Dinner with Osho

Intimate Tales of Two Women
on the Path of Meditation

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Two women – both housewives, both in close personal relationships with Osho long before he became the high-profile mystic he is known as today. Two spiritual journeys – both guided by Osho, but tailored to suit two contrasting personalities and their very different lives.

Savita Brandt’s fascinating new book enables us to see the interweaving of their inner meditative and outer housewifely experience, as mediated by Osho’s inimitable guidance. A rare, in-depth insight into the highs and lows of two lives lived under the shadow of Osho’s warm-cool Zen stick.

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From Urmila’s story…

His living room was a small, simply furnished space with cane chairs and plumped cushions and, against one wall, a green-covered takhat where several people could sit together cross-legged propped up against several bolsters. Against the other wall there was a cane sofa with more cushions, and beyond the latch window, where hung some dark green curtains, I could see the front path and the lawn edged with drying creepers. White mogra blossoms poked their faces up against the window panes.

“Take a full breath, like a little baby,” he said, gently demonstrating.
“As we grow up we start breathing from the chest, but really it’s the belly that should go up and down with the breath, not the chest. And while you’re breathing like that, try not to think about anything. Concentrate on your  breathing through the nose; focus on it going in and out through the nostrils and be conscious of the place where the breath touches inside, between the eyebrows.”

From Shobhana’s story…

He explains how, down through the centuries and all over the world, women have been suppressed by one generation after another; he tells us how they have been exploited for their mysterious gifts of motherhood and out of fear of their erotic powers that weaken men’s resolve. My ears prick up; my attention focuses. For the first time in my life, someone is speaking about me.

There had been a time when Osho had given importance to my existential questions, and lent them significance. But his next letter helped me see how my endless questions merely gave fuel to the chaos, and fed the same mind that asked them. He seemed to be telling me more and more to let go of them, so as to make me aware of the part my ego – my desires and attachments – was playing in all this.

Reviews for Dinner With Osho

“Dinner with Osho is a beautifully written book telling the stories of two Indian women devotees of Osho in the 1960s, when he was travelling and leading meditation camps all over India. There are many detailed descriptions of Osho and his interactions with these women as he guided them on their spiritual paths... I thoroughly recommend this book; it is a really lovely read.”

Ma Anand Devika, author of Love Song for Osho

“Just now I finished reading your book ‘Dinner with Osho’... I would like to thank you for this touching beautiful book... This book you wrote is epic, the best! Not only to be able to read about Osho in the early days and the intimate tales are precious. It is much more! Osho’s teaching becoming alive.”

Mahadevi

“While reading from the first pages till the last pages of Urmila, it happened and is still happening that I cry and cry, and I wished I was her, to be so close and intimate with Osho. You wrote everything as if alive, everything is like a living picture, I see Osho walking talking sitting everything – so alive!”

Darpan

“The stories told by these two intelligent and articulate women of very different personality types make for both touching and inspiring reading”

Rashid Maxwell, author of The Only Life: Osho, Laxmi and a Journey of the Heart (Simon & Schuster)

“Savita Brandt is a thorough and resourceful chronicler of Osho’s life, capturing for posterity those delightful and little known aspects of his work, which would otherwise fade into obscurity”

Subhuti Anand Waight, former political correspondent to the Birmingham Post and author of When Shakespeare Lost the Plot and Wild Wild Guru (Hodder & Stoughton)

Reviews for Dinner With Osho

Dinner with Osho is a beautifully written book telling the stories of two Indian women devotees of Osho in the 1960s, when he was travelling and leading meditation camps all over India. There are many detailed descriptions of Osho and his interactions with these women as he guided them on their spiritual paths... I thoroughly recommend this book; it is a really lovely read.

Ma Anand Devika, author of Love Song for Osho

Just now I finished reading your book ‘Dinner with Osho’... I would like to thank you for this touching beautiful book... This book you wrote is epic, the best! Not only to be able to read about Osho in the early days and the intimate tales are precious. It is much more! Osho’s teaching becoming alive.

Mahadevi

While reading from the first pages till the last pages of Urmila, it happened and is still happening that I cry and cry, and I wished I was her, to be so close and intimate with Osho. You wrote everything as if alive, everything is like a living picture, I see Osho walking talking sitting everything – so alive!

Darpan

The stories told by these two intelligent and articulate women of very different personality types make for both touching and inspiring reading

Rashid Maxwell, author of The Only Life: Osho, Laxmi and a Journey of the Heart (Simon & Schuster)

Savita Brandt is a thorough and resourceful chronicler of Osho’s life, capturing for posterity those delightful and little known aspects of his work, which would otherwise fade into obscurity

Subhuti Anand Waight, former political correspondent to the Birmingham Post and author of When Shakespeare Lost the Plot and Wild Wild Guru (Hodder & Stoughton)