LoveOsho podcast E123 Champak
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- This is one of the LoveOsho podcasts. It was recorded on 26 January 2021.
- Episode E123: Osho research and archive centre
- with Sw Prem Champak
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- Champak was teaching at a school when he discovered a 5-part series about Rajneeshpuram. He got intrigued and realised that the essential information was missing: who was Osho? And why thousands of people were pulled there? Champak started his own research. By reading and listening directly to Osho, Champak was deeply touched. He decided to start collecting the first editions of Osho’s books and slowly the project took the form of a research and archive centre. Today Champak is looking forward to working with academic institutions to catalogue and curate the archive and create an Osho exhibit that can be shared with the public in the future.
- Today our guest is Swami Prem Champak. Champak took sannyas in 2012 and is the Director of the Osho Research and Archive Center in Portland, Oregon. Champak is a historian, archivist, teacher, and spiritual seeker. By collecting physical objects and artefacts, Champak aims to keep the stories of the sannyasins who lived in Rajneeshpuram alive. Champak is dedicated to educating the public about the true essence and the spiritual element of Osho, which is too often sensationalised or ignored.
- Here’s what you’ll learn in this episode:
- 01.45 - How Champak came to know about Osho
- 08.00 - How the research centre started
- 10.50 - Building the Osho museum and historical archive of items
- 13.50 - The initial struggles and resistances faced by Champak
- 16.10 - Champak’s drive and motivation
- 18.00 - The spiritual part of the story about Osho is missing
- 22.45 - Champak receives requests for research and family connections
- 25.15 - An overview of the items Champak has collected
- 31.20 - How Champak finances the project
- 32.35 - The most meaningful items for Champak
- 37.40 - Champak’s vision for the items
- 41.10 - New projects to share Osho’s vision
- 46.00 - Osho’s greatest contribution to the world
- 47.20 - The most beautiful gift Champak received from Osho
- 48.15 - Champak and Osho
- Music and Voice by Chinmaya Dunster