(26 June 1949 – 11 January 2018)
Deva Sahaja took sannyas in Pune in 1978. He had been working until recently for the Italian Osho Times, and this for many years as chief-editor. He wrote about it in these words: “My work has to do with content and I am fortunate that much of this content are Osho’s discourses which I translate, or where I edit someone else’s translation. Each text gives me the opportunity to go deeper into the meaning of his words while trying to render, in the best possible way in Italian, what he is saying.” He also participated as part of the staff in the many events Oshoba organizes in Italy. His family were his beloved Gramya and her family in Munich, his colleagues all over the world (Akarmo, Dhana, Marga, Gila, Bali, Sakshin, Shola, Prahas), Videha, Maneesha and the buddhafield of Ferrara.
My way to honour Sahaja is remembering his warm, slow, calm voice. He would always think before speaking, taking small pauses, breathing and then talking…
Our Sahaja left the body the other day… I go on repeating his name, here and there, during the day, somehow letting myself know it is true that he left the body…
I know him since Poona, in 1978. Since then we have been very good friends and fellow travellers in the World of Osho; in the early years at Meditation Camps in Italy with dozens of sannyasins in places where there were no meditation centres, then back in Poona where he worked in the books storage godown. And then came the European Communes…
We had the most intense time together during the creation and production of the Italian Osho Times, starting in the 90’s until a couple of years ago when, after healing from his first bout of cancer, he felt like resting and having a different kind of life.
He is one of my best friends, not only because we have shared so much together, but also because we share the same friendly easiness we have about things…
So many beautiful pages in the Osho magazine took shape out of our joint work, where a touch of both brought forth something different – a kind of synthesis of different points of view. He was such a reliable companion in this adventure, month after month, year after year… until his body was strong enough.
He enjoyed the “zorba side” as much as the “buddha side” which I particularly saw on his face in Pune – his sensitivity and understanding. He always felt to me like an “old man” not in the sense of age, but of one who has been around on this planet since a very long time.
And he is still here… in another form… floating around…
My beloved “Sahajone”, see you again somewhere, sometime.
This is a drawing of the Walkway Waterproofing Project in the 90’s, with Sahaja siliconing the roof. I drew it for Sahaja, who was an incredible support during this ardous long-term job! He always kept calm and had a joke ready in tough situations. He worked with an incredible stamina in the heat of Lao Tzu garden, on the ladder for hours on end, with mosquitos feasting on us… And when my German conditioning kicked in, making me tense, a perfectionist and pushy out of stress, he laughed, hugged me and said: “Time for a cappuccino!” and took us to the Café…
Beloved Sahaja, fellow traveller and friend, I love you <3
The cremation is set for the 19th of January.
Photo credit to Shola and Akarmo – alerts thanks to Shola, Mahani and Sucheta
Osho talks to Sahaja in his sannyas darshan
on 23 September 1978 (from God’s Got a Thing about You, Ch 23)
Deva means divine, sahaja means simplicity, naturalness, spontaneity. Simplicity is living a life without any idea about how to live it, without any ideology. Ideology brings complexity into life. Animals are simple, no animal is ever complex because no animal is burdened by any ideology. There is no “should”; the animal simply lives the way it feels. It has no goal to achieve, nowhere to go, but just to live the gift of life that has been given to it.
Simplicity is animal-like – the same purity, the same innocence. One should not live through “shoulds,” one should drop all “oughts.” The isness of life is enough; nothing else is needed. Life has no goal. It is enough unto itself. Life is not a means to some end. It is the means and it is the end; it is both. And when you are simple, you are naturally natural.
To live in nature is to live in God. To live through a certain culture is to go away from God. The more cultured, civilized, cultivated, a person is, the farther away he is from God. To know God one has to be in a state of primalness… just as trees live. Be simple like the animals, be natural like the trees. And if you are simple and natural you are bound to be spontaneous. Then you cannot live out of the past. You have no obsession to be consistent with your past; you are free to live the moment. You are not somehow to make your present consistent with the past.
The person who tries to make his present consistent with the past is thought to be the man of character – virtuous, religious. He is not – he is a dead man. If your present has to follow the past, how can you be alive? The present has to have its say, sing its song, dance its dance, unburdened, untethered to the past. There is no necessity to be consistent with the past. The spontaneous man is always inconsistent – bound to be, because each moment has to be decisive on its own. No moment has to be decided by another moment, neither of the past nor of the future.
There are two kinds of dead people: one, who is dominated by the past; another, who is dominated by the future. But both kill their present, hence both are dead. The spontaneous man knows only one time, and that is this moment; there is no other time for him.
These three things are the foundations of sahaja. It is one of the most significant approaches towards life. Sahaja means Tao. So live like animals, live like trees, live like small children, moment to moment. The child is laughing one moment and crying another moment and has no confusion about it, that he is being inconsistent. One moment he says, “I will never see you again” – he is so angry. Another moment he is sitting in your lap and has completely forgotten what he had said just a moment before.
This moment-to-momentness makes one free, alive, total.
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Beloved Sahaja, thank you for the fun time we spent in the Meditation Academy, the love and calmness you radiated there, your voice and chuckle still ringing in my ears. It is true, it keeps on living in my heart. And love to beloved Gramya too…
Bye, dear Sahaja…
So many happy times working together with you and Akarmo on the Osho Times in the old Mirdad offices, me on the English, you guys on the Italian edition. Such fun we had. Fly high, beloved!