…left her body on 26th December 2015.
There was no need to find ‘younger’ pictures of Gayatri so you would recognise her – outwardly she looked almost unchanged over the years!
Anand Gayatri (aka Margaret Ann Schilberg) was born in May 1946 in Philadelphia. PA, USA. She had three degrees in economics: a BA from Oberlin College, an MA from the University of Wisconsin and an MPhil from Oxford University.
Shorly after her studies she moved to Geneva, where she worked as an Economist at the United Nations. During that time she came to hear from Osho, took sannyas by post and received the mala from Deeksha who was running Osho’s Meditation Centre in Onex, near Geneva. She visited Pune mostly on her holidays, but she was actively involved in bringing her colleagues to do Dynamic Meditation every morning or convince them to participate in the weekly Nadabrahma Meditation at the centre or to an audio discourse evening which she held in her flat. (When Osho had asked her which meditations she was doing she mentioned one she had learned from a Buddhist master. Shortly after this darshan Nadabrahma was introduced in Pune together with a music track.)
When the Osho Meditation Centre in Onex closed in late 1977 she ran the centre from her home for the following three and a half years. In 1981 she gave up her job and closed down her flat to permanently live close to Osho only to discover that she had arrived the day before Osho left for the USA! However, once the Ranch began to be populated, she wasted no time and moved there in spring 1982. She mainly worked in Hakim Sanai and Diogenes Computer Services. She remembers that “it was deeply fulfilling for me to be working among people who all had the same heart connection.”
After Rajneeshpuram closed Gayatri moved to Sacramento, CA where in 1987 she found fulfilling work (statistical research and business applications) as a Senior Economist in an energy consultant firm (JBS Energy), concentrating mainly on utility issues. She said to Bhagawati when she visited Bali in 2009, “Awareness helps me so much in my work – to stay centered in stressful times, and to have the courage to follow my intuition and creativity.” She was very proud when she had purchased the house of her dreams, with shady maple trees in the garden. She retired from her job about two years ago.
In 1998 she discovered Trillium Awakening (aka Waking Down) and became a teacher and mentor, making the work “sound relevant, down-to-earth, and accessible” (so typical Gayatri). She was also involved in the work of Ken Wilber and became an Interning Teacher of Waking Down in Mutuality.
In August 2014 she was diagnosed with cancer (small cell carcinoma) which had cleared last spring. Although she was in remission, the cancer came back much stronger than before, as sometimes happens.
Text credit to Tara, Punya, Bhagawati (Viha Connection article Jan/Feb 2010), Bill Epperly (via FB)
Photos credit to Siri Shakti, Erika Gimbel, Julia Rinne via Facebook
Excerpt from On the Edge by Punya
To Be Available, that’s the Way to Go
Osho answers Gayatri’s questions
Why don’t I feel that I am myself?
Why is it that nobody likes to be criticized, and yet everybody loves to criticize others?
Beloved Gayatri, I vividly remember the days we both lived in Geneva, you as a generous and playful woman, never saying no to a potluck party with some good wine. You were a networker extraordinaire luring your colleagues to do Osho’s meditations. They came in droves and then left — to go and see Osho in Pune. I also remember when you offered to lend me money to go ‘back to the West’ after an illness. Thank you again! You were so much more steady and reliable than I was and I appreciated that. You gave me grounding just to think of you. Fly high, beloved, may there be enough Swiss chocolate where you are going, so that you do not fly off too quickly. All the best on your journey, beloved! Bon voyage!
Beloved Gayatri, thank you for you loving kindness. Though we have not seen each other since Around ’87 in Sacramento hearing news of your leaving your body has brought it all back and more. I can just remember so clearly your kindness and genuine helpful nature. Thank you for blessing this life with your presence. ???
Beloved Gayatri, I haven’t seen you for many years but I will always remember your grace and your integrity… a true sister on the path. We will miss you. Love and blessings,
Gayatri, you are really one of those special beings. The best way to describe you: The sound of an eagle souring in a winter sky, keep souring beloved one.
In Geneva I met Gayatri on her meditation events which were my first connections with Osho
she used to lend out Osho tapes
which I eagerly devoured
a time full of promise and vision
solance and sweetness in the dark
So happy that we were able to celebrate, feast, laugh and meditate together all the way. Shunya and I have tons of wonderful memories of our time together; you really understood how to have fun, even with the body doing it’s own thing! Thank you, Osho, for Gayatri and our sangha of loving crazy fellow travellers.
Oh, dear Gayatri, I always think of you as joyous radiant Love!
Oh dear Gayatri, I had just sent you a little gift which you will never receive! Gayatri, my most beloved Sacramento host, who almost single-handedly brought a heap of us Ranch refugees from our ranch-house share in Santa Rosa to J Street Sacramento to work together with Amo and Archan on their little energy-saving business at a time when saving energy was still a novelty. Over the years, whenever I headed to California, you let me stay with you in your sweet little suburban cottage and we had delicious soaks under the stars in the jacuzzi and parties in your little garden beneath an arching oak (or whatever tree it was…). Such a good, loyal, wise friend, I am so sorry not to have you in my life any more. Dear Gayatri…. fly easy to your next life and we will meet again!
Margaret, You were the chorus mistress for our company in Falmouth in ’68; you recruited me to sing in the chorus, which I considered impossible. But there I was. You were SO capable and multidimensional (great Xylophone solo for Trouble in
Tahiti!). Fond memories and love,