He left his body peacefully on 26 September 2012.
From Maitri (Erin) we hear that “our beloved Amitabh has left his form. He was at home, surrounded by his sisters, his four children, and Mradula this afternoon as he gently and peacefully stopped breathing. Free!”
And Govind and Gayatri write: “Beloved brother Amitabh passed in complete peace, harmony, and readiness. And ancient Diogenes can finally put down his lantern and stop wandering the earth in his fruitless search of an honest man, as Amitabh fulfilled that. In my 37 years of close friendship and sharing with him, I never once experienced him even capable of moving from his dogged abidance in whatever was happening to, in, or with him… from the darkest corners of his being to the most exalted states and realizations we can attain. What a being!
Beloved Amitabh was a man! Watta man! He was my first real contact with Osho in San Francisco in the early 70s and although I had already done Dynamic, seen a picture of the black bearded dude called Bhagwan, read excerpts from the Rajneesh News Letter Tantra issue of 1973 of the VBT, I was reluctant to hear his voice, fearing a final put off to my love affair with Osho. But Amitabh finished me off! Just being in his presence gave me a whiff of what would be in store for me in Pune, and it took a broken heart after a BF said, “Shana, get the fuck out of my life” to take the final step into sannyas. Over the years, whenever Amitabh was around, I made sure to contact him and experience that certain ‘whiff’ that he had. Wherever he is now, he is blessed. And so am I to have known him.
Beloved friend of my heart, I am remembering you with tears in my eyes and big love.
This song, which is part of the CD Premanjali (A loving gift to God) was recorded after I came to know about the departure of our fellow traveller Sw. Amitabh, to whom I send from here, my greetings. Have a nice journey, Amitabh! We love you so…