If you build it, I will come

The Master has miraculous ways of showering his blessings on his disciples as it has happened at Osho Dham, New Delhi, in this happening related by Swami Kul Bhushan

Gazing at unending farmland across the vast plains of United States, a young man saw a vision: a huge stadium filled with thousands of sports fans cheering top baseball players in action. A voice said to him, “If you build it, I will come…”

The vision came to him again and again. He was transfixed and then started to make it a reality. Against all odds, he persisted and built a magnificent stadium to attract the best baseball players and they did come!

This can only happen in a Hollywood film – ‘The Field of Dreams’. However, the film was based on a real story. And the same story happened at Osho Dham near Delhi on one fine day in February 2000.

A young man at heart, Swami Om Prakash started on a one-man journey to spread the vision of Osho a few decades ago. Others joined him and a bustling centre for meditation was established in south Delhi and later another bigger one just outside Delhi called Osho Dham.

Now more and more people are flocking for meditations to this centre. Perhaps they needed a personal contact with The Master. And so on one sunny afternoon in February 2000, He came in the form of His ‘Charan Kamal’ to Osho Dham. The Master’s blessings can best be evoked by touching His feet.

The Master is so vast that his being is way up in and indeed beyond the skies. Only his feet are planted on earth; thus the disciple can touch his feet and seek his benediction. His feet are on earth and yet untouched by the earth – like a pure and dry lotus blooming in dirty water -unblemished. Thus “Charan Kamal” – Lotus Feet.

Osho’s Charan Kamal were made from a cast of his feet in five different metals. These blessings of the guru have a special significance and an interesting story. During his stay in Mumbai in the early Seventies, a close disciple of Osho, Ma Taru, requested him for an impression of his feet to cherish in her home. He readily agreed and she put red powder on the soles of his feet and made an impression for herself.

Later, he said that the proper method was to make a mould of his feet to be cast in five metals – gold, silver, iron, copper and lead – in a specific proportion. Then one can have ‘Charan Kamal’ to be charged by the Master himself.
A leading Mumbai sculptor was invited to cast his feet and made into ‘Charan Kamal’. These were then ‘charged’ by Osho by keeping them in his bedroom for three days. Later, they were given to the disciple during ‘darshan’ in the evenings.

Around seven of these were cast and bestowed to some sannyasins who came to know about them. The procedure was always the same: His Secretary Ma Yog Laxmi was requested for this special blessing. She got an approval from Osho and then issued a letter for the sculptor to make another cast in Mumbai. It was then brought to Pune for ‘charging’ and then bestowed upon the sannyasin.

One of the earliest recipients was Ma Yog Manju who ran a centre in Nairobi, Kenya. When some other fellow sannyasins came to know about these ‘Charan Kamal’, they too requested and around four of these were given to them.

On a hot summer evening, I projected an 8mm film of the ‘Charan Kamal’ celebration in Nairobi for my family in New Delhi. A lady watched the film from her home across the lane and became interested in what was going on. Soon she became a disciple and requested for a set of ‘Charan Kamal’ that started it all. Her wish was granted and she brought them to Delhi and invited sannyasin friends from Rajyoga Meditation Center for a celebration
to install them at her home.

But her path was different and her devotion veered towards another guru. So when she was requested to donate her “Charan Kamal’ to Osho disciples at Osho Dham, she readily agreed.

At the closing of a Meditation Camp became a double celebration when the ‘Charan Kamal’ were carried to Osho Dham and received with great joy as a special blessing from The Master. As the tale of this blessing was narrated to the meditators, there was overwhelming emotion all round. Indeed, it seemed a miracle – just like ‘The Field of Dreams’.

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