The influence of OSHO
I vividly remember the day when a young boy (probably in his early twenties), walked into my office stealthily and closed the door behind him. I might have thrown a questioning glance at him, in response to which he blurted out (with no premeditation), his desire to seek advice from me on some issue which had been literally tearing him apart for a long time. This happened almost ten years ago.
I had known this boy for about a year; he had joined our law firm as an apprentice and I had specially put in a word for him to the management for his appointment. He had all along been a hard working and an honest person with a creative bent and for that, I had special admiration for him. However, lately, everyone in the office had started noticing a steep decline in his efficiency; he had become a perpetual late comer in the mornings and used to walk in to the office with a dazed look in his eyes and unkempt hair. Many a times, I had tried to find out if he was going through some difficult time in his personal life but he would always ward off my questions and try focusing on his work. That day when I saw him entering my office, I knew he had given up and had finally decided to seek my help.
We talked for about three hours and his problem, which was more on a psychological level, came as a piece of surprise to me. It took him quite a while to open up and speak coherently, as he seemed to unravel the entwined threads of his complex thoughts, while he spoke. His problem apparently was none other than OSHO and his ideologies. Poor guy had been reading the OSHO scriptures for more than a year and the ideology set forth therein, had left him completely disillusioned and disinterested in life. He was almost on the verge of renouncing the world and joining the ‘cult’. He revealed to me that his parents had been terribly worried on his account, in view of the decision he had taken for leaving the house. That was my first encounter with OSHO and, with due respect, it wasn’t that pleasant.
From the inputs he gave me, I could gather that he was deeply inspired by the teachings of OSHO and the ‘path’ that was prescribed, therein, for ‘enlightenment’. He handed over to me, some books and magazines relating to this subject, and the material provided was good enough to keep me engrossed for another couple of hours. I was amazed to read the content which lent me an opportunity to have a sneak peek in the ‘self created’ world of OSHO. For the first time in my life, it had been brought to my knowledge that there existed a man who, so confidently and blatantly, denied the existence of God. To propagate ‘anti-God’ philosophy needed some kind of nerve and this man (OSHO) seemed to have surpassed all reasonable standards of ‘courage’ and ‘individual perception’. I tried digging deep into his background in order to find out the source and the reason behind his unconventional and unrealistic thought process.
Originally named Rajneesh, he was born in a Jain family and it is said that he had attained enlightenment at the age of 21 after which he spent most of his time in preaching devotees from India and Europe. His preaching relating to sexual freedom and contentment probably made him the most controversial spiritualist of his time. He had developed a new form of active meditation which was termed as ‘Active Meditation’. This required a person to start with strenuous physical activity (with an express permission to indulge in unlimited sex) followed by silence and celebration. He had developed such a mechanism with an idea of helping an individual to overcome repression, minimize his personal inhibitions and finally slip into a state of emptiness, which he called ‘enlightened state’. On attaining this state of mind, a person was supposed to have no past, no present, no future, no ego, no self, no attachment and on top of it …no mind. His ‘no mind’ theory was really intriguing. It slowly dawned on me why those hundreds and thousands of people, who called themselves OSHO devotees, blindly followed him and did as they were told; possibly it was the magic of ‘no mind’ philosophy. I strongly felt that those devotees, who left their families in lurch, had probably been brain washed to do so. What else could explain the phenomenon, wherein people, blindfold agreed with the theories propelled by a protagonist, and left their families under the belief that the near and dear ones were the root cause of all the suffering in their lives? Ironically, OSHO on one hand advocated the concept of ‘no family’ and on the other, subtly suggested that living amidst a group of unknown people could bring joy and contentment in the lives of suffering individuals. This explained why two stalwarts of Indian film industry (Vinod Khanna and Sanjay Dutt) renounced their career at a time when they were at the top and had no reasons to quit. More surprising was the fact that both of them eventually came back to the world which they had renounced, but after wasting precious 10-15 years of their lives. It forced me to think if OSHO cult was any better than an asylum for the weak, irresponsible and sex freaks.
Against marriage but not in favor of celibacy either
Where does your path lead to?
The most amazing fact which surfaced during my research on OSHO was that the people who joined the cult and lived as a part of that group for some years, had no clue what they were heading towards. I had a chance to come face to face in conversation with a man who was heralded as an ‘enlightened soul’ by the OSHO community. I spent almost an hour with him but he did not have answers to even the simplest of my questions. Possibly he was sitting in front of me with ‘no mind’ of his own. Trust me, I had to leave his place, totally disappointed and dissatisfied. What kind of spiritual path was this when the travelers / followers / seekers did not even know where they were going to or where they had come from? They seemed to live in an absolute vacuum. Perhaps that was the concept of enlightenment perceived by OSHO. Whatever said and done, I could not relate to such an ideology. Creating emptiness, in and around oneself could, in no way, be construed as enlightenment. In my terms, ‘enlightenment’ means ‘knowing’ rather than ‘not knowing’. It means ‘awareness’ rather than ‘ignorance’. Perhaps it’s an escapist attitude to find bliss in ignorance.
God does not exist
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Seerat Kaur on April 27, 2017:
Clearly you have not heard osho's discourses well enough..your writing displays a very superficial understanding...in order to understand osho, you have to delve deeper into your innermost being, which you clearly have not. So please dont make sweeping judgements based on your absolutely puny reserach..Osho like his name is a vast ocean and seeing 3 videos and reading a few pages of his book can teach you NOTHING.
Samarpan David on July 27, 2014:
Anyone interested in Osho as the world's greatest bookman can read his bio-bibliography (1931-1974), OSHO SOURCE BOOK, which has been a labor of love by a Danish librarian, compiled over a 25 year period and available free of charge at: http://oshosourcebook.com
Many seem to know of Osho's life after 1974. His tireless work before 1974 seems less known. Osho is a genius. I am glad India has chosen to put the complete works of two of India's greats into the library of Parliament in Delhi. Those two greats are Gandhi and Osho.
bhalchandra Tikekar on June 06, 2014:
OSHO-WAS NOT A SPIRITUAL PERSON-NOT A YOGI..!
hE WAS AN INTELLECTUAL....
U SAID -U HAVE READ AN ARTICLE BY SRI dATTABAL-OF KOLHAPUR-HIS PHILOSOPHY-"-PROJECT LOVE '.
IN MY OPINION ..HE WAS A ,,"-..BHRASHT YOGI "PL. SHED MORE LIGHT ON SRI DATABAL IIF U KNOW..THX..BHALTIKEKAR@GMAIL.COM
Mazin on March 19, 2014:
Hello Anjali, Actually hello rakesh from kerala who commented on this post 3 years back. I was trying to find Rakesh my friend through google,and it seems like he dont have any digital trail except this Hubpage of Anjali's .So thanks to Anjali for this page. So Mr.Rakesh if you somehow stumble upon this post please mail me firstname.lastname@example.org. I think its a mere gesture that I should add some comments on this page as well or else my ego will be terribly hurt.Basically human;kindly excuse.Also i went to browse on Anjali's photo on web but didnt find her beauty that attractive and also found out that ur some sort of counsellor,so ur thought process would be quite rational and its very unlikely for u to loosen up ur mind a bit.If not then good. The context osho should be changed to life. Osho is just a door. He have suggested 112 techniques of meditation starting with dynamic meditation (catharsis reqd- as we are too rooted to the materialistic life).This techniques are available on internet as videos and pdf files. so dear counsellor if you can try the dynamic meditation along with the music for at least 2 weeks along with a selection of any 1 meditation form from the 112 techniques(choose the technique which might suit u after reading it),it might work wonders for you. In the start these techniques will yield you threads of meditation-like glimpses.It might be a moment or for 5 mins or may be 1 hour.Techniques are just the door to reach a higher self. and i believe osho is a good reference book. Many have had glimpses of nirvana,all around the world irrespective of nationality or gender. and many have attained as well keeping silent.Osho was gem of a kind in sharing the info to all.
So mr rakesh please do contact i want to meet u my friends cheers tc
sanjay on April 28, 2013:
Hi anjali...well i can only say it through my experience about OSHO..and going through few comments above and also the condition of the boy in your office..that..osho has made 360 degree use of his intellect to lead a common man towards truth as logic can be used bothways to prove something right as well as wrong but obviously as it should make some sense also ..and osho in my opinion has beautifully delivered that..ohso obviously appeals to the intellect and many people consider him merely an intellectual..but it is only through experimentation in meditation techniques suggested by him that one starts gaining actual clarity of his vision,perception about truth and all the life he lived...he himself suggest that dont believe me but experiment on what he is saying ..so do some meditation with intensity and sincerity..that is the only way to come out of any sort of confusion about this man or else the comment list will endlessly increase. No intellectual discussion can give clarity about this man.
Kyle Cleveland on April 07, 2013:
From someone who grew up in a mind control cult(TM and Maharishi) I think people need to gain some perspective and read about Cults and cult leaders. The book My Life in Orange is excellent as the first poster stated! My favorite book on this subject is Cults in our Midst by Margaret Singer.
1Click DVD Copy Pro on March 06, 2013:
I would like to say thank you for the marvelous thread, your very informative and that really helped me better understand the topic in a fashionable manner.
arjun on December 12, 2012:
Anjali, what is the need to get so logical about one man. I mean you can spend the same time for something else. It has only created arguments, nothing came out of the blog except infinite argument. Osho never asked anybody to believe in him. All that he did was express his experiences. If it doesn't make any sense to you, just drop it. forget about the man.. If you have missed him once, you have missed him forever, you will not be able to understand him, because he can never ever be understood by logic and calculations. Going by your blog, it is certain that you have missed him. so just drop it.
Pratik on October 31, 2012:
Those people who criticize OSHO, needs to increase their IQ and EQ both to understand real osho. Sorry for being direct. but, its really true. Once you get clear and pure vision towards life, you will be in his love. He is so amazing.
JC on October 28, 2012:
Joseph I like you comment, this is why it was difficult for some people to understand Osho, he was beyond their mind.
Shailendra, Osho said tha people will know just want part of him, and added, that people can chose whatever part of him to criticize. He was right when we judged people, -specially those who are dead are not here to respond- we judge base in our belief system; this it is better to study the content of Osho words rather than react to his words. Do you judge the book or the author?
Shailendra on October 16, 2012:
It's difficult to understand the whole picture, if only a small part of it given to you. It seems you have concluded way to early in your article. All the best!!!
Joseph on August 20, 2012:
When one is sitting do the legs keep walking!?
There is a mastery over legs - hands - mouth, similarly check if one has mastery over thoughts... to start and stop thoughts whenever one wants, else one is handicapped and slave to thinking, slave to mind! Being a slave to mind is equivalent to being a social puppet, emotional puppet!
So the focus on no-mind! Yeah, osho talk a lot of no-mind, because we are so into the mind!
JC on August 13, 2012:
I think you have feel some comments on your initial post, which you said your wrote it from an article. You have feel the comments hard on you, but this is because you do not understand -in objective way- Osho's comments on many topics of life. Also you ignore the content of his words, as many people in his time didn't understand and by the way, further more still there people whom miss use the events surrounding his life to portray him as the bad guy, shame on Indians who could not appreciate his presence in this land, I have understood that the only two photos or books in the Indian Parliament is Gandhi and Osho. This type of thing always happen to people who bring more light to this world, they bit them, kill them then late to nearly worship them. Shame on India you kill your wisdom.....
rajshekar on August 10, 2012:
even jesus was killed, u c every one likes devdas but not at home,v can easily guess dat there is some state like no mind,mind is there but as slave,u c budda,jesus,socretes,krishna,ramana maharshi,lao tsu,george gurdgiff,j.krishnamurti,jed mckenna,jaggi vasudev,ramesh balshekar,nisargadattabodhi dharma,kabir,mohammad,mahaveer,shankara acharya how can all they speak the similar language,is music mind? is love mind?is sex mind?
Deep on June 02, 2012:
Osho ...no mind is presence of being . In the light and wisdom of the presence of your being whatever happening is right . He is making a person confuse , shocked true ,, but there is a reason , same thing he will give all the logic in the favor and all true on the other hand same thing he will give all the logic against that and person is amazed yeah it's true too . But on another hand he will say logic is prostitute don't rely On logic . He is making all the effort for you to think to understand to experience by yourself . His emphasis is always listen to Buddha , Jesus to Krishna to him but always you have to go with your own experience even if ti is against all these you have to follow your own light of wisdom . His all effort to creat chaos in you so you can wake up from your own conditioning of mind and see reality face to face without relying on any other even on him . That was his whole message experience the truth and the way of experiencing is meditation and meditation is simple when you are not thinking about future or past you are just here and now that's it you done now cheersssssss he he he let's enjoy all this present moment without thinking ,,, love you all ,, love this whole world and off course love osho the crazy old bastard he he
G Pangtey on May 25, 2012:
Dear Anjali ,
Based on your definition/understanding of the 'knowing ' ,'aware' and solution giving enlightened ones .
Can you tell me of such masters/gurus whom you have experienced or heard about ? .
Their spiritual solutions /practicies and the impact their methods have made on spiritual seekers and society at large ?
anjalichugh (author) from New York on May 17, 2012:
@Vivek Kunwar: Thank you for addressing me as 'daughter'. That was very touching. I appreciate you taking time to read this hub and the posted comments. You're always welcome. Feel free to come back. :)
Vivek Kunwar on May 17, 2012:
I love you my daughter....
Have some books of OSHO on love.
I strongly recommend you.
And rest, Osho followers stop copy pasting Osho's words to prove him right.
We don't need to do that,his each and every word is so valuable and he is an ocean of wisdom.
ashutosh on May 13, 2012:
Osho's meditation techniques are based on Vippassana techniques re-discovered by Gautam Buddha. In vippasana you become aware of yourself, to save you from getting strayed with the self actualization, he ordained abstinence. Osha tried beat Buddha by breaking this, rule, and result is there. Even with his large followership, he did not reach the heights Gautam Buddha reached. He became Osho which is not Buddha. I will prefer dying human than becoming Osho.
I too find your pointer on affiliation between Rajanish and Sanjay dutt ill-informed. And, it would be greatness at your part if you accept, yes you did made a wrong statement. I see you attempting to push under carpet which warrants to doubt your capabilities to take responsibility of your action.
alok kumar on May 12, 2012:
i realy do not know why pople has so much prblme when guru is rich may be thier ego got hurt , all the hindu sages wree also rich fisrt read thier history they had many wives ,whatver was avaivble then, ram, krishna they was not rich?? as far as witen above one lady say some patch come in eveybody life budda was any pacth he was some prblme ?like u have with money secuirty?fame ?whatevr is said by osho comes from his uneading about life ad it is very near to human phylsogy and innner craving ,but i still belive there is alway mcuh to seek beyond budda , krsina , ram or anybody , this is whole mystery , as far as knowlge is conrned kowlge not make u calm or solve yr porblem , or u cd have sloved mcuh , but how mcuh u cd solve ? in what aspect the more u solve he more ir beome dicfullt
muthyala babu on May 12, 2012:
Thanks for all the comments, the above statements are-- pro or anti Osho,it does not matter but one thing is sure, and i can say it loud, Osho made confusion that is which is every important for us, to know that we are in the state of confusion, after reading or listening his lecture...and this confusion will make us think in a different way, which we have even forgot, that the thought process varies from the mass
manu on May 10, 2012:
ypu all do not want to know truth,,you all are fools and idiots debating over silly things..know thyself..thats it
Pankaj Sharma on May 09, 2012:
@Anjali: Don't you think you're over-reacting a bit and dont judge people by a single comment that they've posted in ur forum.Do u think those who follow OSHO, they 're dumb and they don't have common sence at all. I think we 're free and smart enough to decide. you could be right at some extent but it doesn't mean that you're always right.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on May 09, 2012:
@Pankaj Sharma / Haiku:
I didn't create this hub for taking anyone's side. It was only an opinion based article. Unfortunately, it seems that people who call themselves 'hard core' followers of Osho didn't inculcate / develop, THE most important ingredient of human essence....TOLERANCE. Perhaps Osho didn't make it clear in his teachings or most likely people didn't imbibe his teachings in entirety. In my opinion, a spiritually evolved person does not beat the other person to death for having an opinion of his own. This is what has been happening in this forum. 99% of visitors have almost ripped me apart for expressing my views on Osho. I've stopped responding to the comments posted here and every time I see a rude comment posted, I smile it off and wonder how far away these people are from spiritual path. :) Thanks for joining in.
haiku on May 09, 2012:
Pankaj Sharma, are you meaning that for real or not? and what is the percentage of each side?
Pankaj Sharma on May 09, 2012:
Hi Anjali: I've gone through some of the posts in ur blog. I do have an curiosity to ask you one question.
're u with OSHO or against OSHO? and what is the percentage of each side?
anjalichugh (author) from New York on May 07, 2012:
@ChetanB: Thank you for such a wonderful excerpt. This is practical, realistic and doable. At least I do this consciously all the time. Couldn't resist responding to your post. Thank you for joining in....without an intention to wage war,ridicule me or to hold someone else's brief. :)
ChetanB on May 07, 2012:
WISH YOU ALL THE BEST FROM MY HEART ~~~
There is no need to forget me. Remember me. Go there, and whatsoever you have been doing, continue to do; don't change it at all. The change has to be made in the attitude, not in the work. Up to now you were thinking that it was life. From now on think of it as acting; that's the only change. Go on saying the same things you were saying to people before; whatsoever they expect, go on saying. Do it even more nicely and beautifully because it is just acting.
To be authentic does not mean that you have to be rude to people. To be authentic does not mean that you have to be ugly and nude in the marketplace. To be authentic simply means that you know what is acting and what is real . . . that you are not deceived by your acting, that's all. So don't be deceived by your acting. Do it deliberately -- don't do it unconsciously. Up to now you have been doing it unconsciously because you were thinking this is life. Now you know that this is not life.
So live your life in your inner world and for the outside . . . . For example when you are talking to children, you talk in their language. It is not inauthentic. It is simply a consideration -- that they are children and they will not understand any other language. If you go to a child, you take a toy to him as a gift. You don't take a very serious book to give him. You take a pictorial book that he can enjoy. It is a consideration.
When you are working in the world, you have to consider a thousand and one things. Nothing is wrong in that. Just be an actor and think of the world as a big drama. It is a very big stage where everybody is playing roles.
When you go to Germany and you start working and you smile when somebody comes -- you receive him and you smile -- do it deliberately, do it perfectly, because when one is doing it deliberately, one can do it more perfectly than ever. Really give him a good smile -- as he has never had before. When you are giving it and it is just a smile, why be miserly? And you know that it is not coming from the heart, but who is saying that it should come from the heart? All smiles are not needed from the heart. Knowing that it is just on the lips, make it as perfect as possible.
That person is not here to see your heart. The face is enough for him. So what is the point of putting your heart on the table before him? Do it deliberately, so that when you are putting your heart before somebody, you know that it is true, the authentic. It is no more part of the business world. You are not smiling as a commodity. And you will know -- you have to know what is acting and what is real. When the real is needed, be real. When acting is needed, act. And there is no need to get confused, otherwise you will miss your whole life.
I am not here to mess up anybody's life. I am only here to help you to become more skilful. If you are a thief, I say do it with full awareness and consciousness. If your awareness changes it, I am not responsible for it. If by awareness you cannot remain a thief, it is for you to choose. Just choose awareness or choose your old way of sleep. But I am not here to say don't be a thief. Who am I? Why should I?
I am simply saying one thing -- be aware. And when you become aware, many things which are really harmful will drop. And many things which are just politenesses, mannerisms, which are not harmful at all . . . . In fact they are very helpful. They function as a lubricating agent, otherwise you will be struggling with everybody and life will become just a constant war.
You have walked on somebody's toe and you say, 'Sorry.' You don't mean it -- not even a single thought has crossed your mind of being sorry. You simply say, 'Sorry.' It is lubricating. He also knows that because he himself is doing the same. But where so many people are walking on each other's toes, a few mannerisms will be needed. You are not alone. And it is good to learn the mannerisms -- but do it deliberately.
Act authentically -- that's what I would like to say to you.
When acting, act authentically, that's all.
Vivek Kunwar on May 07, 2012:
God is NOW HERE
You Read it
God is NO WHERE
Rahul Dobriyal on May 06, 2012:
You are rite Anjali but first understand rather than running away from what is taught, No doubt he been most powerful saint ever but in any case u have to undrstand that he is telling you the truth. All cruel acts are due to repression and guilts, experiment this wid urself and you will see the that u are no mre bended towards the unritual acts.....
Vivek Kunwar on May 05, 2012:
Osho taught World
RAM RAM RAM RAMA
A few People made it
MARA MARA MARA MARA
You belong to Second Category
Read what Osho Said about love
and get enlightened just by knowing the love.
There is no good in this world,we have to learn the art of loving Bad.
Don't follow Osho,Just appreciate his wisdom.
red on May 04, 2012:
I am surprised by this content, which is more or less entirely untrue. I have looked carefully at Osho's voluminous discourses. The idea "that living amidst a group of unknown people could bring joy and contentment in the lives of suffering individuals" is nowhere to be found: neither is the injunction to separate from one's family. Neither is "an express permission to indulge in unlimited sex". The assertion that Osho's ideas are designed to appeal to and entrap lost and troubled souls is purely an invention of the author. The idea that there is no god is not, I think, as "unrealistic and unconventional" as all that - and besides, it is not enjoined upon anyone - rather, when the man speaks about theists such as Jesus, he is perfectly happy to accept the use of the term. Similarly "no mind" is not some sinister invention: it is a commonplace of Zen, of the meditation of Basho, Hakuin - and again, it is not offered as a dogma: one is perfectly free to dance and sing to Krishna if one prefers.
Still, I dare say the author will respond that truth is personal and relative, as has been commented so much above. In that case, any lie can become a truth - and one is free to publish one's lies as truths in the hope of influencing others. Fine. Except that is exactly what she imagines Osho is doing - and condemns him for it. Hypocrisy. "Teachings" are nothing but air. Sitting in silence? Please do explain how this can ruin the world. All it can ruin is your paranoid world-view! I live in hope.
Manoj Budhia on April 25, 2012:
No difference between man and god , a enlightened man whose kundlni has risen to sahstrar chakra and who is the ownner of his mind is termed god an ancient culture.
i know its diffcult to understand for class one student the formula of class 10. Same with u all if u dont understand. do reserch some day u can understand.
chetan sandeep on April 23, 2012:
Stop talking rubbish things... you all people know nothing about Osho.. i dont know much about anjali .but one thing i can say ...she is making good publicity & fame by insulting great master of deacade...
Try to remember one small thing...osho never said follow me or trust ...it is your wish to follow him or keep quite ... he is a genuine master of meditation ... you are making money by giving suggestions on medition..so there is no right for anyone to talk like this on osho ... just DO ur business .....dats all
oddictive on April 11, 2012:
But the problem with the philosophy of reaching saturation point is that usually this point never comes. These standard "sins" like sex, alcohol, drugs etc are labeled as such not by mere superstition - they are addictions - the more you try them, the more you want them until they ruin you totally. But I agree that their suppression is of little help.
The only way it seems is to replace them with some other passions that are not so harmful. The problem is though that usually those are not as addictive. But that's why are the power of free will and love for God so important.
Rinkaj on April 09, 2012:
I read your article and few Comments on your Post . And I could not stop myself to write my own feeling here .
1.OSHO is not someone or something to be understood just through words . All Videos posted here are of no use actually . whatever could be said through words has been said by him and Every language ( Please Refer Noam Chomsky and Other Linguistics people in this context) has its own limitation in terms of expressibility and other cognitive related terms . Can anyone express orgasm in words ? He is someone to be felt BEYOND WORDS .
2. Regarding your First encounter , 6 % of Total Population of US is seriously mentally ill ( As per NIMH 2008 Statistics ) . They all must also be followers of OSHO( which in-fact quiet a wrong word to the best of my understanding , OSHO never said anybody to follow him . neither through words nor through any other medium )
3. Please Refer trend of Major thrust of Research on Positive Psychology in US . Recent research shows huge impact of " Mindfulness" in cure of depression and anxiety . and Throughout his life he kept on talking about " Mindfulness" only .
4. If you can convince yourself that Opposition is the only unification then probably you will feel a deep uniformity in all his spoken words which appears to be contradictory superficially otherwise .
Minnie on April 07, 2012:
I am sorry to read about so many comments on Osho, these people have no idea about what they are saying of the greatest Master that has walked the planet, it is because of these great people who misunderstand without even reading him or try to experience what he is saying,that the world has crucified so many enlightened beings.
neha on March 19, 2012:
Dear Anjali, I bumped into your website and reading this article about osho I feel this is my duty to say a few things that u missed out here I haven't read all those comments here coz honestly I don't have time to but anyways ....
The first thing is that u said osho defined enlightenment as a moment of feeling no past, 'present ', future whatsoever but wat u missed out is that enlightenment is all about the present all the time man is thinking about either the past or future but feeling that moment of present only happens to rarest of rare people and that moment is actually a fraction of second but its very hard to catch a glimpse of it, moreover osho never encouraged ignorance rather he said innocence is bliss! There is a vast difference bw these two words if u want u can check on the website oshoteachings.com to know more! Its in innocence that one can be enlightened (the state of knowing everything but still not realizing the fact that he knows everything) in layman's language to be humble just like a toddler! Was he saying anything wrong??? Osho never denied marriage rather he always asked people to experiment nd if u choose marriage to be a path towards enlightenment then that's never gonna happen bcoz again marriage is an institution which has its limitations nd it will never allow u yo grow! I admit he had many rolls Royce but again how does that matter? Rolls Royce is in no way will prevent a man from reaching enlightenment! Yes osho did not donate his money to any charity yet according to me he was the most charitable man to ever grace the earth bcoz he taught me celebration, bliss, happiness, love and most importantly he gave Me absolute freedom to think and judge my own way he 'never ' insisted on following him rather encouraged experimentation! He openly glorified sex! What's wrong? Suppression of sex is doing us no good either prostitution, pornography, incest are all a product of this suppression! Anjali, I suggest u read some of osho 's work! And read them without any judgment or bias and while u read forget about osho and his controversies just simply read and reflect :) and one more thing - u have every right to object or speak against osho or anybody for that matter even Buddha, or Jesus christ you have every right to speak against their teachings and philosophy but at the same time u must provide solid reason and logic as to why u disapprove them! without any bias. If you dont agree with osho that marriages are not the way towards enlightenment then u should tell us on how marriage is the way This is what osho said, he NEVER asked to follow him it was only the people who went crazy about osho because they missed the entire point! Good luck :)
stream_of_life on February 24, 2012:
r u still complaining or have come to an understanding?
email@example.com on February 21, 2012:
I am very very surprised to see so much of a discussion going on in regards to Osho. Why Stop a man who talks the truth as it is. It is very sad that someone who talked about freedom, love and celebration is misunderstood to this extent. Being called a cult or a conman and so on. The world certainly encourages safe players. One who says he is a christian among christians or a hindu among hindus is a great human. This is a very safe and a cunning game. Its like someone cunningly gazing at a beautiful woman and talking of celibacy simultanously. That is the Kind of cunningness Osho points at. and since he is good at pointing at such cunningness of humanity, it fills people with insecurity and guilt. Another thing, Osho can be interpreted in a million ways as is going on in this discussion- Interpreted i mean. not understood. Yes as Osho says One really cannot get close to him if one hasn't kept his mind aside. This discussion proves the point. I understand that Osho loved contradicting himself time and again that to understand the true man has been a challenge to many people who want to decide what kind of personality he is. You cannot judge a man like Osho, trying to is simply futile.
There are people around me to whom Osho's discourses are as soothing as the sound of a peacock and i mean it.
Humbly saying, There is nothing wrong in accepting Osho especially when we have digested things like the 2 world wars, hiroshima & nagasaki or people like hitler.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on February 19, 2012:
@Mohit & Jagmohan:
Thank you for joining in. Your comments are appreciated. :)
Jagmohan on February 19, 2012:
Wow man!! 2 years in 4 hours!! I really thank Anjali for this post. Tarun's story was awesome:) I missed The Lip during the end :( Its been like 4 hours since I sat reading this..just bumped into this post. I love Osho just for this discussion here!! Will be back sometime :)
Mohit on February 18, 2012:
Great article anjali....I've been interested in OSHOs teachings because he kills your power to reason him....if one is using even .01% of his or her brain they would see the inconsistency with which Rajneesh speaks...and he asks everyone not to interpret his words....and how the hell is he helping people..are his followers becoming happy at some point in their lives..I would say no...and what's he deal with unlimited sex? From my perspective sex is one form of lust..like making money, being famous is and it's a never ending journey..so according to Rajneesh people should just go berserk after money and have too much of it so hat it looses it's value...fair point..but isn't that what all people are already doing???? Rajneesh was a fraud...
Abhisheik on February 03, 2012:
Well after going through all the articles something that I have understoodand come to a conclusion is that LIFE GOES ON..... And there is no end to this analysis. people come and live their lives. Different Ideologies exist but choose the one Ideology which you prefer at that particular moment. And Keep living positively and make progress in the Field you want to move ahead.
Aanandam on January 19, 2012:
felt what is the point of discussion?
believe or what?
very personal concern is following someone of spiritual sides therefore my humble request is to not intervene tooooo much rather take it easy & give them luck!!!
Trust in G.O.D(Generator Operator Destructor)
dev on January 16, 2012:
joining u sleeping buddhas in ur deabte on vivekanand...
first ,vivekanad was not enlightened figure(u may b biased towards him)-in chicago conference he gave the vision of ramakrishna(it was not his own ) .when people were praising him,he himself said that u dont know my guru,i m nothing in comparison of him n its all his,i m just a vehicle!!!!........
ramakrishna was an educated figure,to spread his experience in world he needed someone intelligent like vivekanad just as an orator....
vivekanad though became enlightened 3 days before his death,but till than he was just saying the borrowed knowledge...
n plz dont make amteur views abt OSHO....if u find contradictory in him...than u wl hv to accept it as truth...truth always hv 2 aspect,we keep clinging to day only than there is night also.....similar is truth...truth is holistic,it contains both dimesions n only than u cn get complete truth....but u just attach urself to one part n say he is contradictory..grow up n read more of him n ur doubts wl melt lyk snow in ocean...open up ur heart,not the mind only n u wl see the truth!!!!
Ana Roczana on January 14, 2012:
I personally admire osho and because of some of his books I love and enjoy life much more, not judge guys, love, peace and happiness to everyone.
Tilopa on January 09, 2012:
Anjali you also said that he didn't prescribed any technique like buddha did(suffering).
Well the theory that life is a suffering is only a device created by buddha to create an urgency to go beyond the mind.In itself it isn't meaningful. As far as osho is concerned he said that all problems arise out of clinging to the mind and the ego.The only solution is to go beyond the mind.It doesn't mean stopping using mind but it means to know your real self which is pure consciousness.
The concept of "NO-MIND" is not osho's creation...it is a zen concept which means beyond the mind.You should try reading some books on zen and you will understand it.
The zen method is to live in the present moment and that is what osho prescribed. Because in reality only the present exist and not the past neither the future.
Living in the present moment is the only way to go beyond the thoughts and experience the consciouness or 'advaita' state which connects you with this whole existence.
That's why osho emphasised so much on living in the present moment and enjoying the blissfulness . He encouraged people to live a life of love hence he created a 'commune' system where several people lived together.It didn't mean you had to renounce your family but everybody had to live together without personal attachments blocking their growth.
I can only hope that you also try this method of awareness or living in the present moment and we all reach the state which we call 'enlightenment'.
Tilopa on January 09, 2012:
I have read that book and i have also seen his documentary.Most of his bashing is around the things which happened around the ashram in oregon.
Well i would say that he was just not made to be his disciple.He was a bodyguard only in poona and in oregon he used to drive a bulldozer and was no more his bodyguard at that time.
Perhaps people are always interested in negative things....but i am sure you should also read other books by his 'closest' disciples who thought their times with osho were the most amazing times in their life.books like "Diamond days with osho" and many others contain many positive things about him...i would say you search on amazon and you will see that the books positive of him surprass the negatives one.
If you have already formed a bias against osho then nothing can be done...one can collect every negative material to prove their point. Like somebody can find the GITA outrageous and this can be confirmed by the recent gita ban controversy in russia!!!
There are other peoples who hate krishna,jesus ,buddha and peoples like him and they collecy all facts to prove their point.But there are millions whose life has been changed by these peoples.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on January 08, 2012:
@Tilopa: Perhaps I am mis-informed and so is Hugh Milne who spent many years in close association with Osho. Hugh was said to be Osho's body guard and as such knew each & every detail of Osho's daily life. Please read his book : Bhagwan- God that failed. Happy reading!
Tilopa on January 08, 2012:
Oh my anjalichugh you are so ill informed!
I came here by a random goog search and i liked your immature criticism but i gave it up till i came to the end where you say that VINOD KHANNA wasted his 10-15 years of life.lol. How can you tell?
First of all,osho's sannyasin was not of renunciation but of affirmation,he wanted people to rejoice in life rather then renouncing but one also needed to have a base and that was meditation.So he encourage his followers to remain a sannyasin and continue their profession.Atleast you had to do some more research before going on your judgments :)
Read this interview...Vinod Khanna says he still is an OSHO sannyasin.
André on December 20, 2011:
I have been coming across this cult lately and a very good friend of mine has become an adept and changed completely and not for the good. He left his wife for a woman in the cult and since then became a different and not nice person. Obviously someone put him up to these things.
Nikhil on December 15, 2011:
Master OSHO had read more than 150,000 books, do u think, he was less informed about anything specially about lives related to Vivekananda or Ramakrishna.
Do u think u are the one who has been able to find out that OSHO was quoting things about people without having deep knowledge related to them ? If this had been the case, many people would have been negated him & his words in relation to anything being said related to Vivekananda.
And moreover, why do u feel so attached with Vivekananda ? Obviously you or we are born after death of all such people. Anywayz, when OSHO said that Vivekanada was a clever politician. One of the reasons was that, Vivekananda was a sort of hypocrite, where ever he went, he praised the religion of that country, when he gave speech to christians, he praised christianity, he was not truthful. While OSHO , whereever he talked , he said nothing but the whole truth, he didn't care about the consequences.. He was totally synchronized with speaking the Truth, While Vivekananda was doing manipulations in the name of spreading teachings of Ramakrishna, He had a vested self-interest while addressing to the people, & that was the reason , he was praised a lot. Becoz whenever anybody speaks to fulfill the self-interest of the people, he is praised.. there is nothing spiritual in it.
I also have been reading & listening to master OSHO since 2 years. His books, discourses are certainly confusing, but this doesn't mean, one should escape from them. You said in one of the above comments, you feel Fear & depressions after reading OSHO, feel good about it, becoz this happens during the middle of transformation, don't escape from this. Let doubts be there, don't escape from them & don't let them be interchanged by stupid beliefs.
And Moreover understand the core of meditation. That is the real thing, whether Vivekananda was a politician or a sage, who cares.., care about yourself, care about your own growth, grow in awareness, & all your fear, misery & depression will disappear, Understand OSHO, J.Krisnamurti, Eckhart Tolle, & be blissful :)
Rajneesh on September 23, 2011:
Dear Anjali Chugh
One day just sit in silence, but before that wake up without any worries, any schedules, any to-be done activities in mind, with only pure mind approach that you exist and thats all, if you can do that, you will know that what you have been doing till that day was only a preparation to dissolve into the existence
abyrp_2011 on September 05, 2011:
@JC first of all i never want to put up any controversy here in this blog forum. Neither i have any personal grudge with Osho. Y should i have, here i'm just trying to highlight that Osho in several instances never did valuable research before concluding about some saints like Swami Vivekananda. As i wrote in my first blog that m not holding Vivekananda since i like his ideologies a lot. I never hated Osho it was moreover a true fact that i read many of his books and viewed lots of his discourses, its not about understanding his mentality or something what will i get by tarnishing his image in this blog will i get a handful of gold coins "NO" I've gone through many of Osho's articles he is free to say what ever he likes it is his constitutional right which every body has. But so say something out of fact untrue about someone is utterly disgusting. by delivering such articles why he want to infuse confusion, he raises 100 questions in readers mind which r unnecessary why? i think atleast he could have lil bit educated himself with facts before taking such steps.
JC on September 05, 2011:
@ abyrp_2011 - I suggest yo read paper moon comment. If Osho is not a big deal as anjalichugh said, why you bother to talk about him? if it is a matter of perception -as you stated in blog- then you are worst because you pretend to define what is wrong or what is right! is not this also a contradiction? if you fail to understand Osho's mentality why you level him as you do? The same thing happen with Jesus and look how many people rip $ however Jesus never that to happen, but people exploit him others condemn him,Osho said: A buda always will be misunderstood.
abyrp_2011 on September 04, 2011:
@ SKK I appreciate your views but u tell me, Osho in many of his books quoted some stories related to Swami Vivekananda which is absolutely out of context. like the story on his meeting with jaipur's maharaja's palace i wud rather, request u to read the article from his book "The Alpha & omega Vol 2 u will find how sh-rood can be Osho while writing about him. More over what makes him to say that Vivekananda was a Cleaver politician. Then i wud say that he was a far big politician. When he was in Ranch he owned almost 93 Roles Royce why? why he went for Phony sham marriages between his Indian disciples and American ppls to get an illegal extended time to stay in US. Can a spiritual leader is like this who instead of giving something good to the humanity hmself entangled in various scandals and contradictory writings without any inquiry about the facts. Now his followers r so stubborn if BAGHWAN would say that henceforth sun wud rises from west and will sets in east they will follow it blatantly since the very sentence is being uttered from his mouth so devoid of the fact this is the only truth. What rubbish.... Osho's books gives u insight no doubt but it will make u very confuse as well coz he never inquired about the facts or he dosen't know about the person about whome he is passing comment. he's work is just to say on and on and on what is this does this makes amy sence.
C on August 28, 2011:
My aunt is an OSHO guru and she's basically stealing this family's money (which she doesn't work for) and gives it all to this sex cult.
Juan on August 22, 2011:
When I was 15 years old I felt very attracted to Gandhi’s philosophy, until now I receive news letters from his website and have books about him. I have admire other man like him, I have just read a month ago about Vivekenanda. When Osho made some comments about Gandhi I I felt offended, why? But I didn’t get depress, why I would bw?
However, Osho made me to see another side of Gondi’s philosophy and I appreciate that now, that doesn’t mean I don’t like Gandhi’s view anymore. Probably was the best philosophy in his time and in the circumstances that India was, the same I can say about Vivekananda’s time and circumstances that lived by. The same will be said about Osho in 100 years . Circumstances will be different and Osho views would not be applicable, his thought will become just a step in the evolution of human consciousness. By the way, have you ever change your perception about your parents? Has the perception about your parents or wife or kids steady all the time or has changed it? Did they change? Or perception change? Were you in a level of conscious that you didn’t perceive the changes?
When you said: If one man has read 20000 books, written 10,000 books, what of it? It may just be a speech, a word from a pure being that we may require to feel something true within ourselves.
I don’t see any problem if he read only 2000 books and late give speeches collected in form of 10,000 books. What exactly is the problem? Are your thoughts and reflexions come from just reading books? By the way, did Osho write books?.
Were you alive when vivikenanda was alive?
When you said: “Moreover u cannot see a man whose life was influenced negatively by Vivekananda. But I doubt whether the same can be said about Osho”. YES AND MANY!!!!
I’m not defending Osho but I just curious about your assertions on him, you logic don’t follow.
It is a shame that India is still is stuck in mentality that Osho itself denounced, India has had great man of knowledge and consciousness. Likely Osho was clear and direct to point the cunning way of many, he didn’t have hairs in his tongue to said what actually were his thoughts, he was not ashamed of his thoughts and attitude to human nature.
skk on August 20, 2011:
brother when i saw the comment made on swami vivekananda i also felt a little awkward,but in his book enlightenment a revolution:on astavakrageetha by rajaneesh(osho),he refers vivekananda as 'bodhisattva',:one who sacrifices oneself for the salvation of millions.Moreover,if he says Ramakrishna is enlightened&vivekananda is not,what abt the comment made by ramakrishna that,"naren(vivekananda)you are a hero,you are an eternally free soul".why shd ramakrishna say that.osho says vivekananda is not enlightened &ramakrishna is.But the very man whom osho considers enlightened says Vivekananda is an enlightened being.you can see the contradiction clearly.
A being like vivekananda always lived what he preached.Even after 100 years of his passing away the energy of his utterances is extremely vibrant.
Moreover u cannot see a man whose life was influenced negatively by Vivekananda.But I doubt whether the same can be said about Osho.
If one man has read 20000 books,written 10,000 books,what of it?It may just be a speech,a word from a pure being that we may require to feel some thing true within ourselves.
Juan on August 17, 2011:
Tarun, you didn't answer my question:Does right guidance exist? I am assuming that you know some "right guidance", can you point out one?
Taru & Anjali, both of you made assertion that beg the question, but you contradict yourself. or is another EGO TRIP, as you previously said?
anjalichugh (author) from New York on August 14, 2011:
I'm trying to be passive here so that other people get more space to interact with each other. Feel free to share your views in this forum. I might /might not always reply to the comments posted here. Thank you for being a part of this forum and keep coming back. :)
abyrp_2011 on August 13, 2011:
where r u . Y this hub is so down!!! please hub if anybody's there to share with my previous blog..
Tarun Kamra on August 12, 2011:
I agree on defining Osho is pointless...I feel the same.
Second, I feel widout any presence of a person which melts u , Osho words are just a fight of words, Ok???
I am just trying to tell readers to be aware and awareness is the only key in the end which everybdy wants and makes u free!
Third, i am not biased towards anybody opinion, or Anjali or you or anybody and just telling my experience which may mean zero to you i suppose if u r offended ...LOL...:-D
Thanks and read the story which i have posted already, stay happy Juan and thanks all :)
Please don't force me to write again , i don't want to argue ! I gave my opinion , u gave urs i read it whole, thanks , everybody will get in the end what he/she wants!
abyrp_2011 on August 11, 2011:
First of all thanks 4 this hub!!! its a nice place to meet people with various views about the cult Osho. As i want to profess that i'm also a big sufferer after going through some of the articles mentioned in the cults(Osho's)books. I didn't knew anything about Osho before, it was since I came to Pune to do my graduation i encountered with some of the Osho books and discourses. Initially i was a regular viewer of rajneesh talks being broadcasted in Zee jagran. But it was utterly dissapointed me when i read some his books Titled 1)"The psychology of the esoteric" where he is bluntly attacked Swami Vivekananda by saying that whatever he has taught in the name of shriRamakrishna is not authentic and no one can reach to Ramakrshna through Vivekananda and lot more it is so confusing that it will make a reader to doubt certain personalities and bring intense depression.2)In one more of his book the last testament vol 4 again he cited some absolutely illogical, false apprehension and something absolutely out of fact about Ramakrishna mission. He is calling Vivekananda is not an enlightened being. He was a cleaver politician and what not i would like you to google some of his said things about Swami Vivekananda as a whole coz it is Impossible for me to cite all his books and references in this discussion forum coz things are abstracted from many of his books. Now coming to the main point it is for all of you who has joined this hub and commenting on each others viewpoint about Osho. I don't have any intention to cite by giving special reference to Vivekananda and it is not the case, since i like Vivekananda so i'm taking his side and talking, but i would like to say that who gave the rights to Osho to talk whatever he felt about Swamiji and about hs works in his own interpretation. Everybody I guess atleast knows this who was Swami Vivekananda, what was his contribution for India and for what purpose he went to America to represent "The parliament of religions" in 1893, whole life he gave up for the welfare of humanity not a least of taint of Selfishness was there within him. What he did for raising the mass of India who was in a great slumber at that very time he was a source of encouragement for the youths. and last but not the least how much pain did he loaded over his shoulder to preach his masters teaching i.e. Shri Ramakrishna's teachings in its true sense to the whole world so that the world could derive some good from it. In a nutshell Vivekananda according to me was the most unselfish person ever born in this planet whose main motive was to inculcate region of strength, And it feels a great pain when i read in one of the osho books quoting him that Vivekananda's religion of strength was irreligious. since after taht i lost all faith in Osho not coz he never researched before speaking about anybody U must know the fact before u speak or comment about someone not based upon some made up stories of your own.
Anjai i'm living in a constant state of fear and depressed since after reading such articles by Osho. My life style, my personality has started getting hampered.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on August 11, 2011:
Juan: Your post is addressed to Tarun kamra so I guess I should not reply on his behalf. :)Thanks for joining in.
Juan on August 10, 2011:
Try to define Osho is pointless, the challenge in in our own perception. I read your with the same respect a read Osho, you said:..."and to trust anybody is also dangerous now a days." It is any danger to read your post? just because I don't know you personally? when you said: I myself feel now people don't get right guidance and they read any of the Osho's discourse and just end up in an EGO TRIP again. Question: Does right guidance exist? I am assuming that you know some "right guidance", can you point out one?
anjalichugh (author) from New York on July 29, 2011:
@ Tarun Kamra:
Thanks a ton for your valuable insight. There couldn't have been a better way to explain things. I'm sure your post is going to benefit a lot of visitors to this hub. Thanks again.
Tarun Kamra on July 29, 2011:
I feel it is a beautiful blog and clear our doubts, as we can't encounter Osho directly now, may be some people are wrong and may be some are right.
I feel now a days people don't get right and direct guidance as I myself feel.
As Osho also related this story himself if anybody knows that Story!
Once it happened: Buddha entered a village. A man asked him as he was entering the village, "Does God exist?" He said, "No, absolutely no."
In the afternoon another man came and he asked, "Does God exist?" And he said, "Yes, absolutely yes."
In the evening a third man came and he asked, "Does God exist?" Buddha closed his eyes and remained utterly silent. The man also closed his eyes. Something transpired in that silence. After a few minutes the man touched Buddha's feet, bowed down, paid his respects and said, "You are the first man who has answered my question."
Now, Buddha's attendant, Ananda, was very much puzzled: "In the morning he said no, in the afternoon he said yes, in the evening he did not answer at all. What is the matter? What is really the truth?"
So when Buddha was going to sleep, Ananda said, "First you answer me; otherwise I will not be able to sleep. You have to be a little more compassionate towards me too. I have been with you the whole day. Those three people don't know about the other answers, but I have heard all the three answers. What about me? I am troubled."
Buddha said, "I was not talking to you at all! You had not asked, I had not answered YOU. The first man who came was a theist, the second man who came was an atheist, the third man who came was an agnostic. My answer had nothing to do with God, my answer had something to do with the questioner. I was answering the questioner; it was absolutely unconcerned with God.
"The person who believes in God, I will say no to him because I want him to drop his idea of God, I want him to be free of his idea of God -- which is borrowed. He has not experienced. If he had experienced he would not have asked me; there would have been no need.
"The person who believed in God, he was trying to find confirmation for his belief from me. I was not going to say yes to him -- I am not going to confirm anybody's belief. I had to say no, I had to deny, just to destroy his belief, because all beliefs are barriers to knowing the truth. Theist or atheist, all beliefs, Hindu or Christian or Mohammedan, all beliefs are barriers.
"And the person with whom I remained silent was the right inquirer. He had no belief, hence there was no question of destroying anything. I kept silent. That was my message to him: Be silent and know. Don't ask, there is no need to ask. It is not a question which can be answered. It is not an inquiry but a quest, a thirst. Be silent and know.
I had answered him also; through my silence I gave him the message and he immediately followed it -- he also became silent. I closed my eyes, he closed his eyes; I looked in, he looked in, and then something transpired. That's why he was so much overwhelmed, he felt so much gratitude, for the simple reason that I did not give him any intellectual answer. He had not come for any intellectual answer; intellectual answers are available very cheap. He needed something existential -- he needed a taste. I gave him a taste."
~As in this case , I myself feel now people don't get right guidance and they read any of the Osho's discourse and just end up in an EGO TRIP again, not what was meant to be.
I personally feel, it is not right to say What Osho was or what he wasn't, as we don't know him personally and to trust anybody is also dangerous now a days :)
MANOJ KUMAR SINGH on July 21, 2011:
Hi anjali, before commenting and becoming judgemental about osho, just listen his some of discourse, like Geeta Darshan, Mahageeta, Ek onkar Satnam, Es dhammo snatnat, Mahavira. If You dont have time , take your time be prepared and comeback. Its like speaking without knowing the thing is immaturity. If you have to argue so much and put your point, do it, while listenig his discourese, but with yourself. try to negate all he says with your full force, then come up. Please dont listen others, even about sex nobody understands OSHO. Please have some reading of his books, you will be a changed person. But one thing is there, People are afraid of reading his books, and listening his speeches. They think they will be hypnotised. So have so much time to read the blog, but no time to listen his speech. It seems you are also afraid of his books.
Juan on July 14, 2011:
Hi anjalichugh , from you last comment int he page on Osho, when you said: ."I've no idea. In fact it's one of the reasons that I don't agree completely with him. On some points, I do, no doubt but overall I believe that he never tried giving solutions to problems (unlike Buddha who narrowed down the cause of human suffering and offered solutions"./ Seems to me anjalichugh that you have read or listened Osho bu you have not understood him, but I encourage you to do it carefully -if you have a question I can share my "understanding" no the solution/ Osho won't care if you understand him or not, because as you said: "Everyone's path is different because everyone is at a different level of consciousness as a result of which the truth of one person will never be same for another" Osho had another level of consciousness in compare to yours and my. JC
Juan on July 12, 2011:
Anjalichugh: give an example of a contradictory statement?
is not enough to generalize. Osho himself that he will say one thing one day another day he will say something different. Do you know why?
Juan on July 11, 2011:
Seems to me that many of you didn't understand Osho thinking, by the way, he never expected you to believe but to consider your motives and the motives of society, religion, and politics. He describe human behavior influenced by this institution. It is not enough to generalize what he said. Please be specific why you talk about hypocrisy?
Balajee on July 08, 2011:
Hi Anjali, I will write only a few things which My Master taught me and still keeps teaching me (I can still feel his presence all around.)
1. There is only godliness all around and you are a part of it.
2. The beautiful phenomenon of you came out of this godliness and when you die you will disolve into the godliness. You are nothing but the godliness.
3. Right now you dont realize your godliness because there is a film of mind between you and the godly existence all around.
4. right now you are so recognised with your mind that you think that you are your mind.
5. All your chattering inside and the emotions build up your mind.
6. there is a way to distance yourself from your mind - by watching it.
7. Watching your thoughts and your emotions will create a distance between you and your mind. This will start making you the master of your mind.
8. Once you are the master of your mind, you have got the switch to put it off when not required.
9. When you switch off your mind the godliness waiting outside will jump inside you.
10. That godliness has always been waiting outside, only you dint open the door.
11. With godliness inside you - the world becomes different there is no YOU, and then the grasses are more green, the sun is more bright, and a flower in full bloom is a miracle. You cant avoid them because you are without that mind which says - "grasses if they are - they must be green, why to take a look at them".
12. You become a new man. The new man is like the child of the jesus and like the sage of the Upanishad and like the dancing sufi Mystiques and like the lauging buddha who knows how to enjoy life totally and yet be out of it.
13. The new man is the only person fit for the world and the worldly activities. Rest all is chaos , Rest all is MIND.
Jhony on July 02, 2011:
Dear anjali and all dearones i have been reading osho scriptures since 4 years.having a lot questions and u all have given me a platform.really a great job.now u all tell me can will power can play any role in search of so called truth or god.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on July 01, 2011:
Hi Laila! Finally you're back. I really missed you.
About the hub...some very wonderful readers have kept it alive for a long time. Some of them have been very polite while others have hurled stones at me (point blank). It doesn't matter till the time my hubs create ripples. At least I'm trying to compel people to see the other side of the coin as well. What can I say....never been a kind of person who tows someone else's line.
Anyways! Now that you're back, please don't disappear again. (Hugs)
Hi Jhony! Why Osho gives contradictory statements...I've no idea. In fact it's one of the reasons that I don't agree completely with him. On some points, I do, no doubt but overall I believe that he never tried giving solutions to problems (unlike Buddha who narrowed down the cause of human suffering and offered solutions). If you ask me I'll say that everyone has to find his own truth. There is no clear cut standard here. Everyone's path is different because everyone is at a different level of consciousness as a result of which the truth of one person will never be same for another. So my friend, we have to find out our strength and the way to connect with higher power with the help of spiritual practices while keeping ourselves involved in doing good deeds. Spirituality is incomplete without good karma. All the best to you.
Jhony d'souza on July 01, 2011:
Hey anjali and all pls give ur reply on osho's contradictory thoughts.people r confused and are ruining their lives too.so that they can be aware of osho's trick to destroy the people's mind and lives both.i will wait.
Laila Rajaratnam from India on July 01, 2011:
Anju,I read this hub again after two years..I still feel as I felt then, that you are spot on and I totally agree with you.Surely I have a right to agree with you,don't I?
anjalichugh (author) from New York on July 01, 2011:
@ Frank, Jhony & all other lovely people who visited this hub so far:
Due to overwhelming response (including severe criticism) to this hub, I stopped replying to comments long time back.
However, I welcome everyone to share thoughts / insight / experiences here so that we all get benefited in some way or the other. Thank you all.
Jhony on July 01, 2011:
Dear anjali and all who r on this blog r praiseworthy.bt i have one confusion.why osho says one thing on one place and just opposite on other place.
Frank on July 01, 2011:
How can you be aware of truth when you have spent your entire life wrapping it in lies? All of these conceptions and beliefs are a result of mind, they are imaginings. You must delve beyond mind to seek truth, this truth is the real knowledge.
zerospacer on May 20, 2011:
You know, I just discovered the hub today. I didn't know something like this existed so I'm just learning how it works. Thanks!
I think Osho's basic message is dropping the mental hierarchy. It creates all this false material/spiritual dichotomy that keeps us in a dead end cul de sac. The business of life is life, all life. Awareness serves life, allows life, therefore it is good. Since life is always topping itself creatively, experiences fully experienced lead to new experiences. Start judging and suppressing, start attaching to ideas about this is good and this is bad, and the process is stunted.
In fact, Osho explained that desire is not bad. It is object desire that is deadening. Thinking you need a particular thing. A real tragedy--though it is pretty funny, too!--is making the 'spiritual' into a goal, even making it serious, making it into an object. That just keeps us in the dead end. We are already spiritual. We don't have to get that way. Awareness is the difference (no mind) which is relaxing and experiencing everything completely, following our energy. Evolution will happen naturally because the universe works that way--consciousness lives to grow. We imagine mentally the destination of that growth, and we have called that 'spirituality'. But there is no A to B, and the B we imagine is a fake destination. It is now. The adventure is now. The only way ultimately is the tao--the way that is no way. Life is not fixed. Life is not a goal you see on the future horizon and then arrive at, just as you saw it. Life is not consistent. So be inconsistent. Be now.
He didn't advocate renouncing the world. Actually he advocated going into life as completely as possible--in fact he often talks about the misguidedness of the monks and monasteries of the world as another kind of repression. It surprised me the situation of your friend was in: he didn't want to live life anymore. This is just the opposite of Osho's message, which is quite funny (at least now that your friend is past the crisis!). Personally, I think he communicated his message perfectly. People will always do with a message what they will. Your friend experienced it that way because that was what was inside him at the time; just as you said, people choose (on a deep level) how they experience something. I don't think people can be victims of a message. The people who have the ears hear; the others either disregard or misunderstand and this is not only impossible to avoid but it is how it should be. I think the effectiveness of his teaching style is proven by the fact that his influence seems to be only growing with time, with many books in print and material available on the internet.
I agree with Myriad, and Osho himself, that Osho (like anything) is a boat you drop as soon as you don't need it. I've read three Osho books and I'm not planning on reading anymore. Maybe for fun sometime... Anyway, the short discourse below I think is his Sermon On The Mount, so to speak. I think considering the differentiation he makes between knowledge and wisdom, it's a great wisdom--or let's say a perfect arrow pointing to it. After reading it, I can't help but think: What else is there to say?
And here's a complete searchable library of his books in English.
anjalichugh (author) from New York on May 20, 2011:
Zerospacer: I can't thank you enough for the effort you've put in to share excerpts from Osho. You really have given enough food for thought to all of us. Thank you for being a valuable part of this hub. BTW welcome to HP! I noticed that you registered with HP today. I'm sure your articles would offer inspiration to millions of readers out there. Good luck!
zerospacer on May 20, 2011:
Osho on belief:
"All believers are disbelievers -- they may be Hindus, they may be Christians, they may be Jainas. I know all of them: all believers are disbelievers, because belief brings disbelief, it is the shadow of belief. Can you believe without disbelieving? It is impossible; it cannot be done in the nature of things. If you want to disbelieve, the first requirement is to believe. Can you believe without any disbelief entering from the back door? Or can you disbelieve without having any belief in the first place? Believe in God, and immediately the disbelief comes in. Believe in afterlife and disbelief arises. Disbelief is secondary, belief is primary.
And, Mohan Bharti, what you want to do is what millions of people in the world want to do: they don't want the disbelief, they want only the belief. I cannot help, nobody can help. If you only are interested in belief, you will have to suffer the disbelief also. You will remain divided, you will remain split, you will remain schizophrenic. You cannot have the feel of organic unity; you yourself have barred it from happening.
What's my suggestion? First, drop believing. Let beliefs be dropped, they are all rubbish! Trust in doubt, that's my suggestion; don't try to hide it. Trust in doubt. That is the first thing to bring in your being: trust in your doubt. And see the beauty of it, how beautifully trust has come in.
I am not saying believe, I am saying TRUST. The doubt is a natural gift; it must be from God -- from where else can it be? You bring doubt with you: trust in it, trust in your questioning. And don't be in a hurry to stuff and hide it with borrowed beliefs from the outside -- from the parents, from the priests, from the politicians, from the society, the church. Your doubt is something beautiful because it is yours; it is something beautiful because it is authentic. Out of this authentic doubt some day will grow the flower of authentic trust. It will be an inner growth, it will not be an imposition from the outside.
That is the difference between belief and trust: trust grows inside you, in your interiority, in your subjectivity. Just as doubt is inner, so is trust. And only the inner can transform the inner. Belief is from the outside; it can't help because it can't reach to the innermost core of your being, and it is there that the doubt is.
From where to start? Trust your doubt. That's my way of bringing trust in. Don't believe in God, don't believe in the soul, don't believe in the afterlife. Trust in your doubt, and immediately a conversion has started. Trust is such a powerful force that even if you trust in your doubt you have brought light in. And doubt is like darkness. That small trust in doubt will start changing your inner world, the inner scene.
And question! Why be afraid? Why be so cowardly? Question -- question all the buddhas, question me, because if there is truth, truth is not afraid of your questioning. If buddhas are true, they are true; you need not believe in them. Go on doubting them... and still one day you will see trust has arisen.
When you doubt, and you go on in doubting to the very end, to the very logical end, sooner or later you will stumble upon a truth. Doubt is groping in darkness, but the door exists. If Buddha could get to the door, if Jesus could get to it, if Atisha could get to it, if I can get to it, why can't you? Everybody is capable of getting to the door -- but you are afraid of groping, so you sit in your dark corner believing in somebody who has found the door. You have not seen that somebody, you have heard about him from others who have heard it from others, and so on, so forth."
zerospacer on May 20, 2011:
"The English word devil is very beautiful. If you read it backwards it becomes lived. That which is lived becomes divine, and that which is not lived becomes devil. Only the lived is transformed into godliness; the unlived turns poisonous. Today you postpone, and whatsoever remains unlived in you will hang around you like a weight. If you had lived it you would have been free of it. It would not have haunted you, it would not have tortured you.
But man up to now has been taught not to live but to hope -- hope that tomorrow things will be such that you will be able to live, hope that tomorrow you will be worthy to live, hope that tomorrow you will be Jesus Christ or Gautama the Buddha.
You are never going to be Jesus the Christ or Gautama the Buddha, you are simply going to be yourself. You are not a carbon copy of anybody else. It would have been ugly to be another Christ or another Buddha; that would have been a great insult to your humanity. Man has dignity because man has originality.
The old concept was to live according to a certain pattern -- the Buddhist pattern, the Christian pattern, the Hindu pattern. The old was not in favor of the individual, it was in favor of a certain pattern. That pattern creates slavery.
I teach the individual, I teach the unique individual. Respect yourself, love yourself, because there has never been a person like you and there never will be again. God never repeats. You are utterly unique, incomparably unique. You need not be like somebody else, you need not be an imitator, you have to be authentically yourself, your own being."
"And so is the case with truth, or if you like you can use the word god. So is the case with god. It is not that he is far away, and that's why we don't know about him; it is because he is not far away but very close by. Even to say that it is close by is not right, because you are it. He is within you and without: he is all and all.
This is the first thing that has to be allowed to sink deep in your heart: truth already is, we are in it."
"The first thing to be remembered is: all questions are silly, and all answers are too. Then you will be a little puzzled -- why do I go on answering your questions? If you look deep down into my answers you will see that they are not answers. They don't nourish your mind, they destroy your mind, they shatter you. They are meant to be shocks. The purpose of my answering is to hammer your mind -- it is hammering, it is not answering.
In the beginning, when you come here for the first time and you don't understand me and my purpose, you may think that I am answering you. The longer you are here, the deeper you become attuned with me, the more you know that my answering is not to give you answers. It is not to make you more knowledgeable -- just the opposite. It is to take your knowledge away, to make you unknowledgeable, to make you ignorant -- ignorant again, innocent again -- so that questioning disappears.
And when there is no questioning, there is a totally new quality to your consciousness."
"Even to think of it seems to be mind-blowing. But modem physics says electrons are behaving in a very mysterious way -- illogical, unpredictable, confusing.
I am not a philosopher who is trying to make a system of thought. I am a mystic who is trying to convey the mysteries that have become available to me. I will confuse you."
"If you become confused by listening to me, that means you have heard me. The more intelligent you are, the more confused you will become. And I use contradiction as a technique, I go on contradicting myself.
Why do I contradict myself? I am not teaching a philosophy here. The philosopher has to be very consistent -- flawless, logical, rational, always ready to argue and prove his statements. I am not a philosopher. I am not here giving you a consistent dogma to which you can cling. My whole effort is to give you a no-mind.
Be perfectly clear about it. My effort is not to strengthen a certain mind, my effort is just the opposite of it: to give you a state of no-mind -- a state which has no knowledge, a state which functions from not knowing, a state of innocence.
I use contradiction as a device. I say one thing, out of your old habit you cling to it; the next day I have to contradict it. When I contradict it you have to drop it. But you may start clinging to the new thing that I have said; I will have to contradict it again.
This will go on, you will go on clinging to this, to that. One day suddenly you will become aware what is happening. I don't allow you any certainty, nothing to cling to. And if I contradict, what is the point of clinging at all? Then why not wait? I will contradict, and then you will have to leave it, and it is painful. Once you cling to a thing and then you have to leave it, it is painful, it creates anxiety.
So those who have listened to me for a long time, listen simply. They simply listen, they don't cling. They know perfectly well, now that they are aware of the game, that tomorrow I will contradict. So why carry it for twenty-four hours? The pain of carrying the weight, and then the pain of dropping it... slowly slowly it dawns in your awareness that there is no need to cling; this man contradicts. This man is consistently inconsistent.
Once you have understood that, you listen to me as one listens to music. You listen to me as one listens to the wind passing through the pine trees, you listen to me as one listens to the birds singing in the morning. You don't say to the cuckoo, "Yesterday your song was different," and you don't go to the roseflower and say, "Last season the flowers were bigger" -- or smaller -- "why are you contradicting yourself?"
You don't say to the poet, "In one of your poems you said this, and in another poem you have said something else." You don't expect a poet to be consistent, so you don't ask. Poetry is not a theory, it is not a syllogism, it is a song.
I am not a philosopher. Always remember that I am a poet, not a philosopher. Remember always that I am not a missionary, but a musician playing on the harp of your heart. Songs will go on changing... you need not cling to anything, then there will be no confusion at all.
The people who are always hankering for consistency can never enter into the mystery of life. Consistency is something manmade, it is arbitrary. Existence is not consistent."
"Whenever you find a contradiction in my statements make it a point to meditate over them, because essentially there cannot be a contradiction. Apparently there may be, but now you have to start doing some homework too.
Meditate, look at all the possible aspects, all the possible meanings, and you will be surprised. When you are able to see the consistency, the intrinsic consistency, when you are able to go beyond the contradiction, it will be a moment of great insight. It will fill you with light, it will make you delighted, because it is a discovery, and each discovery helps growth."
zerospacer on May 20, 2011:
"I am not a philosopher. Always remember that I am a poet, not a philosopher."
If anyone is struggling with their opinion about who Osho really is, I would recommend reading The Book Of Wisdom cover to cover. By the end, it's likely you will know what you think of him, in that one book. He seems to cover everything, including the topics and issues mentioned here in this discussion, and including what he thinks about God and to me it is very clear. (His book Being In Love pretty much covers family and relationships to the nth, but its covered in Book Of Wisdom too.)
A few years ago I discovered Osho during a time of partial awakening. It was like finding a spring in my desert--nothing else I had read in self-help and spiritual matters had ever spoke to me. Still, I was frustrated by apparent contradictions etc. And anyway I felt I basically got what I needed and stopped reading books entirely--which I think is one of his points, after all.
But recently I picked up The Book Of Wisdom from a bookstore going out of business and felt that same immediate light as before. But more so. And this time, I saw through the contradictions. In fact, I am now in awe of how consistent--truly consistent--he is. (He even addresses his inconsistency in the book and insightfully jokes about it.) He isn't asking you to believe anything he says. I think there is a subtle angle in all of his words whereby he is poking your dualistic mind, poking your ego, and why not since it is there to be poked? If it is there it must be poked. Because it has got to be dropped.
Osho speaks of God and also says It should be dropped. He says the family and marriage must be dropped, but speaks of love being the only marriage, how children should be raised (very wu-wei) and family that is not biological. The point is to drop the dead idea, empty yourself so the real thing can be there in its place, inside of you, and not the substitutes enforced by the priests or the policemen. It is the counterfeits in our world that are causing the pain, mental attachments that are against life (we desire to be loved and loved forever securely, so we use an institution we call marriage to pretend we have it etc.). I think Osho would say: I am against the family? Your family is against the family. So many divorces, abused, unloved children. Drop the false idea so the situation doesn't begin in the first place. You might find yourself with the same partner for years, and children and live in a home in the suburbs. But only let it happen--follow your heart, follow love, let your freedom always be the criteria. And no need to bring the priest or the state into it.
If you can read him very much and not understand it, then you're missing something; I don't say this with disdain or saying you should agree, but he shouldn't be dismissed lightly as an unintelligent, inconsistent huckster. It's not about being well-educated or abstruse or abstract. Osho is the opposite of abstract. In fact he says it is one of our sicknesses-even our so-called spiritual traditions have made the truth abstract and dead, of the mind, and as such it is a control parasite. To him, it is something to be experienced. It is life itself. Knowledge gets in the way. Again and again, I have been hit by him. A friendly and welcome hit, but hit nonetheless. And I usually laugh, it's so funny! My so-called knowledge drops. The language drops. And it is to drop language that is part of his technique. It's okay for day-to-day, it is fine used as an everyday expedient. And that's how he uses it--artfully but without and artificial enshrinement of it. Instead of abusing it or avoiding it he brings you out of it by bringing you into it totally. (And he is one of the best masters of the word I have ever heard or read.)
He doesn't want anyone to believe him. He says that belief must be dropped, too. It is a dead thing. Instead he says, again and again, go into it and see for yourself. Yes, he challenges everyone to go into the mystery. Like the picture above: Meditation is the courage to be silent and alone. Meditation, awareness, freedom, love...it's all the same thing. That's it. You don't need to keep calling It those names (awareness, love, etc.). And you don't need Osho.
We tend to think of "spiritual masters" as being somehow depersonalized... Osho said he was always growing. I have come to believe that each master reflects the truth but every time that happens, it will be different. Buddha was for his place, Jesus was for his time. Our masters will be different--they will be of us and our time with our flavor in it. Because the truth is the same but ever-flowering in a different way. Because we, in fact, manifest them so they can disrupt us. And for me, Osho is that master. We are used to Jesus, we are used to Buddha--they no longer disrupt us. Osho is fresh, so he does.
From the Book Of Wisdom:
"When a poet composes a song it is because he loves it. God has painted you, sung you, danced you. God loves you! If you don't see any meaning in the word god don't be worried; call it existence, call it the whole. The existence loves you, otherwise you would not be here."
"We are gods."
"God as a person is a lie. There is godliness, but there is no God. Whenever I use the word god I simply mean godliness, remember it. Translate it always as godliness. There is a quality of godliness in existence, but there is no God. But people want a God, not godliness; they are not interested in godliness."
"I am trying to reveal that treasure to you again. Let it sink deep in your heart. The first principle is the art of living. Be life-affirmative. Life is synonymous with God. You can drop the word god -- life IS God.
That has always been the attitude of the meditator. If you are a man of prayer, existence appears as God, as personal. If you are a man of meditation, existence is impersonal, just a wholeness, a divineness. For the man of prayer there is God; for the man of awareness there is godliness but no God."
"An old Hassid master asked one of his disciples, "What do we mean when we use the word god?"
The disciple wouldn't answer, the disciple wouldn't look in the eyes of the master. With bent head, ashamed of himself, he remained silent.
The question was asked again and again. Thrice the master asked. The more the master asked, the more silent the disciple became. And the silence was very embarrassing. The disciple has to respect the question of the master -- and it was as if he has not even heard; no response from the disciple. The master was irritated and he asked, "Why don't you answer me? What do we mean by the word god when we use it?"
And the disciple said, "Because I don't know, how can I answer? I don't know God!"
And the master laughed, a laughter which can happen only to those who have arrived. He said, "And do you think I know?"
Who knows? Who has ever known? But still God is, and still God has to be addressed.
Whoever told you that God is an object of knowledge? God is not an object of knowledge, God is not an object at all. God is the silence that pervades you when words dissolve. God is the question mark that remains, Shantam, when questions are gone, evaporated. God is the mystery -- unresolvable.
I am not here to give answers, I am here to provoke in you the question mark, the ultimate question mark. It is not a question, remember; the ultimate question mark is not a question. There is no question at all. Simply you are encountering something ineffable, indefinable, infinite, eternal, with no beginning and no end, with no possibility to comprehend it, with no possibility to encompass it. On the contrary, God is the one who encompasses you, God is the one who comprehends you. God is the one for whom you are not a question nor a question mark.
Slowly slowly, learn the ways of living in mystery. Mind continuously hankers to demystify everything; there is a deep urge in the mind to demystify. Why? -- because it can control only when something is demystified. Mystery starts controlling it, hence mind escapes from mysteries. Mind wants explanations, because once something is explained it can be manipulated; once som
Mahesh Savi on May 12, 2011:
I love OSHO, and no1 could be compared with him... he is just awesome...
s.s. on March 24, 2011:
osho always believed in saying truth as it is.
he was not against god but he always said that god is not what people thinks..
he said that this whole nature, universe is god. food, water air is god.
he said that humans are god to each other.
wht u think is god will nvr come physically to u.
we r god to each other.
and people missunderstood osho that he didnt believe in god.$
osho just wanted to stop the religious fights between humans.
he was the greatest thinkers of all times.
i love osho...
keshaw on March 23, 2011:
For me OSHO is someone who is living on a different plane of consciousness. Clearly he disturbs people with his insights and visions about the present world, and it is very difficult for people like US to actually understand the depthness of his words.As we are "trapped" in a vicious circle of education and work, getting out of it seems to be impossible or at least broadening our "knowledge" about our inner self. Most of us are mostly engrossed in defending our EGO and missing out the real truth. It is not that i am in favour or against osho's principles but his speeches, sermons and teachings happen to help many people. To be truly able to understand his teachings, one must go within himself and actually experience peace and unveil your true potential. Like he said most people like us have a big veil on our eyes and and it is high time to LEARN!!
osho my master on March 15, 2011:
love you BHAGWAN
annonymous on February 22, 2011:
real yogis never give public appearances? lol!! Did you mean to say, we should believe it because your daddy said so? If you're earnest in your approach, you will see that India has produced a countless number of enlightened masters who have taught meditation to the world. Buddha, Mahaveer, patanjali, Ashtavakra, and of-course OSHO. Now the question arises that if india has known meditation for centuries, what was the new thing that osho gave to the world? Try one of his methods and you'll see the difference. Beloved OSHO gave to the world methods of meditation for the modern mind, which, in most of the cases is quite different from how it used to be at the time of Buddha. Yes it is agreed that there is a large number of charlatans as well, but if you are sincere in your pursuit of truth (spiritual evolution?), it is not difficult to recognize them-how far can they carry you through meditation? Most importantly, you'll never find OSHO or anyone like him in the words they have spoken, but in the silence. Watch the thoughts and emotions arising in your mind at this moment, and see that you are separate from them. You are silence, peace, calm, BUDDHA...OSHO!! LOVE...
sandeep on January 23, 2011:
And it is not only the case with Osho, it is the case with every Buddha. First people ignore him just because he brings new ideas acc to time and need of hour and then after many centuries they started worshipping them. Krishna also used to speak against so-called devi, devatas, buddha also against hindus vedas bcoz 99.99% is wastage and it is right that no-one is interested in vedas. people were also against kabira and nanak. osho was very right when he said that these so-called pundits, mullas and popes are just parrots exploiting people. they just read gita, bible,koran and think that they are very godly people. Thats why in the entire history no pundits and brihmans had been able to become enlightened. all the greatest enlightened masters are kshtriya people bcoz only those can learn to be non-violence who knew violence. And i m agree with this..
Sandeep Singh on January 23, 2011:
Things have gone very far from the truth. I don't follow any religion,any person even if it is OSHO. I just follow myself. I have only one thing to about OSHo. But since debate is on OSHO, i just have one thing to say, that if people like krishna, muhammad, jesus, buddha, mahavira, kabira, nanaka, dadu, farid, ramkrishna paramhansa and all the enlightened masters of the world had to become stars of galaxy, then it is certain OSHO would have been the brightest star of the galaxy. Look at his bravery he alone fought against all the so-called religions so far happened in the name of spirituality. So many attacks happened to him but but he never compromised with what he wants to say and what he wants to do. Even so-called sadhus, mahatmas, pundits, mullas, popes are so feared of word sex, he had given discourse on it openly not hiddenly. And he is very right that if acc to u god made u and he choose the sex for human then what is the fear..
Mat Chaudhry on January 13, 2011:
What a beautiful man with such a beautiful message.
If you hate, hate with awareness
If you love, love with awareness……
Let everything arise out of your awareness
profhughakston on December 30, 2010:
I had my first taste of Osho in 2008. I have finished Sambhog se Samadhi ki Aur(From Sex to Super-Consciousness), Bhaj Govindam, Geeta Darshan(Osho's commentary on the Bhagvad Gita, simply superb), MahaGeeta(osho's commentary on Ashtavakra gita)-all in hindi. All these are audio files (english discourses are also available) and are freely downloadable at oshoworld dot com.
No words can capture the joy of listening to Osho.
Currently i am listening to his commentary on Thus Spake zarathustra by Frederich Nietzche.
One suggestion- read/listen osho with an open mind. He is full of contradictions. the video STRANGE CONSEQUENCES(most watched,btw)on youtube potrays him as a dirty old man. but the hindi videos are of very deep wisdom.
Will come back here soon
Yogesh on December 07, 2010:
WOW....great discussions going..!!
SACHIN SHARMA on November 12, 2010:
it's strange that after seeing the videos and reading several books of swami ji..you are not influenced with his thought..i became is follower by just 2 months by reading his novel and visitig tha asharam.
G Pangtey on October 21, 2010:
I think i dont know how to write well :)
anjalichugh (author) from New York on October 20, 2010:
I can't say how much I appreciate your beautiful words. Ultimately its not about what you say but how you say. :) Thx a ton for sharing your wonderful thoughts and for being a part of this hub.
Gyaneshwar pangtey on October 20, 2010:
What OSHO's message was is one thing and to INTERPRET it is something completely different . I believe that for people like OSHO and Buddha more damage has been done by not their critics but their so called followers who are not really into him or the path if i may say but they start acting like the Buddha's Representatives agents and dilute the message and most importantly EXPLOIT /MISGUIDE people .