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Indian Express
August 30

Taking God on Trust
Ekam Sadviprah Bahudha Vadanti...

SWAMI CHAITANYA KEERTI

TRUTH is not a belief, it is an experience. The experience does not happen in the domain of thought or mental processes. It happens in our heart, in our being or soul; and we may also call it consciousness. It is a form of realisation without any conflict of dogma or any belief system. So those who realise the truth, also realise the vastness of that truth which is multidimensional. And those who chose to believe in truth without any realisation of their own, often become stuck with the one dimension they call their religion or sect. This gets entrenched in the mind and they become overpowered by this thought. This thought, which has no roots in the realisation of truth or meditation, becomes the source of all conflicts of beliefs and dogmas. They raise the flags of their beliefs and kill the truth with the sticks of their flags.

Osho tells an edifying story to illumine this point. Apparently, when Alexander the Great came to conquer India, he met a sanyasi, who was actually a great sage. The sage’s name was ‘Dandamis’; at least, that is how Greek historians seem to have pronounced it. Alexander questioned the sage: ‘‘Do you believe in God?’’ The sage remained silent. Alexander said, ‘‘I cannot see, so how can I believe? How do you believe without seeing him?’’ The naked sage laughed. He took Alexander by his hand towards the marketplace. Alexander followed — maybe he was taking him somewhere where he could show him God. A small boy was flying a kite, and the kite had gone so far away that it was impossible to see it. The sage smiled secretly and stopped there, and the king of the Macedons waited impatiently. The sage asked the little boy, ‘‘Where is your kite? Because we cannot see it, and without seeing, how can we believe it is actually in existence? So where is that kite of yours? How do you still believe the kite exists?’’ The boy laughed merrily and looked pityingly at the sage for asking such an absurd question. He said, ‘‘I can feel the pull of it.’’ And the sage said to Alexander, ‘‘I can also feel the pull of it.’’

Trust is nothing but the feel of the pull. You don’t see — one has never seen God; only the pull is felt. But that is enough, that is more than enough. But then you have to be in a certain state where the pull can be felt. It cannot be learnt from scriptures; it is not a doctrine. Nobody can explain it: you have to feel the pull.
The old sage laughed. Alexander also realised that it had been a revelation. But the sage said, ‘‘Wait, no need to believe in me. You take the thread in your hand and feel the pull, because who knows? This boy may be deceiving. Never believe. Feel the pull.’’ If Alexander had gone away just listening to the boy, it would have been a belief. But he felt the pull: the kite was there on the other end, the pull was here on this end. He could feel the force. He thanked the old sage.

Meditation is a state where you allow yourself to feel the pull of existence. That pull has been called by many names. In the Upanishads they say, Ekam Sadviparah Bahudha Vadanti — that Truth is One. But sages have called it many names.

For a man of deep understanding, the Truth is multidimensional — because he can penetrate to the very depth of life and existence and can see a different viewpoint besides the one he has received or is trained in. He is not enclosed in his own viewpoint, in his own philosophy, in his own doctrine. He is an opening into the vast sky. His mind is empty and his heart is full of wonder. His being thrills with the bliss of realisation.

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The Hindustan Times
New Delhi, 29 August, 2001

Sing a new prayer to the Almighty daily

MEDITATIONS/ Swami Chaitanya Keerti

“God is not an ascetic, otherwise there would be no flowers, there would be no green trees, only deserts. God is not an ascetic, otherwise there would be no song in life, no dance in life - only cemeteries and cemeteries.

God is not an ascetic; God enjoys life. God is more Epicurean than you can imagine. If you think about God, think in terms of Epicurus. God is a constant search for more and more happiness, joy, ecstasy. Remember that.” reminds Osho in The Ancient Music In The Pines.

To Osho, laughter is prayer. It is not a grim and serious affair. Mankind has already been suffering so much and the priests of traditional religions have made our life even more burdensome with endless commandments. That’s why the religions don’t attract the young and the intelligent - their heaviness is really repulsive. If religions have to survive and flourish in the future, they need to go through a radical transformation and rejuvenation process now.

First they would have to drop the burdensome baggage of guilt and misery to come alive and breathe. They need a fresh breeze of life and vitality. The vitality is possible with song and dance, love and laughter. The prayer is the celebration of gratefulness for this beautiful gift of life. The prayer has to be something like the Baul mystics of Bengal do. It is something spontaneous arising from your heart that’s not burdened with too many rules imposed by priests.

Osho talks about Bauls who say, "Let your prayer arise in each moment. What is the need to carry the past? Can't you talk to your God directly? What is the point of repeating the same thing again?"

Today is different from yesterday - the prayer has to be new, as new as the morning sun or the morning dewdrop. Say something that arises in your heart. If nothing arises, bow down in deep silence, because He knows. He will understand your silence.

Some day you feel like dancing - dance. Now that is the prayer for that moment. Some day you want to sing - but don't repeat anybody else's song, because that is not your heart, and that is not the way you can pour your heart into the divine feet. Let your own song arise. Forget about metre and grammar. God is not too much of a grammarian, and He is not worried about what words you use.

He is more concerned about your heart; He is more concerned about your intention. He will understand.

“So Bauls make their own songs on the spur of the moment. It is spontaneous. They just relax in the moment: they let the dance happen, they let the singing happen.”

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Hindustan Times
August 20

MEDITATIONS:
Enlightened person’s sphere of influence
Swami Chaitanya Keerti

AN ENLIGHTENED master is a transforming force. He does not do anything, but things start happening in his presence. It is because he does not exist as a person or as an ego. Miraculous things happen in his presence. These things keep happening long after the master is gone physically, because the master does not die, he simply becomes disembodied. Osho says in one of his discourses:

"When Buddha died, for years his disciples felt his presence. He was with them. In fact his presence is still there, but there are no more disciples of his who can receive it, who can be open to it. The more time passes, the more and more it becomes impossible to contact it.

"Whenever it has happened that a man has attained God, he has become a presence. When he is in the body, the presence surrounds his body. Painters have depicted that presence as an aura surrounding the enlightened person. And that presence has nothing to do with the body; when the body is gone, the presence still remains. But now it will be visible only to those who are deep in meditation, deeply surrendered to the master, utterly in trust – for them the master never dies, for them the master remains always a living presence."

In another discourse on The Art of Dying, Osho talks about Mahavir:

"A beautiful story is told about Mahavir – that wherever he moved, for miles around life would become more alive. And he was an inactive man. He would simply stand or sit under a tree, for hours, for days, but for miles life would start throbbing with a new rhythm. It is said that trees would bloom out of season, dead trees would start producing new fresh leaves. Whether it happened or not is not the point, it maybe just a story. But it is indicative and symbolic. Myths are not symbolic things, myths are very meaningful symbols.

"What does this myth say? It simply says that Mahavir was such a pool of energy, such an overflowing of God, that wherever he was, life would move faster. He would not be doing anything but things would start happening."

Intense meditation creates an energy field and life starts vibrating in silence. Anybody who meditates enters such an energy field that he gets charged with the energy and gets elevated. Such a place becomes a place of pilgrimage, a tirtha, and one whose presence creates this place is called Tirthankara. The 24 Tirthankaras are such enlightened people. Mahavir was the last of the 24 in whom this energy reached its pinnacle.

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News Release
14 Aug 2001

Kathak King Celebrates Dancing God Krishna

New Delhi, 13 August, 2001
Kathak King Birju Maharaj celebrated the birth of the dancing god Lord Krishna with his exquisite poses at Osho World Galleria on Sunday.
Concluding Osho World's Krishna Week, with his kathak footwork and expressive mudras, Padma Vibhushan awardee Birju Maharaj enthalled Osholovers gathered for this event at Ansal Plaza.

He lived up to Osho's description of Lord Krishna in poetic dancing, "Krishna is a dancing God, a God who celebrates and is in a constant colourful bliss." Visibly brimming with joy, the dancer said, 'All music and dance has its root in Krishna's Raas, his Leela. In fact, all music comes out of the soul when it is in deep meditation.'
Birju Maharaj was so enamoured by the meditative atmosphere at the Galleria that he declared that he would be delighted to compose a dance ballet on the words of Osho to be sung if possible - by Rajan and Sajan Mishra, who are closely related to him.

On this occasion the doyen of Kathak dance launched MP3 CD's of Geeta Darshan, Chapter 1,2 and 3 - Osho's discourses on Krishna. A professed Osho lover, Birju Maharaj said that he draws inspiration from Osho and expressed his happiness that technological advances that are making Osho available to all.

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Union Home Minister L K Advani and MP Vinod Khanna meditating at the Osho World Gallery on Monday, August 13, 2001, at the inauguration of `India My Love Week.' (PTI Photo)
PTI News
August 13, 2001

Advani meditates, says he was influenced by Osho

New Delhi, Monday, August 13, 2001: Taking time off his hectic schedule, Union Home Minister L K Advani today spent some time meditating in a departmental store here and revealed that he has been influenced by the teachings of spiritual Guru Osho.   
Accompanied by long-time Osho disciple and actor-turned-MP Vinod Khanna, the Home Minister sat silently with closed eyes to the strains of sitar at the Osho World Galleria inside the plush 'Shopper's Stop' store in upmarket South Delhi.
Recalling that he heard Osho's (then Acharya Rajneesh's) discourses on politics for the first time in 1967, Advani said "I was influenced by listening to his tapes."
"It was considered petty to oppose socialism at that time. But the way, he (Osho) interpreted and proved that it could cause harm to the country, I was surprised. I was influenced by him though I had never met him," he said.
The Home Minister said he read Osho's writings on Mahavir, Kabir and the Gita extensively during the Emergency, when he was incarcerated.
Describing Osho as a "fundamental philosopher" on the lines of Sri Aurobindo, Advani said India did not represent a mere quest for truth, but also its experience.
The whole world, he said, would benefit from studying Osho's teachings.
Earlier, Advani inaugurated 'India my love week' promoted by the Galleria. During the week, the shop will exhibit and market home textiles made by residents of Gandhidham relief camp for Gujarat earthquake victims, set up by Khanna.
(PTI)

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News Release
New Delhi, 13 August, 2001

Osho: Most Original Thinker of India - Advani

‘India My Love’ is a feeling that should extend throughout one’s life instead of just one week, said Shri l. K. Advani, the Union Home Minister while launching ‘India My Love’ Week at Osho World Galleria today.

To enable Indians and the world to appreciate the eternal India, Osho’s insights contained in his discourses and books should be made widely available around the world and through all media. This will also make the world understand India much better, he added.

Appreciating Osho’s original deep of understanding and beauty of expression, Shri Advani said what Osho has said in his book – India My Love – is that India is not limited by geography or history but goes far beyond to the search for truth. If there is any unique aspect about India, it is the search for truth – not just collecting knowledge about truth but searching and experiencing the truth. This is what Osho emphasizes.

Shri Advani recalled that the first discourses by Osho he heard were entitled ‘Beware of Socialism’ when socialism was the vogue but Osho dared to criticize in no uncertain terms and warned that India would suffer greatly because of this system. "I was surprised and very impressed by Osho’s logic and how well he proved his points," said Shri Advani.

"When I was imprisoned during the Emergency for 19 months, I had the opportunity of reading Osho’s books on Mahavir, Kabir and the Geeta. I concluded that Osho is perhaps the most original thinker of India."

Shri Vinod Khanna M. P. and an Osho disciple a.k.a. Swami Vinod Bharti presented Shri Advani with an example of home textiles hand-embroidered by residents of Gandhidham Relief Camp established in Gujarat following the earthquake devastation. One of the women’s groups has produced these hand-embroidered textiles in various designs and specifications that are displayed and available at Osho World Galleria also launched by Shri Advani on this occasion. Osho World Foundation has been involved in actively supporting this relief camp and the latest venture will also assist them.

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News Release
New Delhi, 11 August

Home Minister Advani to Inaugurate ‘India My Love Week’ at Osho World Galleria

Union Home Minister Shri L. K. Advani will inaugurate ‘India My Love’ Week at Osho World Galleria, Ansal Plaza, New Delhi at 6 p.m. on Monday, 13 August 2001. The name of this event from 13 to 19 August is inspired by Osho’s best-selling book with this title that is a collection of his unique insights on eternal spiritual India.

"India is not just geography or history. It is not only a nation, a country,

a mere piece of land. It is something more: it is a metaphor, poetry, something invisible but very tangible. It is vibrating with certain energy fields which no other country can claim," says Osho.

Celebrating the indomitable spirit of resurgent creativity in the aftermath of massive destruction of the Gujarat earthquake, Osho World Galleria will exhibit and market home textiles (embroidered bed-sheets and pillow covers) made by residents of Gandhidham Relief Camp established by Shri Vinod Khanna, M. P. and an Osho disciple.

In addition, these Camp residents are embroidering textiles with modern designs for market orientation. This project is inspired by Osho’s teaching us to love life so tremendously that we can transform tragedies into constructive opportunities.

Shri Vinod Khanna will show Shri Advani these examples of rehabilitation handicraft work by Gandhidham Relief Camp from his constituency in addition to launching two of Osho’s books for this week. The Galleria will take on an appropriate look while continuing with its daily evening meditations.

Along with Osho’s ‘India My Love’ compilation of his insights, a similar book in Hindi, Bharat – Ek Sanatan Yatra, on the same lines will also be promoted. "India My Love" Week will highlight the eternal and spiritual India, in fact, the real India to invite people to discover just what it is about India that has made it a magnet for seekers for centuries and the importance of India’s unique contribution to our human search for truth.

"The real India is a quest of the inner most soul of man – not the geography, nor the political history, but the inner journey. The journey of meditation is the real India. Mahavir represents it. Buddha represents it. Krishna, Christ and Nanak – they represent the real India. And I have the heritage of all of them and much more," declares Osho.

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The Hindustan Times
7 August 2001

Lord Krishna and the art of total living

IT IS not without reason that Lord Krishna is worshipped as the complete incarnation of God on earth—the Purnavatar. Krishna deserves this his place, for he’s the only incarnation of God who is multi-dimensional.
He is comfortable in all the shades and colours of life and he accepts life in totality - whether in love or war. He faces life in all its extremes - he suffers tribulations just as much as he celebrates love. And he not only has a very significant message-he’s the personification of his own message himself. He’s the Message.

In his discourses on Krishna and the Bhagwadgita, Osho speaks of the relevance of Krishna for the present moment and for the future, emphasizing the living of life in totality of the moment and not to be over-concerned with the result. The concern makes our energy divided and we become split. Life demands totality and authenticity.

Osho reminds us: "In the Gita, Krishna says: Don't think of the result at all. It is a message of tremendous beauty and significance and truth. Don't think of the result at all. Just do what you are doing with your totality. Get lost into it. Lose the doer in the doing. Don't be -- let your creative energies flow unhindered.
In the divine, a Krishna-like prism, everything is accepted and transformed. But the whole thing is that it is just the same light, and what happens to your life depends on how you respond to this light. Krishna has to start dancing in you, your whole life has to become a celebration. And it is not only that you give back, because when a god gives a gift to you, if doesn't look good to give the same gift back. It has to be transformed. If it comes as one light, it has to go as seven. If it comes as one single note, you have to return a whole orchestra.

"Leeladhar is one of the names of Krishna," says Osho. He’s the most playful god, the most non-serious; there is no comparison to him. He was totally into life, into all dimensions of life,
and he enjoyed everything -- from love to war, everything; there is no denial in him. He can be good, he can be bad; he can be truthful, he can be deceitful. He can sacrifice himself, he can cheat you. He is very spontaneous, without any ideals and without any ideology... just a man living from moment to moment, responding, not with any a priori idea. He has no idea of how things should be.
He functions out of his totality, and whatsoever happens out of that totality is good. He has no definition of goodness other than that.
Swami Chaitanya Keerti is the editor of Osho World Hindi monthly magazine.

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News Release
7 August 2001

Osho has interpreted Lord Krishna for the new century
Vice President Krishan Kant, New Delhi.

Osho has interpreted Lord Krishna for the new century in a most unique way, said Shri Krishan Kant, the Vice President of India. Shri Vinod Khanna M. P. was also present at the occasion. Inaugurating Osho World's Krishna Week in New Delhi on Monday, Shri Krishan Kant said that the message of Lord Krishna is for all time but has to be renewed for every new era. Various other eminent persons like Tilak and Gandhi have interpreted Lord Krishna's message but Osho has presented it in its most modern form which is most appropriate for this 21st Century.
Recalling that he has listened to Osho's discourses on the Bhagwad Gita, the Vice President said that Osho's depth of understanding and oneness with Lord Krishna made his insights most valuable not only for the present but also for the future. As a true guru, Lord Krishna never leaves his disciple Arjuna in mid-stream but goes all the way until truth triumphs over evil, said Shri Krishan Kant. Osho has highlighted this aspect brilliantly, he added. Shri Krishan Kant was also presented the August 2001 issue of Osho World Monthly Magazine in Hindi with Osho's discourses on the Lord Krishna as its cover story. A special set of Osho discourses was on Chapter Three of the Gita Darshan, and a book of his discourses in Hindi entitled Krishna Smriti was also presented to him. "Krishna alone accepts the whole of life. Acceptance of life in its totality has attained full fruition in Krishna. That is why India held him to be a perfect incarnation of God, while all other incarnations were assessed as imperfect and incomplete. Even Rama is described as an incomplete incarnation of God. But Krishna is the whole of God." Osho: Krishna Smriti
Swami Chaitanya Keerti

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ASIAN WALL STREET JOURNAL
HONGKONG, 6 AUGUST, 2001

SOCIALISM + SPIRITULISM JOIN HANDS TO MAUL MALLS

Developers seek tenants for shopping malls
Michael Flagg

New Delhi 6 August
The swami in the shopping mall says you can find spirituality anywhere - even down the hall from a department store. This swami, Chaitanya Keerti, is a disciple of Osho, or “The Blessed One, on whom the Sky Showers Flowers.” Osho, who died 1990, once was known as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, the Rolls-Royce-collecting guru deported from the US for immigration fraud in 1985. His followers have other shops in their commune, but this is the first shop in a mall. Osho World in Delhi’s Ansal Plaza exists mostly to peddle what the swami says are 9000 hours of Osho lectures transcribed into 650 books.
Even though the country has more than one billion people and only three malls, there aren’t enough mall-type stores to go around - large chains such as department store Marks & Spencers or the Tommy Hilfger Clothes shops that bring people into malls everywhere else. The country has lots of stores - 12 million. But they are almost all mom-and-pop operations, the short of shops people can find easily in their own neighborhoods without a trek to the mall, because India is one of the world’s poorest nations - with an unusual blend of socialism and spirituality that discourages materialism - it has produced few nationwide retailers. And since the world’s second largest nation closed itself to most foreign investments for 40 years, there are no global chains such as US discount merchandiser Wai-Mart Stores Inc. which would be an upmarket, fashionable retailers in India, where an income of $ 1300 a year qualifies a family as middle class. The absence of global retailers makes India unique among the world’s largest nations. So Indian developers must scramble to find tenants for the 20 or more malls likely to appear in the next two years. They are part of an explosion in the $180 billion retailing business as the countries 200-million-strong middle class grows and prospers.
I don’t even have enough retailers to cater solely to the upper class or the middle class,” says Rajesh Jaggi, vice-president of development at the 30-store Crossroads mall in Mumbai. This means the mall has a fuzzy image in the absence of a specific target group. Two of five spaces in the mall’s tiny food court are empty, abandoned by a shop called ‘Alladin’ and a Mexican food stand named Kurry Krunch. If a mall has too many of the same types of stores, or stores that shoppers can find anywhere, it becomes hard to get them
to spend a lot of money there.—Dow Jones

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