(All contributors work/play on a voluntary basis.)
Co-ordinator, Webmaster, Art Director, Author
Punya (aka queen of the internet) 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 and playing music (especially percussion) and has now her own web design company: punyaweb.net.
Co-ordinator, Author, Editor
Bhagawati (aka networking master supreme) 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. Her favorite destination to travel to is 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.
Monthly astrology page
Sitara (aka Astro Sitara) became a disciple of Osho’s in 1979. She has settled in Germany and for 12 years now, has been writing the horoscopes for the German Osho Times. Astrology has been her passion since childhood, and she has published several books on the subject. She gives personal sessions and also over phone or skype. Moreover, Sitara offers spiritual counselling as well as end-of-life care free of charge. She is currently writing a book about traditional advaita vedanta for Western seekers. www.astro-sitara.de
Madhuri (aka Boogeying Poet Explainer) 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, 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. www.madhurijewel.com
Kaiyum (David Bloch aka ‘the change master’) 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. www.davidshealthcheck.com is the prime site in both Dutch and English.
Naina (aka Indian Connection) 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 in Osho’s caravanserai. She is presently the coordinator of publications and media relations at Osho World Foundation, New Delhi. www.oshoworld.com
Kul (aka Kul Bhushan) 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
Shanti (aka iam) 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.
Megha (aka Megalove Anand – Facebook networking master) took sannyas in 1976. A rebel at heart he was nicknamed ‘Motorcycle Mega’, ‘King of the Road’ because of his many Endfields, 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….
Phoebe (aka disappearing woman) was gifted the name Phoebe in Pune One, which means ‘pure radiance’. It is still her guiding light. Long-time astrologer and writer she wrote the Osho Times horoscope back in the nineties. She has published several astrology books, in which her experience as a meditator shines through, and an oracle board game. A new book on astrology and the present dramatic paradigm shift will appear later this year. www.astrophoebe.com
Subhuti (aka My Dance with a Madman) 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
Elisa Ramita (aka queen of foreign languages) took sannyas in 2003 while being a citizen of the world. After her MA in foreign languages and literature she worked as translator/interpreter in Cologne. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2005, became a Reiki and Laser Reiki Master and a ‘spiritual silversmith’. Since 2010 she enjoys teaching Italian at Portland State University.
Anando (aka The Medium) 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
Rashid (aka poet, painter & gardener) 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 two volumes of poetry. rashidmaxwell.com
Antar Marc (aka Management Guru) 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. He studied Human Resources Management and since 1999 is a coach and lecturer for Management and Organizations at the European Fashion Business School. He lives with his beloved wife Prem Rana in Holland. E-book: Osho and his Commune
Prem Geet (aka Osho Rose) 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
Jivan Grahi (aka health guru, aka David Niven Miller) 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
Maneesha (aka living and dying celebrant) received sannyas in 1974. She edited all the darshan diaries and wrote, at Osho’s suggestion, what he referred to as ‘the historical documentation of my work’ : a trilogy on the evolution of his work through the various communes. She is now based in Devon, UK, and is creating – along with an ever-growing team – The Sammasati Project. The project, based on Osho’s vision, is a support for those wanting psychological and/or spiritual support in health, in sickness, on the road to recovery or in passing through dying. www.maneeshajames.com – www.oshosammasati.net
Viramo (aka Easywriter) has lived the writing life as a newspaper reporter and columnist, book and magazine editor, photojournalist, ghostwriter, PR/advertising maven, and science-fiction author. He took sannyas in 1979, and has lived in Osho’s communes in Pune and at Rajneeshpuram. Viramo currently lives in Sedona, where he attends meditations at Osho Academy and enjoys hiking in the magical red rocks. He is now working on the third novel in his sci-fi trilogy, and blogs as ‘Easywriter’ at Open Salon and at the ‘family’ blogsite – thelincolns.wordpress.com
Vandana (aka The Drama Queen) 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.
Roshani (aka Prof. Cari Shay PhD) is the co-author of ‘Better Red Than Dead: Local Letters and the Rajneesh Movement.’
Roshani 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.
Satya Vedant (aka Dr. Vasant Joshi) 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.
Nirvano (aka Osho’s German translator par excellence), after working as a professor for German and English language, took sannyas in 1976, the same year he met his wife who then became Deva Ethel. His first work assignment in the commune was translating Osho’s discourses and he is still translating Osho today. Fortunately, his capacity to do this survived his brain aneurysm in 1996. Nirvano also writes for the German Osho Times.
Veena (latest aka Chinophile) momentously discovered Osho in Bombay in 1970 on her first trip to India and has been a sannyasin ever since. She now travels regularly to China to meditate on the mountain where Bodhidharma sat in a cave for 9 years and ‘developed’ Zen for the world. She collaborated with Punya on the OshoinUK website and assists with oshonews.com. She edits texts for various projects – see her website www.songmountain.co.uk – 3books.co.uk
Mahabha (aka Maggie Richards) 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 studying the Osho Therapist Training in Osho Risk where she lived in 2010, the same year she qualified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Based in London, she gives therapy sessions and co-leads regular meditation and yoga workshops. She blogs at spaceandsilence.com/blog
Sohana (aka gems are for me) is a Reiki Master and kinesiology practitioner as well as a jewelry designer; thus her healing work is reflected in each piece. She is American and has traveled widely, living in India and has now made her home on the magical island of Bali. Sohana still travels the world lecturing about gemstone therapy, teaching kinesiology classes and exhibiting her latest jewelry designs. During exhibitions, she demonstrates the empowering effect of gemstones using kinesiology. email@example.com – sohanadesign.com
Jeevan (aka jokes master) took sannyas in 1975 and has lived in Pune most of her sannyas life. She came to Osho after having raised four children and a husband, and is a very happy child this time around. She was a past editor of the Osho Times and is currently audio-checking Osho books. She has completely recovered from cancer, loves her time in the Resort, adores meeting all the new friends who come for the first time – she is a veritable one woman welcoming committee. “Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?” as Mae West once said. premjeevan.blogspot.com. Jeevan left her body on 11th August 2013.
Sarvaan (aka PT – perpetual traveller) 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.
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’.
Sarjano (aka photographer and cook par excellence) has been living in India for more than 30 years. He started the Rajneesh Café in the Osho Ashram and now lives in Goa where he runs his unique Italian restaurant, My Place. His book ‘Food is Love’ is a very unusual guide to learn how to cook and he writes authentic recollections about his life experiences, in particular around Osho.
Niten (aka ‘no-cook’) is a raw food enthusiast and cook of many years experience. He became a ‘Raw Foodist’ in 1996 when living on a permaculture farm. He now gives Raw Food retreats in England and Ibiza, where he lives. We are lucky to get his recipes with the inspiring pictures he makes.
Veet Karen (aka most passionate cook) 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
Adri (aka ‘the’ gourmet vegetarian cook) 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…