Whose Commune is it anyway?

With the commune being a beehive of controversy since the last six months, Swami Keerti makes up for his earlier silence by telling it all! The way it is. Presenting the (ex) P.R.O. of the Commune - unleashes his pent-up feelings.

Word from Panchgani – You can’t can Osho’s teachings

While a rebel group led by former Commune spokesperson Swami Chaitanya Keerti is getting set to nullify the copyright monopoly of Osho's words through cyberspace, another rebel group spearheaded by old time Osho's disciple Swami Chaitanya Bharati is making a mockery of trademarks and patenting rights of Osho's meditation techniques...

Osho International climbs down high horse

First, they embraced Osho's unique meditation techniques, to the extent of trade-marking them. Now, apparently embarrassed by all the negative publicity swamping them, they seem to have significantly climbed down from their rigid stance, trying to be ''very liberal.''

Osho rebels sound cyber war cry!

Enthusiastic about reaching their master's voice to every corner of the world, Swami Chaitanya Keerti, former spokesperson of the Osho Commune and Swami Tathagat, former administration-in-charge of the commune, who have turned rebels against the commune management, have taken the lead to use the internet to provide a befitting reply...

Haiku Spirit

"Most Indians want to leave the country, while I've found complete peace here," says Ileana Citaristi, an Italian Odissi dancer who's lived in Bhubaneswar since 1979. A self-confessed Indophile and shishya of dance guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, Citaristi was in Delhi to perform a dance ballet for the Osho World Foundation....

Home Minister Advani Launches Osho Discourses on CD

At A crowded Kamani auditorium, where Union Home Minister L K Advani, among hundreds of Osh devotees, watched senior Odissi dancer Ileana Citaristi present changing images of Odissi and Chhau through Osho's Haikus and other sources, it became clear that Bhakti, to the Guru, to a Godhead, to any object...

Haikus, Osho and Changing images of Dance

At A crowded Kamani auditorium, where Union Home Minister L K Advani, among hundreds of Osh devotees, watched senior Odissi dancer Ileana Citaristi present changing images of Odissi and Chhau through Osho's Haikus and other sources, it became clear that Bhakti, to the Guru, to a Godhead, to any object...

Haikus & butterflies

The Japanese word haiku means the beginning. Since time immemorial, the haiku poets conveyed the message that We only begin and never end. What a poet began, the listener had to complete. This bond is in keeping with the true tradition of Zen thought. The state of Zen is achieved...

Press Council of India Ruling

Swami Chaitanya Keerti as the spokesperson of Osho Commune International sent a rejoinder to an article published in Flair, the Sunday magazine section of The Indian Express last year. He was told by Editor (Pune) that he has to stick to the points raised in the article and make the...

STRAIGHT ANSWERS

My exit was quiet because I am basically a shy person. I did not want to create scenes and attract undue attention. However, internal strife did play a role. I had questioned the inner circle in writing about the flight of copyrights in early 1999 itself, but never received a...

INSTANT CONNECTIVITY

If there is anyone in this country who has known Osho closely it is his former secretary Ma Neelam and former actor and present member of Parliament (MP), Vinod Khanna. It was this common source of inspiration that brought these two amazing individuals together, as friends. Friends, who in their...

Copyright – Swami Vinod promises ‘heroic’ act

Donning a T-shirt that proclaims, ''Osho - Everybody's birthright, nobody's copyright,'' acclaimed film star, sannyasin and parliamentarian, Vinod Khanna, looks every bit an angry man. And this seething rage is set to translate into an action packed performance what with the screen idol having picked up the gauntlet on behalf...

Indian Government Alerted to Patenting Osho

The Indian Government has been alerted to the patenting of Osho's meditations in U.S.A. by Shri Dina Nath Mishra, M. P. of Rajya Sabha today. In a 'Special Mention' he issued to the august House, Shri Mishra has requested the Government of India to intervene in the legal dispute of...

Plenty of room to bloom

Uncontrived would be the appropriate word to describe Ma Neelam's garden where the natural elements - sun, breeze and water - flow without restraint. The home's minimalist serenity is reflected in the garden which projects a Zen-like calm and has blooms like balsam, hibiscus, geranium, begonias, bougainvillaea, all in white...

The disciple who failed

Apropos Mahesh Bhatt's article,'The spirituality supermarket' (IE, July 31), Bhatt came to Osho after going through drug experiences and hallucinations under the effect of LSD. Unfortunately, he did not spend much time with Osho to detox himself, so he seems to remain stuck with the effect of the drugs to...

Osho Commune loses major battle over domain registration

Attempts by the New York-based Osho International to exercise exclusive copyright-control over the name "Osho", his books, audio-tapes, meditations and websites have suffered a major setback with the Minneapolis-based National Arbitration Forum rejecting the transfer of the domain name Oshoworld.com.

Cakewalk for Osho rebels in round one

While the imbroglio over the copyright issue of mystic Osho's intellectual property rights continues to simmer, the ''rebels'' have won the first round with the US-based National Arbitration Forum refusing to entertain a plea by the Osho International Foundation, New York (OIF-NY), not to allow New Delhi-based Osho Dhyan Mandir...

Patent Perfidy

What if, like the characters in Michael Crichton's latest best-seller, Timeline, we could appear as ourselves in another time zone? Or say, if our Vedic rishi munis could fast forward themselves in today's universe? Going by the factors that are the root cause of most 'battles' fought today in courtrooms,...

War Of The Sanyasins Ma Neelam Bares All!

Die-hard Oshoite Swami Vinod Bharati, who most people know as superstar-turned-MP Vinod Khanna, has hauled over the coals the Osho Commune management for what he calls its ''dictatorial behaviour.'' In a statement released from New Delhi on the eve of the Guru Purnima celebrations slated for Sunday, Vinod has lambasted...

More rumbles in commune as Swami Vinod Bharati bristles

Die-hard Oshoite Swami Vinod Bharati, who most people know as superstar-turned-MP Vinod Khanna, has hauled over the coals the Osho Commune management for what he calls its ''dictatorial behaviour.'' In a statement released from New Delhi on the eve of the Guru Purnima celebrations slated for Sunday, Vinod has lambasted...

DEVOTEES QUESTION COPYRIGHT ON MEDITATIONS, CONSCIOUSNESS

This is the question perplexing hundreds of thousands of devotees of Bhagwan Rajneesh all over the world, especially since the Osho Commune in Pune allegedly at the behest of the New York Commune claimed that Osho's thoughts had been copyrighted in New York and nothing could be published without their...

Fight over Bhagwan’s heritage divides his following

10 years after the death of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh a power struggle amongst his followers threatens to divide the global empire of the Indian guru - which is also an unsettling message for the German seekers of meaning in life, who still present one of the major groupings within the...

OSHO’S LEGACY

The Master's words. But who's listening? Ten years after Osho died, his commune in Koregaon Park in Pune is a changed place. The merriment and laughter that used to ring around the commune have now been replaced with a pregnant silence, full of suspicion and hatred. The reason: battlelines have...

Amrita Pritam condemns ban on Osho secy

Eminent litterateur and former member of Parliament Amrita Pritam has strongly criticised the move to ban Ma Yoga Neelam, former secretary to Osho Rajneesh, in the wake of the controversy over the ownership of copyright to his words.

Amrita Pritam defends former Osho secretary

In a statement in New Delhi, Pritam asked: ''Osho creates sufis, how come these people have become maulvis?'' and added that whatever was going on in the name of Osho did not fit in with his image. She wondered who were the people denying entry to Neelam, who had been...

‘Withdraw trademark on Osho’s name’

It has become a pattern of paranoia and panic with people who hold power positions in the commune that if someone raises issues which are uncomfortable to them, they start projecting him as the enemy of the whole commune. Panic buttons are pressed and people are told: ''These people (who...

Discontentment in Osho Commune

Osho Rajneesh had constituted a 21-member decision-making committee, which came to be described as the ''inner circle''. All the members of the inner circle were chosen by Osho himself, according to one of the discontented sanyasins Ma Yoga Neelam.

Big trouble in Osho Commune

With members of the Inner Circle taking over the thriving Pune-based Osho Commune International, big trouble is brewing after Osho's trusted personal secretary Ma Yoga Neelam was denied entry. "I was shocked... This is running the commune like a dictatorship," says Ma Neelam, a wealthy woman from Ludhiana, Punjab who...

Swami Sahajanand retaliates against Ma Neelam’s charges

Swami Sahajanand (Peter Kreutzfeldt), 25980, Westerland/Sylt, Germany, one of the five trustees of Osho International Foundation, Zurich, Switzerland, and an Inner Circle member of Osho Commune, has transmitted the following letter from Germany in retaliation to Ma Neelam's accusations published on Tuesday that three persons in the commune are functioning...

Ma Neelam denied entry in Commune

Ma Yoga Neelam, the high profile Oshoite who spoke out yesterday against the 'dictatorial attitude' of Osho commune bosses, was prevented from entering the commune this morning within hours of the publications of her statement.

Osho commune heading for split

A decade after Osho's death, the Osho commune here is headed towards the worst-ever split, with serious differences cropping up among its senior members. The on-going conflict, which has been growing worse by the day, is being viewed as an intense power struggle, with one faction of the "Inner Circle''...

OSHO BELONGS TO NEW YORK, ZURICH OR INDIA?

Does Osho, India's gift to the spiritually starved West, no longer belong to India? Has his legacy been spirited away to Zurich and New York? Some of his Indian disciples think it has. They are aghast that a small coterie of Oshoites led by the Canadian-born Michael William O'Byrne (Swami...

Guru Vandana Week

Ecstasy is our very nature; to be ecstatic is natural, spontaneous. It needs no effort to be ecstatic, it needs great effort to be miserable. That's why you look so tired, because misery is really hard work; to maintain it is really difficult, because you are doing something against nature.

Where does man come from?

The modern man has a deep trust in science because science more often than not tries to give some logical answers to eternal questions. Recently a genetic study found that the 13th century warrior Genghis Khan was a "prolific lover." It also found that nearly eight per cent of the...

Determination opens many doors

We often say we are seeking truth or searching God and we want our life to be peaceful, content and blissful. We make efforts to attain all this but our efforts don't produce any results. We become more frustrated than before. This is all because our efforts are lukewarm and...

Zorba the Buddha: The Complete Man

The traditional concept of man was that of a materialist or spiritualist, moral or immoral person, sinner or saint. A divided man is miserable. He is neither healthy nor whole; the other half that has been denied will go on taking revenge. It will find ways and means to overcome...

Know your being

We make ordinary people heroes and when they fall in our eyes, we crush them to pieces. This is a love-hate relationship and we express both emotions in such way that it becomes a catharsis. When there is too much love, know well there will be eruption of hate too.

Feeling Functions

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.

Tea Lounge

Now you have belly and pole vault dancers in Pune's pubs and 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...

Home-cooked food, but no cricket

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...

Straight Answers

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...

Live for today

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...

Usher in the age of enlightenment

The world has progressed much beyond our imagination. But this progress has been on the outside. Not much has changed in the inner world of the man, he continues to remain almost the same. The same anger, lust, politics and violence remain, only expressions have changed. Now the time has...

We don’t need democracy lessons from US: RSS

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...

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