On the Edge
by Yoga Punya
I have just finished reading your amazing book, ‘On the Edge’ and wanted to write and thank you!
To be honest, I’m not a fan of ‘accounts of Sannyas past’ anymore… and yet, I really wanted to support you and had the feeling that whatever you write will be worth reading and that there will something to learn from your life and path.
I wasn’t disappointed. 🙂
It was beautiful to move with you through your amazing life. So many Osho reminders; so many touching moments; such a rich life – both inside and out! And a HUGE respect for your willingness to surrender with such a yes to all that came your way!
As I traveled with you through the pages, I was also reminded of the time our paths crossed there in Edinburgh in a little meditation center on the Royal Mile! I was just a fresh-faced Sannyasin then… but remembered loving the space you both created there and feeling very comfortable in your presence. How amazing that at that time you already had sooo many years and experiences behind you and I was just making my first baby steps along the way.
You also reminded me of that magical space I had experienced in the ashram… those early morning silences with steaming hot tea after Dynamic; the beauty of the Nalla Park… and also of the time I spent playing music there in Buddha Hall.
I don’t think we ever played together… but thank you for reminding me of the space and heights we touched in those White Robes.
I also found the way you touched on the thorny subject of what happened to the ashram after Osho left the body, very mature and insightful. I had never heard that quote from Osho but it helped put the political happenings that have played themselves out in the resort into the bigger picture of simply ‘how-things-are’.
Though we come from very different sannyas generations, there were some delicious parallels and you helped me to see that despite the fact most of life has been lived ‘outside the sannyas family realm’, in the twists and turns that my own life has taken, I also experienced my own ‘Deesha’s kitchen’ and ‘Ranch process’. 🙂
I had to smile, too at the line when you write about the book ‘Mojud’ and how it ‘has to come to your hands’.
On my very first visit to Pune as a shy 23-year-old, a young Indian boy who lived in a hut by the river gave this book to me as a present – also with all the pictures removed. 🙂
Books have come and gone, but this one is still on my bedside table and has been my constant companion for 25 years.
As I came to the end of your story, the one thing that remained was a question as to how life is for you now… after such a rich life of searching, silence, growth and inner and outer highs and lows?
Perhaps another book? 🙂
Thank you again for sharing your amazing life!
I just finished your beautiful book “On the Edge”. It touched me deeply and I am expressing my appreciation for your sharing your journey as a sannyasin. I laughed and cried along with you and certain inner spaces were opened by your words.
Sw Anand Veetkam (AKA Dr. Robert D. Schenck)
For a long time I’ve tried to follow the precept ‘live in the present moment; drop the past’ but when I was reading your book some precious moments from my past became so tangibly present I had to revise this idea. I could feel, smell taste and touch those amazing other worlds I’d also experienced in Pune and on the Ranch.
It seemed that the past had become my present reality. So may be there’s a timeless dimension in which treasured moments are eternal and if so they are never lost.
Thank you dear Punya for leading me there.
“On the Edge” was compelling and fascinating reading for me. Before reading it, I had little idea of what life was like as an insider at the ashram or on the ranch. Now I have a deeply painted picture. Punya’s courage and effort in writing the book are inspiring and I am very grateful for it.
Having been there myself, I can only admire Punya’s wonderful gift to bring back the vivid atmosphere and unique flavour of those exceptional times and places, where so many extraordinary human beings discovered the blessings of just being ordinary and so many ordinary guys were transformed into a laughing and loving community of extraordinary living Buddhas.
What echoes through and through in Punya’s book is the whole concept of “Trust.” She continuously reminds us that if you are going to receive initiation from an Enlightened Master, then it requires that you trust, with awareness, in all its dimensions, the life that unfolds for you.
Thank you, Punya! A great tale! Highly recommended.
Congratulations, Punya, on this brilliant achievement. To write a book like this needs huge courage and deep commitment. This morning a copy arrived in the mail, I was so excited I opened it for a quick scan through as I had a lot to do today…but simply could not put it down, words just flow effortlessly off the page and now I am going back to it! THANK YOU for your beautiful writing.
Ikkyu (aka Audrey Jenkinson)
Your book is a major contribution, and I postponed writing to you until I had finished my reading. A lot of words could be said here. No need. Please accept my silent admiration.
Swami Anand Neeten (Pierre Evald)
Liebe Punya, wow – ich bin so in Oshos Energie dank deines Buches!!! Erzähle Purnam immer wieder davon oder lese vor… Wunderbar – danke! Love,
Your book is totally enthralling, Punya! I started reading it last night and had to force myself to stop.
Sw Anand Kaiyum (David Bloch)
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