Letter written on 19 Jan 1960
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.
रजनीश के प्रणाम
सेवा में --
भेजने वाले का नाम और पता :-
- 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.