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In response to a flurry of some two dozen emails from a Rajneesh disciple, major additions pro and con were made to this webpage mainly from Aug. Some of these selves or persons beautifully display a garden radiant with wholesome virtues While other selves, through some kind of Divine whimsy, display lovely flowers mixed in with lots of weeds!
Yet everyone is, at heart, quite innocent, utterly Divine. What an amazing dream, this wild, wacky, woeful yet wonderful life His attempts followed a few years of very negative publicity after a nightmarish time of crime and hardship in the USA not a personal nightmare or hardship for Rajneesh, but certainly for many other persons, as we shall see.
And so, concerned about his image in the eyes of his people and the general public, Rajneesh briefly preferred to call himself "Zorba the Buddha" and then in Octoberthree months before his death, he adopted a "healing," Zen-sounding name, "Osho.
Indeed, it seems that a relatively small but growing number of people actually, seriously view Osho as "India's greatest spiritual master since the Buddha," as his organizers like to extol or hype him, which is quite a grandiose claim in the spiritual marketplace.
Frankly, while he was a very intriguing and in some ways quite helpful figure within the Divine dream, Essay on puja vacation of his very serious personal shortcomings and flawed way of teaching, I just don't think Osho warrants mention in the same breath as evidently far more authentic spiritual masters including Gautama the Buddha, Jesus, Antony of Egypt, Atisha, Kobo Daishi, Milarepa, Jnaneshvar, Rumi, Essay on puja vacation, Dogen, Bankei, Hakuin, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Moshe Cordovero, the Baal Shem Tov, Seraphim of Sarov et al.
A really thorough examination of all the crimes committed by a group of over 30 Rajneesh insiders, starting with his chief-of-staff Sheela whom he empowered to help run his religion from toalong with many other unsavory details about the Rajneesh movement from the s onward, is The Oregonian newspaper's voluminous part series in mid by Les Zaitz et al.
But sadly, there was also a lot of lunacy, immense dysfunction, and astonishing selfishness, pettiness, megalomania, callousness and corruption. Mengele" Ma Puja left in In all, just assessing the illegal activity in the USA from not to mention earlier crimes in India32 Rajneeshees were charged with crimes in Oregon; 23 pleaded guilty; 2 were convicted at trial; 4 still remain fugitives; 8 served prison time.
The Rajneesh legacy also includes May his soul and all souls be in supreme peace and clarity in the One Divine Self! My heavy leaning onto the critical side is to balance out the gushing praise of Osho to be found all over the Internet and on the covers for his books, videos and other merchandise prominently on display in countless venues worldwide.
Most disciples of Osho Rajneesh who want to talk about both sides of the man find him a beautiful enigma, as well as a huge blessing in their life. I do not wish to discount or minimize that. At the very least he got multitudes of people to vigorously breathe, move, dance, laugh, cry, sing, feel, drop inhibitions, carefully witness the bodymind, meditate, work hard and give great thanks to the Divine Existence!
Many of these disciples and fans of Osho Rajneesh further wonder why anyone should be at all interested to critique the unwholesome and unsavory aspects of the long-deceased "Bhagwan," when the only thing really important in life, so they say, is "living from freedom in the moment" and "living from the heart, not the head.
The heart will give you all kinds of imaginings, hallucinations, illusions, sweet dreams—but it cannot give you the truth. The truth is behind both [head and heart]; it is your consciousness, which is neither head nor heart.
Mistlberger, Three Dangerous Magi: Osho, Gurdjieff, Crowley, p. I am writing about Osho because his lies and his deceit caused an enormous amount of pain for a lot of beautiful people. Most of these beautiful people have no idea that a sophisticated fraud was perpetrated on them and blame themselves for their deteriorating mental and physical health.
Many of my [Rajneeshee neo-]sannyasin friends have great trouble sustaining this illusory happy fog and are taking more and more desperate measures to continue feeling good. At the same forum, Christopher Calder, Rajneesh's second Western disciple in the early s, wrote on Oct.
Most of the tell-all books are out of print and hard to find Will the next big cult use germ warfare as the Osho cult did, chemical warfare as the Aum Shinrikyo cult did? Or perhaps the next religious cult will graduate to nuclear warfare? If human beings never learn that blind and unquestioning obedience to one 'perfect Master' or leader is dangerous and anti-evolutionary, then we will only have more disasters.
I just draw a clear line between what was good about him and where he went wrong, so that others in the future will not make the same tragic mistakes.
What does the average Mafia crime boss or corrupt dictator want most? The answer is millions of dollars, absolute power, a harem of women, and a daily supply of booze or drugs.
Now ask yourself what did Rajneesh want and get? The answer is millions of dollars, absolute power, a harem of women, and a daily supply of drugs. Rajneesh used myths of the occult and his natural ability to influence people to achieve the same goals.
He could look you directly in the eye and lie without flinching, and that helped him become a financially successful guru. Taking off from Calder's remark, I would like to add a crucial observation But Rajneesh is certainly not alone in this.COMMUNIQUE #3 Haymarket Issue "I NEED ONLY MENTION in passing that there is a curious reappearance of the Catfish tradition in the popular Godzilla cycle of films which arose after the nuclear chaos unleashed upon Japan.
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