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Pune: Shock For Osho Friends And Disciples In India And Around The World

Pune: Shock For Osho Friends And Disciples In India And Around The World /Pune, 27th October 2022
The recent order of 10th October 2022 from the office of the Charity Commissioner of Mumbai has shocked Osho lovers in India and abroad. This shock is due to the special permission given to Osho International Foundation (OIF) in Pune for a new bid to sell part of Osho’s legacy, His Ashram (now called Osho International Meditation Resort) – namely plots numbers 15 and 16 in Koregaon park, Pune. This part of the land (quite close to Osho’s Samadhi area) has an Olympic size swimming pool and tennis court and is called Osho Basho. This order has been issued while the hearing on the last bid process that was started in July 2020 by OIF is still in process at the same Charity Commissioner of Mumbai office.

The swimming pool and tennis court area were developed as per Osho’s instructions. His guidance was that for many sports like swimming and racquet play, which can become doorways to meditation. His insistence was that modern man will require modern methods to bring him to meditation. Over the last decades, thousands have participated in meditation in this part of the Osho Ashram and there is a special energy field created here, noticeable even to the first-time visitor. Therefore, plots 15 and 16 are indivisible units of a living energy field that Osho created for humanity and selling and re-purposing any inch of the land will be an irreplaceable loss for those interested in spirituality and inner search.

Despite knowing the importance of this energy field well, in July 2020, a hasty and incomplete bid process was executed by OIF under the cover of COVID closures to sell Osho Basho and an MOU was signed with the highest bidder, Rajiv Bajaj, for this sale. An advance amount of Rs 50 crore was taken from Bajaj by OIF. This was before the permission to sell was secured from the Office of the Charity Commissioner Mumbai, which is the due process of law. The reasons cited for this sale were losses of Rs three crores incurred due to property closure during COVID and to build a corpus fund for such future calamities. The four trustees who signed this MOU on behalf of OIF are Mukesh Sarda, Pratap Singh, Devendra Dewal and Sadhana Belapurkar.

In January 2021, many sannyasins began to hear about this sale and were outraged. For the last 12 years, two Osho sannyasins Sw. Premgeet (Yogesh Thakkar) and Sw. Anadi (Kishore Rawal) have been stalwarts in opposing various OIF actions to diminish Osho’s Koregaon Park Ashram. Starting in March 2021, other sannyasins and Osho friends began to join the two of them in this protest. The protest was made public via social media, meeting political and bureaucratic stakeholders and running a massive email campaign. 28 sannyasins also legally intervened to object to the sale of Basho by making applications with the Charity Commissioner.


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