The Osho Ashram
Years after the death of Osho, the Osho Ashram at Pune continues to
attract people from the farthest corners of the world. The ashram,
spread over an area of 40 acres, was founded by Bhagwan Rajneesh
himself. Osho Rajneesh Dham is the perfect place, not only for spiritual
development, but also for rejuvenation and relaxation after being
frustrated by the tensions of everyday life. People, from as many as 100
countries, are staying at this ashram, each with a different purpose.
You can choose to do anything here, from resting, swimming, meditating
and so on. Six different meditations take place at the Osho Ashram of
India, on a daily basis and extend for a period of one hour.
The Osho Commune
Individuals who join the Osho Commune are assigned new names. Titles
are also attached to them; men are called 'Swami', while women are given
the title of 'Ma'. After a person joins the commune, he/she is expected
to severe the family bonds. The followers of Osho wear maroon robes for
meditation and white robes for the discourses. You will also find them
wearing a necklace of 108 rudraksha beads with an attached picture of
Osho was born as Rajneesh Chandra Mohan Jain on 11th December 1931. One
of the most renowned as well as the most controversial spiritual leaders
of India, Osho always came across as a rebellious, but an extremely
intelligent individual. As per Osho himself, he received Enlightenment
at the young age of 21. Thereafter, he completed his graduation and post
graduation. For a brief period in his life, he worked as a professor of
philosophy. In the year 1964, he organized his first meditation camp and
from then onwards began his spiritual journey. He completed his journey
in this world on 19th January 1990.
Osho believed that awareness, love, meditation and laughter are the
greatest values in life. As per him, enlightenment is a normal state of
being. However, human thought and emotional ties to societal
expectations and the consequent fears and inhibitions that a person
experiences distract him from attaining this normal state.
Osho on Meditation
Meditation is nothing that is to be taught or learnt, it is inherent in
every human being. Meditation is just to be, not do anything - no
action, no thought, no emotion. Just being is what will give you pure
happiness. He recognized that it is difficult for most of the people to
just sit and meditate. So, he devised a new kind of mediation
techniques, known as 'Active Meditation Techniques'.
How to Reach Osho Ashram, Pune
Pune airport is lies at a distance of almost 12-km from the main city.
It is well connected to most of the major cities in India.
Pune has excellent train services, linking it with almost all the
cities in the country.
A good road network links Pune with the other parts of India. Direct
bus services are available between Pune and Mumbai.