NEW DELHI India --
A famous pop hit; a 2000-year old folk song and an evergreen
Hollywood dance number were all played at a meditation camp to experience Osho’s
dictum ‘Celebrate Meditate’, writes the camp leader, Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.
Eat, drink, and be merry.
Yes, and meditate.
That’s the new man.
The New Man is Zorba the Buddha, says Osho.
We know Buddha, but who is Zorba?
Zorba is totally carefree, loves life, sings and dances and celebrates
whatever comes his way.
Alexi Zorba is the leading character in a famous novel, Zorba the Greek,
which was made into a blockbuster movie in 1964.
So it was natural to conduct a meditation camp on ‘Discovering Osho’s New
Man’ and during this camp at Oshodham, New Delhi, the video for Zorba’s dance at
the end of this movie was played for everyone to see and learn the steps.
The next morning, everyone started dancing to the Zorba tune.
As two participants demonstrated the steps, others moved with them in ecstasy
with this elevating music.
Soon the dance became intoxicating and all danced to this tune many times.
The famous Israeli folk song and dance, 'Hava Nagila', was also
introduced to them with its foot tapping pop version sung by the attractive
Lauren Rosa and became an instant hit, especially when its meaning was
This 2,000-year old song says, "Let’s rejoice and be happy"; exactly what
Osho urges all the time.
Forming two circles, they danced to this ditty; one circle going
clockwise while the other, anti-clockwise. What a spectacle of music,
movement and celebration!
Finally, they learnt about the super-hit called just ‘Happy’ by Pharrell
Williams which has sold 14 millions of copies and has become a global
success with hundreds of videos shot to this music from all corners of the
Again, this song has a spiritual dimension as it declares in its chorus:
"Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof;
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth;
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you;
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do."
When the participants were told that many groups from across the world,
including most Indian cities, had shot and uploaded their own version of this
dance, everyone was eager to create their own video with Osho quotes on being
So here were three top numbers celebrating life; everyone danced; and when
exhausted, they all sat in deep silence to meditate absorbing the enormous
energy they had generated.
That’s how they moved from Zorba the Greek to try to becoming Zorba the
This Osho insight had become a reality for them in silent meditation.
Now, it was their experience!
They heard Osho saying, "Zorba the Buddha is something totally new in the
There have been Zorbas, there have been Buddhas, but they have remained
always opposed to each other.
Zorba represents materialism, Zorba represents the West.
Buddha represents spirituality, Buddha represents the East. Zorba
represents the earth, Buddha the sky."
So what is this all about?
Osho says, "Zorba the Buddha, on the one hand, is the end of the old man —
his religions, his politics, his nations, his racial discriminations, and all
kinds of stupidities.
On the other hand, Zorba the Buddha is the beginning of a new man — a man
totally free to be himself, allowing his nature to blossom.
There is no conflict between Zorba and Buddha.
The conflict has been created by the so-called religions.
Is there any conflict between your body and your soul?
Is there any conflict between your life and your consciousness?
Is there any conflict between your right hand and your left hand?
They are all one in an organic unity."
At the end, thanking Osho was never enough!
"I understood how group meditation helps go deeper" says a participant.
"It was an amazing experience to be a part of this camp," said 25-year
old Hemanshu Agarwal, who came to Oshodham for the first time:
"The ashram was so full of energy of all the sanyasins.
"There was music, dance, laughter and meditation of course, yet there was
a distinctive silence all around us.
Being there was really blissful, especially during evening sessions and the
Here is what Hemanshu experienced:
"I enjoyed dancing because it helped me become more aware of myself and
my mind’s control over my body.
"Dance was tiring but it was really joyful and fun, especially doing it
with so many sanyyasins together.
"I felt livelier after dancing and it’s a good physical exercise too.
"Osho always used to say whatever you are doing, become that doing.
"For example, if you are dancing, become the dance itself, and I realized
what Osho meant by it. It was a really great insight and I hope it will
become deeper and more powerful for me."
"I felt Osho when I was doing meditation at my home after I came from
"I felt he was around me, protecting me, helping me subtly to go deeper and