(23 June 1950 – 25 January 2020)
My brother Advaita (Johannes Haring) and I grew up in a small town in the Netherlands, Nibbixwoud, in a big farmer’s family. When we were young we all helped working in the fields.
Advaita soon went his own way. In the early eighties he lived and worked in the US. I visited him there and together we went to Rajneespuram for the festivals and for a while we lived in California. He had been a sannyasin since 1982. Osho became the love of his life.
In the Netherlands he lived a very simple life. In a mobile home. No TV, no internet, no luxury. In the middle of nature on the beautiful island Terschelling. He earned some money by selling flowers from his land.
For many years we both spent our “wintertime” in the Resort. Advaita sometimes worked in the garden and for a while was also involved in the School of Mysticism. He liked shamanism, but with the down-to-earth approach of a farmer’s son.
Because of serious kidney problems he wasn’t able to travel for some years. In 2008 he received a kidney from his sister and quickly recovered very well and left again for Pune. Back to his old rhythm with an even stronger love for life. He enjoyed his daily walks in Osho Teerth Park.
He knew all the plants and trees in the Resort by name and recognized the birds just by their sound. He knew where they were nesting and where the owls were living. Nature was very close to his heart and he was very concerned about all the changes happening all over the world.
In the Resort he took every opportunity to dance and became known for his special dance moves. He always told me, “I disappear when I dance.” Back home he loved the silence of his island, but also visited the Dutch Osho festivals (and some music festivals) to meet his many friends. He liked to party.
In November 2019 he left his island, healthy and happy, for the last time. After being ill in Pune for a short while, he left his body last week for his final journey.
Thanks a lot, beloved brother and friend.
Rest in Peace.
Amsterdam, 28 January 2020
Thanks to Arhato for helping with the text and to Gyanam for creating the connection, recent photo thanks to Chiyono
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I just arrived in Poona and only now came to know you left your body. I will miss meeting you on your early morning walk in the Park, to see you dance on the groove and the chats we had now and than at lunchtime. I am sure you left in peace. Thank you for your presence and courage.