Osho Shailendra

Osho Shailendra was born on 17th June, 1955 as younger brother of Osho at Gadarwara, Madhya Pradesh, India. He is the fifth among six brothers and the tenth child, being 24 years younger to Osho. He joined Osho’s Neo-Sannyas movement in 1971.

He completed his High School at Gadarwara. Osho Shailendra joined amandali in Gujarat and for three months, he distributed Osho's handbills to masses. After that, Osho asked to discontinue the feature of KeertanMandali. Following Master's Guidelines, he returned to his hometown Gadarwara. He did his MBBS from Jabalpur University in 1978. He lived in Osho Commune in Pune during 1978-81. He went to Rajneeshpuram, Oregon, USA in 1981 and lived with Osho till 1985.He came back to India and served in Orient Paper Mills at Amalai (MP) as Chief Medical Officer during 1986-99. He again went to Osho Commune, Pune during August 1989-September 1990 during the last days of Osho leaving His body.

After experiencing glimpses of eternal truth in April 1998, He started sharing it with others by conducting meditation camps and stress management workshops in May 1998. For the first time he started giving public discourses, answers to questions from audience, interviews to press media, etc.He was blessed with Enlightenment on 5th January, 2001. He is a member of Sadguru, a Trinity of Living Masters, who are regularly conducting Oshodhara Samadhi Programs.

Osho Shailendra's Biography

Birth & Childhood
Osho Shailendra was born on 17th June, 1955 as younger brother of Osho at Gadarwara, Madhya Pradesh, India. He is the fifth among six brothers and the tenth child, being 24 years younger to Osho. He joined Osho’s Neo-Sannyas movement in 1971.
Learning the lesson of acceptance

One of the most integral parts of Osho Shailendra’s lifestyle is acceptance. Acceptance of things, people, circumstances- totally as they are. Being born and brought up in a joint family, acceptance, tolerance and patience came as a by-product and gift. There were so many children in the family - to receive the care and importance that today's child of nuclear family gets, was impossible to have. The difference of age between siblings and cousins being little - sharing of clothes, books, accessories, etc. became basic. Whenever any clothes had to be stitched for kids of the family, the family tailor never took measurements. He did it with estimation and it didn't matter much to the family. If the shirt or pant didn’t fit one child, it would fit another. This kind of upbringing gradually developed a sense of let-go in Osho Shailendra’s life which is reflected today in all his acts.

There is one more strong reason for inculcating the feeling of acceptance in his life which is stated in Osho Shailendra’s own words as - "One of my nephews, Maitreya, was suffering from a congenital heart disease, mental retardation, epilepsy, and the inability to speak. He got irritated very easily and became violent many times in a day. He did not understand the rules of society, morality, manners, etiquette, etc. Although unable to speak the normal language, he talked loudly in his own meaningless gibberish and few symbolic sounds. Whatever he desired, he wanted to get it immediately otherwise he threw violent tantrums.

It was quite difficult to live with and adjust to a mentally ill person like Maitreya. He was five years younger to me. He often destroyed my school notes, text books, toys, paintings, pens, etc. Somehow, this proved to be a blessing in disguise. Gradually I learned to accept his mad behaviour. Looking at his miserable life full of demands, anger, violence, the members of thefamily felt pity for him. In my subconscious, desires and misery became synonymous. More demands, more unhappiness; less wishes, less despair.

I became very accommodating, accepting, cooperating, and learned patience, tolerance, serenity, tranquillity and dropped expectations. I may have just finished a painting, and the next moment it may be thrown into the water. I learned to enjoy while painting, without thinking about the future, which was always uncertain. In fact, the future is always uncertain, Maitreya’s mad behavior made it very clear to me. Even the greatest pieces of art will be thrown into the garbage bins one day. Normally the process takes a long time, many years. My nephew did it quickly, that was the only difference. This was the great lesson for me- I am the master of enjoying the work while doing it, but I cannot have control over results. I am thankful to Maitreya. By teaching this small lesson, he made my life full of fragrance of desirelessness and deep acceptance.

Living in Osho’s Ashram in Pune, India, and in Oregon, America was also a great opportunity to strengthen the feeling of Acceptance. Osho created so many devices in his communes, to develop the art of TATHATA or Such-ness".

Education & Medical studies

Osho Shailendra favorite subject was Mathematics. As a child, he was sharp, and spontaneous.

After completing his High School at Gadarwara, he went to Jabalpur for admission in Science College. In those days, Osho Sannyasins used to wear orange colored lungi-kurta (an Indian dress) and a mala with Osho's picture. Osho Shailendra had long curly hair at that time. He met the Principal of the college who refused to give him admission. Osho Shailendra inquired, “On what basis would you not give me the admission?" He was really a deserving student and had secured distinction in each subject. He had been awarded the National Scholarship from the President. Osho Shailendra asked, “Is there any dress code of College? If there is any, I would maintain the rules and abide by the regulations but since there is not, I should be allowed to wear these orange clothes of a Sannyasin. When a Sardar is allowed to wear a turban, a Hindu to wear the thread-Janeu, where is the problem if I wear orange lungi-kurta with a mala.

The Principal was adamant. The next day, Osho Shailendra went to Principal's office with five relatives who were academically renowned. One of them said to the Principal, “You are being unfair and are discriminating on religious beliefs, so let court decide.” The Principal relented under pressure, “Okay, I will give him admission but not let him pass, that is in my hands.”Shailendra stood up and said, “Now, I do not want admission in such a college where the Principal is so biased and prejudiced. May be I am meant to do something else. He took his documents, certificates and returned.

In those days, Keertan Mandali (dancing singing groups) used to create awareness amongst masses about Osho and also served as a chance to distribute pamphlets and literature of Osho to people. Shailendra joined one such mandali in Gujarat. For three months, he distributed Osho's handbills to masses. After that, Osho asked to discontinue the Keertan Mandalis. Following Master's Guidelines, Shailendra returned to his hometown Gadarwara.

Swami Sukhraj Bharti (Osho's childhood friend) lived around 80 Km away from Gadarwara in a lonely forest near Narmada river, called Satdhara. He invited Osho Shailendra to join a private college in a nearby town, Barman. It was around November when Osho Shailendra went to stay with Sukhraj Bharti. It was a small college where high school teachers used to come and teach. The distance between house and college was about 3 Kms. Being away from the village, the house did not have electricity. No fan, no bulbs. But, there was a beautiful river flowing by where Osho Shailendra spent most of his time. During summers, the place became very hot, but Shailendra enjoyed swimming during the day and walking on the bridge over Narmada during the night. Osho Shailendra calls this "a very good phase of my life" which was mostly spent in silence, solitude. The affinity towards nature started growing more and more. Spending most of the time with the river, he enjoyed that time of his life with awe and wonder. He devoted very little time to studies. After five months, he gave exams and returned home.

After a month or so, his father got a call from a journalist to fetch Shailendra's picture for the newspaper. Upon asking the editor, his father came to know that Shailendra had topped the University of Sagar. Shailendra had not even thought that he would pass. He did not even go to see the result of the examination. After the call, he went to see the result and was surprised to see that he had topped the university. Sukhraj Bharti had his agricultural business and had a wish that Shailendra should pursue further studies in agricultural science. Osho Shailendra solicited Osho's view whereby Osho directed him to opt for medical studies. He started to prepare for the Pre Medical Test. Osho Shailendra reminsices, “As far as Physics, Chemistry and Biology were concerned I was good at them but there was a fourth mandatory subject - General Knowledge. Learning it was the toughest part of the preparation of PMT exam for me. I was hardly connected to the activities and events happening in the world. I didn't have any update. I was like an alien to the subject of G.K. Anyway, I secured fourth position in entire state of Madhya Pradesh. Except G.K, my score was highest in other three subjects" .

It was obvious that he had sharp intelligence but no memory. Due to meditation he had a peaceful and receptive mind. By being watchful of his thoughts, his mind became more and more empty and blank. Osho Shailendra’s had done his earlier studies in Hindi medium whereas all books of medical college were in English. This created great inconvenience in learning. Realizing this, it was clear to him that the studies cannot happen by reading books; he started listening to lectures with care and attention. On basis on those lectures, he made short, pinpointed notes which had diagrammatic illustration & representation. His notes were passed and circulated to other students and to next batches too. Once in every six months, he used to go to Pune ashram to see Osho and used to express his wish to come to Ashram permanently. Osho always instructed him to first complete his studies. And asked him, how much is left? .

As he completed M.B.B.S, he left for Pune to be with his Master Osho.

Understanding of death - A precious gift

"My intense search for ultimate truth which became a long nightmare, finally turned out to be a cosmic joke. Can you tell me what it actually was- a nightmare or a joke? When I took life as a serious problem, it appeared like an insoluble puzzle. And, when I dropped that foolish attitude, my gestalt changed completely.

When my grandmother died in 1971, I felt very sad, and miserable, because of some negative interpretation that I had drawn from that event. I considered death as a suffering. This was a fiction. Those who have come back after experiencing near-death phenomena say that death is not a suffering at all. It is such a joyful phenomenon, a natural process, and the nature takes our full care during death. When I look back, it is obvious that my grandmother, bed-ridden for past seven months, due to paralysis caused by brain haemorrhage, got relieved from all those disabilities and physical sufferings. I myself survived a bomb blast in 1981 and considered death as frightening and the end of life, at that time. This again was my fiction. After having out-of-body experiences in Amrit Samadhi, now I know that death is a natural Samadhi, provided one dies in relaxation. It is a great opportunity to realize the Self, if one has learned a little art of meditation. It is not the end, but culmination of this life. 

We have been here in many lives, and we will be here again and again in different bodies. This life is a small episode of an endless series. There is nothing frightening in death; on the contrary it is an enlightening process, a precious gift from nature. My father, Swami Devateerth Bharti became enlightened on early morning of September 8, 1979, and left his body the same evening. His death was celebrated, and Osho announced that this day should be celebrated every year as Mahaparinirvana Day, in the sacred memory of all those sannyasins, who left or will leave their bodies enlightened." .

Multiple dimensional aspect

Osho Shailendra is a friendly person but his friendship is not directed towards some person in particular. Friendliness is his quality of life. Actually, he is neither anybody's friends nor anybody's enemy. He is so contented that the need for other does not arise. This is applicable to his love life. Being an introvert he never felt the need to a beloved. He came to know through Suman, the daughter of Sukhraj Bharti, that one of her colleagues Amrit Priya (now Ma Osho Priya) is fond of him. His inner self responded to Ma Osho Priya's love. Gradually, they started meeting and interacting with each other. Ma Osho Priya's inclination towards music endeared her to Osho Shailendra.

Ma OshoPriya had great spiritual quest and was a sincere seeker, dedicated towards her meditation. This became the common and most strong binding factor for them. Their relation was spiritual and multi-dimensional. Ma also belonged to a family of spiritual people - Ma's father and elder brother Deep were also Osho Sannyasins. Ma attended her first camp in 1972 at Mount Abu. Ma was initiated even before this camp, she had already received her mala and the new name from Osho, by post.

During Ma's first year in M.A., she went to Pune ashram for three months. When she returned to her studies, Osho Shailendra helped her cope up with the missed lectures in Logic and Philosophy.In mid 1979, both of them completed their studies and reached Pune ashram to stay in the proximity of Master Osho. Osho Shailendra’s family was also there. This was an opportune moment and on 8th May, 1979 they got married to each other.

Work as worship

For Osho Shailendra,work is worship. He narrates an incident- He used to walk from his home to the OPM Hospital where he worked. He travelled the same path for his morning and evening walks and also for going to office.

One day he heard in Osho's discourse a story of three labours. A man waspassing by a construction site where he saw many people working. The first man was tiresome, looked irritated and frustrated. The traveller went near him and asked - O Dear Friend! What are you doing? He looked up in annoyance and said, “Can't you see? I am breaking stones, doing masonry work!” The traveller moved ahead where he saw another man doing the same work but he was not so irritated and disturbed. Going near him, he repeated the same question - O Dear Friend! What are you doing? In a low voice, the second labour replied, “I am earning my livelihood. I am doing my duty so I can get daily bread for my family.” Marching few steps ahead, the traveller found a third labour full of joy, excitement and thrill. He was also breaking stones but his work had a quality of contentment in it. He was singing hymns of divine and had a grace in his actions. The traveller asked the same question to him. To his surprise the labour answered, “I am contributing my bit in the creation of temple of God.”

While narrating this story, Osho further explained in that discourse, “We all have three options in our lives to do any job. We can take that work as a burden or a duty or a worship.” Being motivated after listening to this discourse, Osho Shailendra decided to choose the third option. While walking from home, he remembered the same thing - this act of walking can be joyful too if I do it with the feeling as I do my morning walk; and this thought brought 180 degree turn in the attitude. He reached the hospital, on his table he kept a note “Third Labour" as a reminder. He started enjoying treating patients. After a few weeks the note removed, as a reminder was not needed anymore.

Creation & Destruction of Rajneeshpuram, Oregon, USA

Osho Shailendra went to Rajneeshpuram, Oregon, USA in 1981 and lived with Osho till 1985. The entire process of creating a city in USA was complicated. Oregon was like an arid desert with extreme temperatures. But with Osho's grace, it was possible by hard work and dedication of Sannyasins to make an oasis there. Working for as long as 12-16 hours a day in such unfavorable climatic conditions, impossible was made possible. A whole city was created. Huge construction was done. All modern facilities for living of 5000 people were made available. Entire network of roads, water supply system, electric cables, telephone lines etc. were set up. It flourished as a wonderful place with hotel, post office, bank, book stores, shopping mall, playgrounds, swimming pools, lakes, 100 public buses and five aircrafts for transport! It was indeed heaven brought on earth. Thousands of sannyasins joined Osho during that period.

But due to political situations and enmity with US Government and the President, this paradise was completely destroyed. They even tried to assassinate Osho but Existence had other plans. Osho Shailendra said, “We were happy though Rajneeshpuram was destroyed. Despite all this, Osho was with us. What would Rajneeshpuram be without Osho? Osho was the central, most intrinsic part of the commune and the commune was the periphery. If the center existed the periphery can be created again and it came up in the form of Osho Commune International at Pune, India.”

1989-90 Time around Osho leaving his physical body

Another significant phase of Osho Shailendra's life was around a year before Osho left his body. Osho was well aware that the time to leave His body had come. He was not only aware but also was in acceptance of His Death. He made all preparations in advance. In Osho Shailendra's opinion - Osho tried His best not only to awaken people all His life but also to use the opportunity of death as a tool for the same. Around April, 1989 , nine months before leaving the body, Osho got the sub-titles of several books changed just to convey this message.

On 10th April, 1989,Osho gave His last discourse to the sannyasins. He appointed an "Inner Circle" of 21 disciples to take care of the institution and guided them broadly.

Three months before He left His body, Osho developed white-robe brotherhood meditation daily. He formulated this meditation as a device for each of us to have a glimpse of within. This was His effort for making us all listen to the Divine Melody. The entire process of evening meditation with drum beat, music and silence was a technique evolved to give masses an initiation to the sound of silence.

In order to deepen this process, Osho tried many other methods. Osho instructed to make a new bedroom for him. This sound proof room had glass walls. After it was constructed, Osho lived in that room for few days and returned back to His old small room. That newly made room was not going to be Osho's bedroom but His Samadhi where His asthi are kept.He got engraved on the bed:

Osho Never Born, Never Died. Only visited this Planet Earth Between 11Dec, 1931 to ............... .

This room is now a place for seekers to come and sit in silence and to know the inner music.

Osho leaving his physical body

Osho Shailendra has an old friend named Banke. He once visited to Oshodhara Nanak Dham on 19th Jan, 2008, Osho Amrit Diwas, the day when Paramguru Osho left His body. At the culmination of the function that day, Osho Shailendra described an instance of mid-1989. It was around June of year 1989, almost six months before Osho left His body. Ma Osho Priya used to have a vision repeatedly that Osho is going away sitting in the car. Similarly Osho Shailendra used to see Osho going away by plane. And they had a gut feeling attached to it "Osho is going".

Once Banke came to Osho Shailendra’s home and said, “I saw all sannyasins in white robes gathered around Osho's dead body in evening time.” But all this seemed impossible as at that time white robe brotherhood meditation had not yet started. But the intuition was strong and both of them decided to go and stay in Pune ashram.

Soon Osho sent message to all his sannyasins for Evening White-Robe meditation whereby people would wear white robes. Things that were seen by Banke in his vision, started taking shape. And on 19th Jan, 1990 Osho left His physical body and became one with the Existence.

Life, It's limit & death

Osho Shailendra's father Swami Devateerth Bharti had developed blood clotting in his leg during his old age. He was taken for doctor's advice and consultation. The doctor suggested that the leg should be amputated or else the clot would go on spreading. Swami Devateerth Bharti said further action would be taken only after knowing Osho's opinion in that regard. Osho suggested otherwise.

A beautiful lesson was learnt. Life is beautiful and so is death. After a certain age, physical body will deteriorate. It has its limits. Some illness and diseases would attack. It would cause some pain and sufferings. That is the natural course of life and it should be accepted with great reverence. This value got engraved in the heart of Osho Shailendra and Ma Osho Priya.

The death of Osho Shailendra's mother (Mataji)also created great impact. In her last days, Mataji had asked Ma Osho Priya not to take her to a hospital. She realized herself that the death was knocking at the door. And she was leaving her body in sheer awareness. Her leaving the body was not in darkness but in the light of self-realization. On night of 16th May 1995, she gathered all members of the family to do bhajan- keertan. After serving food to everyone, Mataji requested that all should leave and only one son - Niklank should stay with her. Osho Shailendra sat silently outside the room - it was his passive love and dedication towards her mother. On 17th May, at 4 a.m. Mataji left her body consciously. Few hours before, she laid herself down on the ground and closed her eyes as her last indication of surrendering the body in hands of the Ultimate .

Realizing the real sound

Shailendra once narrated- Ma Yoga Neelam, Osho’s secretary and in charge of Osho Commune International, Pune, India, requested me many times to become a meditation camp leader, but I always refused. My argument was- I cannot say things which I have not experienced myself. I want to be authentic. I have not reached the goal of spiritualism, so how can I preach about it? If in the future, I experience the divinity, definitely I shall shout from the rooftops. But right now I am in darkness; I have no authority to speak about light and guide people. Please excuse me, let me remain silent and do my own sadhana.

I remember the fortunate day of January 19, 1998, when I started hearing a source-less melody suddenly. In the evening when my wife retuned from her job, I wanted to tell her about this strange wordless voice. But before I could speak anything, she said, “Do you know, something went wrong with my ears. Since morning meditation, I hear some mysterious harmony continuously.” I exclaimed, “What! I was going to tell youthe same thing. I am also hearing something strange since doing Dynamic meditation this morning. I got my blood pressure and blood sugar level checked in the hospital, it was normal. ” Both of us could not figure out anything regarding it. Being a doctor I was sure it wasn’t an ear disorder. Both husband and wife cannot get the same disease of ear, on the same day, at the same hour.

A week later, Osho Siddharth came to visit Amlai, the place where I lived for almost a decade; and he explained the mystery of the divine sound, what Zen masters call ‘the sound of one hand clapping.’ After attending the first Samadhi Pragya program under his guidance, in April 1998, at a small hill station Amarkantak, a transformation happened in my life. I got glimpses of the eternal truth within myself. I informed Neelam, that I was ready. I had received the gift, which Osho always wanted to give us in silence. It is the same gift, which was given to Mahakashyapa by Buddha, to Meera by Raidas. I started conducting meditation camps and stress management workshops in May 1998. For the first time I started giving public discourses, answers to questions from audience, interviews to press media, etc.

During one of such programs, I met an old classmate, who was my neighbour in the hostel. He was surprised to see me talking the whole day, from morning to evening. This was unbelievable for him, because when I was studying medicine, I lived with more than 500 students in a medical college hostel, and he lived next door to me. I spoke so little during that period of five and half years that many of my hostel mates had never heard my voice. I was often mute, preferring silence, and I never had to repent for that. I observed that most of the fights amongst the students, sometimes reaching up to violence, start with a few ugly words only. Later on, I thought it over and found that it’s not only true about small conflicts; the same phenomenon takes place on large-scale bloodsheds as well. Even wars start because of improper words coming out of a politician’s mouth. If humanity learns the art of speech, the paradise can descend on the earth.

Experiencing & playing with the divine light- Alok
  1. “I started my spiritual search as a seeking for eternal bliss, but I came across many other dimensions of divinity in the path. One of them is Divine light.
    I had heard many things about it. Some talked about it as very bright light like thousands of suns shine. Some others talked of it as moon, stars, or burning lamp with flame. I had read about blue pearl, golden flower, thousand petal lotuses.

    For the first time when I was told by Osho Siddhartha about it, I started to close my eyes and search for the inner light. One day I stumbled upon it, and that day was the day of great discovery for me; no other discovery is comparable to it. That day I became an immortal. I felt that real Sannyas is an initiation into light. After seeing the beauty and aliveness of inner world of colors, all colors of rainbows and outside world looked pale in comparison to that. I realized how important it is to search for this light inside, which is there in every one of us. It is the innermost core and the very source of our life. To find the inner light is to find godliness.

    Once I discovered it, it became my meditation. It became my companion. It became a part of my thinking, a part of my contemplation. I started watching a star appearing or disappearing in the sky, the sun rising in the east or setting in the west, the moon showering its elixir on Earth, or flame of a candle dancing in the room.

    The outer sky looked just a replica of the inner sky. I saw one expanse outside and one expanse within. As the outer sky is sometimes covered with clouds, I noticed that the inner sky is also sometimes covered with clouds of thoughts, desires, and passions. Removing these inner clouds and seeing into the inner blue sky became my meditation.

    I could see God by closing my eyes as much as I could see world with open eyes. I realized that for seeing the form, I have to use my external eyes, and for knowing the formless, I have to use my inner eyes.

    I started appreciating two Sandhyas -one before sunrise and the other after sunset-and why Hindus have made that period the time of worship and prayer. It appeared to me merely a symbol of inner sandhya, which is neither complete darkness nor clear light. It is a kind of diffused light, known as alok. Once I knew the light within, then coming out of it, even outside, I could see it. In fact all distinction between within and without disappeared. Since then there is no darkness at all; it is all divine brightness. God is radiating from each stone, each flower, and each person. I feel, as if the sleep of a thousand years has been broken. There is light, and light alone.

    Whenever I am in a kind of let-go, I feel a great light inside me. That happens automatically. I do not see any shape. I see only a silent light, a formless light. I feel a great light inside and a great delight outside. It happens naturally. I feel centered. I am in this world and yet beyond it.”

    (A note from the Editor- Once asked by a press reporter about enlightenment, Osho Shailendrareplied laughingly- "Light means that which is not heavy. I used to be 94 kg in year 1994. Now I have reduced my weight to 69 Kg- 25 kilograms lighter. This is enlightenment… Right!)

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