Not paint or brush covering the canvas, her paintings
depict what Osho is saying.
"I become one with Osho and the
canvas," she explains, ‘My experience in meditation is so vast
that it is not possible to express the peace and the bliss at
"Still, I try and also express it in words to share the
meaning and background of what has been painted.
"But both the canvas and the words have limitations," she
Her paintings take different shapes – square, rectangle,
circle, triangle, or pyramid – and depict spiritual themes from
different religions; it’s not religions but religiousness.
Slokas from Upanishads, Gita, couplets from Kabir, sayings Sufi
and Zen masters adorn her art.
Her studio, indeed her entire home, has a special energy and
the aura of Osho all over as she works in silence on up to three
The unfinished paintings wait for her insight to complete
them. Once she has finished her painting, she writes the
background of what it depicts.
Then the painting’s Image and her text are published in
Starting to paint in 2003, she held her first exhibition
titled Spiritual Odyssey in 2007 at AIFACS Gallery, New Delhi,
inaugurated by the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee
who was most impressed and inspired by her mystical art.
Her exhibitions have been inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi,
President Pranab Mukerjee, Parliamentary Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
and other equally distinguished dignitaries.
Harmony and balance are the two recurring themes in her
Depicting these themes in two paintings – Unio Mystica
and The Symphony of Richness – she highlighted the balance
of inner and outer riches through the concept of Zero.
"The more zeros you add to your outer wealth, the more
you get trapped in the cycle of greed and money mindedness.
"If you keep on adding zeros after one, you may become
the richest man, but it will not make any difference to your
"The same zero, that is SHUNYA is OM, in your inner world
will bring the balance, the real treasure for inner
pilgrimage," she writes.
"Osho calls the perfect balance of inner and outer
richness as Zorba the Buddha.
For him, Zorba represents the materialists of the world.
Zorba enjoys the material comforts of what we call the outer
world – food, drink, songs, plays and the wholeness of the
"Osho says Zorba is the beginning that is he is the
foundation and the Buddha is the palace. Zorba is the rock out
of which Buddha’s statue is carved.
Buddha himself came to be Buddha because he lived the life of
a Zorba, for this inner and outer richness which my painting
describes," she writes.
For Pratiksha, her paintings are an attempt to express
the inexpressible, and to offer a glimpse of ‘what is’ to
potential seekers, regardless of their religion, creed or
When Pratiksha was eleven years old, she was gifted a set
of a hundred coloured sketch pens by her uncle, the
enlightened master Osho.
This was in 1975, when he initiated her as his disciple
at her own request. Osho advised her to draw with these
As she was good at drawing from her early years at
school, she was thrilled.
When she used these pens, she not only improved her
drawing but also learnt about using and combining colours.
The older women in her family taught her embroidery, crochet,
knitting, stitching and other skills.
Growing up in the Pune commune, Pratiksha listened to Osho
every day at a very impressionable age, took part in meditations
and absorbed the powerful spiritual vibrations all around her.
This Buddhfield was the most vibrant during that period when
the master was at his highest energy.
Following her master to USA, she continued be close to him
until she returned to India in 1985.
A year later, she was inducted as a fashion designer in New
Delhi when her husband Apurva started a design studio, Oshonik.
Soon, her embroidery on kurtas (Indian shirts) became the
rage for hundreds of fashion-conscious people.
The main attraction was her blending of different colours
and how to use them subtly to make a graceful impact in
But she never promoted her name.
Former Prime Minister Vajpayee, percussionist Zakir
Hussain, sarod player Amjad Ali Khan, former India’s cricket
captain Kapil Dev, among other celebrities, happily wore her
After working as a fashion designer for 15 years on the
outer, she needed to work on her inner balance, and so started
Now she has published a coffee table book, ‘The Mystic
and Her Colours’ containing her 59 paintings with her
commentaries in 33 chapters.
These paintings have elicited fascinating response from
the buyers. A CEO said he sits in silence in front of her
painting every day before starting work.
And when a tricky decision has to be taken, he meditates
before the painting.
An American couple bought her painting and hung it in their
After a few weeks, she got a mail from the wife who wrote she
was married for 30 years and every time they sat down to have a
meal, there was a quarrel.