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Osho International Meditation Resort information
Indelibly linked with Pune’s identity, this iconic ashram-resort, located in a leafy, upscale northern suburb, has been drawing thousands of sanyasins (seekers) since the death of Osho in 1990. With its swimming pool, sauna and spa, ‘zennis’ and boutique guesthouse, it is, to some, the ultimate place to indulge in some luxe meditation. Alternately, detractors point fingers at the blatant commercialisation and high cost and accuse it of marketing a warped version of the mystic East to rich, gullible Westerners.
To make up your own mind you’ll have to cough up the (steep) registration and daily meditation fees. Tours of the facilities are no longer permitted – the only way to access Osho is to pay an initial ₹1400, which covers registration (passport required) and a mandatory on-the-spot HIV test (sterile needles used). You’ll also need two robes (one maroon and one white, ₹500 to ₹700 per robe) and attend a welcome session (daily at 9am). Note that the rules and regulations are very strict, even pedantic: swimmers are only allowed to wear, and have to pay for, (Osho maroon) swimwear and there are mandatory (Osho maroon) clothes for the gym. Indian nationals are also lectured about behaviour (eg not hassling Western women) in special etiquette classes.
Once you’ve got all this out the way, you can then pay for a meditation pass (₹760/1560 per day Indian/foreigner, with discounts for longer stays). Oh, that’s apart from the fee to enter the Basho Spa (where the pool, Jacuzzi, gym, saunas and tennis courts are all located), which will be a further ₹280.
The main centre for meditation and the nightly white-robed spiritual dance is the Osho Auditorium (no coughing or sneezing, please). The Osho Samadhi, where the guru’s ashes are kept, is also open for meditation. The commune’s ‘Multiversity’ runs a plethora of courses in meditation and other esoteric techniques.
In the evenings, as well as meditation sessions, there’s a ‘nightlife’ program, with parties, cinema and theatre and ‘creativity nights’.
Photography is not permitted anywhere in the ashram.