…left her body on 23rd June 2016.
Anand Jokhim was born in Trier, Germany in 1949 and studied to become a kindergarten teacher. She took sannyas in Pune in 1979, founded the Osho Meditation Centre in Darmstadt and was later part of the Wioska Centre in Cologne. When she moved back to Munich she worked at a software company, then in Prinz Myschkin, an upscale vegetarian restaurant. Later she co-founded the Obertonhaus, a shop specialising in singing bowls, gongs and didgeridoos and finally Allegretto, a music shop dedicated to children.
Jokhim worked as a bilingual kindergarten teacher (English and German) until she started feeling ill this April. Ten days before she died the analysis confirmed that she had Creuzfeld-Jacob disease (CJD), an incurable, degenerative neurological disease. She died at the Christophorus Hospiz where she spent her last days, cared for by her daughter Pushpi and many loving friends.
Jokhim’s birth name was Hildegard, which means ‘protected by the goddess Hilda’ – hence Osho says to Jokhim when giving her sannyas:
Now, you need not bother Hilda any more — I will protect you! The only condition for my protection is: be blissful. The more blissful you are, the closer you are to me. The more blissful you are, the more you allow me to penetrate you. The more blissful you are, the more you become one with me. And I am just a door: once you enter into me you will find yourself in God, not in me — you will not find any me. The whole secret is blissfulness.
Osho, Don’t Let Yourself Be Upset by the Sutra, rather Upset the Sutra Yourself, Ch 34
When I arrived with my husband Horst on June 24, 1998 at our Bangkok hotel after 4 weeks in Thailand, a message for us waited at reception: “Please call Ms. Ankly at the Amari Hotel.” Jokhim knew before we left that we would be in Bangkok at that time but I did not know for sure if she would be there too. With great we arranged to meet the next evening at the Oriental Hotel. That was the beginning of three wonderful days we spent together, going shopping, enjoying food and lots of laughter. On the last day Jokhim visited us at our hotel and we spent the afternoon at the pool. Finally we took her to the hotel boat that would return Jokhim to the other shore, where she stayed, and I had the opportunity to make the photo below.
3 years ago, on June 23, 2013, I visited Jokhim at her home. A few days previously I happened to see the photo I had made of her in Bangkok and said to her, “Do you remember what you did 15 years ago to this day?” Needless to say she didn’t. When we unearthed and looked at the holiday pictures we both were very touched – she enjoyed the photo where she appears to be waving like a royal. To me it’s somehow like a symbol of her life. So much is expressed in it – her humour, beauty, individuality, the happiness she experienced so many times in Asia (astrologically her Jupiter is in the 9th House) – so much more for which I have no words.
I’ve been looking at the picture for days now and every time my heart opens – I feel that this is how she is waving to us from the other shore. And tears well up again and again because I miss her now and will go on missing her. So much connected us that only we two shared… beyond words!
Dear Pushpi, I am so sorry to hear that you lost your Mom! And I lost a very dear friend. I tried to call her just a week before she died but could not reach her; now I know why. I loved Jokhim, I miss her and now I wish we could have had more contact during those last few years. Bye bye, you beautiful graceful woman. I am glad to know that you are OK now. With much love,