HWL Poonja (Papaji) sought experiences with the God Sri Krishna after an awakening at 8 years of age. Ramana Maharshi finished the search. Papaji taught relatively unknown for 50 years until he settled in Lucknow, enlightened Andrew Cohen and Ganagji
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HWL Poonja (Papaji)

HWL Poonja (Papaji) sought experiences with the God Sri Krishna after an awakening at 8 years of age. Ramana Maharshi finished the search. Papaji taught relatively unknown for 50 years until he settled in Lucknow, enlightened Andrew Cohen and gave satsang to thousands of Osho sannyasins following the Mahasamadhi (passing) of Sri Bhagwan Rajneesh. After years of communal living, group therapy and seeking they were astounded to see awakeing happen so easily, so quickly.

Western seekers poured into Lucknow only to emerge as confident enlightenment teachers days later. After Andrew Cohen came Gangaji, Isaac Shapiro, Mira, Neelam, Arjuna Nick Ardagh, Eli Jaxon Bear.

But then came dissent, controversy and splits. Andrew Cohen said Papaji had recognised his enlightenment. But Papaji to writer David Godman that he had only met 2 enlightened people in his entire life: Ramana Maharshi and an unknown man.

Many people had temporaray awakenings and some believed that Papaji had declared them enlightened only to find that that the state subsided after several months. Papaji stopped declaring people enlightened.

Some people were told to teach and called themselves Messengers (of Papaji), while others gave unauthorised satsangs. Papaji's satsang format, presentation style, concepts and mannerisms were frequently imitated.

How then can one choose a teacher? Find a teacher who gives a taste of No-Mind - this a good sign. This page and topic will be developed soon....