|Open letter from Devakrishna regarding East
& West Sannyas Misunderstanding|
and response from Keerti
Swami Yog Chinmaya, January 06, 2003
Vairagya's open letter to Fellow Travellers (September 10, 2000)
Neelams open letter to Jayesh, Amrito and Anando (July 11, 2000)
Letter to Vatayana from Sw. Krishna Vedant (July 4, 2000)
Ma Prem Sangeet to the OIF (Osho International Foundation) management, the Inner Circle, the Management Team, Osho centers, and Osho’s sannyasins and lovers around the world (June 7, 2000)(April 3, 2002)
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|From Swami Yog Chinmaya, January
Let us get Osho back to Osho Commune
Dear Friends and Sannyasins of Osho;
A few years back, I ran into a sannyasin friend, who locally distributes Osho´s books. We talked and I asked about his book distributing. He sighed, "Chinmaya, things have changed, now they want us to put the emphasis on Osho's work and not on him. You know, it used to always be the other way." It gave me an uncomfortable feeling but I did not know what to make of it. What I failed to realize was that a series of disturbing changes had already started in the Osho Ashram in Pune, which recently culminated in the demolition of Buddha Hall.
I received an email one evening that Buddha hall had been demolished. It mentioned that the official reason was that it was getting old and now we have the new mediation hall. I could not sleep that night - it felt very wrong. If management is concerned about our attachment to buildings then what about Osho's residence or the Ashram itself- will it be demolished too?
Osho showed us the Buddha inside ourselves, initiated us in neo-Sannyas and sent us out into the world to live as Buddhas. Buddha Hall was the spiritual birthplace for many of us. Every year and half when I travel to the Ashram, at first, I just sit at the gate. I have returned home. Mediation happens in the Buddha field in Buddha hall - where Osho catapulted so many of us into our spiritual journey. The new meditation hall may be a great place but Osho was never there. Why destroy the Buddha hall where Osho enabled us to go within ourselves? It is a historical place, it is a holy place and it is our home.
I was sitting in my office, when news tracker from the New York Times, popped on my screen. "His photographs have been taken down in the Ashram, his birthday and samadhi days are no longer celebrated and his smiling photographs have disappeared from Osho Times front page and there are rumors that no longer sannyas will be given with mala." Tears started flowing. I sat stunned. The ranch is long gone and the possibility of attack to Osho's legacy did not even cross my mind. I remember the day when I got a phone call from the Ranch that they had located Osho in an Oklahoma jail - thanks to the US media. Now the New York Times is telling me what is happening to my spiritual birthplace and my spiritual master.
Swami Yogendra, the present trustee of the commune, was quoted in the New York Times as saying, "Someone comes in and there are like 1,000 pictures of this dead guy, and they're like 'Whoa, get me out of here," Well, if you do not expect Osho in Osho commune, what do you expect? Do we need to have people like Yogendra, who calls Osho- the dead guy- be the trustee of the Ashram? Even the Times said, "But these days almost nowhere in the commune that bears his name (Osho) are there pictures of the late Osho himself. Would Osho have wanted that?" You know things are terribly wrong at the Ashram when news reporters are asking, "Where is Osho?"
Some people want to make a business out of teaching Osho’s mediations. Look at Christianity- you cannot stop that, but I did not expect it to happen in the Pune ashram at the cost of moving Osho out of the Ashram. He did not particularly care to return to Pune, but that was his home and the Indian government did not deny him the right to come back and give discourses in Buddha Hall. He wanted to be in Buddha hall to share himself with us. We had him back in Buddha hall doing what he loved the most. We forgot the ranch and moved on. Now with this happening, the wounds have reopened.
I look in the local yellow pages and there are over two-dozen places to teach yoga and mediation. No guru needed. Just ten bucks per class and the first class is free. Can we teach spirituality this way? Take Osho out of his ashram and you have killed it, leaving the appearance of a body with no soul. Do we want that? One can de-emphasize Newton and still learn about gravity. In fact it is easier to teach gravity with Newton or Einstein de-emphasized. It simply does not work for the inner journey of spirituality. Osho stands for an inner transformation to Zorba the Buddha- nothing less. Can we do this without Osho’s presence in the commune?
I continue to hear that Osho’s books are now being printed with sections deleted. Osho made few requests, one of them was to present his work in its entirety. The rights to Osho's books have been sold to western publishers who are starting to publish his work in an edited form. Soon we will be reading Osho’s books on mediation, edited by someone who is inexperienced with mediation or Osho.
NO ONE owns Osho’s words- they are a gift to the entire humanity and we can do no more than to preserve it in its original form and make it available to all those who are interested. www.oshoworld.com has started to distribute the books and tapes, in its original form, at no cost to the world. I could not imagine a nobler work. However, as false coins take the real coins out of circulation- with time the market will be flooded with commercial and politically correct edited versions of OSHO’s discourses. Do we care what Osho said or we care for what he should have said so that his books can sell better and that he does not offend people?
We all have seen the copyright mark right next to Osho’s name for some time. If Osho is a copyrighted trademark then every time we use his name –we need to identify it as a copyrighted trademark! Can it get any worse? Osho is our master and not a trademark. Thanks to the efforts of Keerti and Osho Friends International- the courts have nullified the trademarking of Osho’s name.
From what I understand - Osho left the management of daily affairs to a group of twenty-one people who have been slowly pushed out by the remaining five people. I spoke with one of the original twenty-one and he said that “I am one hundred percent sure that Osho did not want this new hall and never asked for the destruction of Buddha hall.”
It is painful to see management denying entry to the ashram- to those who objected to the destruction of Osho’s legacy. I asked a long-time sannyasins, “Swami ji why don’t you say something, ” and got the usual response, “Well I agree with everything you say but I do not want to be banned from going to the ashram.” It is hard to believe that these are the same people who in the seventies and eighties wore orange clothing only and mala with Osho’s photograph and chanted in streets the name of Bhagwan and today they are scared to speak up when their master’s legacy is being destroyed. If we do nothing, soon there will be nothing.
I want those of you who are scared of being banned from the Ashram to know that it is our spiritual birthright to visit the samadhi of our spiritual master and meditate in Buddha Hall. Dear Friends - let us work to restore Osho’s legacy. Let us bring Osho back to his commune and let us tell the present ashram’s management to leave the resort business to others.
|From Ramarshi, Lake Constance,
Europe, May 20, 2002|
open letter to the sangham from ramarshi
..."To revolt is not easy. You need to have tremendous resources within you; otherwise you become futile, your words don't have the traditional depth. Tradition gives a certain depth, a certain richness, a certain refinement. A single individual, if he stands against all tradition, needs to be of a great genius, of great creativity......
This is what is happening in our constellations. It is a rebellion from the heart against all traditions you keep alive in you. There are mostly 3 or 4 strong rivers of tradition in the whole past of the participant. At the end of a constellation the heart of the participant has the same depth like the tradition in him. Only when the depth of the heart equals the depth of the tradition in you, you can be called a great enough genius in the heart, as far as transforming yourself is concerned. Creativity on mass for transformation is there when the master is alive, but when he is gone the depth of 3 generations in your own past is needed; to revolt against your own past of tradition from your heart. Just to have enough creativity free for your self transformation. Self transformation is starting usually in the second year.
To rebel against the tradition who formed your ego, needs the rebellion against at least 3 generations of cultures. At least this i can say about my own transformation.
....In the hands of Ma Tzu, Zen became again fresh - as fresh as Buddha wanted it to be. After a thousand years, Buddha would have loved Bodhidharma and Ma Tzu, the people who rebelled.
Only a non traditional state of consciousness is pure in freshness. The collective unconsciousness is a very polluted water. Polluted with non truths. Full with believes and disbelieves. This waters are so full of junk that to travel them exhaust the soul. It is the water you must travel in the dark night of the soul, to reach to the spring of freshness in consciousness. This spring of freshness is left in the rebellion. And it is needed for the buddhafield to stay alive. We had to drill and dig deep into the collective subconsciousness in the last 12 years. But most of us simply wasted the last 12 years with trying to be respected by the tradition we relate to.
The new man has now that fresh and clean state. And he can hold it in a world wide frame in his consciousness. This is a global rebellion and has never happened in the past. So, the work was almost too much for the hearts in transformation.
A rebellious spirit loves the very creativity that any rebel brings to any action.....
Yes, with this creativity you become in your action original, whatsoever you do. A very cool thing to happen in a human life. In this original actions the water of that spring of pure consciousness flows. From inside to the outside.
....Isan also wanted to rebel against Ma Tzu. It was not against Ma Tzu, but the Ma Tzu that the tradition had created. It is a strange phenomenon: Isan loved Ma Tzu as he loved Buddha and Bodhidharma, but he could not accept the rituals that had grown afterwards, when they had died....
When the master is gone, the unconscious and non transformed people create a tradition of heritage build by ego motivations, How can this be accepted by a genius of the heart. Through this ego motivations the whole past tradition dominates each and every action of the collective unconsciousness. To rebel against that is needed this days to simply stay spiritual alive. I understand this practically! Our last constellations have shown this fact crystal clear. No one can stay alive spiritual as a part of any tradition. To be an heritage holder is to be a spiritual killerand not in any way able to be amongst the new man.
....You cannot be polite and revolutionary; you have to be iconoclastic and you have to hit hard against the dead tradition. Politeness will make you respectable, but not revolutionary. And that is what happened - it is a misfortune - Isan became a respectable master. Because he became respectable he lost the grandeur of a revolutionary. Whenever a person becomes respectable, he cannot say anything against the mass mind.
This is what i noticed too in my work, at the latest after one year of the constellation. People who are missing to transform themselves after a year and who do not start to revolt against the collective subconsciousness after the second year, simply stay stuck in personal issues. They do not go beyond the personal frame. Like Anando, Ananta, Ali, Atmo, Nirmegha and Nisang. They maybe are only after respectability from the unconscious masses. I always guessed they simply are not creative people. They only understand tradition and the loyalty it needs to the collective and from the collective, to simply keep ones respected position in the tradition. The same i noticed with this self exposed idiots of the tibetan house like Prabhutha, Nirvata and so on.
But as much Dheeraj and Kavisha tried to make it a long lasting mummy, some grave yard ghost will always come sooner or later to burn the mummy to ashes. It takes too much of the room and no space for emptiness is left. With this mummy in place, it is hard to get the hidden treasure out and share it with the world.
The collective unconsciousness will feel hurt if he says anything revolutionary, and anything revolutionary will take away the respectability."
All who are a blind part of the collective unconsciousness, all who are not a light unto themselves, feel hurt by the actions of the revolting individual. And there is no sensitivity in them about the consequences of the violent actions, done by the tradition holders and their helpers against consciousness. Even when the action to establish the tradition is killing a living master, they have no sensitivity of anything going wrong in their hearts. Such deep is their unconsciousness in the resort and tibetan house. That means only one thing: They are totally drowned in the collective unconsciousness of the old man and are not of the genius who is needed to welcome the new man. But if you question the tradition they are in, they are ready to kill, again and again. You have seen the hitting against me and my work in pune and shooting attempts of the tibetan house in the last year. It was not expected that the old man will be graceful on his deathbed. His final words had all the ugliness he collected in a life of going up and down the leader of respectability in any traditional hierarchy.
|From Chandra Prakash, India (3
dear sw. chaitanya kirtiji
i am delighted by your efforts to expose the conspiracy of pune people.
I am ready to extend my support in this regard. I further request you to keep the osho legacy pure.
|From Arun Babani (25 September
overjoyed to be on your website for the first time, and we shall keep in touch. Please guide about bringing the book 'return to innocence' to osho lovers since it was inspired by osho himself.
|Letter from Anand Arhat, New
Delhi, India (July 8, 2001)|
Dear Sw Kirti,
Your Article under the column "Meditation" in HT on the eve of "Guru Purnima" was a welcome change from the pseudo intellectual writings which appear there in routine. Hope you shall be writing more as Osho already predicted that he shall be riding on the winds after leaving the body.
|Letter from Krisana (May
|From Swami Krishnadev Satyarthi,
Ontario, Canada (May 11, 2001)|
Swami Keerti and all the associated Osho sannyasins and friends in Delhi:
Congratulation for bringing out or it would be more appropriate if I say for launching a monthly Osho magazine. As you were a master editor of Osho Times in your golden pune days, we can only hope the best from you.
You are a Bodhidharma of Osho, so charaibeti... charaibeti.... Osho loves you so do we!
Love from Canada.
Swami Krishnadev Satyarthi, firstname.lastname@example.org
|From Swami Prem Peeyoosh, Barnala,
India (April 22, 2001)|
Dear Swami !Bravo!
The birth of OSHO WORLD is really birth of a new Osho world; a world of love , respect for eachother and a respect for the Guru and his work in real oriental sense of responsiblity. We the Osho friends of Barnala are with you.Excelsior!
Swami Prem Peeyoosh, email@example.com
|From Karan Kakar, Florida,
USA (April 18, 2001)
Hi there ,
|From Deva Satranga (March 2,
Really enjoying all
juicy stories, it's such a great drama! And life carries on, the trees
still flower, the clouds, the sun, the birds on the wing, my body
breathing, all happening and happening....
|A Letter from Kes'shin (January 4,
|Response from Samarpan, New Delhi
(December 27, 2000)
Its realy sad that
the long connected people are not allowed inside the ashram and inner
circle is reducing day by day. I had never met Osho but I am his sanyasin
and my sanyas name is jeevan samarpan. i was and am connected with Osho
through his books, cassettes and meditations. My relation with osho is
through love not by any logics.
|Letter to beloved Keerti
Hi keerti, It has been
long time that I wanted to share with you few thinghs, but I was helpless
because of fear of being banned from commune. I do not trust management
team, they banned people for no reason, I have the feeling that life will
be very hard and different without commune for me, so I do not take risk
to see you personally, although I want to meet you, commune management
team is the only group I am affraid of because it is a group of people who
have no eyes to see, they just know how to missuse the power, but time
will come that I will declare my rebellion against them, now it is not
just the time because there is something in commune which is no where I
can find, I mean my friends, before I rebel against them I have to learn
how to live without friends, it was very cruel step from management team
to ban you and neelam, and some other very good fellows, osho would never
liked it happening. You will get some more letters from me soon and one
day you will be very surprised to see me, I request you to answer me, I am
your truely friend. Just few words how you are. You can answer me to
sannyas.net or better on this website.
|Response from a mystice rose from Berlin
(November 25, 2000)
That's just the way it
is..if things get the command to change.."
|Letter from Swami Krishnadev
Satyarthi, Toronto, Canada (October 5, 2000)
Osho-lovers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your
|Letter from Osho's devotees in London
Dear Sw. Keerti,
We, Osho devotees from
London sincerely and earnestly believe that this matter will be resolved
in its entirety soon, to the satisfaction of all Osho's followers. Osho is
one of the brightest stars in the cosmos. Let us not overshadow it's
brilliance with our petty differences whether it be inner circle or outer
I teach you a
tremendous total yes to life. I teach you not renunciation but rejoicing.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Again and again, I say rejoice! -- because in your
rejoicing you will come closest to God.
|Open Letter from Sw. Anunado|
Osho created situations. From orange clothes and malas, through discourses, groups, and meditations, to the Ranch and inner circle, he gave us countless ways to become more aware of our own unconsciousness. His only concern for his sannyasins was for us to wake up.
What is going on now is the culmination of many years of conflict between the inner circle and much of the rest of the sannyas world. The ic's basic position has been that Osho wanted things run a certain way, he told us directly what he wanted and we're following his instructions as best as we can. If we don't follow Osho's guidances all the
different points of view will lead to chaos. Certainly, if Osho had told me something directly I would find it very hard to disregard it.
Another position is that Osho didn?t want us to follow any particular "guidances" and to use our own intelligence when deciding something. This is clearly in conflict with the ic's position and is the root of the problem and quite a paradox.
What exacerbates the problem is that each of us has our own "stuff" to work through. It is very easy to attack someone's personality ratherthan address the issues they bring up. I have seen this happen on both"sides". Many of us have had to look more closely at how and why we've become involved in this dispute. This is the internal part of the process. Yet again, another great device.
One part of the paradox plays out in the external - making Osho more available in the world. This involves the meditation resort, meditation centers, books, tapes, etc. Many facets of this outer work are not working as well as they could be. The reason is that too much "stuff" is getting in the way. When we work together anything is possible; when we spend our time arguing and discussing, but not really listening to each other, the energy becomes dissipated.
Many times I've heard and read from members of the ic that "We're an organism rather than an organization." And this is the only way the external part of the work can flourish. It is true that the ic has an almost impossible and thankless job to do. But what I've seen happening seems very much like the result of a dysfunctional organization. It is natural to want to work with people who will agree with you, but when you are convinced that you are right and that people only disagree when they don't really understand, then many sannyasins leave who have much to contribute. This is a great and unnecessary loss.
A solution is not easy. The "sides" seem far apart. Somehow a middle ground needs to be reached. Doctrine doesn't work. My feeling is that the ic has to trust enough to invite people with widely differing points of view become members of the circle. They must not only be listened to, but if their ideas feel right, they should be enacted. This will entail a higher degree of awareness and responsibility from everyone concerned, but that's what sannyas is all about.
True, this is a much more chaotic and difficult way of doing things, but Osho never shied away from chaos. How this would all work specifically, I have no idea, but hopefully it's a start.
|Response to the open letter from Anunado by Sw. Satya
"Osho created situations. From orange clothes and malas, through discourses, groups, and meditations, to the Ranch and inner circle, he gave us countless ways to become more aware of our own unconsciousness. His only concern for his sannyasins was for us to wake up."
Don't wake up. The faster you are asleep the better it is for us. If you don't stay asleep, you will be banned!
"What is going on now is the culmination of many years of conflict between the inner circle and much of the rest of the sannyas world. The ic's basic position has been that Osho wanted things run a certain way, he told us directly what he wanted and we're following his instructions as best as we can. If we don't follow Osho's guidances all the different points of view will lead to chaos. Certainly, if Osho had told me something directly I would find it very hard to disregard it."
Sure. That is exactly why we put all the responsibilty on Osho. And you simply cannot question someone who is not in his body.
"Another position is that Osho didn't want us to follow any particular "guidances" and to use our own intelligence when deciding something. This is clearly in conflict with the ic's position and is the root of the problem and quite a paradox."
Guidances are all important. This is exactly how religions are created.
"What exacerbates the problem is that each of us has our own "stuff" to work through. It is very easy to attack someone's personality rather than address the issues they bring up. I have seen this happen on both "sides". Many of us have had to look more closely at how and why we've become involved in this dispute. This is the internal part of the process. Yet again, another great device."
We have created many devices over the last 10 years. These are just ways to make life difficult for true rebels.
"One part of the paradox plays out in the external - making Osho more available in the world. This involves the meditation resort, meditation centers, books, tapes, etc. Many facets of this outer work are not working as well as they could be. The reason is that too much "stuff" is getting in the way. When we work together anything is possible; when we spend our time arguing and discussing, but not really listening to each other, the energy becomes dissipated."
Only the external is important because that is visible and marketable. The internal is not. The whole idea is to dissipate the energy so that problems are not created for us.
"Many times I've heard and read from members of the ic that "We're an organism rather than an organization." And this is the only way the external part of the work can flourish. It is true that the ic has an almost impossible and thankless job to do. But what I've seen happening seems very much like the result of a dysfunctional organization. It is natural to want to work with people who will agree with you, but when you are convinced that you are right and that people only disagree when they don't really understand, then many sannyasins leave who have much to contribute."
We don't want anybody to contribute because every contribution has to be paid for one way or another. And no, the job is neither impossible or thankless. Just come and see for yourself. Now there are many more people coming than even when Osho was in the body. (The fact that they are also leaving is secondary). Nevertheless we shall accept your sympathy because that makes you feel good, and it actually works in our favour. Sympathy usually does.
"This is a great and unnecessary loss."
The day we make losses, we shall close down. Otherwise what is the point in running such a big show. Haven't you heard of the stories of rats leaving a sinking ship?
"A solution is not easy. The "sides" seem far apart. Somehow a middle ground needs to be reached. Doctrine doesn't work. My feeling is that the ic has to trust enough to invite people with widely differing points of view become members of the circle. They must not only be listened to, but if their ideas feel right, they should be enacted. This will entail a higher degree of awareness and responsibility from everyone concerned, but that's what sannyas is all about."
There is no need to come down to middle ground. Why should we give up our higher ground? And remember, doctrine does work. Hasn't it worked with Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, etc for thousands of years?
"True, this is a much more chaotic and difficult way of doing things, but Osho never shied away from chaos. How this would all work specifically, I have no idea, but hopefully it's a start."
This is not possible because, as you just said, there will be chaos. We cannot permit that. We cannot leave room for error. Otherwise how can we start another (dead) religion? You people know nothing. You listen to us. We are the chosen ones, chosen by Osho Himself.
6 (Chosen) Clowns and 15 (Pliable) Stooges
|Response to ANUNADO'S LETTER (Sept. 5)|
I applaud Anunado for writing a letter in a spirit of encouraging good will to each other by promoting discussion between the IC and sannyasins at large. I think though what has happened though is that many sannyasins have already attempted for a long time to have meaningful discussions with the IC but failed. This letter gives the idea that BOTH the IC and sannyasins outside the IC are at fault with non-communication. I think that this is mostly false because many sannyasins tried to have a dialogue with the IC. I feel that it is naive to think that the IC are willing to engage themselves in free discussions with others. One may think that Satya's response to Anunado's letter is sarcastic but to me it sums up what I think that the IC REALLY feels towards other sannyasins. So to me, it would be foolhardy to think that meaningful discussions can take place with the IC.
place: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
name: Sw. Dhyan Akaam
|Response from Sw. Anand Arhat|
Read your befitting response to mahesh bhatt's psuedo article calling the master's work as part of entertainment industry. Your existance is a further confirmation of Osho continuous presence which even the latecomers like me feel day in and day out. .... calls for a celebration ...
Sw Anand Arhat
|Response from Sw. Krishnadev Satyarthi|
August 9, 2000
Let's not mix the real issue with the copyright issue. Of course the mystic Osho is beyond copyright. I agree with the slogan: "Osho: everybody’s birthright, nobody’scopyright". But what about His literature? As far as I see, the real issue is the shift of head office from Pune to NY. So the fight is for bringing head office back to India. Copyright is important on all Osho literature otherwise any non-sannyasin, any unauthorized person or company will start publishing Osho works. Also if we let go copyright from Osho’s work, there is a fear that Osho-literature may lose integrity and originality. We should not forget that even when Osho was in the body, His books were published under copyright.
So the real issue is: Head office should be in India. Arrangements should be underway to publishing more books in India so that they become affordable to grassroots Indians and all South Asians as well. The second issue is democratization in the Pune-management. Unethical hiring and firing should be avoided. All disciples and sympathizers should have easy access to Pune ashram and Osho samadhi regardless of their personal biases or opinions. Master's Samadhi and meditation facilities must be open and welcoming to all sannyasins and Osho-lovers. Any kind of fanaticism in the name of Osho is harmful to Osho's vision and it must be tracked and treated right on its onset.
One more thing I want to add. This is in regards to the publication of Osho's literature in the USA. It is good to see more of Osho's books in the North American market. But I have noticed that proper care and ethics were not applied while publishing them. For example, in "Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic", a new Osho book published by St. Martin Press (USA), many interesting features of Osho's early life have been discarded. It does not include any accounts of Magga Baba, Pagal Baba and Masto Baba - the three enlightened mystics who took care of Osho, one by one, respectively, until Osho attained enlightenment. These three mystics have played significant roles in helping Osho preserve his independence and rebelliousness. Osho has poured his love and gratitude to these three mystics in his book "Glimpses of a Golden Childhood" and in some other book. Also Osho's meeting with Nehru has completely been ignored. This is just one example and it raises question about how accurately Osho's work has been maintained so far and will be maintained in the future.
Few other books have been published by St. Martin Press, such as "Maturity", "Creativity" and "Courage". These books are wonderful, bear good American quality and they are available in most bookshops. But nowhere in the books one can find when and where these discourses were delivered. If these books were a reprint under new titles, this should have been mentioned in the books. References are very important in literature. This is completely misleading to publish books without giving proper references, dates, original titles or series etc. If this is the case right now, in our lifetime, what will happen tomorrow, 50 or 100 years from now. Osho's literature might lose proper context, proper citations, original dates and places.
This is prime time to address real issues. Copyright is a must because even in the hands of our own, we can see some of Osho’s works losing integrity, what will happen when it will be handled by those who are not our own!!??
Swami Krishnadev Satyarthi
|Trouble in the Lotus Paradise
|From Sw. Bodhi Chirag
Sun, 30 Jul 2000
Hello my Beloveds