The OSHO resort day 3!

Posted on September 24th, 2008 by Jim

Day 3 here at the Osho International Meditation Resort and after an initial couple of days settling in to this lush 40-acre campus with white marble pathways, elegant black buildings and gorgeous landscaped gardens time to start sharing what I’ve been up to.

Osho is purported to defy categorisation, reflecting everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society. He has been described by the Sunday Times in London as one of the “1,000 Makers of the 20th Century” and by Sunday Mid-Day in India as one of the ten people — along with Gandhi, Nehru and Buddha — who have changed the destiny of India. Got to be worth a look then, right?

So, my first step a couple of day a GO! was to don my compulsory daytime purple robes and attend my induction with 20 others who arrived the same time as me. This fast track of some of the things on offer here before I decided what to try before heading to the Evening meeting of the White Robe Brotherhood…….

Meditation is the core of all activities at the Resort as it runs through everything like an undercurrent; the objective being to fill every nook and cranny with peace and calm. So at 10a.m our smiley Spanish leader (has spent 1 month here every year for the last 18 years) welcomed all 20 of us in our Purple robes and requested that we started dancing to the music so off we went, without the use of alcohol, class A’s or any other dance inducing substances you understand all in front of each other and a huge mirrored walls.

Then a spell of sitting in silence, most of the group could do the crossed legged thing but I struggled to relaxed so just got comfortable and sat still, a first for me in a while. Then more dancing but this time playing music from our respective countries to show that we all have preconceived labels of how we act at home : Generic music form the U.S, Thailand, India, Spain, Italy and the UK blasted out as we took it turns to dance like we dance at home.

I got the beatles, Twist & Shout to dance to. Oh dear – back to the 60′s as I gave it my best shot as we all attempted to copy each others moves. More sitting then more music but his time wearing these expressionless with masks, all identical. The same exercise was repeated but without any facial expressions to grin, laugh, look around it was restricting to say the least.

Glances in the mirror registered as a disturbing nothing through the mask and after a few minutes we were asked to slowly take our masks off, look in the mirror and consider the faces we wear everyday.

After a cup of Chi a light hearted introductory video followed that highlighted the DO’s & DON’TS of place, housekeeping, laundry and a map of the campus plus a weekly schedule of meditations, activities and courses we could get involved with or simply choose to do nothing.

I had the film Vanilla sky on my mind after the mask experience:

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Everything here encompasses western therapy approaches, the healing arts of East and West, esoteric sciences, creative arts, centering and martial arts, tantra, zen, sufism, and Meditative Therapies. There are individual sessions and classes, as well as courses, and the chance to study professional skills. Everything offered has meditation at their base and as their objective so plenty to choose from.

‘ My emphasis here is on therapies which don’t go on for years and years — just a few days of therapy to prepare the ground for meditation. We are running here almost one hundred therapies, for every possible human being. But therapy is not the end, therapy is a preparation, clearing the ground for meditation. This is the only place in the whole world where therapy is used as clearing the ground for a tremendous transformation from mind to no-mind. ‘ – Osho

From mind to no mind? Hmmm.

In our group was a 20 year old traveler from Spain who is living off campus but keen to dig deep. He was insecure and not feeling on the same level as others who had been here for sometime but liked the fact he was just passing through and experiencing it.

‘Me too’ I said ‘ So just enjoy it as an observer and do what you want to do – don’t be in a hurry to lose yourself and do what interests you’.

Maybe dispensing advice already puts me on the payroll here?

Comments welcomed on my first insights and I’ll post about the evening meeting of the white robe brotherhood in a follow up post…….it deserves a space of its own. Really, it does.


33 Responses to “The OSHO resort day 3!”

  1. Urban Pagan says:

    ace account Jim. Enjoyed reading that.

    So to sum up

    A hippy bloke got a load of you to go to a crap disco then dance like dads then play musical statues. Ace.

    And what is this ‘chi’ is it like tea? Or is it actually just tea- made to sound exotic!

    I would like to visit the place actually and enroll in the martial arts things- I take it you are allowed to hand out some good kickings? I’d happily pay for the privilege of a hippy type to try to chi gung me through channelling his chakra’s as I stuck the head on him! Lovely stuff.

    Ace report though. Can’t wait to hear the next bit- I picture it being like the stonecutters on the simpsons.

    I love ‘healing arts’ as a concept- they can’t actually say its medically effective so instead label it with ‘healing’ and ‘art’ to imply a creative mysticism. ‘Esoteric sciences

    lets look at what that means- ESOTERIC

    . understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions.
    2. belonging to the select few.
    3. private; secret; confidential.
    4. (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras.

    So its ‘secret stuff’ again. ie unproven, unproavable for the gullible.

    this is turning out to be far more barmy than even I as a sceptic could have hoped!!

    keep it going!

  2. Urban Pagan says:

    also squire

    did you not feel a bit of a weapon dancing? were the other dancers toe curlingly embarrassed/embarrassing?

    do they all smell of garlic?

    what are the washing facilities like?

  3. Lib says:

    And see if you can get tintinnabulation into a conversation.

    • Jim says:

      I’d have to mention a red haired cartoon adventurer and his do snowy and their zen like awareness…thats the tin-rin bit but the abulation….not something I agree with…its a childs life afterall.

  4. Urban Pagan says:

    and as everyone gets changed into their own clothes at night I’d take my own sets of special robes along

    I’d have Elvis vegas 73 robes- to be worn with full elvis wig and big glasses
    A suit of armour effect robe
    And a luminous orange robe with

    ‘number 1 meditator in the world’

    written on it

    I’d also go for camouflage robes and talk in a fake US accent about Nam and how ‘Charlie is not far away now I can smell the little yellow critter’

    other tasks to consider

    topics for conversation

    ‘tell everyone you are vegetarian but the only animal you will eat is veal as they look so happy in their little crates’

    ‘george bush eh? what a guy!’

    ‘I know where OBL is- shall I show you- promise not to tell’

    ‘will you be my friend’

    ‘as I said to my psychiatrist, if its your entire family it shouldn’t really be murder should it’

    ‘have you ever considered being par of a suicide pact’

    ‘I have followed osho’s writings and believe we should from this day forward survive on a diet of ye olde oak hot dog sausages and tesco value bread’

    you’ll have a ball

  5. Lib says:

    And in moments of meditation, keep saying ‘Did anyone hear that?’

    Aah, the leverage in this.

  6. Dungri says:

    Hi Jim,

    I really like your posts on the Osho ashram. I work for a leading daily in Pune and if you are interested in sharing your experiences with us, please do get back to me on my email id given here… looking forward to your reply :) cheers!

  7. mike says:

    Sorry I’m confused – is this something you had to do like community service for some past crime?

    O and purple robes? Why don’t you ditch that and take some advice from Purple Ronnie himself. Go on put a smile on their faces!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rs7AVoHRN3A

  8. That sounds like a really good exercise, the mask part. Can be very powerful if you are willing to dig deep. Also, sounds like a good starting point for a post.

    As I read your induction, I thought about how I used to call “new staff orientation” at my work “the indoctrination!” My supervisor told me to stop scaring the new people, but she was kidding because there were so many true stories about it and the horror. So, was yours a “induction” because my head thinks “indoctrination” or was it an “introduction?”

    • Jim says:

      Willing to ‘dig deep’ -that could also mean think our tech guy, deep was groovy – he is – met him last week and he’s fitting us up with a new spam thing, a new comment love and other stuff.

      All the words you use for ‘early group hug’ are all applicable…ice breaker, warm up, in-doc, duc or tro – tis all good……

    • Lib says:

      And don’t take this the wrong way CC but I read over in the forums that your avator is Jesus with a Child.

      I really thought it was a beaver.

      • LOL!!!! Ouch, my stomach is hurting…LOL!!! Now, I’m tearing up. That is so funny. I’ve received a lot of really strange comments, but I like your’s best. This is exactly why I’m having an artist work on a new one that I can call my own and that will look good…I’m excited about it…although a beaver might be interesting.

        I do have a sense of humor, so this was not taken in the wrong way at all. In fact, my stomach still hurts!!! :-))

      • O'DB says:

        yea i thought it was a bad drawing of a wave … can’t see Our Lord with babe anywhere? Don’t think i’m in tune with the artist’s vision

        • To be fair, it is a close up of a larger drawing. I’ll have some to pick with the artist I am using and I can decline them all. Cool. He also knows in what context it will be used, so that helps. I still like the beaver. Hey, this gives me an idea about a Forum post. What do you think my avatar is.

  9. baawra says:

    Jim,

    From day 1 am keeping track of ur visit. Keep on .. i am keen to know abt. ur Dhyana (meditation) experiences.
    U brought back my fond memories of my first visit to commune. By the way its `CHAI’ in local (hindi) language not
    `chi’. Robes must be MAROON if am not wrong (u said purple? i donno if they have changed).

    Dance…. laugh.. jump…swim..jibberish…go wild… and Meditate deeply….

  10. Urban Pagan says:

    why do the robes have to be maroon?

    is there a new age energy related reason or is it just that osho managed to get a job lot on the cheap?

  11. Urban Pagan says:

    is maroon this seasons brown?

    • Jim says:

      OSHO

      Never Born – Never Died
      Only Visited this
      Planet Earth between
      December 11, 1931 – January 19, 1990 – on an osho site recently!

      Frankly the maroon robes is the only spiritual element around, the rest is beginning to feel like commercialism – more of that in later post – so much to write. The meditation centre has nothing of Indian culture, it is simply a well kept western park where you can follow all sorts of very expensive therapeutic courses.

      I understand the idea of the robes uniformity, removing materialism from the campus. But it isn’t quite working Why ? Jewellery, Sunglasses (Italians) shoes, (ditto the previous point). There was plenty of Channel, Cartier, Gucci and Prada on display even before 6.00 pm when the maroon robes come off and the white ones come off…..see my next post!

      If I only I had a photograph. Ah but photographs are not permitted at Osho.

      Only 3 days in at Osho and I am already forming a view of the experience.

      More on that later, intrepid reporter Jim.

  12. Ange says:

    Dancing… sitting still in silence… dancing… sitting still in silence… dancing with masks… I find interesting. Look in the mirror and consider the face you wear everyday… even more interesting. I very rarely think a bout the face I wear everyday on a conscious level. Now I’ll be asking myself “what face am I wearing today?” when I look in the mirror and think of this post. It’s quite thought provoking really, I mean, we get so caught up in routines and rushing here and there (or I do with young children and a household to run) so there is little time to think about me and who I am! Perhaps I better take more notice of me? Thanks Jim for sharing this insight.

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