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When Saffron Clad Devotees Took Over Café Royal in 1981 | Coastweek

NEW DELHI India --  When Saffron Clad Devotees Took Over Café Royal - The 'March Event': Shook Up London in 1981. In the press room at Café Royal the most common single line of enquiry, with a few exceptions, was sex.

 

When Saffron Clad Devotees Took Over Café Royal in 1981

NEW DELHI India --  When Saffron Clad Devotees Took Over Café Royal - The 'March Event': Shook Up London in 1981, writes Swami Anand Kul Bhushan.

Followers of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, now known as Osho, organized a weekend song and dance, meditation and exhibition at the elite Café Royal in London’s posh Regent Street.
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They booked the main conference hall and promoted 'The March Event' plastering on London’s double decker red buses, in the labyrinth of London Underground rail system, sprouting in health food stores, book stores, colleges and universities.

It was the greatest splash with his name, his portrait and his mala all over the place.

Over one thousand saffron-clad disciples took over the ornate Empire Napoleon conference centre and four floors of the upper crust hotel by launching 'The March Event' with a thousand balloons to colour the sky red.

The light-lipped, haughty Londoners were shocked, enraged and quite upset with this happening.

No less than thirty media organisations turned up to cover this event about the so-called sex guru.

They were looking for a Sex Orgy or ‘Happiness for All’.

This is how "Sannyas News’ reported the event:

"Do those 1,000 people who attended The March Event a few weeks back know that they attended a

# ‘a sex cult romp’

# ‘a X-certificate version of Ring-a-Ring O’Roses which 50 simulated the sex act’?

Are they aware that they were in a:

 

When Saffron Clad Devotees Took Over Café Royal in 1981 | Coastweek

NEW DELHI India --  No less than thirty media organisations turned up to cover this event about the so-called sex guru. They were looking for a Sex Orgy or ‘Happiness for All’.

When Saffron Clad Devotees Took Over Café Royal in 1981 | Coastweek

NEW DELHI India --  When Saffron Clad Devotees Took Over Café Royal - The 'March Event': Shook Up London in 1981.
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# ‘half an acre of stinking, sweating devotion’ where ‘men performed weird love dance together and women shared wild embraces’?

Nobody we know did.

Did some of the press men go to another event?

In the press room at Café Royal the most common single line of enquiry, with a few exceptions, was sex.

The above extract shows the obsession and fixation the British press from daily newspapers, radio and TV stations had about Osho without knowing him, reading him or meditating with him.

These reporters were not interested in meditation sessions on four floors nor the singing and dancing in the main hall, all they were looking for was sessions of group sex which they never found simply because there not there.

It takes guts to write truly what was going on and one reporter who did got his story killed by the editor who wanted something salacious.

Similarly, a distinguished photographer was assigned by a top magazine to get startling photos but got some divine shots of people dancing and meditating which were again rejected.

Despite all this, some media did report The March Event in their own light.

The highlights were interviews with Swami Anand Teertha and Ma Prem Aneeta who flew in from Poona to face questions about sex orgies.

Teertha said it was all in the past and the ashram has gone beyond that.

Aneeta said, "For me, sex is just a very beautiful natural part of life, not something that needs to be discussed."

The media was frustrated. But not the participants who had a whale of a time.
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Many new comers discovered Osho and his meditations and books.

Ma Prem Sundra described her experience:

"The March Event… A time of meetings, movement between old and new friends and lovers.

"With gifts they bring with his grace, I am carried into situations, things start happening.

How grateful and loved I feel."

 
 

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