Osho Meditation Resort... not your average ashram

Trip Start Sep 01, 2009
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Trip End Oct 05, 2009


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Flag of India  , Maharashtra,
Thursday, October 1, 2009

sounds fancy doesn't it? that's because it is! after finishing our Yoga Teacher Training (it was great, we had a dinner and talent show on our last night and my roomies and i performed a hula dance!), we had a "graduation" ceremony where we received our certificates. then most of us packed up and said our sad goodbyes :( it was hard leaving everyone and the life we shared together for that month. but we all have each other's contact info and i'm sure we'll be in touch. i hop on a bus with a few of the students to Pune, a few hours away from Nasik. i planned on visiting the Osho International Meditation Resort, which promotes New Age thought and dynamic meditations. the center was started by Osho, a controversial spiritual leader who was born in India but had a large influence on Westerners when he moved to the U.S. in the 1980's. it was quite an experience...

Day 1: i arrive at the Osho Intl Meditation Resort at 9am and sign
up for a walking tour. our guide takes us on a silent tour throughout
the grounds. the resort is beautiful. small paths are lined with lush
foliage and tall bamboo. people in long maroon robes walk calmly around
the campus. there's a huge open area with white marble floor and a
few people sitting around its perimeter, thinking or perhaps
contemplating life. one guy is blowing dandelion spores in the wind,
chasing them and blowing them back up in the air before they fall to
the ground. they look like uniformed hippies in la-la land. it's hard
not to think in my head "wow these people are nuts." but i know i can't
be judgemental, so i take it all in, and admire the peaceful
atmosphere. we continue around the campus, stopping at the Osho
auditorium (a huge pyramid shaped building where the main meditations
occur), a pretty pond with a Buddha statue in the middle, bookstore, Osho
plaza, and a few other spots. there is also a
pool, tennis courts and jacuzzi, but they're all under construction at
this point. after the tour, we're given the option to register, which i
immediately do. of course i have my reservations about the place.
mainly, i feel like i'm about to join a cult, and secondly, the above
average prices of the resort have me wondering. but the reason i came
to Pune was to visit this center, and i have to decide for myself what
this place is all about. i buy 2 robes that we're required to wear. a
maroon robe is worn in the daytime, a white one for
evening meditation. these 'uniforms' are supposed to create unity among
the people and apparently the color maroon is helpful in channeling
energy during meditation.  there is a Welcome Morning i'm supposed to
attend to introduce me to the center, but i've registered in the
afternoon and will attend the Welcome Morning tomorrow. in the
meantime, i'm free to explore and attend the meditations, which occur
continuously throughout the day. so i throw on my new robe and jump in!

Kundalini
meditation: "Kundalini acts like an energetic shower, softly shaking
you free of your day and leaving you refreshed and mellow" (OSHO
website)
this
was the first meditation i did. it was
pretty shocking i must say. i walk into this huge room with black
marble floors and a high, pyramid shaped ceiling. there are about 100
people in long maroon robes scattered throughout the room and
everyone's shaking and bouncing vigorously, eyes closed as new-agey
music
plays in the background. again i think, "wow these
people are nuts." but i remind myself to keep an open mind, find an
open spot, set my purse on the ground, close
my eyes and let the music move me. you're supposed to feel the music
and allow it to move and shake you, not forcing anything. at first it's
extremely
uncomfortable, and i can't help but feel like everyone and their mom is
lookin at me. but after 10 min of bouncing, i feel this energy inside
me and the urge to shake my arms and release some of that energy. so i
do, and start to get more and more into it. it actually feels pretty
good! after 15 minutes, the music changes and for the next 15 minutes,
we dance. or move. or stand still. whatever the music makes you want to
do. again, it's just allowing the movement to happen to you, not trying
or forcing anything. this is followed by 15 minutes of sitting or
standing with eyes closed, just being aware of what you are feeling.
finally, we lay down for 15 minutes with eyes closed, and the
meditation is finished.



Evening Meditation: This is the main meditation of the day, from
6:40pm - 8:30pm. Everyone changes into white robes and enters the Osho
auditorium. a live band plays and we begin with about 15 minutes of
dancing. people go all out. not just swaying side to side, but for
real, arms in the air, twirling, jumping, spinning, eyes closed.. it
kinda reminds me of the drum circles at Hippie Hill in SF.. then we sit
silently and a video plays with Osho speaking on various topics. he's
an excellent speaker and captures the undivided attention of everyone
in the room. i try hard to pay attention but the room is dark and i lay
down and sometimes nod off. it's also freezing in the room and my
mosquito bites are killin me. after what feels like forever, the screen
goes black and the nite is finished with silent sitting and yup, you
guessed it, more dancing. it's been an interesting day, and i'm beat. i
grab some dinner and head back to my apt for the night. i'm still not
sure how i feel about this center, but i have more time to experience
it in the next few days..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osho_%28Bhagwan_Shree_Rajneesh%29





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Comments

triss68
triss68 on

hmm, ok...
...sounds like you got yourself a funny farm! hehe. way to go nippies! so proud of you for keepin it real, being in acceptance and jumpin right in!
...but, um, i'll stick to your yoga class right now - i'll have to work myself up to bouncing and hippie twirlin! haha, miss ya and see you soon!!!
love ya, Nips!

jonas79
jonas79 on

Hi Juley..
Seems like you are having some great experiences! =)

Just passed by your blog searching for some information about The Osho Meditation center. I am going there in february and would like to do the 'work as meditation'.

Do you have any perception of this and do you have any idea of what´s the weathers like in february?

Best regards,

Jonas
Sweden

Miriam on

I everyone I am looking for someone went in osho resort. I would like to know about the prices

Monty on

Hi Miriam, there is a entry free of 9 Pounds / Day which allows you stay in the Ashram for 6 am till Midnight and you can participate in all the meditations which are free for eg, Dynamic, Kundini, evening White Robe meeting, Nadabrhama, etc......(for food you need to pay extra and I f you are looking for the accomodation inside the ashram that can cost you Minimum 50 UK Pounds Extra, but there cheaper places near the ashram, I am myself reaching Pune 30 June, will be living at one the of the hotels near by) Once you Pic up things from the Ashram you can take them home and Meditate on your own. Feel free to email me if you have any questions..... Warm Regards Monty (sachinsherawat@hotmail.com)

Monty on

Hi Miriam, there is a entry fee of 9 Pounds / Day which allows you stay in the Ashram for 6 am till Midnight and you can participate in all the meditations which are free for eg, Dynamic, Kundini, evening White Robe meeting, Nadabrhama, etc......(for food you need to pay extra and I f you are looking for the accomodation inside the ashram that can cost you Minimum 50 UK Pounds Extra, but there cheaper places near the ashram, I am myself reaching Pune 30 June, will be living at one the of the hotels near by) Once you Pic up things from the Ashram you can take them home and Meditate on your own. Feel free to email me if you have any questions..... Warm Regards Monty (sachinsherawat@hotmail.com

Read more: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/juleymuley/2/1254958014/tpod.html#comment#ixzz1OJUGFctW

Sachin Sherawat on

Mahi, it depends what kinda course you are looking for.... For eg one week course can range up to 400 US $.................... But the simplest thing u go and check urself what u need, u can simply spend time by going to the Ashram and choose whats the best for you~
Sachin

Tanuja on

The prices for staying & working there is quite expensive. R there any way where u can stay & work there in a minimal cost.

Currently I am unemployed & homeless...Don''t know what to do?
Can someone give me a clue

dinesh naame on

my friends iam now un employed i had nice body and i dont have any work and young 24 years old plz sum one give me sum clue my email dineshname29@gmail.com plz send sum clue

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