By Hugh Milne
The 'inside' tale as instructed by way of a guy who used to be considered one of Bhagwan's such a lot dedicated fans, one in all his internal circle, and the top of his own bodyguard.
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Oh, it's free," she laughs, and dances away. I listen while Veena explains what this meditation is all about . "There are four stages, and Bhagwan says we must wear loose clothing and a blindfold. " I decide to give it a go, thinking that at any rate I can have little to lose. At five-thirty the next morning I make my way to the upstairs room. Veena is already there, instructing everybody in what to do. There are about ten people in the room. " Here are the blindfolds," she says. "I hope they fit, as we only had them made last night, and there wasn't enough elastic to go round.
He gives me another curious , scrutinising glance, a quick one this time , before reaching for a nearby pen which rests on his neat bookshelf. One eyebrow �rches quizzically above a deep, unfathomable brown eye. " he asks. · EARLY DAYS WITH BHAGWAN 49 'Sannyas' was traditionally the state of renunciation , and a 'sannyasi' one who had renounced all wordly goods, possessions and relationships· to. be at one with God. In Hinduism , a sannyasi is somebody who devotes the last years of their life to contemplation and meditation.
Hmmmm . Your name, what does it mean? Hmmmm. This is strange, nobody in the West seems to know what their names mean. In India, everybody knows. So, I will give you a new name . Hmmmm? Good. " H e reaches for a sheet of his personal headed writing paper, and writes carefully, as if he is painting. The pen he uses isn't ancient at all , but a bright red Japanese magic marker. I had heard that Bhagwan was partial to these pens, and had a large collection. I notice that everything is executed with exact precision, from the writing of the new name to the putting away of the pen.