The Force is with Jayesh!

An Account from the Edmonton Sun of Jayesh’s lucky escape at the Oberoi.

Former Edmontonian Michael O’Byrne (Jayesh), one of the late Judge Michael O’Byrne and his wife Eileen’s 11 children (Eileen now lives in Victoria), is counting multiple blessings.

In 1984 Michael left Edmonton to follow Osho. Today, with his brother D’Arcy, he runs the Osho Resort in Pune and Osho International.

Jayesh had just left the restaurant of Mumbai’s Oberoi Hotel in India on Wednesday to return to his room when terrorists attacked the restaurant.

Almost everybody in the dining room was killed.

According to a family member’s report, Jayesh then heard the hotel fire alarm.

People started walking down from the 17th floor. The elevator was locked.

Michael, fresh off knee surgery, couldn’t take the stairs. He returned to his room.

The fire alarm was thought to be set off by the terrorists. They shot hotel guests as they appeared in the stairwell.

The terrorists ended up on Michael’s floor, stayed there for hours. Again, luck intervened. They did not burst into his room.

The hotel contacted Jayesh before the phone went dead, advising him to stay in his room, stay in the safest place, the bathtub.

And so he waited, some 50 to 60 hours through smoke and drifting gunpowder residue until Indian special forces rescued him and other surviving guests.

“We are all so blessed and happy that Jayesh made it outside,” says his last remaining brother in Edmonton, lawyer and businessman Casey O’Byrne.

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4 Responses to The Force is with Jayesh!

  1. vista says:

    May be Jayesh should use this oppurtunity…his experience of this horror…his escape…his feelings..thoughts…no-thoughts…going through…his being…share it in Osho times….also…print the relevent discourse by osho…in response to terrorism….and religion and politics…in forthcoming Osho times.

  2. I really hope this event in the life of CEO of His work, can become turning point, the way Asram/resort is being run. More compassion, more love, more lughter; Leela Leela Life is just a play kind of energy.
    let it be a place for all His people, low budget or visa card holders, the way it was once and the way it can be again.

  3. Hello Jayesh, today is Osho´s birthday and you have a close encounter with agents of death few days before, so why not start celebrating His days again, atleast let the web designers put some extra banner or decoration in the website, the way Google does….
    anyway….
    I hug all His people on this day, where ever they are. I know i have seen you all dancing singing in the white robe.

  4. meera says:

    yes.. jayesh..
    see how existence works….!!!!!!!!!

    you´ve got to wake up before its too late…
    leave something behind which you can take with you..
    your love and compassion…
    don´t cling to material things
    like lust for power and greed..

    otherwise you missed….

    love
    meera