Sw Chaitanya Veetaraga

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(Kamlesh Sharma)

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Veetaraga was an artist and a long time sannyasin. He drew Osho’s sketches for many Yukrand and other magazines.

Osho wrote him many letters, in Hindi and in English, in the late 60s and early 70s. The wiki has images of fourteen of them, including one to his wife Maya, a former Jaina nun. Links can be found below the gallery of his paintings. Here is a translation of one from June of 1969, in which Osho talks about a certain aspect of his paintings:

Dear Kamlesh,
Love. I am very glad to know that you are exhibiting your paintings. There are many possibilities with your paintings. Perhaps your paintings are paintings of possibilities. These are not complete. And no good painting is ever complete. Being complete is the second name for death. And your paintings are alive. And that’s why they are incomplete. And what you convey from them is not important but what cannot be conveyed is important. Never try to complete these paintings. The incompleteness of these are like seeds. And there is a meaning in being a seed, there is movement, there is moment. In a tree all this is lost.
Accept my heartiest good wishes.
Convey my Pranaam to everyone there.
Rajneesh ke Pranaam.
26.6.1969
(translated by Sw Satya Anuragi)


Veetaraga lived for a time in Raipur and then shifted to Giridih in Jharkhand State. He left his body in 2018.

gallery

Here are his paintings:

Osho's letters to Veetaraga

(are in both English and Hindi, including one to Maya)

Letter written on 20 Nov 1965 (Hindi)
Letter written on 16 Jan 1966 (Hindi)
Letter written on 3 May 1967 (Hindi)
Letter written on 26 Jun 1969 (Hindi) -- see translation above
Letter written on 3 Nov 1970 (Veetaraga) (Hindi)
Letter written on 14 Dec 1970 (Veetaraga) (Hindi), published originally in Antarveena (अंतर्वीणा), #36
Letter written on 15 Dec 1970 (Veetaraga) (Hindi), published originally in Antarveena (अंतर्वीणा), #41
Letter written on 16 Dec 1970 (Veetaraga) (Hindi), published originally in Antarveena (अंतर्वीणा), #51
Letter written on 9 Jan 1971 (YMaya) (Hindi) -- to Maya, published originally in Dhai Aakhar Prem Ka (ढ़ाई आखर प्रेम का), #48
Letter written on 14 Jan 1971 (Veetaraga) (mixed, mostly Hindi), published originally in Dhai Aakhar Prem Ka (ढ़ाई आखर प्रेम का), #61
Letter written on 20 May 1971 (Veetaraga) (English), published originally in The Silent Music, #18, and later in A Cup of Tea, #247
Letter written on 21 May 1971 (Veetaraga) (English), published originally in The Silent Music, #19, and later in A Cup of Tea, #203
Letter written on 22 May 1971 (Veetaraga) (English), published originally in The Silent Music, #20, and later in A Cup of Tea, #168
Letter written on 23 May 1971 (Veetaraga) (English), published originally in The Silent Music, #24, and later in A Cup of Tea, #283
Letter written on 25 May 1971 (Veetaraga) (English), published originally in The Silent Music, #29, and later in A Cup of Tea, #284