No, India will resist Americanization.

April 3, 2001

That’s obvious at Osho World, a store in Ansal Plaza. Four followers of the late Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh sit in the “silence zone” at the rear of this outlet for the teachings of their guru, a.k.a. Osho. Devotees and visitors perch cross-legged on saffron cushions, eyes closed, listening to tapes of Osho’s voice wash over them for an hour each evening. Puzzled passersby pause for a double take through the window and beyond the meditation in progress sign. A few stores down a video wall pumps out MTV. Strange scene, even by Indian standards. “Here we’re reaching a different, higher class of people,” says Swami Chaitanya Keerti. “We call this meditation in the marketplace.”

© 2001 Newsweek, Inc.

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