Letter written on 25 Feb 1963
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 is written on an Inland Letter form, decorated with an apparently hand-made kind of "letterhead", with his address as 115, Napier Town. See discussion for a deeper consideration of the "apparently hand-made-ness" of this letterhead. And 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 would write "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 25th February 1963 and sent most likely from Jabalpur, per the "letterhead". 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 #65), though this development appears not to be fast-tracked. In the letter, Osho mentions going to Delhi to speak and launch a meditation center, which would join the list of centers in other places from Bombay to Calcutta.
११५, नेपियर टाउन
प्रिय. श्री डेरिया जी,
मैं आनंद में हूँ।
सबको मेरे विनम्र प्रणाम कहें।
रजनीश के प्रणाम
२५ फ़रवरी १९६३
- Partial translation
- "Dear Shree Deriya Ji,
- Pranam. Your letter is received. I won’t be able to come to Niyomi Ji; neither there is time nor convenience. (Note: ‘नियोमी जी’ seems to be incorrect transcription, it can be some place for a Jain Teeth / Temple where Deriya Ji wants Osho to visit for a talk. Ageh in Beloved Osho gives name "Nihshreyiji".)
- I will be going to Delhi to speak on ‘Samadhi-Yog’ and one Meditation Centre also to be inaugurated there. These types of Centers have been started at Bombay, Calcutta, Jaipur, Kanpur, Udaipur, Chanda and other places. Thousands of persons have been connected and the hope is built that Meditation can be reached house to house. Meditation is a central element of religion – re-establishing of it could bring revival of the religion."
- See also
- Letters to Deriya Ji ~ 11 - The event of this letter.