Circa 1978/79 Osho had “Energy Darshans” virtually every evening in the Poona one ashram.
What was going on there? Why did Osho stop them as quickly as they had begun?
Energy darshan could be accessed by those who worked in the ashram about once a month. Otherwise it was a much rarer thing. Usually there were about 200 vetted sannyasins present.
Osho was surrounded by female “mediums”, usually about twelve, who in their turn connected with us mere mortals or with some circuitry involving us both. My own experience though limited concurs with that as described by one of the mediums, Ma Prem Shunyo, who describes it in her book “Diamond Days with Osho.”
She describes some of it thus:
During the energy darshan lights would be out throughout the entire ashram and so even people for whom there was no room inside the auditorium would sit in their rooms, or outside the gate, in the garden, – wherever – and the whole six acres that was the commune would be joined with one energy phenomenon that was radiating from Osho. Lights went out as music reached a crescendo, and bodies danced, and swayed; screams and laughter filled the air, and for some people, silence.
Osho described what was happening thus “This is not only a small experiment to help the guest; this is to transform the whole energyfield of the commune” .
“to be on the receiving end of those high voltage hands was a psychedelic experience: it felt natural to be aware of energy shooting out of the heart centre”.
I agree about the feeling being psychedelic. Once the experience left me awake the whole night, and blended in my normal vision was the rich colour of extraoridinairy ordinariness, the rickshaw stop became flooded with colour. Another time it left me in touch with some hara feeling of ecstasy to which I was a total stranger, and lasted for hours. Once I stumbled from the bed of a lover and found my feet hardly touching the ground walking half way across Poona in the sandbya.
Shunyo says of her experience of being a medium: “My body felt like a vehicle and I never knew what to expect next: a song in an unknown language, a flight into a nearby tree, the sensation of being pulled upwards into the sky: I sat there, simply waware of all the colourts and dances of energy.
Osho himself commented (in the Rebel, 1987) ‘I used to touch people’s third eyes with my fingers, but I had to stop it for the simple reason that I became aware that that stimulating the third eye from the outside is good if the person continues to meditate, continues to watch – then the first experience coming from the outside will soon become his inside experience. But such is the stupidity of man that when I can stimulate your third eye, you stop meditating. You rather start asking for more and more energy meetings with me, because you have not to do anything!
I also became aware that for different people a different kind and quantity of energy is needed from the outside, and (which according to who it is) is very difficult to decide. Sometimes someone would fall into a coma, the shock being too much. And sometimes the subject was so retarded that nothing at all was reported as happening! ”
And so how was it for you?