Letter written on 20 Sep 1960

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Letter to Gulab Bhai Soni, in Gadarwara. It is unknown if it was published. It was written on 20th September 1960, on his personal letterhead stationery of the day: The top left corner reads: Rajneesh / Darshan Vibhag (Philosophy Dept) / Mahakoshal Mahavidhalaya (Mahakoshal University). The top right reads: Nivas (Home) / Yogesh Bhavan, Napiertown / Jabalpur (M.P.). Many of his letters on this letterhead have had the number 115 added in by hand before "Yogesh Bhavan" to complete his address; this is one of them. In fact, it is not only the earliest known specimen of this letterhead but of any of Osho's personal letterheads.

The wiki has images of three other short letters written to Gulab Bhai. The three known ones are all written on postcards:

Letter written on 11 Dec 1959
Letter written on 15 Sep 1960
Letter written on 6 Sep 1961 am
Letter on 20 Sep 1960.jpg
रजनीश
दर्शन विभाग
महकोशल महाविद्यालय
निवास :
११५, योगेश भवन, नेपियर टाउन
जबलपुर (म. प्र.)


प्रिय गुलाब भाई,
आपका पत्र मिला। मैं २४ सितम्बर को सुबह की पैसेन्जर से गाडरवारा आजाऊँगा। सभा में शांति और व्यवस्था का ध्यान रखें। संख्या अगर कम भी हुई और शांत वातावरण रहा तो कुछ मन की बातें कही जासकती हैं। यह मैं इसलिए लिख रहा हूँ कि इस तरह के उत्सवों में जाने का मेरा अनुभव सुखद नहीं है। मैं आपके ही कारण आरहा हूँ : जबलपुर के बहुत निमंत्रण दुर्गोत्सव के लिए थे; पर मैं ऊपर निदेर्शित कारण से ही उन्हें अस्वीकार कर दिया हूँ। विषय भी पूर्व-सुचित करदें तो अच्छा हो। "धर्म और साधना" - विषय ठीक होगा। इसी विषय पर बम्बई, पूना और विदिशा में बोलकर कुछ दिनों पूर्व मैं लौटा हूँ।
शेष सब मिलने पर। सब को मेरे प्रणाम कहें।
रजनीश के प्रणाम
२० सित. १९६०.
Translation
Dear Gulab Bhai,
Received your invitation. I will be coming to Gadarwara by the morning passenger (train) on 24th September. Take care of peace and discipline in the assembly. Even if the number (of people) are less and the atmosphere remained calm then some talks of (my) mind can be told. This I am writing because my experience to go in such celebrations in not pleasant. I am coming because of you. There were many invitations for Durgotsav in Jabalpur; but because of the reasons as instructed above I have turned down them. It is better if the subject (of talk) is informed in advance. "Dharm Aur Sadhna - (Religion And Meditation)" - subject would be good. After talking on this subject itself I have returned back from Bombay, Poona and Vidisha few days back.
Rest when we meet. Convey my pranam to all.
Rajneesh Ke Pranam
20 Sept. 1960

Note: As per Hindu calendar of 1960 Durgashtami was on Wednesday, September 28, 1960 - this is celebrated in Navratri normally two days before Dusshra - and DURGOTSAV starts 4/5 days before Durgashtami. This festival Devi Durga is also celebrated in similar lines with Ganesh Festival. For five days there would be big idol of Durga Devi in a huge public shamiyana and after Ashtami Pooja the idol will be immerse into water. So there a large public gatherings during this festival.


See also
Letters to Gulab Bhai ~ 03 - The event of this letter.