Shantam Iqbal Singh (aka Swami Shantam Prem), a prolific, long-time contributor to Sannyas News, reflects on his 32 years’ experience of Sannyas. (He chose the title of this article).
I love the story of a caged Elephant sheding tears of rage, waiting for death or freedom.
I also love the story of an Elephant who did not budge from his place when an inferno in the forest brought a fearful rabbit under his shadow..
As a social identity, my deepest reverence is for my Sikh heritage where masters and disciples sacrificed their life fighting against invaders who were hell-bent to destroy liberal ethos of India.
I recite every evening the Sikh prayer, where we wish peace, harmony and prosperity for everyone and remember the sacrifices of masters and fellow-disciples by saying, “Waheguru Waheguru Waheguru….”.
‘Waheguru’ means “O, glorious, mysterious, wonderful Lord, invisible yet visible in each and every atom..”
When this Sikh young man started wearing Orange with Mala of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, it was a shockwave in my community. I knew thousands of Sikhs as well as Hindus felt hurt..
I remember one young man telling me in December 1985 after the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the subsequent massacre of Sikhs, he felt even more hurt to see me in this Rajneeshi garb.
He was convinced because he knew my activities; it was news in my town, that during ‘Operation Bluestar’ I started crying in the Gurudwara.
Sikhs don’t cry – I cried; this I have learned from my contemporary master: Men do cry, strong men also weep.
For the last 32 years I have maintained a balance between two polarities:.
I am enraged to see the decline of a master from my land who had the capacity and vision to share the best of Indian warmth with cold-blooded, heady civilization holding the human heart to ransom.
I didn’t go to OR for Enlightenment. If there is some ultimate state of being I won’t take it from anyone. First of all, no one can give this and if someone can give it I will get it from my Sikh path.
When I hear an Indian saying, “Osho is everywhere”, I say in me, “Wonderful. My Guru Nanak or Guru Gobind Singh must be also everywhere!”
I feel immense love for Christians and Muslims who have always maintained their prophet. has no past, is never born, never dies, only visited the planet to wash our sins with his blood and share the message of God; as if Neo-Sannyas managers stole their idea and gave a modern word formation one learns in the brand management industry.
Master has ripped off beliefs of others. In a just and fair way, I cannot be part of the Belief Circus of medieval times.
P.S: In a nutshell I can say honestly, I have not become a sannyasin because of personal Charisma of Osho Rajneesh, whether He was promoting himself as greatest soul walking on earth after Gautama Siddhartha or being promoted as “Never Born, Never Died” kind of healthy Covid, it was His vision for a better human society, “The New Man”, which took me over. His commune was that lab, a modern day church and research facility. Our job as disciples was to cover the loopholes.