Osho was born on 11 December 1931 – and died on 19 January 1990), also known as Acharya Rajneesh from the 1960s onwards, as “Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh” during the 1970s and 1980s and as Osho from 1989. He was an Indian guru, and spiritual teacher who has an international following.
Osho travelled all over India during 60’s. He was regardes as a public speaker. His outspoken criticism of Mahatma Gandhi, socialism and institutionalised religions made him controversial. He has more open attitude towards sexuality: a stance that earned him the sobriquet “sex guru” in the Indian and later international press. In 1970, Osho settled for a while in Bombay. He began initiating disciples (known as neo-sannyasins) and took on the role of a spiritual teacher. In his discourses, he reinterpreted writings of religious traditions, mystics, and philosophers from around the world. Moving to Poona in 1974, he established an ashram that attracted increasing numbers of Westerners. The ashram offered therapies derived from the Human Potential Movement to its Western audience and made news in India and abroad, chiefly because of its permissive climate and Osho’s provocative lectures. By the end of the 1970s, there were mounting tensions with the Indian government and the surrounding society.
In 1981, Osho relocated to the United States and his followers established an intentional community, later known as Rajneeshpuram, in the state of Oregon. Within a year, the leadership of the commune became embroiled in a conflict with local residents, primarily over land use, which was marked by hostility on both sides. The large collection of Rolls-Royce automobiles purchased for his use by his followers also attracted notoriety. The Oregon commune collapsed in 1985 when Osho revealed that the commune leadership had committed a number of serious crimes, including a bioterror attack (food contamination) on the citizens of The Dalles. He was arrested shortly afterwards and charged with immigration violations. Osho was deported from the United States in accordance with a plea bargain. Twenty-one countries denied him entry, causing Osho to travel the world before returning to Poona, where he died in 1990. His ashram is today known as the Osho International Meditation Resort. His syncretic teachings emphasise the importance of meditation, awareness, love, celebration, courage, creativity and humour—qualities that he viewed as being suppressed by adherence to static belief systems, religious tradition and socialisation. Osho’s teachings have had a notable impact on Western New Age thought, and their popularity has increased markedly since his death
Osho Ashram in Pune (Osho Resort)
Ashram of Bhagwan Rajneesh (Osho Ashram pune), in a 32 acre beautiful campus, is in Koregaon Park area of Pune. The ashram is a prime attraction for tourists who are followers of Bhagwan Rajneesh ideologies & preaching. It is a resort for Meditation and Yoga. Regular training programs on spiritual uplift and meditation are conducted in this place. Osho Kundalini meditation, Osho Nadabrahma meditation, Osho dynamic meditation and Osho Nataraj mediation are some of the techniques taught here, the training offers the practice of meditation to get rid of stress and strain from daily life.
Maroon robes are necessary for day time activities and white robes are used for evening meditations. All kinds of communication facilities including email, fax and phone are available in the Ashram.
The ashram is open all days all through the year. The ashram does not provide any residential accommodation. There are many hotels nearby which are in different ranges from budget to luxury. For visitors, a reception open from 9 am to 3.30 pm everyday is there for any assistance. Entry is restricted and visitors have to undergo AIDS test in the communes’ testing center. You can get guidance from commune counselors on different kinds of meditations and other programs in the Ashram.
An imposing park Osho Teerth, also known as Nulla Park, is located nearby the Commune. The sprawling garden is spread across 5 hectares and is founded by Shunyo Foundation in an elegant Japanese Zen garden style. The park offers several luxurious facilities like swimming pool, rock gardens, decorated wooden pathways, and magnificent artificial waterfalls. The park hosts public from 6 to 9am in the morning and from 4 to 7pm in the evening. This is a wonderful place to visit to bring in some inner peace.
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