Newsletter — 31 March 2017

April newsletter – articles from 16th till 31st March 2017.

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Reiki on Fire – author and Reiki Master Frank Arjava Petter talks to Punya about the impact his books have had in the Reiki world


Profile: People

Dropping the Mask – Deva Indra’s journey inside


Inexplicable Moments

Have a little courage – Chintan recalls a day participating in an encounter group during the late 70’s at the ashram in Pune


Tribute to Satyananda

Satyananda and The Cosmic Madhouse – Dhiren writes on the occasion of a meditation weekend, held in Stellshagen, Germany, in memory of Satyananda who would have been 90 years old on March 30, 2017. Dhiren also announces that his translation into English of Satyananda’s bestseller ‘Ganz entspannt im Hier und Jetzt’ will be published later this year


On the Go

Impressions from Sanchi – a video by Mahendra from the ancient place of Buddhist worship in Central India


A new book by Devika

The Road East to India – Ghoshen reviews Devika’s recently published travel book, “Devika’s style is simple and direct… brings the journey to life for the reader.”

Herat – what a beautiful little town! – excerpt from Devika’s book, ‘The Road East to India’, a diary of her journey in 1976 that eventually brought her to Osho



Where everything is music – Magic India is well and alive, says Videha after his latest visit during which he also participated in the 2017 World Sacred Music Festival in Jodhpur


Learning the Enneagram

Casablanca: Great Acting, Lousy Ending – A Number Eight romantically linked with a Number Nine? Subhuti continues his series ‘Enneagram Famous Figures’


Film Review

The Commune – Navyo reviews Thomas Vinterberg’s film: “Refreshing and familiar, it asks us to look at where we compromise in our lives for the sake of security and society, cutting off the genuine joy and life-energy of who we really are…”


Hidden Mysteries

There are a few tirthas that are eternal – “The final thing to be understood about the tirtha is the value of symbolic acts,” explains Osho. Part 8 of 9

The tirtha is a mass experiment – “There is one other thing to be understood. Ordinarily we have the illusion that we are all separate individuals. This is a wrong belief,” declares Osho. Part 7 of 9


1001 Tales, compiled by Shanti

Blessing or misfortune? The man without judgment – “If you ever want to get out of the mind – and without it there is no possibility of your inner growth – then, ‘Judge ye not,'” says Osho

The overflowing cup of tea – The Japanese Master Nan-In (1868-1912) gave audience to a professor of philosophy


Enlightenment Day: 21st March

I rejoice in the waves of your love – Enlightenment Day Celebration in Bhagwan’s silent presence in Pune 1

Cause and effect is a blind relationship – “You cannot see enlightenment, you can see only the consequence of it,” says Osho

Devotees from all corners attend Sambodhi Diwas – Osho’s enlightenment day was celebrated by many in Jabalpur. Published by The Hitavada


World Poetry Day: 21st March

Am I perhaps a poet? – “Or is it the poetry of life that is painting my eyes and heart with its mystery and beauty?” asks Suha

Anandipa Took Sannyas Today – a poem by Madhuri

Mirror mirror – a poem by Priya Huffman

What the dark does – a poem by Prartho



The world is a pilgrimage – Osho speaks to a sannyasin about the meaning of his new name and the human soul’s suffering and longing to go back to god


Rings of Smoke

Politicians [and] religions don’t want you to become one – Osho: “Almost every person is split – for such silly and stupid things you cannot believe. You will not allow a saint just a little bit of smoking?”

The intoxicating drug of an Indian god – The cannabis plant’s role in Hindu mythology has authorities turning a blind eye to India’s drug shops, writes Charukesi Ramadurain on BBC on March 13, 2017

A rabbi, a priest and an atheist smoke weed together – video: two religious men and an atheist agreed to smoke together, and while doing so and getting high, they discuss spiritual and religious aspects

How to smoke a joint – excerpt from Milos Forman’s film ‘Taking Off’ (1971)



Tibet… is the most ancient, primitive, innocent culture – Osho speaks on ancient Tibetan customs, methods and techniques

How Tibetans survive life on the ‘roof of the world’ – How the indigenous Tibetan population evolved to live with so little oxygen has been a mystery until now…


More Travels

Messages from Wallingford – Wallingford gas station in Seattle, WA, USA, spreads joy among the populace showing witty sayings on their message board

Child Monks of the Himalayas – India-based Irish photographer Cathal McNaughton shows his images of boy monks who live in the 15th-Century Thiksey monastery near Leh in Ladakh. Published on BBC

Answer to 17 things to know when flying – People when flying in a plane from here to there to nowhere usually take it in stride, thinking they know all about it. Well, maybe not. An educational Infographic by helps



The unseen effects of embracing someone – Intimacy is one of the most elementary human needs, writes Frank M. Wanderer, PhD, in Wake Up World

Hugging is the way of the heart – Q: Osho, Why is hugging such an incredibly effective therapeutic tool?


Media Watch

When the Rajneeshee sex cult turned Fremantle orange – ‘Orange: Sannyas in Fremantle’, is an upcoming exhibition in Fremantle, Western Australia. Brendan Foster in The New Age

Finding our life’s compass – We should follow our heart and love our life as a precious gift of God, writes Keerti in The Asian Age

Drop that frame! – Religions have created frames to help you look for the Divine, but they act like blinkers, writes Pratiksha Apurv in Speaking Tree


Your April horoscope

Horoscope April 2017 – Intriguingly, Sitara states that in this and the next month is a turning point for a development that began at the end of 2016 and will come to an end this November



Bhutan’s humorous and caring road signs – Related to the humorous road signs in India, Bhutan has put up very caring warnings with the help of India’s Border Roads Organisation. Chris Dwyer has the story and photos

The Lord told me – A homeless man, down on his luck, went into a Catholic church

The royal pain – A big shot businessman had to spend a couple of days in hospital

New admission – After forty years of hard work an old carpenter dies and goes to heaven

Want me to make a snowman? – A cartoon by Liz Climo – dedicated today to our friends in Canada and Scotland

Words of wisdom – There was a nun whose old body began to surrender to time

Planet talk – A big and a small planet meet in the endless reaches of space



Gayan from Italy: 14th March 2017