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My Merinews articles: Some interesting experiences
With the advent of internet, Google search and sharing of articles, photos and videos on social media, most unexpected consequences can come about. These are some of my experiences:

Article on Maharshi Mahesh Yogi:

In February 2008, I wrote in Merinews an article - 'Maharishi: My giggling Guru'.

I had taken part, along with two American scientists researching on Transcendental Meditation (TM) for 3 months. On the shores of Lake Lucerne, Switzerland, we studied the qualitative changes which come about in brain waves, when one is in a meditative state. The findings were educative and surprising.

The comments to the article, cutting across faiths lauded Maharishi's philosophy. A reader also asked for my email ID, so that we could communicate further. This led to months of correspondence on matters concerning other modes of meditation, also.

8 years later in 2016, I was surprised to receive a Facebook message, which was in half English and half Spanish. The sender had a very imposing name of 'Rafael De La Puente Aravena', all the way from Santiago, Chile in South America! He enquired, if I was the same person who years ago wrote an article in Merinews, on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. On my confirmation, he informed me that he was Director of the TM movement in Chile and some other Latin American countries. TM has been introduced in schools and corporate offices in Chile and other neighboring countries.

He wrote, that he regarded me as a 'senior' as I had personally known Maharishi for years, while he had never met him. He also keeps me regularly informed about all the new developments at his end. Planning a trip to India this year, I look forward to meeting him and family, as Facebook 'friends' and more!

Articles on Osho:

In June 2008, I wrote two articles on Osho - 'Osho, my friend' and 'Wings and Roots'.

Rajneesh (Osho) and I had known each other from our student days.

One reader, styling herself as 'Ma Meera' (probably an Osho ashramite) sent me her blessings. Another asked for my email ID. Sharing my ID opened the floodgates. I started getting emotionally charged letters from the believers! Many said that tears were rolling down their cheeks! From Osho Center, California they wrote that they had quoted the Merinews article in their Sanyaas International. Few months later, the UK Center wrote in similar vein and quoted the article. All wanted to know more from me, about Osho as a person. All of them thought that I was very special person, having known Bhagvan personally. As if I had rubbed shoulders with Elvis Presley!

I also found that the January 2017 article, 'Cashless with Osho' has been quoted in Osho News with prominent logo of Merinews! See inset.

Article on Aga Khan III and his grandson;

The March 2017 article - 'Conflict resolution: The sagacity of Aga Khan III and his grandson Aga Khan IV' has been referred to in Ismaili Mail, under 'Opinion'. The link to the Merinews article has been given.

The commonality I find in the above responses is the spiritual element in the widely divergent personas of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Osho and the Aga Khan, though one may believe or scoff at their belief systems and teachings. Among both the rich and the poor, between our joys and sorrows, there is an underlying unstated yearning, which seeks a pathway to the Ultimate Goal!

(PS: I had shared on Facebook and Whatsapp my latest piece on the Samosa. In response, the mails ranged from scholarly to hilarious. One friend described a train journey from Amritsar to Howrah. During first part of the journey, the snack was being hawked at railway platforms as 'samosa'. Then halfway through, the platform hawkers shouted, 'tikona, tikona'! On entering Bengal, the name changed yet again as 'shingara, shingara'!)

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