Lotus in London: Pankaj
On the outskirts of the City of London lies Wembley
known for its stadium and more recently for its Gujarat
community settled here from East Africa and India. This
suburbia has acquired a distinctly multi-cultural,
multi-ethnic atmosphere in which an Osho Meditation
Centre named Pankaj - Hindi for Lotus - has flowered for
over twenty years.
Ma Pramila Bharti, is the energy behind this happening.
Full of positive vibrations, she first came into touch
with Osho when she lived in Nairobi, Kenya, in 1976. She
started visiting an Osho Meditation Centre managed by Ma
Yog Manju - one of the first sannyasins of Osho. In 1977
she went to India and was initiated into Neo-Sannyas by
Osho himself at Pune. For around four years, Ma Pramila
meditated and listened to Osho on tape before migrating
to London with her Sannyasin husband and family.
When Ma Pramila expressed a desire to involve herself
more in sharing Osho's vision in 1979, Osho authorized
her to run a centre that he named Pankaj Meditation
Centre; bestowing this name to her in writing on His
letterhead. This letter is a priceless treasure of Osho
to this centre.
Pankaj started with three sannyasins coming to meditate
every Sunday. Gradually, more joined in as word spread
and after some time, Ma Pramila's living room became too
small to accommodate them all.
So she extended her house into the back garden to create
a suitable meditation hall where up to 40 people can
meditate. With orange- purple colours of sannyas, the
room looks out into the beautiful garden where the
sannyasins enjoy tea and snacks - if the weather
permits. The participants put in two pounds per person
into discreet box as a voluntary contribution.
After being welcomed by Ma Pramila, the Sunday
meditation sessions start at 3 p.m. with Nadbrahm
followed by Kundilini meditations. Osho's taped
discourse comes before a break for tea and filling
snacks. The evening ends with a White Robe celebration
complete with music and dancing. A large collection of
audio discourse and books of Osho is also on display
here and also available to those interested in knowing
more about Osho.
Visiting sannyasins from other countries led meditations
at times or hold therapies and Meditation camps for
three days at Pankaj; no overnight accommodation is
available though. All Osho festivals occurring
throughout the year for his birthday, enlightenment day,
Guru Purnima or Master's Day - and Osho Mahautsav or the
day of leaving the body are celebrated at Pankaj with
visit Pankaj, Osholovers visiting London can contact:
Ma Pramila Bharti, 100, Thurlby Road, Wembley, London
HAO 4RS UK. Tel 0208-902-4984.