The series of discourses on Mahavira is arranged in Kashmir for eighteen days.
Osho will be coming from Jabalpur to Delhi by train and will fly from Delhi to Srinagar. From Bombay, we are nearly thirty friends who will be meeting Him there. One other group of about twenty friends from Delhi will join us in Srinagar.
In Srinagar, on the little hill near Dal Lake, cottages known as “Chashme-Shahe” are booked to accommodate the whole group. Somehow the Bombay group has reached there early and we have this opportunity of choosing our cottage. It is a very beautiful place. I go around looking for the cottage which has the best view. Each cottage has two bedrooms, one bathroom and quite a big living room.
I choose the last cottage in the row. It has an open verandah on the back side. The view is the best. One side is over-looking the lake and on the other side are vast fields with a range of mountains behind them. I think this open verandah will be the best place for Osho to sit and enjoy the scenery without any disturbance. I check the bathroom, flush the toilet, running hot water. Finding everything in order, my girlfriend, Sheelu, and I occupy one of the rooms of this cottage with the idea that when Osho arrives we will vacate this room for Him. The other room is occupied by a Bombay couple.
The Delhi friends have also arrived. Everyone looks happy and excited. This is a rare opportunity of being with Osho for a continuous eighteen days. Two cars have gone to the airport to receive Osho. We have a cook with us from Bombay, who is busy setting the kitchen up in one of the huts.
At 2:00pm, Osho
arrives with Kranti in the car of a friend from Delhi. He looks quite tired,
but still meets everyone individually without any hurry. The Delhi friends
invite Osho to the cottage which they have reserved for Him. I silently
walk behind Him. I feel Osho has some magnetic energy which always pulls
me towards Him. Whenever I enter in His energy field I become more relaxed
and silent. He enters the cottage and looking around asks me to check the
bathroom. I go in the bathroom and finding there is no hot water, I feel
very happy. I come back and suggest to Him to have a look at the cottage
I have reserved for Him and to take a shower. The Delhi friends get annoyed
with me but my whole concern is Osho’s comfort. I ignore them. Osho agrees
and I take Him to the cottage chosen by me. It is quite hot, and we have
to walk for about five minutes in the sun. He covers His head with a little
napkin. I am walking by His side, feeling proud of my act. He tells me,
“Seeing the two cars at the airport I knew this trouble is going to happen
between Bombay and Delhi friends.” We reach the cottage. He looks around,
sees the back verandah and smiles at me. We come back to the room where
He sits on the bed and says, “I will stay here.” I am overjoyed to hear
it. Someone is sent to bring His suitcase. In the meantime, I pull my suitcase
out from underneath the bed and carry it to the living room. He asks me,
“Where will you be living?” I answer, “Osho, I don’t know. I will move
to some other cottage.”
He smiles and says, “There is no need to move. You can stay in the living room.” I can’t believe it, to have this unexpected gift of love from Osho. My heart starts dancing with joy and tears overflowing with gratitude. I touch His feet and placing His hand on my head, He says, “Very good.”