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Metal detectors, scanners at ‘gateless’ gate

The “gateless gates”, as Osho Rajneesh had chosen to describe the entry points to the famous Osho International Meditation Resort in the city, sported metal detectors and scanners ahead of the 79th birth anniversary of the spiritual guru.

December 11 is Osho’s birth anniversary. A week ago, on December 5, the meditation centre inaugurated its new gate in keeping with enhanced security requirements at the meditation resort, which has distinct entry and exit points, following the German Bakery blast and the discovery that David Headley had visited the commune twice, apparently to target it later.

The gate has a high-end metal detector. There is also a reception desk at the entry point covered with steel rods on three sides.

Amrit Sadhana, a management team member at the commune, said that after the bakery blast, the authorities had issued an advisory to tighten security and the new gate is in keeping with the instructions.

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As to why the commune was bereft of any special celebrations, Osho’s birth anniversary on Saturday, she said, “Each day is special for us and we celebrate every day.” Commenting on the years when the centre used to witness a series of events and artistes performed, Sadhana said, “It’s past and gone. Osho asked us not to live in the past, move on.”

Along with the new entrance, the centre has come up with a multimedia gallery, also launched last Sunday. The gallery houses lectures of Osho in print, audio and visual form.

Apart from 650 books in Hindi and English, the gallery has 4,000 audio CDs. “Plus we two newly introduced programmes. The first being Festival of Osho organised thrice a year, in monsoon, winter and spring and the second is the new meditation week held every second week of the month,” added Sadhana. Nirmala Savadekar, a freelance photographer, added “We don’t really believe in his birth and death. For me, he is alive everyday. I am just so glad that I am his follower.” On his plans for Saturday, he said, “I will like to be with some other like-minded followers who share the same sentiment for Osho.”

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