Talk:Jyoti Shikha (ज्योति शिखा)

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(Older, from 2014, some of which may be obsolete, predates more specific info below and all the issue images from Anuragi)
Most of the information for this page comes from Neeten. His Osho Source Book has a whole lot more scattered about in many of his pages (search for Jyoti, since title is rendered in various ways) but a good deal can be found in more concentrated form in the Periodicals subsections of his Jabalpur and Bombay sections, respectively 2.10 and 3.9. Neeten in turn got much of his material from Sw Gyan Bhed and Sw Ageh Bharti.

A few details: Individual issue images are not currently available but the collage may do nicely, photo by Neeten. <== now obviously obsolete

"Jyoti Shikha" has been translated in various ways, "Lamplight," "The Divine Flame," "Life Awakening" and (by G**gle) "Crest of the Flame." "Life Awakening" looks like a crossover error, since that's what "Jeevan Jagruti" means, so take yer pick.

Jyoti Shikha was published from Bombay by Jeevan Jagruti Kendra for eight years, fulfilling its function of connecting Osho's people fairly well and coming to an end because Osho's move to Pune meant a big shift in everything. After a couple of years, a need was seen for more frequent publication so another newsletter / magazine was launched from Jabalpur, Yukrand, which ran from 1969 to 1975.

First issue details: Jyotishikha. Vol.1, Issue 1. June 1966. 110 pages. Editor: Jattu Bhai Mehta. Publisher: Raman Lal Shah, Bombay. Printer: States People Press, Bombay. Quarterly magazine. Subscription: 5 rupees for one year. Also given editorial credit are Durlabhji Khetani, Gulab Chandra Seth, Rishabh Das Banka and Purima Bahin, perhaps for subsequent issues. Later on it was edited by Bollywood actor Mahipal.

Rudra says: "Edition notes : first issue was 121 pages!" Why this exclamation mark? The next issues also seem to have a lot of pages. --Sugit (talk) 16:54, 17 March 2020 (UTC)

Sep 1966

In a Facebook post, 2 Aug 2017] (, Rajendra Swami Osho Wala quotes the Sep 1966 issue. Translation by Sw Shailendra Saraswati.

1 अगस्त 1966 को ओशो ने जबलपुर विश्वविद्यालय को अपना स्तीफा दिया On 1 August 1966 (*1), OSHO resigned from Jabalpur University

"आचार्य रजनीश द्वारा विश्वविद्यालय की सेवा से त्यागपत्र"

आचार्य श्री के क्रांतिद्रष्टा व्यक्तित्व के प्रभाव में देश के कौने कौने में विचार जागरण की एक सशक्त लहर पैदा हो गई है. उनकी मौलिक शिक्षाओं ने सभी वर्गों के व्यक्तियों को प्रभावित है. वस्तुतः उनके आसपास एक आंदोलन ही आविर्भूत हो रहा है. इसलिए देश भर में उन्हें प्रेम करने वालों का आग्रह था कि वे जबलपुर विश्वविद्यालय के महाकौशल विद्यापीठ के आचार्य पद से मुक्त हो जावें ताकि उनके सान्निध्य और सत्संग का लाभ बृहत्तर जनसमाज को उपलब्ध हो सके. आचार्य श्री कहते थे कि जब प्रभु की इच्छा होगी तो वैसा भी हो जावेगा।

1 अगस्त को अनायास उन्हें लगा कि वह समय आ गया है और उन्हें विश्वविद्यालय की सेवाएं मनुष्यता की बृहत्तर सेवाओं के निमित्त छोड़ देनी है. वे तब यात्रा में थे, लौटते ही उन्होंने त्यागपत्र दे दिया। यह समाचार हजारों व्यक्तियों के ह्रदय आनंद से भर देगा। क्योंकि इस भांति आचार्यश्री जिस "धर्म-चक्र-प्रवर्त्तन" में संलग्न हैं उसके लिए अब उनकी पूरी शक्ति समाज को उपलब्ध हो सकेगी। उनके अमृत उदगार सोई हुई आत्माओं में धर्म की ज्योति को जला सकें यही हमारी कामना है।

संपादक ज्योतिशिखा

“Resignation from the university by Acharya Rajneesh”

A strong wave of “Awakening of thoughts” has arisen in the far corners of the country under the influence of the rebellious personality of Acharya shree. His basic teachings have influenced people from all walks of life. In fact, a movement is burgeoning around him… and there was a request from those who loved him, throughout the country, that he should free himself from the post of acharya (professor) of ‘Mahakaushal Vidyapeeth’ of Jabalpur University; so that his presence and the benefits of ‘satsang’ with him could become available to the majority of the public. Acharya shree used to say that whenever god would be willing, that could happen.

On 1 August, suddenly he felt that that time had come and he shall leave the services of the university for the services of the greater humanity. At that time, he was travelling in train…as soon as he returned, he resigned. This news filled the hearts of thousands of people with joy….because as a result, his full energy will be available to the society for the “dharma-chakra-prawartan” (“putting into practice, the wheel of dharma”) which he is involved in. It is our wish that his essence can set aflame, the rays of spirituality in those souls which are asleep.

Editor – Jyoti Shikha

सितंबर 1966 के अंक से साभार

Courtesy of the September 1966 issue

Osho picture found with FB rajendra.swami.7 posts 1485474511509638.jpg

Image published with this Facebook post. Unknown if this was part of the magazine.

Osho resigning from university

doofus-9 22:30, 12 October 2019 (UTC):

See note (*1) in the table-header above. Shailendra has correctly translated this FB post but the original headline does not contain "1 August" or any date. It is true that "1 August" does appear in the original text but there is some context to understand to make this more accurate.
First, the same editor in the same "News Department" of the same issue has already assigned Aug 1 to two other events: the last day of a three-day satsang in Chanda, in upstate Maharashtra and then in the evening, a talk in Gondia, also in extreme upstate MH but closer to Jabalpur. It is not possible that he could have handed in his resignation on that day.
So the question remains, well then, when? We cannot know with 100% certainty, but reading the circumstances as described above, he had his aha moment on the train back to Jabalpur, probably the next day. Depending on train schedules and such, he could have reached Jabalpur early enough on Aug 2 to have done it then, but the view has been taken (by this writer) that more likely would be the next day, Aug 3, and so that date has been entered in the 1966 Timeline. There is no need to favour Aug 2 solely because it is closer to Aug 1. There was no aha moment until he was on the train, whenever that was, and that was at least the 2nd.

DhyanAntar 15:39, 4 September 2020 (UTC):

In Letter written on 3 Aug 1966 xm Osho himself tells "Yesterday itself I have given information to leave (resign) from the service of the University. Now it has become difficult to drag it any more. It has felt like as if a load is released."

Sugit (talk) 07:16, 8 September 2020 (UTC):

Also, in Letter written on 2 Aug 1966, Osho writes "I am leaving my services from the University so that I get engaged in the service of God on a vast scale."
Together with that "I have given information" seems to suggest that he has announced his resignation to the university on August 2.

Jan 1968

Couple of tidbits from the Jan 1968 issue: The subtitle was found on the back cover and translates roughly as "Dedicated to the spiritual resurrection of man".

And the title of the discourse on the first page, "स्वतंत्रता की ओर", means roughly "Towards Independence". It is a somewhat generic title but so far in the wiki's not too shabby collection of titles, it has shown up only in one other place, as a chapter title of Satya Ki Pahli Kiran (सत्य की पहली किरण). Talks for Pahli Kiran are also of an appropriate vintage, Aug 1967, but after that, any likely match falls short, as they are said to have been given in Ghatkopar, a suburb of Mumbai, not at Cross Maidan. Not impossible of course, but for now this will have to remain a stray infobit. -- doofus-9 05:58, 4 July 2017 (UTC)