Bahram’s Visit to Ozen: Lokesh

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.

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‘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!

Lokesh

 

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24 Responses to Bahram’s Visit to Ozen: Lokesh

  1. shantam prem says:

    I hope Lokesh sees some inner depth also in Rajneesh. After all he knows essence of Osho teaching is going inside.

    Tell me truthfully by keeping hand on heart, do you see inner depth in Rajneesh or you are impressed by the entrepreneurial success story?

    I hope you and your band of people need to look at the hundreds of comments about Rajneesh in the archives of this site.

    • Lokesh says:

      Shantam, to be honest, having only met Swami Rahneesh once, a long time ago in Los Angeles, and then only briefly, I can’t say that I know much about the man. I have no real concrete judgements about him. There exists no need in my life to judge him, because he has nothing to do with my life.

      From video footage I must say that I am impressed by the beautiful community Swami Rajneesh and his friends have created in the Yucatan, a part of the world I have visited on several occasions. It appears to me from a distance that the Ozen community is clearly the sort of scene Osho envisioned many of his sannyasins living in. Osho was all for communes, I believe in part because a meditative community makes it easier for the individual to work on him/herself.

      My reason for writing the short article is because of my respect for Bahram. He is a soul brother and if he tells me that the Ozen community is a happening place I take his word for it. On a more personal level I have no interest in visiting Ozen, but were I to be in the area I would check it out. Rajneesh and his people are doing great things.

      • shantam prem says:

        This is good answer and shows your inner maturity.

        I feel happy and learn much from your posts when at the sight of provocation, you write down-to-earth. When someone punches and you remain cool is Zen, I think. I am mastering the art. Right now it is below 50% success rate.

        And yes, Rajneesh has taken a leaf from the book of Senior Rajneesh, whereas handpicked trustees have chewed them as beetle leaves.

        God willing, I would love to visit Rajneesh´s Oasis to show my appreciation, but my inner contentment will be to restore Original creation or create my own village of huts.

        I am not a person who loves grandiose architects and too much luxury.

        • sw. veet (francesco) says:

          I dream the same, Shantam.

          Things like…
          If 5000 sannyasins put 2000 euros each…

          I know at least 5 friends ‘on the road’ like me, working only to pay the bills, if each of them knows another 5 people…to start 200 sannyasins with at least 5 friends are enough…

          Where?
          In the land of Pepe Mujica, near the sea.

          This was the dream, then come the details…

          Pyramid Leadership or Democratic Choices?
          Self-sufficiency or market economy, or mix?
          Omnivorous, vegetarian or vegan diet?
          Alcohol and cigarettes allowed or healthy?
          Welcome children or demographic policy?
          At least one mandatory cathartic meditation per week or less?
          Encountering (Pune1) or creating trust (Pune2) approach?
          Invite Enlightened ones (Oshoites or not) to give Satsang?
          Allowed private spaces or dormitories?
          What distribution for age groups, Pune 1-2-3, 33%, 33%, 33%?
          etc…

          Ciao,

          VF

          • satchit says:

            “This was the dream, then come the details…

            Pyramid Leadership or Democratic Choices?
            Self-sufficiency or market economy, or mix?
            Omnivorous, vegetarian or vegan diet?
            Alcohol and cigarettes allowed or healthy?
            Welcome children or demographic policy?
            At least one mandatory cathartic meditation per week or less?
            Encountering (Pune1) or creating trust (Pune2) approach?
            Invite Enlightened ones (Oshoites or not) to give Satsang?
            Allowed private spaces or dormitories?
            What distribution for age groups, Pune 1-2-3, 33%, 33%, 33%?”

            First the dream, then the reality.
            Must be the reason that all these communes fail or they turn into something one does not like.

            • sw. veet (francesco) says:

              The dream is part of reality. It is thanks to it that you find the passion to overcome the details of the list.

              What seems to be missing today, among the people of Osho, is his ‘political vision’, rebellious.

              It is as if the ‘in charge system’ has neutralised that enthusiasm and freshness (which could still resist at a more intimate individual level) with a global paranoid wind (wars, terrorism) blowing on tired lives.

              Pursued by fees, bills, bureaucracy and legal battles, trying to figure out how the new mobile or a new app works, it seems that ‘stay inside’ is more than a choice of ours, it’s a subtle control strategy of others.

              If there is no more space in the global market for Zorba then the Commune must provide vital space.

              Ciao,

              VF

              • satchit says:

                Freshness comes only from the fire of the individual, commune or not.

                ‘Commune’ is the same as ‘mankind’. Did you ever meet mankind?

                You are responsible for your life, nobody else. No Osho, no commune. Bhagwan created only the Neo-Sannyas situation.

                Ciao.

                • sw. veet (francesco) says:

                  Not only Zorba, Buddha is also a social animal. Their freshness is a threat to the sick society, which reacts.

                  Aloneness is your choice, isolation is a political issue (but you can ignore it, believing to be free, to go in).

                  Hug,

                  VF

          • Bong says:

            Pyramid Leadership.
            Self-sufficient market economy mix.
            Omnivorous.
            Demographic policy.
            At least one mandatory cathartic meditation per week.
            Allowed private spaces.
            Pune 1-2-3, 33%, 33%, 33%

  2. Parmartha says:

    I like the spirit of Lokesh’s post. Enthusiastic and positive comment along the way of his footfall on his island.

    I could imagine that if Shantam was given the option that Bahram was, flights and accommodation for a few months, he would take it. Trouble is, he doesn’t have some trade or skill to swap!

    On the other hand, I have known people who, however, turn down such opportunities. There is a sort of ‘not knowing’ about what the future might give oneself that has to come in here, and a kind of living on the edge.
    35 years ago many of us managed this by some great magnanimity of Existence, as we hit the road to Poona, and into commune life later.

    • kusum says:

      Forty years ago…& forty years younger; when one is young it is easy to be moulded & be influenced. At young age money & practicality are never a main focus.

    • Lokesh says:

      The way of the white cloud.

    • shantam prem says:

      Nice to see Parmartha writing with biased mind.

      It will hurt the fragile ego of many to know Rajneesh is one high profile disciple who has openly acknowledged the fire of honesty in my non-stop writing over politics and passion around Osho´s work, he has given standing invitation.

      Those who were condemning him, joking him on this very site are trying to be positive. Parmartha, be a gentleman and accept you too have looked at junior Rajneesh with contempt in the eyes.

      • anand yogi says:

        Perfectly correct, Shantambhai!
        At last the retarded baboons of Sannyasnews have had their egos crushed and their buttocks reddened to perfection by the Zen stick of Swami Rajneesh!

        The resistance of the anti-Osho forces of SN, exemplified by Parmartha and Lokesh, have been blown away with the force of the aftermath of a large plate of re-fried Mexican beans! They have surrendered!

        Their disgusting, inappropriate, anti-Osho jokes have bounced off the enlightened armour of a true warrior and his merry band!

        So who is laughing now?

        Hahahahahaha!!

        These fools for years decried Swami Rajneesh and his disciples who in fact are the Anandas, Tilopas and Marpas of the new age, as a third-rate tribute act with absurd chants of: Clone, clone, clone, clone, clone, Osho impersonator, internet pirates of the Caribbean, internet parrots of the Carribean, “Brian”,the “Clone Ranger” and all sorts of disgusting jokes about the size of Rajneesh`s dick and how it would never stand up in court, but now the Anglo-Saxon baboons have found themselves with no other option but to hurl themselves at his feet and the feet of his chief disciples, Dhyan Raj and Mini Kang, who, let us not forget, conducted themselves for lengthy periods with exemplary dignity in the face of unprovoked and vicious attacks from the unconscious baboons and supporters of therapriests and Osho-killers on SN!

        Shantambhai informs us that Rajneesh has recognised “the fire of honesty” in his (Shantam`s) “non-stop writing around Osho`s work.” What greater or more accurate recommendation of the wisdom and enlightenment of the man could there be?

        Shantambhai, these years of buttock meditation have served you well! Now it is time to finally transcend your holy underwear forever!

        Drink some ayahuasca, go loco and get down to Mexico and take your rightful place in the lineage of Oshos of which Rajneesh and Dhyanraj are only the first! Get on your knees with a bottle of superglue and embrace the beyond and the behind of the master!

        But you may have to wait in line behind Lokesh, Parmartha and the other SN baboons who have finally seen the light!

        Yahoo!
        Hari Om!
        Hahahahaha!

        • Lokesh says:

          The great Yogi makes a welcome return.

          • anand yogi says:

            Perfectly correct, Lokesh!
            When the disciple is ready the master appears!

            Of course,the western baboons will claim that I am “a few chapatis short of a thali” or suffering from “delusions of grandeur” or some other ridiculous disease dreamed up by therapriests to murder buddhas and steal their money!

            Buddha did not have therapy!
            Krishna did not need his heads examined!
            Mahavir did not need a check-up from the neck up!
            Osho did not create the white coat brotherhood!

            Yahoo!

        • shantam prem says:

          Marvellously cool.
          No malefic, no reverence, this is Zen Osho style, even patriarch will get his share for bluffing.

        • kusum says:

          A.Yogi, have you thought about pursuing career as a writer in some comic magazine?

          • anand yogi says:

            Kusum,
            You are thinking that enlightenment is some kind of joke?

            Apart from laughing at the exact moment of punchline when a fully certified and authenticated enlightened master tells a joke, as true devotees do, it is out of the joke and must be taken seriously!

            Do you think that characters such as Brian Rajneesh and his followers are some sort of characters out of ‘Mad’ magazine?
            And Arun and Modi are some kind of Laurel and Hardy outfit?
            Is the Atman something out of Marvel comics like Superman or Batman?

            No! All these heroes of consciousness have selflessly worked for aeons for mighty Bhorat dressed in lunghis with belly hanging over and over-sized chuddies and made great proclamations such as “Thou art that” and “Jus` like that” in order to free the unconscious likes of you from the wheel of karma and you find it amusing?

            It is certainly Kali Yuga!

            You are probably also thinking Shiva`s holy lingam is evidence of the world`s first knob-gag!

            Hanging around in the cesspit of negativity that is Sannyasnews is clearly hampering your chances of liberation, Kusum, and as a native of mighty Bhorat, you should be picking up your Nirvana with the same ease as Shantambhai picks up his dole-cheques!

            Yahoo!
            Hari Om!

            • shantam prem says:

              Yogi, oh Yogi, it will be in election manifesto of ‘La Marche’, Pune, Yogi will be given free gate pass and room in the commune for being stand-up comedian of Osho community.

        • Tan says:

          Thanks, Yogi, a good laugh!
          I needed it today because the news from the tower block fire really upsets me.
          Cheers, my love! XXX

          • frank says:

            I forgot…

            There was a man called Rajneesh
            Who looked just like, well…Rajneesh.
            Many said he was an impostor
            But I nominate him for an oscar,
            He`s an actor who`s found his own niche.

  3. sw. veet (francesco) says:

    Lokesh wrote above:

    “My reason for writing the short article is because of my respect for Bahram. He is a soul brother and if he tells me that the Ozen community is a happening place I take his word for it.

    Rajneesh is not on an ego trip.

    I have no interest in visiting Ozen, but were I to be in the area I would check it out.

    I was, of course, curious to hear about his trip and what he made of Rajneesh … his odd personality and his copycat Osho image. There is no need in my life to judge him, because he has nothing to do with my life.

    Rajneesh, like most people, took Bahram and asked him to stay 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“.

    I guess to know what Lokesh means: if you encounter a buddha, between a tequila and another, ask him without judgments: where have I seen you?

    Ciao,

    VF