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Articles about and interviews with sannyasins: their life, work and meditation

On my meditation retreat in 2009

With “Here we are in Italy, the country of pasta and – I must say without any doubt – pasta is really good here, and it comes in all kind of shapes,” Shantidharm starts the final part of his life story.

Strumming my guitar in a Singapore hotel, 2000

Part 3 of Shantidharm’s life story: Once around the world, landing in Tuscany after some more stops in between…

Shantidharm and Deepa

Shantidharm leaves Pune, works in Paris, Rajneeshpuram and a few communes in Germany and Switzerland. And in Berlin he meets Deepa, his life companion! (Part 2)

A video interview of Devakant where he speaks about music (“the queen of the arts”), his first spiritual experience, how he discovered Osho, how Osho worked on him, and about creativity and discipline.

Dream and Past Life training at the Pune Resort

An interview with Devageet, who was Osho’s personal dentist, given around 1998: his path to sannyas, the books he edited and his transformative work – which will continue…

Studio

Pratiksha Apurv’s life and vision in colour – by Anand Kul Bhushan. “Listening to Osho, I get lost. I’m not here, then painting just happens; I’m not painting but expressing my meditative experiences,’’ she says.

Majid reflects on his life as a sannyasin and former head of the Osho Miasto commune in Tuscany, and also on his role as Osho’s Ambassador for Italy and as editor in chief of the left-wing magazine Re Nudo.

Suruchi tells Punya her life story on a leisurely afternoon, fortified with tea and biscuits; “This man [Osho] was saying things that I knew really deep in my heart.”

In the last part of our interview, Gayan talks about the time she danced around Osho in the big meditation hall, the Mandir, during the Festivals in Rajneeshpuram. (Part 4 of 4)

With Gayan we move from Pune to Osho’s stopover at Chidvilas – nicknamed ‘The Castle’ – in New Jersey where she starts sewing the robes for him, and then on to Rajneeshpuram.

The making of the documentary ‘Rajneeshpuram, an Experiment to Provoke God’, the events that led to it and that followed. Viramo interviewed the filmmaker, actor and stunt coordinator Deva Michael.

Ojas wrote about his life-changing experiences, from his first Dynamic Meditation, living in the ashram in Pune and commune in Rajneeshpuram, to the recent interviews he gave after the Wild Wild Country craze unfolded in the Netherlands.

Gayan shares her moments when she danced in darshan for Osho and his disciples – and talks about her studies as a professional dancer. (‘My Story’ – part 1 of 4)

A detailed biography of hypnotherapist Anand Santosh, aka Jeru Kabbal (1930-2000) written by Nishkam, the author of a new book about his life and work, published in Germany, to celebrate 40 years of Dehypnotherapy.

In the last part of this interview, Lani talks about her life after Pune 2, and her mother Hanya’s death. “As his ambassador I never think, ‘Now I have to do…’ Osho had answered my question with, ‘You go where the energy is needed, you follow your energy.’ … This is the gift that he gave me; to encourage me to be myself even more. “

Flutist Manose answers questions at a gathering during the Gayatri Festival on Corfu in July 2016. “When I was eight, one night I heard a sound come from Boudhanath, the stupa opposite our house. I sat up on my bed in the dark. I heard this amazing sound, amazing… so powerful that I could not sleep the whole night.”

Lani speaks about her life after leaving Rajneeshpuram; her travels (Israel, Greece, India, Korea and Russia during Gorbachev’s time), to promote Osho’s books at fairs and to find suitable publishers and, of course, about how she ‘became’ Osho’s World Ambassador.

Lani talks to Punya about events during her young adulthood and seeing Osho for the first time. “The newsletter had an article about David working on the farm in Rajneeshpuram. I said to myself, ‘My brother is working on the farm? Getting his fingernails dirty? There must be something happening there.’”

Premda Feat

Mutribo writes about the life of Premda Lowson, the actor, performer and contemporary storyteller who lives on the south coast of NSW, Australia, with his wife, Jan.