(All contributors work/play on a voluntary basis.)
Co-ordinator, Webmaster, Art Director, Author, Editor
Punya is the initiator, webmaster, organiser, editor and one of the writers for this magazine. Trained as a graphic designer and multilingual translator, she has worked as a magazine editor and advertising executive. She took sannyas in 1974 and lived many years in Osho’s communes. She has been painting, playing music (especially percussion), creating websites and recently published her story with Osho, ‘On the Edge’ (punya.eu). Articles and interviews by this author on Osho News.
Co-ordinator, Author, Researcher, Reviewer, Editor
Bhagawati was born in Vienna, Austria and has been Osho’s disciple since the mid-seventies; she lived many of those years at the ashram in Pune, in Rajneeshpuram and European Osho communes. Now living on the island of Bali, Indonesia, she is an active columnist and author. She loves to travel to India, “the country that nourishes my soul.” She has been researching and studying the origins of mankind for many years with a book on the subject evolving. All articles by Bhagawati on Osho News.
Monthly astrology page
Sitara became a disciple of Osho’s in 1979. She lives in Germany and has been writing the horoscopes of the German Osho Times since 1998. Passionate about astrology since childhood, she has published several books on the subject. She gives personal sessions, also over phone or Skype, focusing on spiritual development. Moreover, Sitara offers end-of-life care counselling (free of charge). She is currently teaching and writing about traditional advaita vedanta for Western seekers. www.astro-sitara.de – all articles by this author on Osho News
Author, Reviewer, Editor
Madhuri took sannyas in 1973 just to be polite, and then lived in Poona for about 30 years. A flying saucer dropped her in the Bible Belt after that; she recently moved to Hebden Bridge, W. Yorkshire, England, where she goes for walks, writes (lots of) books, meditates, paints, performs her poetry on Open Mic events and gives skype/phone sessions. She loves travel, learning new techniques for inner journeys, beautiful paper, Motown/Classical, the Arctic, and shopping for new hats/shoes and other joyously frivolous stuff. madhurijewel.com – all articles and poems by this author on Osho News.
Author, Reviewer, Editor
Kaiyum heard Osho calling him in 1974, had yo-yo contact with the world of Osho throughout the years, but had too much ego to drop before he finally took sannyas in Sedona in 1998. Based in Holland, Kaiyum’s activities focus on doing things differently, whether it’s a programme to stop bullying at schools, presenting / communicating, traditional health practice or cooking. davidshealthcheck.com is the prime site in both Dutch and English. All articles by Kaiyum published in Osho News.
Shanti is Osho’s sannyasin for more than 35 years. A psychology teacher by profession, he translated the books of Roberto Assagioli and introduced ‘Psychosynthesis’ in Holland. He gave numerous workshops on witnessing and accepting sub-personalities. Later he was trained by Dr Edward de Bono in ‘Thinking Skills’ and worked as a management trainer. Nowadays he enjoys writing a book, The ‘Chronicle of the Earth’, the history of our planet from the Big Bang up to Now. Articles by this author on Osho News
Kul is a writer, journalist and UN media consultant who has been involved with the publishing and distribution of Osho’s words since decades. He lives with his large family (all sannyasins) in New Delhi and edits the English edition of Osho World monthly magazine. He has written 24 books, including one in calligraphy called ‘Treasures of the Hindu Way of Life’ that features quotes by Osho. newstechglobal.com – blogspot.com – all articles by this author on Osho News
Antar Marc was born in Holland and took sannyas in 1983. He is an educated artist and has lived in the Osho communes of Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Rajneeshpuram and Poona. In 1992-1994 Marc has been a travel guide for groups, touring by bus, walking and visiting historical places in Greece and Turkey. He studied Human Resources Management and since 1999 is a coach and lecturer for Management and Organizations at the European Fashion Business School. E-book: Osho and his Communes. All articles and essays by this author on Osho News
Surendra, former Reichian therapist from Britain, took sannyas in 1976. He lived in Osho’s communes in India, USA, UK and Japan from the early 1980s on. In Pune 2 he looked after the house painting in Lao Tzu House and then worked in Osho Publications. From 1991–1996 he taught at Osho Ko Hsuan school in Devon, UK, where he became a passionate photographer (surendraphoto.com). In 2013 he relocated to the Japanese Alps with his partner, Amrapali. All articles by this author on Osho News
Rashid took sannyas in Pune 1. There he worked growing vegetables for the master-gardener. On the Ranch he spent a lot of time in the pot-room and the fire tower. In Pune 2, till the master left the body, he was a bodyguard, an editor and all jobs in-between. Now he lives in Devon, keeps bees, paints and makes prints, designs buildings and landscapes for sacred use. He has published three volumes of poetry. rashidmaxwell.com – articles, poems and artwork by this author on Osho News
Sarjano, as a photojournalist and organiser of spectacular rock events in Italy, he created a commune in Sicily. Hearing about Osho from friends, he left for India and took sannyas in 1978. At the ashram in Pune 1 and 2 he worked as a photographer, translated Osho’s discourses into Italian, and became famous for his cooking skills. The author of ‘Food Is Home’, ‘Dalla separazione all’amore’, and ‘When A Real Lion Meets A Real Master’, he also created a restaurant in Vagator, Goa, and now lives in his native Rome. All articles and recipes by this author on Osho News.
Veena met Osho in Mumbai in 1971 and took sannyas shortly thereafter. At his request she opened the Nirvana Meditation Centre in London in 1972. During the years she spent with him she worked as an editor of his books, as a seamstress making his robes, hats and the costumes for photo sessions and doing PR in Rajneeshpuram, Oregon. She has written about Osho for many sannyas publications and also published a book about him. 3books.co.uk – all articles and book excerpts by this author published on Osho News
Ageh Bharti was born 1934 in Uttar Pradesh, India. After a mysterious experience in 1966, he met Osho in early 1967 and immediately became his disciple; from then on he lived in close proximity to Osho, accompanying him on several of his tours during 1967 to 1969. In Rajneeshpuram, Osho declared him enlightened. He authored hundreds of articles, wrote 19 books in Hindi and 2 in English, gives talks and facilitates meditation camps. Active on FB, Twitter and YouTube, he lives in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh. All articles by this author on Osho News.
Naina was initiated into Sannyas in 2003 at Oshodham. She is an MBA and also holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication. Deeply inspired by the love and dedication of the founder of the Osho Centre in Delhi, Om Prakash, she left her career as a producer/journalist to join Osho’s caravanserai and worked as the coordinator of publications and media relations at Osho World Foundation, New Delhi for many years. She now lives in Assam, pursuing her interest in writing and communications. All articles by this author on Osho News.
Chinmaya Dunster was born 1954 in England and started playing the classical guitar at 15. After taking sannyas in 1982 he took up playing the sarod. The Osho Commune provided the ground for musical experiments until, today, he has twelve CDs released on New Earth Records and four on Malimba Records. Chinmaya is involved with environmental / social justice issues in India and creates films on these. He lives with his partner Naveena and daughter Koyal in Auckland, New Zealand. chinmaya-dunster.com – link to all articles by Chinmaya on Osho News.
Ananda Sarita met Osho in Mumbai in February 1973 and shortly afterwards received sannyas. She spent the next 26 years in his communes where she worked cleaning Osho’s house, as a medium in energy darshan, in the PR department and as a holistic healer. Osho gave her the title ‘Mahasatvaa’ meaning ‘keeper of esoteric wisdom’. Since 1997 she has been teaching Tantra and holistic healing across the world. She lives in England and Greece. tantra-essence.com – ananda-sarita.com – link to all her articles in Osho News
Megha took sannyas in 1976. A rebel at heart he was nicknamed ‘Motorcycle Mega’, ‘King of the Road’ because of his many Enfields, as well as ‘Party Mega’ or ‘Mega the Painter’. He lived in Pune for 30 years and since 2007 he has settled in Basel, Switzerland. Forever young he likes to dance with his three cats and swim in the river Rhine. He is an invaluable source of information on friends departing this planet, since he will outlast them all…. – articles on Osho News
Veet Karen moved from England to Australia at the age of three. After completing university she travelled to India, briefly visited Pune and took sannyas fifteen months later at Osho Leela in Dorset, England. She resides in down-town Mullumbimby with her beloved, Makrand. Her life is dedicated to her vegetarian catering business and any Osho related workshops she can attend. veetscuisine.com.au – www.veets.com.au – all articles and recipes by this author on Osho News.
Roshani is the co-author of ‘Better Red Than Dead: Local Letters and the Rajneesh Movement.’ She took sannyas in Rajneeshpuram in 1984 while she was a Professor of Political Science at Western Oregon University. She took early retirement in 2002 and went to Hawaii to help Sunny (Ma Prem Sunshine) with her nonprofit ‘ Hawaii Wellness Institute’. Roshani is now back in Oregon writing, editing and working with nonprofits. All articles and reviews by this author on Osho News.
Prem Geet is a writer and painter, and passionate about bringing Osho’s meditations to a wider audience in America, with love, music, celebration, peace, beauty, and dignity. She created an open forum for ‘Osho in America’ for friends to share news, insights, and events. www.smashwords.com – all articles, reviews and poems by this author on Osho News.
Jivan Grahi was born and raised in Zimbabwe and lives in Perth, Western Australia; he is a regular swimmer who loves the wild shore of the Indian Ocean nearby. By profession an economist and author, he embarked several years ago on a successful quest on how to slow down the aging process. www.growyouthful.com – all articles by this author on Osho News
Subhuti is a writer and a journalist. He has worked as a political reporter in the British Houses of Parliament and created ‘The Rajneesh Times’ newspaper in Oregon. He has also written several musicals and plays, and is currently working as a ghost writer. He has been a sannyasin for 34 years. He is also author of My Dance with a Madman, a chronicle of his life in India with Osho. www.anandsubhuti.com – articles by this author on Osho News
Anando took sannyas in ’75 and was formerly a lawyer and business manager. After an ‘apprenticeship’ in Deeksha’s kitchen in Pune 1, she travelled with Osho to America, where she ended up as one of his attorneys. She later accompanied Osho on his world tour, becoming his personal secretary, a post she held until Osho left his body. Anando, now based in Italy, conducts courses and gives talks in Europe and Asia. She is also an author of books and guided meditation CDs. www.lifetrainings.com – articles by this author on Osho News
Navyo left University to meet Osho in 1979 which changed the course of his life. He co-ordinated the music department in Pune Two for several years and participated in a number of CDs of Music from the World of Osho. He now travels the world housesitting in wonderful locations, writing and working on creative projects. facebook.com/navyoericsen – conscioushousesitting.com – all articles by this author on Osho News
Vandana dropped the search for sense and wrote for mail-order sannyas in 1974, hoping to avoid moving to India; she arrived in Pune 2 months later and stayed for 7 years. She was an editor in Pune 1 and later part of our inspired Theatre Group. She now lives in Perth, Western Australia and continues to enjoy her Libran balancing act—working at the coalface, panning for gold—always thanking Osho for her lively bullshit detector, love of irreverence and the absurd. All articles by this author on Osho News.
Purushottama fell at Osho’s feet in 1976. After passing through the fire of Deeksha’s Vrindavan in Pune One, Purushottama travelled for years from end to end in the US and Canada establishing connections with bookstores and distributors for Osho’s books. He lives with Anand Amido and together they offer Osho meditations and satsangs through O-Meditation Sangha (meetup.com/O-Meditation-Sangha). Purushottama also maintains the blog Sat Sangha Salon (o-meditation.com). All articles by this author on Osho News.
Satya Vedant holds a PhD from the University of Michigan and from the University of Baroda, India. He took sannyas in 1975. Vedant’s publications include books and a wide range of articles published in journals, magazines, and newspapers in India, USA, and Australia. He has given numerous public lectures and has held workshops around the world including at the United Nations, The World Bank, the Pentagon, as well as at Dr. Deepak Chopra’s program in San Diego. List of Satya Vendant’s articles published on Osho News.
Adri is cooking to help us become more aware. Indeed his food is so delicious that it is impossible to eat it and be unaware at the same time. He studied hotel and restaurant management at the Cornell University and has been working in wellknown places, the likes of Wild Quest, Afroz in Lesvos and is now cooking for the Corfu Buddha Hall. Read his portrait… – link to his recipes published on Osho News
Jeevan took sannyas in 1975 and lived in Pune most of her sannyas life. She came to Osho after having raised four children and a husband, and was a very happy child this time around. A past editor of the Osho Times she was later audio-checking Osho books. She loved her time in the Resort, adored meeting all the new friends who come for the first time – a veritable one-woman welcoming committee. “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?” as Mae West once said. Jeevan left her body on 11th August 2013. List of her articles on Osho News.
Ghoshen is British and a sannyasin since 1977. He splits his time between rural Virginia and Porto, Portugal. When he isn’t watching movies, he runs a software business (www.maclean.com), meditates abundantly, and travels all over (with his beloved beloved). His favourite movies are Blade Runner, Local Hero, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Children of Paradise. Do your dreams have credits? List of all articles and reviews published on Osho News.
Fatima is a well known Indian artist with many solo and group shows to her credit and her work is represented in many Indian and international collections. Writing has always been her hobby. For a long time she ran a weekly column for the prestigious newspaper ‘The Indian Post’, and later for the tabloid ‘Mid-day’. She has just completed her first novel. Fatima lives in Pune and commutes often to Mumbai. For more about Fatima’s life see her story in ‘Past the Point of No Return’. List of her articles in Osho News.
Shastro took sannyas in 1981. Trained in Italy as a fashion photographer, he had the opportunity to photograph Osho on various occasions in Pune. His creativity soon expanded to music and, together with Sirus, he composed the music for the No Dimensions Meditation. He later founded Malimba Records that, as of today, features 14 of his albums as well as those of 12 other sannyasin musicians. Shastro lives between USA, India and Italy. www.shastro.com – www.malimba.com – link to articles by this author on Osho News
Sarvaan left the United States more than 2 years ago and has been travelling the world ever since, using the tools (wisdom) he learns from sannyasins and other road warriors, along with a helping of divine light, to guide him on his endless pilgrimages. He loves cooking and has been exercising this passion off and on again at Osho centers in England and Greece, he’s an avid reader/writer currently enjoying literary obscurity, and a Tantra practitioner trying to weave it all together. All articles by this author on Osho News.
Amrita Suha studied languages in Milan and worked for 30 years as an executive trilingual secretary (Italian, French, English) in international organizations and private companies in Milan, Brussels and Paris. In 1985 she visited Rajneeshpuram and took sannyas a year later in Amsterdam. In Pune 2 she was a graphic designer for the English and Italian Osho Times; she is now writing for this magazine from her home in Paris or Pune. Her poetry book, ‘Poemi per una giornata qualunque’ (Poems for an Ordinary Day) was published in 2013. All articles and poems by this author on Osho News.
Srajan Atosho was born in the US in 1948. In 1972 he dreamt vividly of Osho under a Banyan tree in Japan, studied Zen for five years, started Hawaii Bound school and took sannyas in 1978. He was also in the communes in Rajneeshpuram (1981-85) and Pune 2. In Sedona he taught Avatar with Pravina. They moved to Hawaii where they collected and sold Asian art for a decade, developed two properties, and taught at a retreat center. Always the nomads, they are currently relocating – whereabouts unknown. All articles by this author on Osho News
Mahabha has been writing for the British national press since 1999 and is former contributing wellbeing editor of AOL’s MyDaily.co.uk. She took sannyas in 2008 while participating in the Osho Therapist Training at Osho Risk and in 2010 qualified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Based in London, she gives therapy sessions and co-leads regular meditation and yoga workshops. maggierichards.co.uk – view all her articles published on Osho News.
Marc Itzler, a sannyasin since 1974, spent his teenage years with Osho in India from 1979–81. A father of two grown sons, a stepdaughter and granddaughter, he lives in North London and is the founder of ‘A Liberated Life’, running courses, meditation workshops, and is also a Human Potential coach. He recently launched ‘Sonic Spirit’, a musical collective, offering inspirational live music and sonic art for well-being events, conferences, seminars and workshops. marcitzler.com – view all articles published on Osho News.