Despite Disasters, Japanese People Remain Dignified

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Kul Bhushan meets Yuriko Anando Lochan during a meditation event dedicated to the victims of the disasters in Japan

New Delhi, 16 March 2011. The Japanese people have to maintain their dignity even during a devastating situation like the current one that has struck their country, said a Japanese artist, Yuriko Anando Lochan, here on Tuesday evening. Explaining the Japanese psyche of maintaining their balance, composure and politeness even during catastrophic events, Lochan said everybody is equal in Japan, it does not matter if you are rich or poor, you are equal. So with this frame of mind, they understand how to cope with this situation and deal with each other.

The Japanese are quite close to nature and respect nature. So they are prepared since childhood to face natural disruptions. They are not taught this at school but they just know how to cope, Lochan said. They can’t blame anybody for this disaster – not the government or their neighbours, but accept it all. They do not like to disturb others and so when they ask others politely about their lost relatives or thank their rescuers, it is always with a bow. They are not egoistic and try to remain disciplined at all times and so there is no looting of destroyed shops. Basically, the Japanese are brought up to be human beings under all circumstances, she said.

They remained composed and balanced during this difficult time as this part of Japanese culture. “For me it is quite natural behaviour,” she commented.

Just after the disaster struck last Friday, Lochan received many local calls from her Indian friends asking about the welfare of her family in Japan. “This concern is very touching for me as my friends have taken this so personally,” added Yuriko Anando Lochan who earlier exhibited her Zen paintings at the Osho World Galleria.

She was speaking at a special meditation session ‘Centred in the Middle of a Cataclysm’ at Osho World Galleria held to express oneness with the victims with positive energy and vibrations.

The meeting started with a story Osho tells about a Zen master who was having dinner with his disciples when a major earthquake struck. As everything shook, swayed and things began to fall all over, the disciples quickly ran to another room and some dashed outside in the open. But the Zen master sat still where he was and closed his eyes.

After a few minutes, the earthquake was over; the disciples began to tiptoe back to where the master was sitting in silence. When they asked him why he did not run away, he replied, “Where can you run? The earthquake is everywhere – in this room, the next room and even outside. So the only place you can escape is inside yourself. And that’s what I was doing.”

In this context, a special Buddhist meditation – Atisha’s Heart Meditation – was held and guided by Osho’s words. Participants breathed in all the negativity in the form of pain, agony and suffering. Then they breathed out positivity of benediction, blessings and peace. This Buddhist meditation style is totally opposite to the normal concept of breathing in positive and breathing out negative vibrations.

After the meditation, an Osho disciple said, “Seeing all this harrowing footage on the TV and reading about it in the media, I felt a strong desire to send positive energies to the Japanese people and I am thankful to take part in this event.”

News Release by Anand Kul Bhushan for Osho World Foundation

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