Christmas at the Osho Meditation Resort
The Osho Meditation Resort in Pune is really something else. We went there because my mom is a fervent disciple (now sannyasin) of Osho and both my parents have encouraged me to read his books for years now. His teachings resonate with me greatly and I have learned a lot from him ever since. If you don’t already know Osho, you should.
Osho decided to call his place a resort rather than an ashram because he thought the word ashram denoted a place of austerity and discipline, but he wanted his space to be a place where people could pamper themselves and enjoy life while living a meditational life at the same time: a combination of the meditational qualities of a Gautama the Buddha together with the celebratory qualities of a Zorba the Greek. Indeed, there is a full schedule of meditations every day, and there’s also a spa, pool, café, and an exuberant nightlife. You could even purchase some wine from the bar at night…
I was at first very hesitant about visiting the resort, because it seems so strict, exclusive, and business-oriented. It’s quite expensive to get in, and they require everyone to wear maroon robes by day and white robes at night for the famous “Evening Meeting Meditation”. I don't like following rules or trends, but I finally agreed to it… I had to see for myself what all the fuss was about.
The first thing they had us do in the welcome orientation was to dance! Because everything involves dancing at the Osho resort... This I enjoyed very much because everyone would just dance as their heart desired, just feeling the beat, not following any one “way” that you think you should be dancing, just moving to your own groove and letting go! As Osho said, there come’s a point where you become so lost in the dance that there is no longer a dancer…only the dance.
We were at the Resort for a week, so I was able to try many different Osho meditations: Kundalini, Mandala, Darkness, Laughter, No-Dimensions, Golden Light, Whirling, Chakra Breathing, and others. I would love to explain each of these but that would take too much space!… We also attended the daily Evening Meeting Meditations, which are oh so special. It is when everyone comes together dressed in white robes to dance and celebrate and then to sit silently, listen to Osho, and meditate. I always left feeling light and with a big smile on my face. :)
Osho’s meditations are very different from any other kind of meditation I had experienced. They are mostly active meditations, as opposed to what we normally think of meditation as sitting in a cross-legged position in silence with eyes closed (although you can find that also). Osho created these kinds of techniques to suit the busy modern age in order for us to attain relaxation and to be able to meditate throughout the day.
I think I would return to the Osho Resort if someone invited me or if I had the money to invite myself! You meet some unique characters, dance happily, discover new methods of meditation, and could also treat yourself at the spa or play some tennis. ;)
If you do ever decide to visit the Osho Resort, here are some Tips:
- You can find people selling both new and used robes in stands on the streets around the resort, which will be much cheaper than buying them inside.
- You can also find many guesthouses around the resort for a much lower price than staying inside. It is a very safe neighborhood (Koregaon Park).
- It is generally cheaper to visit during the summer months.
- Stay at least 5 days or a week so you can try more different meditations and get into the groove of things.
- I would recommend the two restaurants next door: Santé (spa cuisine) and Dario's (Italian) -- both vegetarian with vegan options :)
I hope you get a chance to read some of Osho's books or see some of his videos. He has a lot to teach us!
✦ AWARENESS ✦ CELEBRATION ✦ TOTALITY ✦ NO-MIND ✦ MINDFULNESS ✦
With love & light,
“Forget the dancer, the center of the ego; become the dance. That is the meditation. Dance so deeply that you forget completely that ‘you’ are dancing and begin to feel that you are the dance. The division must disappear; then it becomes a meditation.
If the division is there, then it is an exercise: good, healthy, but it cannot be said to be spiritual. It is just a simple dance. Dance is good in itself – as far as it goes it is good. After it, you will feel fresh, young. But it is not meditation yet. The dancer must go, until only the dance remains…. Don’t stand aside, don’t be an observer. Participate!
And be playful. Remember the word playful always – with me it is very basic.” - Osho