A MEETING WITH RAJNEESH IN MEXICO
I visited the local Ibiza market today and ran into Bahram, which reminded me that I wanted to write a little of what Bahram told me about his visit to Ozen in the Yucatan, Mexico.
First a little description of how I see Bahram. For me he encapsulates much that is representative of old school sannyas. He is a wonderful human being. The real deal in terms of a loving, meditative and p;layful vibrations. It is best to meet him in private, because if you meet him in a public place women flock to him like bees to honey and you can’t get a word in edgeways. Bahram enjoys the attention, I believe in part for PR, because he is a professional musician who gigs a lot on Ibiza. He plays santor and sings in his native tongue, Persian. Bahram’s music appears on hundreds of chill out compilations and if you are unfamiliar with his CDs I suggest checking them out. I have them all and there are some genuine listening pearls in his large body of work. My favorite song by him is called ‘Lovers’ from Bahramji’s ‘Sufiyan’ album, absolutely enchanting piece of music.
A few months back, Bahram informed me that he had received an invitation to go to Ozen to perform, all expenses paid, including air fares. He took to the skies and stayed at Ozen for a month. Upon his return I was, of course, curious to hear about his trip and what he made of Rajneesh, who I met many years ago in LA and was impressed by his odd personality and his copycat Osho image, replete with tea towel draped over a forearm.
Bahram is no fool. Behind his smile lies a rugged spirit that has seen much in life that has served to make him somewhat of a wise man. It is therefore that I was pleasantly surprised to hear him describe Swami Rajneesh as a sweet, generous, meditative and playful man, whose company Bahram enjoyed immensely. Bahram found that the Ozen community was very alive, creative, buzzing, fun and a great place for young people to go and discover the beauty of meditation in action. He found the location to be exceptionally beautiful and by the sound of it the place is awash in those good vibrations the Beach Boys sing about. Rajneesh, like most people, took to Bahram and asked him to stay on longer. ‘And?’ I enquired.
‘Ji,’ said Bahram, I need to make money and if I have a home in this world it is here on Ibiza.’
I chuckled and said, ‘I know what you mean, man.’
So, there you have it. A bit of good news about Ozen. According to Bahram, Rajneesh is not on an ego trip and simply wants to make good things happen, spread the Osho gospel and share the joy in life that has always been a core value in the sannyas credo.
After hearing Bahram’s report I thought good luck to Rajneesh and his merry band of pioneers. Those guys are out there doing it, living the life and isn’t that what life is all about? Hats off to them!