Letter written on 3 Mar 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. 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 postcard is dated 3rd March 1960 and is apparently sent from Jabalpur. 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 #60), though this development appears not to be fast-tracked. In the letter, Osho mentions possibly getting together when he comes to Itarsi (MP) on Mar 10.


श्रद्धेय डेरिया जी,
आपका कृपा पत्र। सहज मेरा मन अपने में ही रहने का होता है -- सब आना जाना व्यर्थ ही दीखता है। जो है सो भीतर है; वहीँ सब ध्यान को लगाना है। अभी तो मृत हूँ ; वहीँ केन्द्रित होकर जीवन मिलेगा। अजंता हो या एलोरा -- बाहर तो बस मृत्यु ही है; फिर भी, अब तो ' हां ' कहकर बंध गया हूँ, इसलिए चलना ही पड़ेगा। १० की संध्या मेल से इटारसी पहुँच जाऊँगा। -- आप आजायें और श्रद्धेय ऐनकुमार जी भी चल रहे हैं, तो उन्हें भी ले आयें। कहें, उनसे वे भी जरूर ही चलें -- किसी को पीछे छोड़ने से नहीं होगा, सबको -- जो पिछडे हैं उनको और भी -- साथ ले चलने से ही होगा। शेष शुभ। सबको प्रणाम। जयहिंद, सत्याग्रह, सेमरुन को स्नेह।

रजनीश के प्रणाम

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

"Revered Deriya Ji,
Your kind letter is received. I feel just to stay within my own self – all coming – going seems to be of no use. Whatever is within there only the whole attention should be. Now I am dead; life would be achieved by centering there itself. Be it Ajanta or Ellora – there is only death outside; still I am bound by saying "yes" now so will have to go.
I will reach Itarsi on 10th evening by Mail – you come and Revered Ainkumar Ji is also coming – so bring him also – tell him definitely to come. No one should be left behind – those who are behind it would be necessary to take them along.
Rest OK. My pranam to all. Jai Hind. Love to Styagrah Association.
Rajneesh Ke Pranam"

See also
Letters to Deriya Ji ~ 07 - The event of this letter.