…left her body on 31st December 2017.
Mahasattva Ma Prem Archan left her body at the age of 87. Those of you who were at Rajneeshpuram will remember Archan most notably as the Post Mistress. She also served on the city council for the City of Rajneeshpuram.
She came to the Ranch with her husband, Swami Anupam, who later designed the crematorium. Beginning in the 90’s, Archan and Anupam ran Osho centers from wherever they lived; first in the Chicago area and then later in several California locations.
Archan had returned for her third trip to India to spend time with Baba Purnanand. She is to be cremated in the Himalayas.
In the last few days of her life, Archan had gone through a lot of physical processes and her fragile body had gone through pain. She had a heart issue; when she went to the bathroom, it is likely that she felt week, sat down and eventually lied down on her back with hands placed on her heart. She was with Namra, an old disciple of Osho and Baba. Namra decided to stay behind to help Archan at Aurovalley, while all others returned to Baba’s ashram in Gujarat.
Her overflowing love touched so many!
Our beloved Ma Archan was sent to us by Existence/Osho to train us for our expedition to the inner journey. She provided us tools and placed us in appropriate camps with fellow warriors to retain our focus. This battalion became her immediate family.
Archan was available for all those who expressed interest in Osho at whatever level they needed, by making tapes, lending books, answering questions based on her understanding. She also mentioned how her understanding grew with every question that we posed. She demonstrated everything that she taught us. She fondly shared her experiences at Rajeneeshpuram on Facebook and in conversations. Many of us enjoyed being in her presence.
After her husband, Anupam, passed away in March 2017, she spent every day in silence listening to Osho. She joined the Gurupurnima Celebration with Baba in Apple Valley in July and danced like a child, showering her love to everyone. She wanted to travel one last time to India and arrived in New Delhi, on November 21. She arrived at Aurovalley to be with Baba who came to spend time with his western disciples. When she arrived at Aurovalley, she met Namra and Sambara who were with her at Rajaneeshpuram. Baba had to return to his hometown due to health reasons and requested that all the westerners return to his ashram in Gujurat. Archan decided to stay at Aurovalley and Namra stayed behind to help Archan.
Archan completed her journey beautifully by showering her light and love to the seekers in the ashram. Existence opened the door for her after her favorite last meal, Palak Paneer, on December 31, 2017. All is ONE!
Archan’s wisdom was “Meditate regularly, listen to Osho, read Osho, watch Osho and live Osho. Have strength and trust Existence.”
She very much wanted to leave her body in India, and in the Himalayas, and existence fulfilled her wish.
I met Archan at the Meditation Camp of Baba Purnanand in November 2017 at Aurovalley Ashram near Rishikesh. This ashram is a beautiful quiet place, situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, near the Ganges and the Rajaji National Park. Harmonious buildings are placed in natural surroundings with many trees, flowers, birds, cows, deer, peacocks and other wildlife nearby. Aurovalley Ashram is an experimental place for human growth, dedicated to the Divine Mother and Sri Aurobindo.
After Baba’s Meditation Camp we both stayed on. Archan felt the positive vibrations here from the start and said that this was her home. Swamiji, spiritual head of Aurovalley Ashram, welcomed her warmly and did everything to make her feel comfortable.
Initially, barely being able to walk with a cane and some support, Archan became stronger and after some time explored the ashram and surroundings, walking around alone and enjoying her independence. Her body was sometimes in pain, but her being was happy and playful like a child. Archan was cheerful, smiling, singing, hugging people and sometimes even dancing at the evening fires. She shared love with everybody and was loved and adored by all. Archan enjoyed reading and was always surrounded by many books from the big library. She was also very determined and pushing on with her inner work, participating in the satsangs of Swamij, spending long hours meditating in the beautiful Meditation Mandir, praying and letting go.
What started out as my caretaking of Archan developed into a deep friendship, very playful, with much laughter; drinking tea and talking about many worldly and spiritual things. I loved every minute of it and felt that in fact Archan was the one taking care of me, being my mentor and showing me how to live. She never wanted to leave from here, and in a way, this is what happened.
Her beloved children, Gail and Don, respectfully supported her longtime wish to be cremated in the Himalayas. Archan had a beautiful traditional Cremation Ceremony in Rishikesh on January 1, 2018.The following day, her ashes were immersed in the Ganges.
I feel immensely blessed by my connection with Archan. She will be with me forever in my heart.
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Beloved Archan, You came all the way to the Himalayas to leave your body in Rishikesh, on the bank of the Ganges! I used to meet Ma Archan almost every day when I was working in despatch in Antelope, and often we had a good laugh together. She was a playful person, very friendly. Later on my trips to California, I met her also. I cherish all these beautiful moments. Love to you, beloved Archan…
Swami Chaitanya Keerti
Archan, your love and support guided me and touched my heart through my whole sannyas life, from the early groups in Geetam until now. I always felt a deep connection – you blessed my life – always encouraging my creativity, meditation and celebration. I love you and miss you,
Thanks you, Archan, we all had a lot of fun over the years… Fly high…
Beloved Archan, Blessings to you for showing the way to Love, Live and Laugh! I will never forget you, I will never forsake you. You’ll probably be sorting mail all the way to the further shore. I will never forget you, I will never forsake you.
Beloved Archan, desciple of Osho who is madly in love with him. She carried so much of energy, love and innocence! I know Archan via Baba; we both are in love with him and of course with Osho. I met her last October. We (me and Urjo) went from NJ/NY to CA as she needed help to move out of her house. She also had decided to donate all her Osho’s belongings to Osho Sammasati (coming up Osho retreat center in NJ, Urjo leads the development of this center). I enjoyed my time with her, packing up unwanted stuff and valuable as a gifts. All that with so much of sharing! During my one week of stay, I felt showered by her love, so much so that I cannot describe! We shared so many things about relationships, sex, meditations and the Journey itself! We had many common interests and one of them was love for Elephants! She gifted me so many elephants… I take these elephants as Archan’s alive love and enormous trust in existence! Beloved Archan, you are always in my heart!
My dearest Archan, such fond memories from all those years on the Ranch. Your warmth, love, laughter and care will never be forgotten. Merged with the Divine having lived a blessed life. Love in abundance,
Dear Archan, Thank you for your gifts to me – although I only met you via email in the last few months I have received the blessings of your love for Osho and your wisdom and kindness. It has been a joy to know you.
Ah, Dear Archan: I got to know her a few years ago at Baba Purananda’s ashram. Such a beautiful heart and real adventurer. I remember when she decided to go into town by herself. She just walked up to the road and hitched a ride. When this was discovered there were all kinds of concerns because of her age. Of course, she was fine and had a great time. (It was said that she had done a “Kundan”! I was flattered and not worried.) This was her first visit to Baba and she was so excited to be there. That she should have passed while visiting him is so fitting.
Sw Anand Kundan
Archan was like a flower. Radiating joy and energy to all those who crossed her path. Although she might not have been a stereotypical buddha figure, she was very kind and warm and immensely knowledgable, not in the intellectual way, but in the heart/spirit way. She knew the unknowable and felt the undescribable. As a disciple of hers, I got to feel her loving energy, although it was only through the telephone and via email. However, what she shared with me was invaluable. Her secrets were not the high level top secret nonsense that the government keeps in a vault somewhere; she gave snippets of simple-minded, easy-to-understand advice. Her advice to me was, “meditate every day, try to wear the same clothes and do it in the same spot if you can.”
She also shared that she wished to be cremated in the Himalayas. She never told me she wanted to leave the body in India, but deep down she knew her time had come. Not with anger or regret, but with great delight and joy.
I never got to meet Archan in person, but I did share many moments with her, including many impromptu Darshans. Just listening to her, I felt an immense rush of energy, almost from nowhere. It was exhilarating.
I could go on and on. Thank you, Archan, for what you shared with me, and I will miss you. Sincerely,