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Osho International Meditation Centre

Pune District, Maharashtra

One of the largest growing Spiritual Centers of the World


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Founded by Osho, the controversial guru, Osho International Meditation Centre is situated at 17 Koregaon Park in Pune city of Maharashtra state. With 200,000 visitors annually, Osho International is not like a typical Indian Ashram. One of the largest growing Spiritual Centers of the World, it also known as 'Spiritual Disney Land. The Ashram offers variety of classes and workshops in everything from organizational development to tantric sex.  

Rajneesh Chandra Mohan better known during the 1970s as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and later as Osho is an Indian mystic, guru and founder of Rajneesh movement. Osho's career as a spiritual teacher began in the mid 1960's when he left his post as a philosophy professor at the University of Jabalpur. He began traveling around India, attracting many audiences with his fundamental vision of personal transformation.

In early 1970's foreigners were also flooding into his Pune Commune. In 1981 Osho moved to the United States, where he and his followers established a small city called Rajneeshpuram on a 64,000 acre land in Oregon. In 1974, he returned to his ashram in Pune where he died in early 1990. 

Osho had devised a number of meditation techniques both active and passive keeping the modern man in mind. For Tantra everything is holy, nothing is unholy, : Osho wrote in The Book of the Secrets He said, 'Meditation is an adventure, the greatest adventure the human mind can undertake. Meditation is just to be, not doing anything--no action, no thought, no emotion. You just are and it is a sheer delight. From where does this delight come when you are not doing anything? It comes from nowhere, or it comes from everywhere. It is uncaused, because existence is made of the stuff called joy!

Meditation is not an Indian method; it is not simply a technique. You cannot learn it. It is a growth: a growth of your total living, out of your total living. Meditation is not something that can be added to you as you are. It cannot be added to you; it can only come to you through a basic transformation, a mutation. It is a flowering, a growth. Growth is always from the total it is not an addition. Just like love, it cannot be added to you. It grows out of you, out of your totality. You must grow towards meditation'.

Located in a beautiful campus of marble walkways, waterfalls and tropical gardens, the Osho International Meditation Centre is one of the India's largest tourist attractions, with thousands of visitors every day -almost entirely foreigners. To get an entry pass one must done a AIDS test done by the commune's own testing center. Those who want to use the Club Meditation facilities, wear maroon bathing suit and exercise wear. The white robe is must for attending the evening discourses. 

Numerous facilities like swimming Pool, Massage and Beauty Parlours, Sauna, Zennis Courts etc are provided at Osho Commune International of Pune. The complex also has a number of beautifully landscaped gardens, which remain open to the general public in the mornings as well as evenings.

The Ashram provides various kinds of meditation, beginning at 6 am including Dynamic Mediation, Vipassana and Kundalini. Each day ends with the meeting of the White Robe Brotherhood which starts at 7:00 pm and incorporates music, dancing, meditation and discourses on topics ranging from the Buddha to Ronald Reagon. The main center of all Osho meditations and celebrations, is posted at the entrance to Gautama the Buddha auditorium. The celebrations held on January 19 (Osh's death), March 21 (Osho's enlightenment), The July full moon, September 8 and December 11 (Osho's Birthday).

One can take courses at the Osho Multiversity which is a world's largest institution where people are taught meditation and personal development methods. Its nine departments include a Meditation Academy, Schools for Creative Arts, Zen Martial Arts and an Institute for Love and Consciousness. People can do meditation at the Osho's Samadhi, four times a day which is situated amidst beautiful surrounding of marble and glass. One should wear white socks to walk this place. Osho Teerth is another attraction of this complex. It is a 12 acre beautiful garden. Photography and video is not permitted inside the garden.