decided to move to Oregon in US (strangely rhyming with Koregaon) in
1981, Puneites heaved a sigh relief, though the ones who cried were the
Koregaon Park wore a deserted look but Rajneesh's audio cassettes and
steadily became popular. By the time, he came back to Pune in 1987, after
he was expelled from the US and rejected by 21 countries thereafter, the
acceptance of Rajneesh as a philosopher amongst Puneites had grown. But
they would not tolerate the behaviour of his disciples. Playing to the
gallery for a change (earlier the ashram literally looked down upon the
locals), the dressing and behaviour pattern was formalised by the commune
management as it declared in its official brochure that, its disciples
dress decently and modestly, when in Pune and no, they cannot kiss in
Puneites by then got accustomed to the fact that Osho Commune had become
integral part of Pune and blunted their animosity towards it. Rajneesh
rechristened himself into Osho and soon he faded away in 1991. Despite
critics predicting the doom of the Osho Commune, it emerged into a more
enhanced throbbing outfit, with some compassion for the locals. First, its
creation of the Osho Teerth Park from a stinking nallah brought it respect
from the public. Then, the transformation of the Lane no.1 from a
road to one with lovely trees, street lights and tarred stretch had people
appreciating the endeavour.
More importantly, the beautiful Gautama, the Buddha Hall was thrown open
for Osho Festivals (coinciding with his birth and death anniversary) and
the public was invited with glossy cards (the only condition being the
test that was mandatory). The who's who of music and performing arts of
country came down to perform and the status of the Osho Commune was
Until 1994, when it found itself caught in an unenvious situation - post-
Osho's death the commune had begun attracting fly-by-night disciples, who
used the Osho Commune as a facade for conducting drug orgies in the
backyards of Koregaon Park in private farms, in the garb of Osho
sannyasins. Two massive drug orgies were busted by the Pune Police and the
commune had no choice but to tighten its process for giving the commune
pass to the visitors. It endeavoured to only allow 'genuine' disciples.
This subsequently dipped the number of fly-by-night visitors who found
Pune had lost all its ''fun'' and these were in large numbers.
The slide in sannyasin population continued but the Osho Commune had not
given up. Amidst controversies of Osho's intellectual property rights
exported and Osho loyalists walking out in a huff from the commune due to
what they termed as ''commercialisation of the commune'', the inner circle
dominated by Swami Jayesh, a Canadian, built a swanky and massive 1 lakh
odd sq ft of 'Osho Meditation Resort' just opposite the main gate of the
Osho Commune. Despite its metamorphoses from a commune to a resort
wherein 'Osho' pictures are conspicuous by their absence and 'fun and
entertainment' are in focus, it continues to survive. Only, the spirit of
survival has changed.
But by now, Puneites have moved away their attention. It's the IT and BPO
boom on the brighter side and traffic chaos and senior citizen attacks on
the darker side that's keeping them busy. The commune, they know is there,
but it's just insignificantly stored at the back of their mind.
The Times of India, New Delhi
24 March, 2004
Home-cooked food, but no cricket
NEW DELHI: For a person who likes to spend his spare time reading books,
Deputy Prime Minister L K Advani could find little time to catch up with
the three authors - John Grisham, Winston Churchill and Osho - that he
chose to keep him company in the first phase of the Bharat Uday Yatra.
"I have only been reading the latest Grisham novel, The Last Juror, and
have completed just 80 pages in so many days. Between 10 public rallies,
five major meetings and at least five interactive sessions with farmers,
women or students a day, it has been a hectic schedule. Though I am
carrying Osho's Einstein the Buddha and a Churchill, I could not get time
to begin reading them,'' said Advani, while travelling out of Maharashtra,
his voice cracking on the mobile phone.
The Times of India, Chandigarh Times
TUESDAY, MARCH 23, 2004
Rajesh Aggarwal , Motivator and Trainer, On his book 7 Keys to Prosperity
You have always maintained Osho has influenced you. Can you elaborate on
Let me say that Osho has influenced me more subjectively rather
objectively. Before discovering Osho, I was carrying too many personalities
with me; was wearing too many masks. Osho made me remove all of them and
find myself. He made me realise that if I don't like a person doesn't mean
that I can't love a person from a distance. After reading Osho I realised
that life is a drama, we must play our parts and bow out and shouldn't get
attached to the drama. We just have to learn how to play our roles
effectively. As to how I impart Osho through my experiences so that it's
The Hindustan Times, New Delhi
20 March, 2004
Live for today
Swami Chaitanya Keerti
The simplest definition of enlightenment that Osho offers is that to live
one's life here-now: this moment is all. He says: "You never have two
moments together in your hands, only one single moment. It is such a small
moment that there is no space for thinking to move, no space for thoughts
to exist. Either you can live it, or you can think. To live it is to be
enlightened, to think is to miss."
Osho does not talk about enlightenment as a goal, that you have to decide
whether to accept it or not. He says: "Enlightenment is the realisation
that we have only the present moment to live. The next moment is not
certain - it may come, it may not come."
Jesus says to his disciples, "Look at the lilies in the field, how
beautiful they are! Even the great Solomon was not so beautiful attired in
all his grandeur as these poor lily flowers." And what is the secret? The
secret is that they think not of the morrow. They live now, they live here.
To live now is to be enlightened, to live here is to be enlightened, to be
a lily is to be enlightened this very moment! Don't think about what I am
saying. Don't think about it, just be here. This is the taste of
enlightenment. And once you have tasted it, you will want to taste it more
Osho adds: "It will bring you, for the first time, real contentment, real
blissfulness, authentic ecstasy. " Once enlightenment gives you a taste of
the real, you will see that all your pleasures, all your happinesses were
simply the stuff dreams are made of; they were not real. And what has come
now, has come forever.
That is the definition of the real: a contentment that comes and never
leaves you again is real contentment. A contentment that comes and goes
again is not contentment, it is simply a gap between two miseries. Let that
be the definition. Anything that comes and never goes is reality.
Don't be bothered about the word 'enlightenment'. What you call it does not
matter; you can call it illumination, you can call it blissfulness, you can
call it self-realisation, you can call it actualisation of all your
potentials - whatever you want to call it.
But remember one quality: that it knows only a beginning, it knows no end.
(Osho Enlightenment Day is on March 21, 1953)
New Delhi, 18 March 2004
Usher in the age of
Swami Chaitanya Keerti
The world has progressed much beyond our imagination. But this progress
on the outside. Not much has changed in the inner world of the man, he
to remain almost the same. The same anger, lust, politics and violence
only expressions have changed.
Now the time has come that we transform the inner world of the man, to
balance between the outer and the inner. We must plant the seeds of
on a vast scale and nourish the seeds, so that they flower
This flowering will usher in the age of enlightenment as never witnessed
Yes, we did witness this age of enlightenment in the times of Buddha and
Mahavira, but that was only in India. Now this is possible in the entire
Osho says: "The world can come to a harmony if meditation is spread
wide, and people are brought to one consciousness within themselves...
there are many people who are pools of peace, silence, understanding, will
disappear. It is only a question of understanding the value of meditation.
it is possible for millions to become undivided within themselves. They
the first humans to become harmonious. And their harmoniousness, their
their compassion, their love - all their qualities - are bound to resound
Science has transformed the outer world. The inner world too can be
with the science of spirituality.
New Indian Express
March 15, 2004
Einstein, Buddha and the atom bomb
Saturday February 28 2004 11:24 IST
NEW DELHI: If Albert Einstein were Lord Buddha, would there have been atomic bombs?
No, says Osho in his book 'Einstein the Buddha.' according to him, there would have been only atomic energy and no atomic bombs.
Atomic energy is seen by Osho as the "greatest blessing ever." The earth would have become a paradise with the help of atomic energy.
Unfortunately Einstein is no Buddha. So Osho says in his book that he would like the people to be enriched by Issac Newton, Einstein and Thomas Alva Edison. Also by Jesus Christ, Buddha, Prophet Mohammed and Lord Krishna.
Released by Minister of State for External Affairs Vinod Khanna during the just concluded New Delhi world book fair, a copy of the book was presented to deputy Prime Minister L K Advani on Friday at his residence.
The Osho quote which attracted Advani's attention was---"there have been Buddhas and there have been Albert
Einsteins, but we are still waiting for a Buddha who is also an Albert Eistein or an Albert Einstein who is also a Buddha. The day is coming closer."
The book was presented to the deputy Prime Minister by Swami Atul Anand, MA
Shashin, Swami Ravindra Bharti and Swami Arun Saraswati.
The Economic Times, New Delhi
15 March, 2004
We don't need democracy lessons from US: RSS
TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2004 06:28:30 AM ]
NEW DELHI: Taking strong exception to the US state department report, which has criticised the Indian democracy as flawed and alleged that the BJP government was not providing proper security and justice to the minorities, the RSS on Friday asked the Union government to lodge strong protests with the US for infringing on the country’s sovereignty.
Condemning the tendency of the US to behave like a “globo-cop”, the RSS termed the report as a direct interference in the internal matters of India .
“It will be the saddest day for India if it were to seek lessons on democracy, communal harmony, social justice from a country, which is run by a person who assumed presidency despite losing public vote, who promises Christian missionary activities through official funds to please fundamentalists, a democracy that was made to hang precariously for one month because of its inability to decide who actually won, a nation that harasses its own minorities like ISKCON and OSHO, and a nation that runs amok over countries like Iraq with notorious preachers like Billy Graham in toe to save souls,” RSS spokesperson Ram Madhav said.
Terming the report as an insult to the democratic people of our country, Mr Madhav said the report deserves nothing but contempt for its arrogance and high-handed attitude towards India . He blamed sections of “the liberal pseudo-intelligentsia for creating an atmosphere conducive to this kind of humiliating attacks by all and sundry on the country and people.”
Taking strong objection to the propaganda unleashed against it by a South Asia watch group, Awaaz, for misusing funds received from abroad, Mr Madhav threatened action against the watch group for levelling wild and false allegations. “The whole report by Awaaz smacks of a sinister conspiracy to defame Hindu organisations,” he said.
Mr Madhav condemned the malicious propaganda, unleashed by persons and organisations “hitherto unknown”, against the RSS and organisations connected with it, like the Seva Bharati. “The scandalous report betrays a conspicuous anti-Hindu bias leading us to question the motives of, and the men behind, this unknown group,” he said.
The RSS leader said Seva Bharati was an organisation registered with the government in different states and guided by Indian laws. Every penny received by it, from within or outside India , is judiciously spent on the causes for which it has been collected, he added. “The report in question is full of distortions and untruths, often bordering on mischief,” he said.
The Seva Bharati constructed 62 schools in the first phase in quake-hit areas in Gujarat , Mr Madhav said. Of these, 57 were handed over to the state government and the rest are run by registered private trusts, he added. Refuting the allegations that the money received from abroad was spent for anti-Muslim activities, the RSS leader said that one of its relief camps in Bhuj was conducted from a masjid in Hajipur village. Also, new houses were handed over to Muslims in the affected areas, he added.
Quoting media reports, Mr Madhav said: “On January 29, the residents of Nanireldi, a Muslim dominated village in Kutch , virtually starving since the day of the quake, were pleasantly surprised to see a batch of RSS and VHP workers land with foodgrain, clothes and medicines.” A 51-member delegation, representing 40 organisations in UK that had joined hands with Sewa International for fund raising, visited Gujarat from January 27-31, ’04 and were overwhelmed by the rehabilitation work, he said.
Deccan Herald » National
13 March, 2004
Thought for the
"My message of love is absolutely simple; nothing can be more simple
that. But your mind is very complex, very tricky. It makes simple
complicated - that's its work. And for centuries it has been trained
only one thing: to make things so complicated that your life becomes
impossible. Your mind has become expert in destroying you, because
life consists of simple things. The whole existence is simple, but
mind has been cultivated, conditioned, educated, programmed in such a
that the simplest thing becomes crooked.. "
Indian Express, Pune
11 March, 2004
Parkful of peace
Art collector Surabhi Nag loves the green peace in the Osho Teerth
Pune, March 11: THE peace and the soothing green environs have drawn
Surabhi Nag time and again to the Osho Teerth, also known as the Osho Nullah Park in Koregaon Park. A frequent visitor at the park, the salt ‘n’ pepper haired lady avers, ‘‘this is one of the few places where I get a lot of peace.’’
And so when she’s agitated or upset, Nag drives to the park, rich in flora, specially bamboos and palms to calm down in no time. ‘‘I have a nice garden at home too, but to actually sit there quietly is not always possible. Either the phone rings or someone drops in, so the Osho Teerth which is close to home makes for a great option,’’ states Nag.
Nag’s fondness for the place began years ago. ‘‘I have watched the park develop to the green haven it is today from the time it was a regular waste ground,’’ says Nag. ‘‘The plant and tree lined pathways offer just the right respite from a tiring day and the gurgling water flow keeps the lush environment cool,’’ states Nag.
What also adds to the special appeal for the place is that,
‘‘They recycle the nullah water for the plants. Conservation is all important today,’’ she adds.
The aesthetic beauty of the place has charmed the art collector as well. ‘‘The benches and the statue of Buddha give it an extra attractive touch,’’ smiles Nag.
Dhyan in Iran: Osho For Aryans
Yes, it is possible to make Osho available to the intelligentsia in Iran also.The ground is ready. There are already 42 Osho books in Persian language being
sold in the shops and more are being translated. This month the translation of
Osho's most famous book "From Sex to Superconsciousness" is also being published. Ms. Mojgan has translated this book into
Osho has much bigger appeal here than any other modern spiritual teachers from
outside Iran. Osho is being discussed because Osho's literature ignites the
intelligence of people. Of course, there's some influence of gurus like Satya
Sai Baba and other Indian yogis. It is mainly because most of the people want to
see miracles and think of yoga to attain some spiritual powers for solving their
problems. There are certainly some gurus who promise all these things. Osho
performed no miracles and did not promise any spiritual powers. He raised the
consciousness of people to go beyond such things. Osho respects the individuality of each person and gives dignity to each individual, nudging him
to find his own way himself, reminding what Buddha says: Be a light unto yourself.
This is what makes Osho stand out and very acceptable to the
intelligentzia. Osho explains very beautifully what Sufi, Tantra, Tao, Zen and other
mystics of all the traditions have offered down the centuries, makes this whole spiritual
treasure available to modern man. Yes, Iran also has such modern and liberated
people who are continuously exploring and are ready to experiment.
In a house of an Iranian friend Arash, about 25 people came the other day to
learn and experience Osho meditations. The space was limited, so many others who
could have come were not invited. They are ready to come any time. Many others
came at different times to inquire. Now some friends are trying to look for a
bigger space. Arash and his friends are on look-out for a place that they can
consider as Osho centre. And he feels that now the time is ripe and a centre
will definitely come into existence.
In this trip we could do our meditations at different places and for the next
time they can organize bigger space so that more people could be accommodated.
An Osho Information Centre in Tehran can start right away.
Some other Osho lovers from another city Isfehan, invited me where I met about
100 Osho lovers. There was an intense question-answers session followed by
Relaxing Body Mind meditation. The meaning of Isfehan is the half universe. So I have traveled half universe
and I am back in India.
Swami Chaitanya Keerti
8 March, 2004
The Times of India
New Delhi, 15 March, 2004
Globo Cop Bush in RSS firing line
NILANJANA BHADURI JHA/TIMESOFINDIA.COM
[ FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2004 05:06:20 PM ]
NEW DELHI: Look who’s bashing George Bush now. It’s the RSS, slamming the US for playing “Globo-cop.”
The Sangh picked up from where Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee left it this week at a BJP minorities meet. Vajpayee’s oblique reference was clearly aimed at Iraq-sympathisers in the largely Muslim gathering. The RSS has been provoked by the US State Department’s annual human rights report, which has described Indian democracy as “flawed”.
RSS spokesman Ram Madhav on Thursday described it as an “insult to the democratic people of our country” and “a direct interference in the internal matters of India.”.
The Sangh has asked the Indian government to lodge “strong protests with the US for infringing on the sovereignty of our country.”
US President George Bush, bound for another election, came in for some hammering: “It will be the saddest day for India if it were to seek lessons on democracy, communal harmony, social justice etc from a country which is run by a person who assumed Presidency despite losing public vote...a democracy that was made to hang precariously for one full month because of its inability to decide who actually won.”