"Osho. Never Born. Never Died. Only Visited this Planet." Osho lovers celebrated the eternal message of their beloved Master who left this planet on 19th January 1990 with meditation and events in New Delhi and various cities.
"Osho Mahotsav" celebrating Osho's message of deathlessness, was inaugurated at Osho World galleria on 16th January, 2004, by eminent Journalist Shri Dileep Padgaonkar. Extolling the enlightened mystic Osho, as one of the greatest story tellers of all times, Shri Padgaonkar said Osho was one of the rare spiritual teachers who emphasized the idea of fun, humour and laughter.
"Osho uses several words sometimes, which are abstract and complicated. Consciousness is one of them, not too many people know what consciousness is. But Osho is one of the very few people who used the word and each time used, it brought a life experience bare about consciousness. What is really meant is a) please be alert and b) please have fun because as He says just now only a bhakt can understand what utsav is. And think this feeling of celebration very few spiritual teachers have emphasized the idea of fun, of humour, of laughter, of distance with as much verb as He has done and more than that I think he prized freedom. He called it the no mind. In silence He found plentitude and it is important because it leads you to freedom", added Shri Padgaonkar.
Ms. Ranjana Jha, also known as Ma Sangeet Divyam, a disciple of Padma Vibhushan Kishori Amonkar, dedicated a melodious musical evening to the enlightened master Osho, and enthralled the audience present at the galleria with her lively notes. Ma Sangeet Divyam, who was initiated into Osho's Neo Sannyas by Swami Chaitanya Keerti during a meditation camp in Siliguri last year, will perform again in Gwalior on 18th of January.
A two-day meditation camp was also held at Oshodham in New Delhi on 18-19 January and conducted by Ma Dharm Jyoti. Similar camps were conducted in Kuchwada (Osho's birthplace) near Jabalpur, Sriganga Nagar, Gwalior, Ludhiana, Dehradun, Mount Abu and other cities of India.
Osho says: "Laughter is eternal, life is eternal, celebration continues. Actors' change but the drama continues. Waves change but the ocean continues. You laugh, you change--and somebody else laughs--but laughter continues. You celebrate, somebody else celebrates, but celebration continues. Existence is continuous, it is a continuum. There is not a single moment's gap in it. No death is death, because every death opens a new door--it is a beginning. There is no end to life; there is always a new beginning, a resurrection. If you change your sadness to celebration, then you will also be capable of changing your death into resurrection. So learn the art while there is still time."
Osho World paid deep respect to the enlightened mystic Osho during the week from 16 to 22 January, 2004 through daily meditations and events.
Dileep Padgaonkar's Address During The Inauguration:
All of us are so eager to listen to some good classical music that I don't think I am going to speak for long. But I will follow a certain tradition of Osho, which is to tell story. Osho was one of the great storytellers of all times and it is as a storyteller that I look upon myself. I am a Journalist, in fact, and I am telling stories all the time. Alas, sometimes they are inaccurate but they are stories all the same. So this is a story which is a favourite of mine because in many ways it sums up what Osho has been telling us all these decades and the story comes from His autobiography.
I don't know how many of you have read that but at some point of the autobiography He tells a story of a king who every evening when the night falls goes to his kingdom in disguise so that he can personally see if his subjects are happy and during one of these trips in kingdom, he comes across a man standing under a tree still doing nothing and he sees the same person four or five times and thinks he is a crack and ignores him. But then he becomes curious and at one time he goes to him and says that every time I have come by I saw you just standing there, why are you doing that and the man says, "well I am guarding my treasures". The King laughs, surprised, he says what treasures, there is nothing around you.
There are stones, leaves and twigs, nothing else, what treasures. He says all the treasures are inside me. At that point the King begins to ask questions to himself and realizes that this guy is in fact a saint. He now approaches him and gets into a dialogue with him. He says look I have not been able to sleep since that conversation of ours and I do very much want you to come and live in my palace.
The man says, "fine, you want me to come and live in your palace, I will come and live in your palace". For the first time the King develops a doubt saying how can a saint immediately and promptly accepted an invitation to come and live in a palace. So the man goes to the palace and he has been given a majestic room reserved for fellow kings and so on. He is given new clothes to wear and he wears them with great pleasure and he is given the finest food that you can think of. And each time these things happened, the king said, is he really a saint or a conman and his doubts grew in him and then he could not bear it anymore. He says this is a charlatan and he is taking me for a ride and I must get even with him. So at one time he goes to the man and says that I have to ask you a question. The man says I know what kind of question you have to ask, in fact, you began asking that question to yourself right from the first day. But I will not be able to give an answer here; you will have to come with me. So they take two horses, they go out and keep riding.
The more distance they travel, the more the king begins to worry that this conman is again going to con me somewhere. So in the end they reach a river and on the other bank another kingdom starts. And this man says, "I know what question you want to ask, I am, in turn, going to ask you a question. I am now prepared to go to the other side, are you prepared to come along with me? The king says "you must be out of your mind, how can I leave behind my kingdom, my wealth and come along with you. The man says, "this is the big difference between you and me, I carry my wealth inside and quite happy to cross the river and go to the other side.
The king is still not convinced so he says, "if I ask you to come back with me to the palace, will you do so"? The man says, "of course I will do so". That confuses even more, but he says now you asked the question, let me tell you something more. Since you are so attached to what is outside, go back and if in a weeks time you still feel that you want me to come to your palace, come back to me and I will happily go along with you".
This kind of stories Osho recounts. Now what is important here is what are these inner treasures. We hear these words all the time and I would say that something that you have just heard gives you an idea of what these treasures are. He uses several words sometimes, which are abstract and complicated. Consciousness is one of them, not too many people know what consciousness is. But Osho is one of the very few people who used the word and each time used, it brought a life experience bare about consciousness. What is really meant is a) please be alert and b) please have fun because as He says just now only a bhakt can understand what utsav is. And think this feeling of celebration very few spiritual teachers have emphasized the idea of fun, of humour, of laughter, of distance with as much verb as He has done and more than that I think he prized freedom. He called it the no mind. In silence He found plentitude and it is important because it leads you to freedom. But the area other than laughter where He found the greatest freedom is music. I think it is a wonderful idea to commemorate what He stood for, spending the rest of the evening listening to some very fine music. Thank you.