Letter written on 19 Jan 1960

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From 1957 to 1968, Osho wrote many letters to Babulal Ji Deriya, of Babai (MP), India. The wiki has images of thirteen, believed for now to be all of them. Most are written on postcards. This one was written on an Inland Letter form. See Deriya Ji's page or Osho's manuscript letters for links to all these letters.

For the Post Office, Osho used his full name as above. In addressing him personally, he wrote "Poojya Deriya Ji" or "Shraddheya Deriya Ji" (venerable, honoured), only later using the more familiar "Priya Deriya Ji" (dear, beloved), but all following his sometime custom of addressing male friends by their last names. See also Lashkariji, Punglia Ji, etc.

This letter is dated 19th January 1960 and Osho also includes a partial address with the date, Gupteshwar Marg, Premnagar, Jabalpur. Missing is a more precise sense of where exactly around Gupteshwar Marg -- Gupteshwar Marg / Road is a main drag in Premnagar, so a number, a house name might help too -- but there is enough info put him in a particular area at that time. It doesn't exactly match up with some other reported "facts" that have come along, but we have to treat Osho as a good source in this matter.

An English translation was published in Sw Ageh Bharti's book Beloved Osho, and likely the Hindi original version was published previously in one of Ageh's Hindi books. It is said also to be in line to be published eventually in a larger edition of Prem Ke Swar (प्रेम के स्वर) (as letter #62), though this development appears not to be fast-tracked. In the letter, Osho ponders an invitation to speak but is in a truth-cannot-be-put-into-words mood and will participate only in a limited way if pressed.

श्रद्धेय डेरियाजी,
आपका कृपा पत्र और निमंत्रण मिलाः ख़ुशी हुई। मुझे बुलाया है पर मैं बहुत कम ही कहीं जारहा हूँ -- मन गहरी बदलाहट में है; मौत का असीम रहस्य स्पष्ट होता जाता है। सत्य है वहां, जहां विचार नहीं हैं, ' मैं ' नहीं नहीं हूँ -- विचार से सत्य नहीं पाया जाता है। विचार के अभाव में उसका अस्तित्व है। यह प्रतीति गहराती जातीहै तो बोलना व्यर्थ सा प्रतीत होता है। इससे आने को मन नहीं कहता है --- पर यदि आप नहीं माने, तो केवल एक दिन को -- अंतिम दिन आजाऊँगा। बहुत नहीं बोलूँगा केवल एक छोटी मोटी चर्चा में ही भाग लेसकूँगा। शेष शुभ। सबको मेरे विनम्र प्रणाम।

रजनीश के प्रणाम

१९-१-६०,
गुप्तेश्वर मार्ग,प्रेमनगर,
जबलपुर (म.प्र.)

Deriya-letter-19Jan1960-letter.jpg

सेवा में --
श्री बाबुलाल जी डेरिया,
मु. पो. -- बाबई (म.प्र.)
जिलाः होशंगाबाद (म.प्र.)

भेजने वाले का नाम और पता :-

रजनीश,
गुप्तेश्वर मार्ग,प्रेमनगर,
जबलपुर (म.प्र.)

Deriya-letter-19Jan1960-address.jpg
Partial translation
"...Because of this my mind says ‘no’, but if you do not agree then only one day – on the last day I would come. I won’t talk much but can participate in a small discussion or so. Rest OK. My humble pranam to all."
See also
Letters to Deriya Ji ~ 05 - The event of this letter.