Issue 3

Issue 3, January 2002

 WAR OR PEACE

Issue 3

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Olga Kowalski comes bouncing enthusiastically downstairs in her new Kung Fu outfit. Kowalski takes one look at her, and puts his hand over his face. "Good God, Olga!" groans Kowalski. "Now what are you doing?" "I'm taking Kung Fu lessons," says Olga, proudly -- and she playfully slices the air with her hand, giving Kowalski a punch on the neck. "It is just in case," explains Olga, "some sex-fiend tries to rape me on some dark night." "Why bother?" remarks Kowalski, slurping his beer. "It will never get that dark!"

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On the occasion of 70th Birthday of Our Beloved Master Dept. of Posts. Govt. of India launched a Special Day Cover at a special function in the capital. 'Prem Ki Madhushala' - a concert by Shubha Mudgal was also held.

 

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As for Tagore, Osho's Works Must be Copyright Free 

The waiving of restrictive copyright on the works of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore will set them free for the entire world to appreciate the heritage of this mystic poet who is India's only Nobel Laureate in literature. In the same vein, like the message of all Buddhas, Osho's works need to be immediately freed from the clandestinely registered copyrights and patents in the U.S.A. and Switzerland. 

In fact, this step was long overdue as the Berne Copyright Convention of 1886 - now over a century old - requires the revision of the grace period from 50 years to ten years due to the development of instant communication in this age of the Internet. Tagore's sublime and inspirational works have been freed from the shackles of copyright for the benefit of everyone everywhere. The same must be done for Osho's works. 

The statement by a top Indian bureaucrat, Ms Bela Banerjee, Joint Secretary, Copyright and Languages, is commendable as it emphasized that this copyright ownership expiry would be a boon to artistes and the printing and publishing of Tagore's works in India and abroad. She saw no reason to fear the substandard production of Tagore's works.
It is encouraging to note that the Indian media in numerous editorials and articles have also welcomed this step in the public interest. In fact, some publishers released Tagore's works within a few days of the lifting of this ban!

In the same spirit, Osho World Foundation is striving to bring the works of the enlightened mystic Osho into free domain for the maximum possible dissemination. Osho has described Tagore as 'the heart of India''. Says Osho, "Rabindranath Tagore is the very heart of this country. He is the most contemporary man, and yet the most ancient too. His words are a bridge between the modern mind and the ancient most sages of the world".

"He is a poet of the highest category, and also a mystic. Such a combination has happened only once or twice before -- in Kahlil Gibran, in Friedrich Nietzsche, and in Rabindranath Tagore. With these three persons, the whole category is finished. In the long history of man, it is extraordinary.... There have been great poets and there have been great mystics. There have been great poets with a little mysticism in them, and there have been great mystics who have expressed themselves in poetry -- but their poetry is not great. Rabindranath is in a strange situation. It is difficult to say about Rabindranath whether he is a greater poet or a greater mystic. He is both -- greater than each"

"Saa Vidya Ya Vimuktaye..' Whatever liberates you is true knowledge, declare the ancient Hindu scriptures - The Upanishads. Osho's insights and meditation techniques fall in this category of leading one to liberation and thus must be free from the fetters of copyright. 

Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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