Venue : Osho Dham, 44, Jhatikra Road, Pandwala Khurd, Near Najafgarh, New Delhi – at 3pm on 11th December 2017. Published in Delhi Events on December 8, 2017.
Osho World Foundation presents ‘The Only Life – Osho, Laxmi and a Journey of the Heart’ by author Swami Deva Rashid (Maxwell) who has spent almost forty years with Osho. Book launch is on 86th birthday of Osho. The book, published by Simon and Schuster, will be launched by Subhash Ghai.
There will be a panel discussion between Swami Atul Anand (Founder of Osho World), Swami Deva Rashid (Maxwell) and Subhash Ghai (Film Director) at the book launch which will be followed by a meditation session of dance and laughter by 500-600 Osho lovers.
We live in an ailing world at a time of rapid change. Often, we feel powerless. We are not. We can change things. If we change our self, we change the world.
The Only Life is the story of an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary life. Laxmi was a child of India; in her genes there lived the sages of the Upanishads, the merchants of the spice trade, and the warriors of Shivaji. Her heritage was lavish with bright saris and the purple clouds of monsoon, ecstatic chants and dancing, the scent of tuberose and jasmine.
Like most young people, she wished the world was a kinder, better place. Her large extended family presented her with many of the challenges and conflicts of society; she looked for ways to break the tangled circle. Growing up she did good works, supported Gandhi and the Indian Independence Movement; she sought freedom. Unsatisfied with the meagre results she withdrew to make space for something different.
In her mid-30’s Laxmi met the enlightened master Osho who opened her eyes to the treasure trove of life. He changed the game by stirring her to look within herself. In his field of play, she learned the value and the power of meditation. She became his first disciple and his chief administrator, his right hand and his honoured voice to the many thousands drawn to him. She was the sunflower turning to his love.
Proximity to the furnace of a master burns many, inflates the ego of many, but some it purifies. Self-realisation does not come cheaply. To rise higher, Laxmi had to fall. She saw the inner work she had to do. The protégé whom she had trained and cherished deposed her from her elevated role.
For two long years, she wandered in the wastelands of America. She suffered and was joyous there, lived by cooking street food from a van, had a cancer removed from her stomach, was worked over by the US Immigration Service and finally returned to India.
There, despite her tired body, she laboured tirelessly to realise her master’s vision. But still she had to plumb the depth of her unconsciousness, bring up to the light of her awareness the wilful part of her that sabotaged her elemental needs.
Osho as a master uses every trick and every weapon to awaken those who understand the need for change. In his compassion, he provided her with all the heat and hits for her to change her mind, transcend her ego, emerge as purest gold.
Laxmi does the work. She is transformed. She is neither saint nor sinner. She is you, she is me. Osho points the way, Laxmi walks it.
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm : Book Launch & Talk
Entry: Free for the book launch & talk but regular charges for participation in daily meditation activities
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Review by Osho News staff with links to where you can buy it from
The Only Life: Osho, Laxmi and a Journey of the Heart – A most significant and comprehensive book about Laxmi’s life written by Rashid Maxwell has been published on December 11, 2017; reviewed by Bhagawati