Last month Nepal was host to delegates from 19 countries in First World Congress for Osho’s legacy, thanks to organizer Bodhisattva Swami Anand Arun, founder of Osho Tapoban. More interested in boosting souls, Arun’s lifelong efforts have resulted in boosting the reputation and economy of Nepal, now known as a significant “meditation destination” around the world.
His most recent global efforts to save Osho’s legacy by literally “moving” it out of Pune Ashram are one more big boost to Nepal.With 54 years of immersion in the Enlightened Mystic Osho and his meditations, Arun has made significant contributions to the culture and tourism of Nepal via his worldwide following. Arun has initiated over 100,000 seekers from 80 countries, many of whom are repeat visitors to Nepal’s Osho meditation centers.The formation of RSSI was an organic move to go one step further and make the Osho legacy move to Nepal official.
RSSI Founder and Chairman Arun welcomed the First World Congress of Rajneesh Sadhana Sangh International (RSSI) for three days in September 2026/28. Held at the thriving Osho Tapoban campus in Kathmandu, the RSSI World Congress convened 200 delegates and center leaders from all over the world to re-structure and re-spark the future potential of Osho’s legacy to reach millions. Why is this important? Osho’s legacy has been desecrated for decades by Osho International Foundation (OIF), widely reported in the news.
Bollywood superhit screenwriter, Kamlesh Pandeywas the key celebrity guest, along with top musicians and singers of Nepal. According to Pandey, a longtime Osho disciple, “The formation of RSSI is the most important decision taken since Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh left his body in 1990.”
A fiery speaker with a lion’s roar, Pandey also referred to the Osho Pune ashram as the poison for which Nepal’s Osho Tapoban is the antidote. Declaring a new start for Bhagwan, RSSI participants have studied the many lessons learned from the demise of Osho and ongoing legalities that have destroyed his Pune ashram and commoditized the personhood of Osho.
Mirroring the far-reaching vision and care by the ancient Buddhist councils after the death of Buddha, Arun is supported by thousands of disciples in forming a new global hub, RSSI, to preserve Osho’s legacy for the future world.
Templeton Prize nominee, Arunemphasized the mission of this new global network with future plans to promote, grow, and support Osho meditation in an effective and globally connected community.
Actively protesting the massive worldwide damage done to Osho’s legacy, Arun has been letter writing non-stop and leading thousands to write letters to India’s government leaders over the 33 years since his Master’s death. Rather than wait on lethargic government to act responsibly, Arun has once again applied his unstoppable creative vision to re-imagine, re-focus, and re-organize. His new structure supports a global Osho network in a positive, life-affirming way.
Throughout the conference, Arun’s tone had a now-or-never urgency in offering a healthy and wholesome alternative path to the tragic destruction and lengthy legal nightmares perpetrated by Osho International Foundation (OIF).
The three-day RSSI World Congress program featured numerous Osho centers, including six of Nepal’s seven provinces, along with two USA centers, Osho Nirvana and Osho Universal Center, in Dallas, Texas. Delegates shared the stage in a global conversation across Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany, India, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Russia, Scotland, Thailand, Tibet, UAE, UK, USA, and more. The global RSSI organization and website are structured for transparency, participation, and ease.
Since Osho’s death, many thousands of disciples have faded or dropped meditation. Reversing this global decline, RSSI Founder and Chairman Arun took it upon himself, to launch new ways to reach millions of new meditators and preserve the purity of Osho. In calling upon considerable people-power from around the world, Arun’s new organization is well-supported to encourage participation and contain the legacy of Osho, along with establishing simple guidelines for disciplines that nourish the meditator and practice.
The global network is designed to protect and revitalize the Osho movement, restore its sanctity, and pave the way for world access to Osho for future transformation. For three days, participants unanimously agreed that the Pune Ashram is dead, stripped out, de-energized, smashed by greed. The formation of RSSI, in effect, picks up the pieces. With the global office in Kathmandu, RSSI benefits the legacy of Osho and also marks Nepal as the new Osho pilgrimage destination.
Arun described this historic move of the Osho ‘psychosphere’ in terms of exile, saying that just as His Holiness the Dalai Lama left Tibet and lives in exile, Osho left Pune and now “lives” in exile in Nepal. One participant summed it up: “The Osho focal point is no longer Pune; the new headquarters is Nepal, Osho Tapoban. With full global participation by centers in many countries, RSSI marks a new beginning for Bhagwan, a rebuilding in love and sanctity. If you want to experience Osho, come to Nepal. Osho Tapoban has two Osho Samadhis and you feel it.”
The future looks very bright for Osho’s legacy safeguarded in Nepal, a country much loved by Osho. Thanks to RSSI, disciples are actively launching the gentle “relocation” based on a visionary re-imagining of the next chapter for Osho’s legacy. Many participants see the need to completely abandon the ‘war-torn’ Pune ashram, like a sorrowful battlefield. Delegates relayed personal reports and internet reports of Pune ashram as a dead-end pilgrimage stripped of Osho presence. RSSI efforts result in the radical relocation of the Master’s pilgrimage destination– physically and spiritually– to a respectful, pure, and soulful headquarters in Nepal.
In large part through Arun’s massive efforts with centers in all but one province here, Nepal is becoming the meditation, mindfulness, and mental health hub for the spiritual tourism industry. Arun and his facilitators have helped hundreds of thousands of people to live more peacefully and consciously, with practical tools for increasing mental health, through the art of meditation. Many believe the future will see and know Bodhisattva Swami Anand Arun as a global humanitarian and a world healer in the same way Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was, as well as Thich Nhat Hahn, whom King nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
In addition to protecting Osho’s legacy far into the future, Arun’s work has resulted in another amazing benefit to Nepal. With so many meditating medical students in Nepal, the country is now in a prime position to lead the way for the future of medicine with aholistic blend of medicine, mental health and wellness, and meditation.
Throughout the three-day conference, it was obvious that the very passionate Arun, had invested his every resource and hope in launching RSSI as a last chance to resurrect global interest in and access to the wonder and purity of Osho—Bhagwan– for the future of humanity. Historically, Nepal has always beena significant spiritual hub for ever-evolving humanity. In 400 B.C. after the death of Buddha, the First Buddhist Council convened under the leadership of his disciple Mahakashyapa.
The gathering was held, not to fight over the trademark, copyright, and commoditization of Buddha’s personhood, name, likeness, and words, but to discuss how to preserve His precious teachings, freely given, for a future world. The council also established essential guidelines for monastic disciplines in the absence of their living Master. In the same way, Arun’s RSSI efforts for Enlightened Master Osho, basedin Nepal, will offer the same protection and sanctity in preserving Osho’s legacy.
In conclusion, Osho Tapoban and RSSIare separate organizations. RSSI is a separate legal trust in Nepal. The RSSI office is located in Nepal’s first Osho center established almost 50 years ago in the early home of Arun’s family in Kathmandu, the Asheesh Rajneesh Meditation Center, an esoteric Osho pilgrimage site for seekers.